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Speakers

Steve and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons, three lovely daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren. Their fourth son John has Down Syndrome and lives with them in PA. Steve addresses a variety of topics at conferences and churches to encourage parents as they seek to build families of faith. His messages are rooted in scripture, illustrated from personal experience, and filled with practical application.

He has served in full or part time pastoral ministry for many years after graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has served on the board of Joni and Friends, Eastern PA. A former math teacher who has taught at all levels of math in public, private, and Christian schools, Steve is the author of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families.

Building Faith Families
Demme Learning

What do you get when you cross a compassionate spirit with a mother’s heart, adding in legal expertise and a gift for leadership? You get Lisa McManus, Legal Counsel at HSLDA Canada.

Lisa wears many hats in her personal and work lives that uniquely equip her for her role at HSLDA. Her care and concern for others has led her to make many powerful life choices, including being a founding director of Safe Families Canada, a ministry designed to extend and strengthen the community safety net for at-risk families, and to reduce the number of children entering the child welfare system.

Lisa and her husband, Greg, are parents to six children, some biological, some adopted, and some fostered. Extending their family through adoption and fostering was not quite enough, however, and so Lisa and Greg also have opened their home to various international students through a homestay program.

Of course, there is also the business side to Lisa: she is the sole practitioner at McManus Law Office, and she is a principal in McManus Contracting Inc., her husband’s construction company.

Somehow over the years, Lisa also found the time to homeschool her children!

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Workshop Speakers

Vance Nelson

Vance Nelson and his wife have three children, aged seventeen, eleven and eight which they homeschool.

Vance travels all over the world doing research on the topic of the Creation and its vital importance to the Christian faith. Vance is the author of the popular Untold Secrets of Planet Earth book series. He has earned both theology and biology degrees.

Vance also has a workshop in the Teen Track.

Jenn Dean

Jenn Dean enjoys speaking to all ages and stages of parenthood—from toddlers to teens. Her passion is to encourage family unity. A Presenter for the National Centre of Biblical Parenting, her light hearted approach resonates with families to do the hard work of parenting without feeling criticized or condemned.

Jenn also has a workshop in the Teen Track.

Sylvia Funk

Sylvia Funk, of PATHWAYS for NeuroEducational Development, is a member of the International Christian Association of Neurodevelopmentalists (ICAN). Her personal journey with an ICAN Neurodevelopmentalist began over 17 years ago as a parent of a special needs child. Due to the success she witnessed, Sylvia began her training with ICAN 12 Years ago. Her personal experiences and continued education in this field gives her the resources to assist other families.

Anne Bennett

Anne Bennett has been on the SHBE Board since 2011, first as the help desk coordinator, and now as President. She lives in Shaunavon with her husband, Terry Shields, and their sons, Peter (18), David (15) and Mark (12).

Anne will also be leading the "SHBE Annual General Meeting" and will be part of "Who's the Boss Q&A".

Rod & Jo Amberson

Rod & Jo Amberson consider themselves “homeschool lifers”, having 10 children from 19 years old to 6 months, with 1 graduate and 2 in the graduation ceremony this year. Rod & Jo are active in their homeschool, music and faith communities. Rod has served on the board of SHBE as Vice President since 2015.

Jo is also on the "Post-Secondary Outside the Box" Panel.

Linda Karn

Linda and her husband have homeschooled their three daughters from birth through their teens in two different provinces. Through travelling, moving, volunteering, exercising, making music, reading and more they have found creative means to instill a worthwhile education and value system into their children.

Charmaine Panko

Charmaine Panko has 11 children (and one grandchild!) and has been homeschooling for almost twenty years. Charmaine and her husband Dez believe child directed learning maximizes educational outcomes. This has resulted in a very eclectic lifestyle, that sometimes has involved a child or two in school, others working in workbooks, and an overall “unschooling” approach. Charmaine also decided to return to school herself to pursue a law degree and is now a sole practitioner at her firm Panko Collaborative Law & Mediation where she works with her adult children.

Karen MacKenzie

Karen is a homeschooling mother of 5 and is passionate about health and wellness. She enjoys the challenge of feeding her family well and creating a healthy and physically active home atmosphere. She is a leader and organizer, often planning events and cooperative classes for the ARCHE homeschool group. She loves to see others connected and thriving as they seek to live this challenging homeschooling life well!

Chris & Twyla McDougall

Christopher and Twyla McDougall are parents to three daughters, ages 6, 5, and 3.  They are homeschoolling newbies.  They just began homeschooling inthe fall of 2016.   One of their daughters has significant medical challenges, and that was what initially opened their hearts to considering the homeschooling option. They were thankful for the Regina and SK homeschooling networks that were already in place, to support their whole family in this new big adventure.

Chris & Twyla are also on the "Can I Really Do This?" Panel.

Greg & Charity Mile

Greg and Charity never thought that when they began homeschooling 14 years ago that it would  produce the results it has.  They have 6 daughters ranging in age from 3 to 19 years old. Their oldest daughter graduated from home in 2015 and is in her second year at Nipawin Bible College. They have been back in Saskatchewan for almost 11 years and Greg has served on the SHBE board since 2015.

Michelle Kauenhofen

Michelle Kauenhofen is the Director of The ReVITALizing Women Conference, and the Administrator for ReVITALizing Ministry.  She is the author of several books and devotionals, such as From Feminism to Fertility, the ReVITALizing Moments titles, Cheer Up, and many magazine and newsletter articles. She directed Above Rubies in Canada for over 5 years. She is a homeschooling veteran of 20 years as the mother of 12 children. Her six sons and six daughters, ranging in age from 25 to 3, keep her in 'perfect' balance.

Rebecca Kennedy

Rebecca Kennedy and her husband David have homeschooled their 11 children after starting out in the public system and a 2 year medical sabbatical where the kids were in Christian school.

They have homeschooled successfully in three provinces, from Preschool through Grade 12. All 11 children have graduated Grade 12 and some have gone on to further education.

Are you deciding if homeschooling is right for your family? It is a big decision to make. We encourage you to come to this session and hear from a number of families. You’ll hear from families who have been homeschooling for almost 2 decades through to some who are newbies. There will be small and large families, families with children from 2 months old to more than 2 decades old.

Some of the things they will share about are:

 1. Why did they make this choice?
 2. How do they do it day to day?
 3. What are the rewards and the challenges?
 4. Are they super heroes?
     (Ok, spoiler alert, they’re just everyday people who love their kids)

After the presentation and questions, join us for a quick tour of the convention so you can see the set up, take a peek at the vendor hall, and the different workshop options.

If at the end of the tour, you want to consider this further, you can register for the convention. We hope to see you there!

Are you deciding if homeschooling is right for your family? It is a big decision to make. We encourage you to come to this session and hear from a number of families. You’ll hear from families who have been homeschooling for almost 2 decades through to some who are newbies. There will be small and large families, families with children from 2 months old to more than 2 decades old.

Some of the things they will share about are:

 1. Why did they make this choice?
 2. How do they do it day to day?
 3. What are the rewards and the challenges?
 4. Are they super heroes?
     (Ok, spoiler alert, they’re just everyday people who love their kids)

After the presentation and questions, join us for a quick tour of the convention so you can see the set up, take a peek at the vendor hall, and the different workshop options.

If at the end of the tour, you want to consider this further, you can register for the convention. We hope to see you there!

Are you deciding if homeschooling is right for your family? It is a big decision to make. We encourage you to come to this session and hear from a number of families. You’ll hear from families who have been homeschooling for almost 2 decades through to some who are newbies. There will be small and large families, families with children from 2 months old to more than 2 decades old.

Some of the things they will share about are:

  1. Why did they make this choice?
  2. How do they do it day to day?
  3. What are the rewards and the challenges?
  4. Are they super heroes?
    (Ok, spoiler alert, they’re just everyday people who love their kids)

After the presentation and questions, join us for a quick tour of the convention so you can see the set up, take a peek at the vendor hall, and the different workshop options.

If at the end of the tour, you want to consider this further, you can register for the convention. We hope to see you there!

Chris & Twyla
McDougall

Christopher and Twyla McDougall are parents to three daughters, ages 6, 5, and 3. They are homeschooling newbies. They just began homeschooling in the fall of 2016. One of their daughters has significant medical challenges, and that was what initially opened their hearts to considering the homeschooling option. They were thankful for the Regina and SK homeschooling networks that were already in place, to support their whole family in this new big adventure.

Stevan & Jodi
Stasiuk

Feelings of inadequacy led Stevan and Jodi to enroll their first two children in a Christian school. Through the encouragement of others they are now committed to homeschooling. They have a real love for homeschooling and a heart for adoption. They have four children ages 14,12,10, and 4.

Monique Levesque-
Strachan

Monique has been homeschooling for 8 years, and currently homeschools 4 children, and has 3 more pre-school age children. They dabble in unschooling, but are always trying new things on their journey. They love living life together, as a family, so educating is a part of life as they shepherd their children and share this adventure of life with each other.

Lisa McManus
HSLDA

Lisa and her husband, Greg, are parents to six children, some biological, some adopted, and some fostered. Extending their family through adoption and fostering was not quite enough, however, and so Lisa and Greg also have opened their home to various international students through a homestay program.

Lisa's care and concern for others has led her to be a founding director of Safe Families Canada, a ministry designed to extend and strengthen the community safety net for at-risk families, and to reduce the number of children entering the child welfare system.

Come ask your questions to moms who are walking this road alongside you.  No one has all the answers but we are in this together!  We have asked moms to participate from all stages of the homeschooling spectrum.  Come with questions!  The only wrong question is the one unasked!

Karisa Bailey

Karisa has homeschooled for eight years now, which she guesses moves her out of the “newbie” category. Her children 5 children are 14, 12, 10, 8 and 5 years old. She’s looking forward to planning high school next year with her oldest. You can usually find her with a book and a cup of coffee in hand.

Cathy Craig

Cathy is grateful to be embracing her vocation of wife to Lynden and mother to 7 children ranging in ages 10 through 24. Homeschooling has been a part of her family’s journey for approximately 20 years to the present. Three graduated children are pursuing university studies while 4 remain studying at home.

Amy Johnson

Rob and Amy have been homeschooling their six daughters for 8 years after pulling their first born out of school. They didn’t want to miss out on years of their precious girls lives, so they decided to do life and learning at home. It’s not always easy, but they will never have a regret of lost time with them.

Ashley Symons

Ashley Symons is a homeschooling mother of 3 children, ages 6, 3, and 11 months. She lives in Regina. She attended public school in Alberta as a child, and worked as an educational assistant in the Regina Public School system. She is quite new to the world of homeschooling and is enjoying her journey so far.

What is your role in home schooling?  How involved can you be?  What are your kids going to be able to do when they are done school?  How do we pay for all of this?  Dads often don’t get as much support from other homeschooling dads as the moms do.  In this workshop you will have an opportunity to ask some other men about their experiences and find out how it has worked for other families. No one has all the answers, but we are in this together! Bring your questions!

Michael Keffer

Michael Keffer is a father of 4 children, ages 13, 15, 17, & 19. He and his wife Ara, have homeschooled all 4 from the beginning, graduating their first child in 2016. They live in Regina. Michael works for the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region as a Senior Network Analyst.

Rob Johnson

Rob and Amy have been homeschooling their six daughters for 8 years after pulling their first born out of school. They didn’t want to miss out on years of their precious girls lives, so they decided to do life and learning at home. It’s not always easy, but they will never have a regret of lost time with them.

Gerald Fortier

My wife Sandy and I have been married 30 years and have four children. Oldest child is 25 and the youngest is 14. All have been home educated since day 1. Our older two daughters were married in 2015. Our son, who is 18, is currently at Bible School at Miller Sunnybrae in BC close to Salmon Arm.

Lonnie MacKenzie

Lonnie MacKenzie is an energetic entrepreneur and the founder and owner of Abco Elevator. He is passionate about business development, growing healthy companies and helping others succeed in their life and business ventures. He is an involved husband and father of 5, and enjoys spending time with his family.

Join 3 experienced moms as they share how their children have accessed post secondary options, even some from home. They have done this both after completing their home education program, and during what would typically be called the high school years.  There are so many options for post secondary education these days, we have only to think outside the box!

Jo Amberson

Rod & Jo Amberson have 10 children, from 19 years old to 5 months, with 1 graduated from home education and 2 in the graduation ceremony this year. Rod & Jo are active in their homeschool communities, both in Regina and Moose Jaw. Rod has served on the board of SHBE since 2015.

Lavonne Derksen

Ron and Lavonne Derksen have 6 children and have been homeschooling for many years. Known as "The Singing Derksens", they have performed musically as a family in 25-30 events each year. They have a number of homeschool graduates with a wide range of interests and experiences with post secondary education.

Rebecca Kennedy

Rebecca Kennedy and her husband David have homeschooled their 11 children after starting out in the public system and a 2 year medical sabbatical where the kids were in Christian school.

They have homeschooled successfully in three provinces, from Preschool through Grade 12. All 11 children have graduated Grade 12 and some have gone on to further education.

Teen Track

Elford-Jason

I’m Jason Elford and I serve on staff at Nipawin Bible College. My friend Daniel Warne is on staff at Millar College of the Bible and together we are glad to lead and MC this year’s Teen Track at the SHBE Convention. Along with having a fun kick-off together, we’ll be introducing speakers and sessions, and generally just have a blast spending the weekend with you. We’ll also be putting together a fun event for Friday evening after the Plenary Session so keep your ears open for details on that!


Vance Nelson

Vance Nelson and his wife have three children, aged seventeen, eleven and eight which they homeschool.

Vance travels all over the world doing research on the topic of the Creation and its vital importance to the Christian faith. Vance is the author of the popular Untold Secrets of Planet Earth book series. He has earned both theology and biology degrees.

Vance is also presenting the "Digging Up the Dinosaurs" workshop.

Jenn Dean

Jenn Dean loves teens! She is passionate about developing independent thinkers. Jenn created Level Up Leadership- classes incorporating classic literature, critical thinking and the discussing of great ideas.

Jenn is also leading the "Balance in Family Life" workshop.

Evan & Krista Poppleton

Evan and Krista have been married for 14 years and are homeschooling their 3 children. They are passionate about using money wisely and want to live out God's design for money management. Evan works as a Financial Planner and holds the CFP and PFP designations. Krista enjoys budgeting and telling their money where to go, before they wonder where it went!

Sarah & Jessica

Sarah Bonish is the Special Services Librarian at the Regina Public Library and plans system wide programs for teens in Regina. Jessica Cammer is the Children’s and Young Adult Collections Librarian for Regina Public Library.

Melissa Ong

SEDA is Saskatchewan Elocution and Debate Association. Do you love to argue? In this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn the power of words, thinking on your feet, and about arguing with a purpose!

Children's Track

Olivia Mile is our children's program coordinator. She has a team of four students from Nipawin Bible College lined up to lead and assist with the activities.

Olivia is a homeschool graduate now studying at Nipawin Bible College. She is loved by children of all ages, and has volunteered for many years at homeschool groups and the children's program at Hillsdale Baptist Church.

Marla Anderson

Marla completed a diploma in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation from Lakeland College and a degree in Environmental Biology from the U of R. Marla began working for Nature Saskatchewan as a summer student in 2014 and returned in 2015 and 2016. She is currently the Conservation/Education Manager at Nature Saskatchewan.

Joanne Crofford

Joanne Crofford, trained and skilled in these elements, has 20 years experience drumming in community events, schools, teacher workshops, therapeutic settings, and family drumming. Skilled in providing a creative, fun, developmental experience. Info at: www.boomtowndrums.com.

Saskatchewan Science Center

S.O.L.E. stands for Self Organized Learning Enviroments and is based on research done by Sugata Mitra. It is a process of working in groups to find out information . We will work cooperatively to find information using technology.

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE CONVENTION COMMITTEE CHAIR

We are going to be asking you to sign the children in when they get there and sign them out each time they leave. If you have a cell phone number there will be a place to write it down in case they need to text you to come back to the room for some reason. The schedule is online so feel free to have a look - although it is not extremely detailed at this point. You do not have to come back each 1/2 hour break between the adult sessions - we have some extension activities planned for those breaks to keep the learning going! You can take them to the sessions or vendor hall with you - we just ask that they are supervised at all times and are not in the convention center or vendor hall unattended.

We will not be offering any food or drinks in the children's convention without the parents present (other than water). So please come sign your kids out for supper break promptly so our volunteers can get some food as well. After supper on Friday there will be a games night - if your child has a favorite game they would like to bring that would be fantastic. After the final plenary, we are going to have a talent show either in the teen room or the main ballroom, depending on interest. You can sign your kids out on Friday to be a part of that if you would like! On Saturday after the annual general meeting you will have to sign your kids out to go to the buffet for lunch - the chef has created a special menu just for them and their buffet line will be set up right near the regular lines.

We have 4 volunteers scheduled to come to be there for the whole weekend from Nipawin Bible College - and I just want to encourage you to thank them, and be gracious to them. They are young adult students with lots of experience with kids - but they are not teachers or professionals - and they are giving us their whole weekend! I am humbled by it actually. We also have some other volunteers that are coming for shorter shifts. If your child will need to have you in the room or will need one on one attention, you will need to get a police record check. I can get you a letter to get it done at your local police station, and it doesn't cost anything to have one done for volunteers. This is for security purposes, all volunteers over 18 need to have one. If you have an older teen that wants to come for even a short shift, we would be happy to have them. Olivia (the Children's track co-ordinator) will be making a schedule and can be contacted at misskilometer@gmail.com if you want to find out when there is need.

Blessings,

Charity Mile

Saskatchewan Home-Based Educators - Board Members

Saskatchewan Home Based Educators (SHBE) is the official voice of home-based educators in Saskatchewan. We assist in creating a positive social network and a positive political environment for all those who choose home-based education. We also provide supportive, social and instructional resources for our members.

Charles Audette

Zone 1

Charles Audette, zone 1 director, finish carpenter to pay the bills and preaching elder to feed the soul.

I am the husband of Janice; together we have birthed six, (5 of whom have graduated) adopted three and currently foster seven. Janice is homeschooling six children. We have been graced with a huge home in the beautiful Qu'Appelle valley where skiing is a real option winter and summer.

Anne Bennett

Zone 2, President

Anne Bennett has been on the SHBE Board since 2011, first as the help desk coordinator, and now as President. She lives in Shaunavon with her husband, Terry Shields, and their sons, Peter (18), David (15) and Mark (12).

Greg Mile

Zone 3

My name is Greg Mile and it is my privilege to serve the SHBE board as the director for zone 3 Regina. Along with my wife Charity we have six daughters who range in age from 19-3 years old, all have been and are homeschooled. I work as an insulator at the refinery in Regina.

Melody Friesen

Zone 4

My name is Melody Friesen, and I'm the SHBE zone 4 rep. Kelvin and I, as well as my late husband, Myron, have homeschooled our 3 boys from day one. Our oldest 2, Cheran and Marcus are 14 and 12.5, and our newest addition, Simeon, is 5 months. We are country folk, living on a serene acreage in the Pike Lake area. Serving the Lord, lifelong learning and music are all passions of mine. It has been an honour, and a time for personal growth as I endeavour to serve the most diverse zone with the largest homeschool population in the province!

Candice Petersen

Zone 5

Hi, I am Candice Petersen, representative for zone 5.  My husband is Richard and we have three children, ages 13, 11, and 9.  I am involved with coaching soccer and working at our local hockey team’s ticket booth.  I worked as a public school teacher before having children.

Gillian Smith

Zone 6, Secretary

Our Zone 6 Director, Gillian Smith is now mixing up a blend of family, farming, business and homeschool to wonderful results, having chosen that good portion over culinary school. She and her husband Ty homeschool their 5 children, while also farming and running an oil & gas business in the Battlefords area.

Rod Amberson

Director at Large, Vice President

Rod & Jo Amberson have 10 children, from 19 years old to 5 months, with 1 graduated from home education and 2 in the graduation ceremony this year. Rod & Jo are active in their homeschool communities, both in Regina and Moose Jaw. Rod has served on the board of SHBE since 2015 and is currently Vice President.

Jonas Hildebrandt

Director at Large

Husband, father of 1 daughter and 3 sons. Owner of an outdoor retail store and factory. I enjoy learning from those around me and being a part of what I love. It has been a blessing to serve on the SHBE board as a member at large.

Jonathan Olson

Director at Large

My name is Jonathan Olson, and I'm a director-at-large for SHBE. I am the newest board member having served less than a year. I work as an industrial mechanic at Bourgault Industries. My wife, Katie, and I homeschool our three children in Kinistino. Their ages are 10, 7, and 6, with one due in April.

Special thanks to our many volunteers, including but not limited to:

  • Laura Holowachuk (SHBE Treasurer)
  • Gerald Fortier (Nominations & Technology Consultant)
  • Charity Mile (SHBE Journal Editor)

Benefits of SHBE Membership:

Information: We prepare brochures, information packets, and booklets for our members and as promotional materials for libraries.
Newsletter: We prepare a monthly newsletter with a wide range of topics on homeschooling. We try to have Saskatchewan content.
Convention: We plan an annual convention with workshops, speakers, and both new and used curriculum from suppliers coming from across Canada and the United States.
Networking: We put you in touch with others who teach their children at home.
Advocacy: We provide assistance in working with local school boards and at the provincial level. We maintain a seat on the Provincial Review Board committee by assignment from the Minister of Education.
Local Support Groups: We encourage the formation of local groups and provide help in getting started.
Regional Information: The province is divided into six zones to facilitate communication.
Meetings and Seminars: throughout the year, we offer a variety of informational meetings. Once a year we do a “Can I Do This?” seminar.
Website: We offer a maintained website, as well as a maintained help desk to answer questions.
Facebook Page: Like us on Facebook—www.facebook.com/shbesask

WHAT is SHBE?

SHBE is a collection of hundreds of homeschool families in the province, governed by a volunteer board of elected homeschool members.
SHBE is the official voice of home-based educators in Saskatchewan.
SHBE assists in creating a positive social network and a positive political environment for those who choose home-based education.
SHBE provides supportive, social, and instructional resources to our membership.
As a grassroots organization, our strength is in the involvement of our membership. Your membership makes it easier for others to home educate by identifying with SHBE as it negotiates with school boards and the Department of Learning. Numbers DO count!

SHBE Convention Committee Members for 2017

The SHBE convention committee is composed of voluteers appointed by the SHBE Board of Directors. The committee operates under the direction of the SHBE Board, but with authority to make many decisions related to the convention.

Greg & Charity Mile

Chairperson

Charity has been the convention committee chairperson for a number of years now. She and Greg had a hand in most everything to do with the convention:

  • Chair planning committee meetings.
  • SHBE Board coordination
  • Facilities reservation
  • Assist with Workshop scheduling
  • Teen track planning
  • Children's program planning
  • Convention program editor

Michael & Ara Keffer

Registrar

Michael & Ara worked to receive, collect and report on the convention registrations. They tracked meal needs, special requests, payments, refunds as well as handling the logistics of things like nametags, information packs, etc. The registrar works closely with the SHBE membership coordinator to ensure all registrants received their SHBE membership cards. Finally, Ara answered many questions and made sure that all the registrations were correct and included all the required information.

Rod & Jo Amberson

Vendor Hall Coordinators

Rod & Jo handle all things related to the vendor hall, beginning in September with sending invitations and information to their list of potential vendors. Once the vendor applications are ready, they set the layout of the vendor hall, contact all the vendors again to sell booths and advertising, contract for booth rental and set up, organize the promotions (convention bags & program), and ensure the vendors are served and satisfied.

Rod also put together shbecon.ca.

Chris & Twyla McDougall

Workshop Coordinator

Chris & Twyla worked to select and receive speaker bios and workshop descriptions. As part of the total team, they helped with scheduling and convention program content, as well as just being generally all-around awesome. They were new to the team this year and were very much appreciate; it was a pleasure to get to know them better.

Wayne & Karen Henrion

Used Books Coordinator + Graduation Ceremony

Karen took charge of the SHBE Used Book Sale. This is run as a service to SHBE members on a cost-recovery basis. SHBE members can buy and sell lightly used books and curriculum.

Karen fielded requests for used book seller numbers, solicited volunteers and communicated used book sale policies. During the convention, Karen will be busy assisting the buyers, sellers and volunteers.

Karen & Wayne also put together the Graduation Completion Ceremony. This included communication with parents and graduates, gathering bios, planning the ceremony itself and recruiting volunteers.

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Beyond the convention planning, there is a large list of volunteers who make the convention possible. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Used Book Sale Volunteers (Help run the Used Book Sale)
  • Registration Volunteers (Help on the day of the convention)
  • Vendor Hall Volunteers (Help the vendors set up and "police" the Vendor Hall)
  • Nipawin Bible College & Millar College of the Bible (Teen Track MC and Co-ordinators)
  • Olivia Mile & her team of volunteers (Children's Track MC and Co-ordinators)
  • OUR Vendors (who come from near and far, answer all our questions, and make a huge effort to carry the products we love)
  • The Workshop presenters (although they make it look easy, they really put in far more effort than we'll ever know in preparing their presentations)
  • Laura Holowachuk (Treasurer)
  • Gerald Fortier (Technology Consultant)
  • The SHBE Board (for being there when requested to recommend, consult and guide on issues large and small)

Let the Convention Committee Know How They Did

WELCOME FROM THE CONVENTION CHAIRPERSON

Welcome to the 26th annual SHBE Convention!

Last year we really had a celebration of all the conventions that had come before. It was quite a time to reflect on the previous years of convention, and how things have changed. We were able to look back at memorabilia from past years that was brought to highlight how this convention has changed and grown over the years, just as homeschooling has changed and grown as well. Many new things were introduced, and a few of them we have been able to keep for this year as well, as the years continue after that big milestone!

We are pleased to offer a children’s track at convention this year again. The workshops and fun lined up for the kids this year is quite exciting—especially the opportunity to welcome the Saskatche-wan Science Center to run workshops with the kids on Saturday. We will be asking parents to sign their kids in and out of the children’s room for security purposes.

We again are able to have a separate teen track available. Please remember that adults are wel-come in the teen track for any sessions—and particularity the post secondary panels. Teens are wel-come to take part in the teen sessions or the adult sessions –whichever ones suit their interest and taste. As responsible young people, they are free to choose their schedule over the course of the weekend.

I just want to take a minute to thank the volunteers that make convention happen. It is a big job, but it is a fun one to take on with the crew that we had. It is an honour to serve the homeschooling community in this way!

Also the SHBE board—this year has seen a lot of work on the board level for various directors. Whether it was phone calls to homeschool administrators at the board level, or the preparation of the submission to the review panel, or meetings that took part in various school divisions – the SHBE board has been busy this year and I am just grateful for the time and energy they have put in on our behalf. They are all volunteers as well, and have jobs or farms or businesses they run as well as the education of their children. Thank them when you see them this weekend!

If you have any questions , please come ask at the info table, we would love to meet you and want to make sure that if this is one of your first experiences at a homeschool convention you have a chance to meet other parents and be encouraged as you go forward!

Here’s to the next milestone!

Blessings,

Charity Mile
2017 Convention Chairperson