Speakers

Each year, CHEC speakers inspire parents to excellence in their home education journey.

Our speakers cover a wide range of topics from curriculum choices to special education and worldview.

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Keynote Speakers

David & Melissa McVety Doing Family Right

David & Melissa McVety have shared in ministry for over 15 years and joined Doing Family Right as Assistant Directors in 2012. They are family & relationship educators, speakers, writers and coaches, who have a passion for marriage and family. They have been married for 16 years and have four children and one grandchild. As a homeschool family they have experienced the different challenges and victories that come with this valued commitment and journey. They desire to bring hope and encouragement, truth, and healing to people as they journey through life’s relational and family challenges by sharing their own experiences, education and training.

With a BA in Counseling & Caregiving, and a Masters in Leadership, David McVety is particularly passionate about working with church leaders to help them effectively lead their communities with men to inspire them to be honorable family leaders.

Melissa McVety has a BA in Counseling & Caregiving and is pursuing her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy. She is an active volunteer in her community and advocate for healthy relationships with a heart-focus on couples and families in need. The McVety’s are charismatic, down-to-earth speakers who relate to both gentle-spirited and passionately-focused individuals. Together, they inspire people of all backgrounds to follow God’s blueprint for life and marriage.

Workshops
Marie Sherwood Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program

Marie Filion Sherwood possesses a Master of Science in psychology and is currently working on her PhD. She has been working with trauma children for over 20 years and with horses for over 30 years. Her Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program is becoming increasingly more popular with homeschooled children. Marie specializes in helping children with behavioral, learning and/or psychological issues. In particular, Marie uses the neuropsychology of the brain to help children learn and heal, and for parents to understand where behavior is coming from. She feels the Lord has called her to infuse hope into parents and children alike. She enjoys spending time with her husband, four children, and, of course, her Curly Horses.

Workshops

Scheduled Sessions

Scheduled Sessions

Session Speakers


Rene Ammundsen

Rene Ammundsen

As a parent, teacher, lifelong-learner, and homeschool mom of 20+ years, I believe that every person is "beautifully and wonderfully made" and that we are given the privilege and honour of nurturing each one of our children toward their God-given potential. I believe that with care and attention to detail we can find the educational "fit" that will draw out the best in each student, even the "quiet:" ones.

Workshops

  • Fearfully and Wonderfullyl Made.... quiet.

Shannon Beglaw

Shannon Beglaw | HCOS

Shannon Beglaw joined HCOS in 2015 and has focused on Immersive Technology, with some individualized students. Shannon is enthusiastic about Inquiry Based Learning, Immersive Technology, STEAM, and leveraging technology to facilitate and engage students in learning. Shannon has a background in ecology and field biology, has been involved in youth ministry and mission trips; her son was a BCOS student, and daughter is at HCS. Shannon is also in pursuit of Google Certification, after becoming inspired at GAFE Summits and Bootcamps and looks forward to sharing G Suite with you.

Workshops

  • Getting Started with GSE (Google Suite for Education):

Steve Codling

Steve Codling | HCOS

Steve gets bored really easily. He has his business degree - and has been in a rock band. He and Rebecca, his wife, have four homeschooled children, grades 4-12, who were born in Bella Bella, Vancouver and Regina. He's helped plant churches and worked on environmental waste water research. He likes to find accounting errors, program synthesizers and go for bike rides while listening to podcasts about soccer and theology. Math is the only subject he hasn't taught, which might explain why he keeps bringing it up with his students! Steve is a K-9 support teacher, Grad Program Music and part-time administrator for Heritage Christian Online School.

Workshops

  • Getting Your Children Ready for the Grad Program in Grades 7-9
  • Teaching First Nations Culture - An Outsider's Inside Perspective

Jodi Derkson

Jodi Derkson | Voices Into Action

Jodi Derkson is a BC Certified teacher, with over fifteen years of professional teaching experience and a Masters of Education from UBC. She has always introduced topics of discrimination, bullying and mindfulness into her classroom lessons and never lost her drive to make a difference.Jodi is very proud to be the BC Director of Educational Programs for Voices into Action andfounder of Imperative Education. She believes that opening the dialogue on sensitive yet topical subjects with heart, mind and creativity can be highly transformative for each school's social climate. Providing educational communities with tools in which to foster more inclusion, accountability and mindful engagement is Jodi's overall focus.

Workshops

  • Bullying: Define, Resolve, Prevent
  • Putting our Voices into Action!

Dan Duncan

Dan Duncan |

SE Speaker - Dan Duncan is an adult diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), a father of someone with ADHD and an ADHD Coach, Consultant and Academic Strategist. Dan’s presentations are sought out in school districts across BC, and all CEA’s in the Central Okanagan District are required to take his full day seminar on ADHD. Dan himself spent time in a home learning environment and saw the direct successes and improvement with his academics.  His focus is on educating families, individuals, and organizations on the topic of ADHD and strategies to be successful. You can see comments from educators and parents on his website at www.adhdinsideout.com/presentations/school.html

Workshops

  • Whats Really Going on Inside an ADHD Brain?
  • Models for Building ADHD Strategies

Diane Geerlinks

Diane Geerlinks | National Institute for Learning Development |

Diane Geerlinks is a Certified Educational Therapist, Co-Director of NILD Canada (National Institute for Learning Development) and operates GeerLINKS Learning Centre. She is a motivational speaker and brings her 23 years of home educating her own 5 children to each session. She is passionate about finding new ways to help ALL kids learn.

Workshops

  • Beyond Memorization. The Importance Of Critical Thinking!
  • Homeschooling the Early Years

Sarah-Beth Gould

Sarah-Beth Gould | HCOS

Sarah-Beth Gould and her boys have been homeschooling together for the last eleven years.Five years have been outside of the ‘DL world’ and six within.She has been a Support Teacher with HCOS since 2010 and is still amazed that she can support and encourage other homeschool moms as a career! While she is very familiar with the day-to-day realities of the homeschool journey, she also highly values having a philosophy and bigger vision behind this journey.

Workshops

  • What Homeschool Parents Want and Need
  • Homeschool Philosophies and Methodologies

Richard Hewko

Richard Hewko | HCOS

I have a PhD in Physics from the University of Alberta and was curious why so few students felt comfortable with algebra and calculus. I have taught Math and Physics at various Universities and Colleges including 10 years at Northern Lights College, and over 20 years at the College of the Rockies teaching upgrading Math, and first and second year courses. So during 2006-7 I spent my sabbatical year researching possible causes and cures for Math anxiety. My research lead to the trial with the Paradise Valley School district (a suburb of Phoenix, AZ) with a group of 72 students who had failed their algebra readiness exam (many foreign students). Twenty students left the district during the year, but 52 students went on to complete the course and entered grade 10 with solid results.

Workshops

  • Why Johnny hates Math

Gerald Huebner

Gerald Huebner | HSLDA

Gerald Huebner, veteran parent of two homeschooled children, and now grandparent of four homeschooled grandchildren, is from Manitoba. Gerald has served for many years at the provincial and national level in Canada and is the board chair of the Home School Legal Defence Association of Canada (HSLDA). Gerald serves to advance parental choice and the human right to choose home education internationally as chair of the Global Home Education Conference board. Gerald works in senior management in the Government of Manitoba. Although Gerald and his wife, Bev, started homeschooling with the plan to do it for only one year, they instead experienced the joys and challenges of teaching their two children all the way to high school graduation. All of this life, work, and home experience gave them the credibility to also become involved in homeschool leadership at the local, provincial, national and global level. Gerald has spoken on home education in eight provinces and seven countries, and is a great encouragement to homeschooling families.

Workshops

  • The Battle for the Freedom to Choose Home Education

Carolyn Jones

Carolyn Jones | HCOS

My name is Carolyn Jones. I love numbers, music and art! I am a mom to two beautiful teenagers and a wife to an amazing husband. I have many passions and interests. Music and art have been a part of my life- all my life- and I love helping others enjoy them too. Numbers have always fascinated me, however I never was "good" at math! This past year I have taken an interest in finance and realized how much I have not taught my own children about what they need to know for when they "grow up" and so started my adventure into the world of finance!

Workshops

  • Fine Arts for the Artistically Impaired!
  • Financial Education across the Grades

Mark Lamden

Mark Lamden | HCOS

Mark Lamden has a passion for helping students grow and succeed as communicators, discover their God given abilities, and learn to use their energy and talents to help others. To this end, he designed and teaches TechLAB 7/8/9, an HCOS online course. Mark homeschools his own children and also works as an Individualized Support Teacher and STEAM Mentor with HCOS. He loves playing Lego and designing inventions with his children. Mark is currently living life “on the road” with his family. You can learn more about Mark and his journey, on the road and academically, at www.abidewithus.com.

Workshops

  • Teach Problem Solving and Unleash Creativity with Coding and Robotics

Bonnie Landry

Bonnie Landry |

Bonnie Landry is a homeschool mom who lives in the little hamlet of Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island, British Columbia with her family. She and her husband Albert have raised and homeschooled seven children for more than 25 years, with quite a few years to go. With baby and toddler years behind her, Bonnie finds time to offer some thoughts on her homeschooling life. Sharing practical ideas about homeschooling, Bonnie has written a series of teeny weeny books about approaching education in simple and cozy way. She has now has six books in the "Homeschooling, simplified" series, available on Amazon. She blogs about life at www.practicingmammal.blogspot.com She has a support blog for her books and speaking topics at www.ohthatssimple.blogspot.com

Workshops

  • Educating Kids Without Carrots or Sticks
  • How to Read a Book so it Becomes the Curriculum
  • Homeschooling, simplified: what matters most

Carol Lau

Carol Lau

SE Speaker - Carol Lau is a Certified Audiologist and Registered Speech Language Pathologist and the owner of Sound id Ears in Vancouver. Carol graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and an expert in her field, working with people of all ages. Her unique and specialist expertise has created a high demand as a practitioner and as a speaker.

Workshops

  • What is the overview, diagnosis and treatment CAPD (Central Auditory Process Disorder)? 2 Hours!

Catherine Lisimaque

Catherine Lisimaque | HCOS

I am an HCOS teacher and homeschool mom of 3. I grew up in Ontario, and taught there before moving to BC. With a Masters of Education from SFU I truly believe in life-long learning and continue to stretch myself- by asking the important questions in life!

Workshops

  • Critical thinking and Media Literacy for kids
  • New BC Curriculum and Essential Questions

April McLeod

April McLeod | HCOS

Starting my journey with Jesus at the age of 12 without Christian parents and having gone through three broken homes, I had a very real meeting with Jesus at a Christian concert. However, what followed was a journey filled with the trappings of Christianity and not experiencing the real heart of who Jesus is. I had a Christian mentor tell me one day that I had religion and not necessarily Jesus. It really shook me up inside and caused me to question everything about my faith. Over the last couple of years, God has brought people, books, and more into my life to open my heart to the mission of JESUS. I have found real love, security, hope, and traveled a heart wrenching journey as I see the heart of Jesus up close and personal. His gentle touch and the prodding of the Holy Spirit are moving my heart to see others in a totally different way. My hope is to share some of His life with others along the path of knowing Him more deeply. I am in my 7th year as a teacher with HCOS and I love loving my students and families.

Workshops

  • Jesus in Jeans

David & Melissa McVety

David & Melissa McVety | Doing Family Right |

David & Melissa McVety have shared in ministry for over 15 years and joined Doing Family Right as Assistant Directors in 2012. They are family relationship educators, speakers, writers and coaches, who have a passion for marriage and family.They have been married for 16 years, have four children and one grandchild.As a homeschool family they have experienced the different challenges and victories that comes with this valued commitment and journey. They desire to bring hope and encouragement, truth, and healing to people as they journey through life’s relational and family challenges by sharing their own experiences, education and training.With a BA in Counseling & Caregiving, and a Masters in Leadership, David McVety is particularly passionate about working with church leaders to help them effectively lead their communities with men to inspire them to be honorable family leaders. Melissa McVety has a BA in Counseling & Caregiving and is pursuing her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy. She is an active volunteer in her community and advocate for healthy relationships with a heart-focus on couples and families in need. The McVety’s are charismatic, down-to-earth speakers who relate to both gentle-spirited and passionately-focused individuals. Together, they inspire people of all backgrounds to follow God’s blueprint for life and marriage.

Workshops

  • Rules without Relationship equals Rebellion
  • Teaching our Children the Value of Quiet
  • Confidence: Building greater security in your kids.

David McVety

David McVety | Doing Family Right |

David & Melissa McVety have shared in ministry for over 15 years and joined Doing Family Right as Assistant Directors in 2012. They are family relationship educators, speakers, writers and coaches, who have a passion for marriage and family.They have been married for 16 year, have four children and one grandchild.As a homeschool family they have experienced the different challenges and victories that comes with this valued commitment and journey. They desire to bring hope and encouragement, truth, and healing to people as they journey through life’s relational and family challenges by sharing their own experiences, education and training.With a BA in Counseling & Caregiving, and a Masters in Leadership, David McVety is particularly passionate about working with church leaders to help them effectively lead their communities with men to inspire them to be honorable family leaders. Melissa McVety has a BA in Counseling & Caregiving and is pursuing her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy. She is an active volunteer in her community and advocate for healthy relationships with a heart-focus on couples and families in need. The McVety’s are charismatic, down-to-earth speakers who relate to both gentle-spirited and passionately-focused individuals. Together, they inspire people of all backgrounds to follow God’s blueprint for life and marriage.

Workshops

  • Preparing your kids for technological warfare:

Melissa McVety

Melissa McVety | Doing Family Right

David and Melissa McVety have shared in ministry for over 15 years and joined Doing Family Right as Assistant Directors in 2012. They are family relationship educators, speakers, writers and coaches, who have a passion for marriage and family.They have been married for 16 years, have four children and one grandchild.As a homeschool family, they have experienced the different challenges and victories that comes with this valued commitment and journey. They desire to bring hope and encouragement, truth, and healing to people as they journey through life’s relational and family challenges by sharing their own experiences, education and training.With a BA in Counseling & Caregiving, and a Masters in Leadership, David McVety is particularly passionate about working with church leaders to help them effectively lead their communities with men to inspire them to be honorable family leaders. Melissa McVety has a BA in Counseling & Caregiving and is pursuing her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy. She is an active volunteer in her community and advocate for healthy relationships with a heart-focus on couples and families in need. The McVety’s are charismatic, down-to-earth speakers who relate to both gentle-spirited and passionately-focused individuals. Together, they inspire people of all backgrounds to follow God’s blueprint for life and marriage.

Workshops

  • Letting go of the Reins

Jenny Miller

Jenny Miller | Reading Roots Literacy Ltd. |

Vendor

Workshops

  • Teaching Reading and Writing is Easier Than You Think!

Patrick Nurre

Patrick Nurre | Northwest Treasures Geology |

Patrick Nurre was in the second grade when he made his first big find – a large dinosaur bone in the alley behind his house!That was the beginning of a love for geology.Raised in beautiful Montana, he spent many days rockhounding near the Big Horn River.This early interest led him to a lifelong study of the world of geology. Patrick was trained in secular geology, but after becoming a Christian, he began to seriously reevaluate his previous evolutionary beliefs, and became, instead, a young-earth creationist.Today, Patrick conducts geology classes (PreK-12) and seminars in the Seattle area, and speaks at numerous home school and church conventions on geology and our young earth.  He also leads a variety of geology field trips every year, including Yellowstone Park, where he helps families discover the Biblical geology of the Park. Patrick is the vision behind Northwest Treasures, a 501(c)3 corporation, devoted to creating excellent geology kits, curricula and education for all ages. To help in this endeavor, Patrick has written several textbooks on geology. In the fall of 2012, he opened the Geology Learning Center, a museum/educational center in the Seattle area.Patrick and his wife, Vicki, have three wonderful children and two grandchildren, and live in Bothell, Washington.

Workshops

  • The Dinosaur Hunters

Linda Queiros

Linda Queiros

Linda has been happily married to Paul for 31 years and they have been a home learning family with their seven children since the beginning.Our children's ages range from 24 down to 7 with it seems like every age in between. It has been an adventure all along the way and I certainly don't feel like I have anything all figured out. Every year I am learning to sing a new song as my family grows and changes. This has been God's ultimate personal development program for me! What I do know for sure is that this is a lifestyle that touches every little area of my life. Lifestyle meaning a style of living that I've had to learn and embrace in order to find joy and purpose in what I feel compelled and called to do. I hope to share some tips and tricks that will make this lifestyle choice a little easier and joyful. There is nothing new under the sun so whenever there is an opportunity to share ideas, we should! Come and take home a few ideas to inspire, encourage, and give new energy to our daily task of nurturing and teaching our families.

Workshops

  • Practical, useful, real ideas for organizing for the homeschooling lifestyle.
  • Support Groups - Your life line of understanding and support

David Redekop

David Redekop | DNS Thingy.com |

David has a passion for technology, especially in how it can improve our lives and organizations. As a co-founder of Nerds On Site (Canada), David has been challenged throughout its 20-year history in many aspects including surviving economic cycles, and expansion to 9 other countries. David was born in Mexico, immigrated to Canada at the age of 15 and speaks 4.5 languages. He is married and has 5 young sons with high expectations to be a positive part of the change the world is experiencing through the will of God. He believes the Internet is one of the greatest resources ever created by man. It can build or destroy. Like money, it can be a great servant, but makes a terrible master. We must all choose wisely.

Workshops

  • Technology as a tool, not as danger or distraction

Kristi Rigg

Kristi Rigg | West Coast Centre for Learning

Kristi Rigg is the CEO and Founder of the Award Winning Company West Coast Centre for Learning, founded in 2014. West Coast Centre for Learning is dedicated to customizing successful learning approaches for children, youth, adults and older adults with learning difficulties and memory challenges affecting personal choice and equal access to quality educational opportunities. Kristi has a Master’s Degree in Education Management (Hons) from the University of Bristol in England and holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Saskatchewan. With over 20 years of experience in the Education field, her academic contributions are known among Independent and Public Schools and The Homeschool population. She regularly speaks on education best practices and serves as a local resource by writing articles related to cognitive fitness training and educational supports, in the local media.

Workshops

  • Experience A Brain Fitness Workout!

Mandi Sharkey

Mandi Sharkey

SE Speaker - Mandi Sharkey is the owner/operator of Sharkey Support Services. As a Behaviour Consultant  and certified teacher, Mandi's goal is to spread knowledge and focus on a child's abilities in spite of their disabilities. Mandi works to find solutions for all children based on their learning styles. Since becoming the owner/operator of Sharkey Support Services in 2010, Mandi continually looks forward to sharing her knowledge with families, whether it's how to successfully integrate an iPad as an educational tool or deciphering curriculum outcomes to coincide with current programming. Mandi has extensive knowledge of both ABA and non-ABA behaviour strategies which she uses when working with the principles of play therapy and developing collaborative proactive solutions to help families find the fun!

Workshops

  • Mastering the iPad
  • Collaborative Problem Solving and Natural Play Therapy

Marie Sherwood

Marie Sherwood | Soul Harmony

Marie Filion Sherwood possesses a Masters of Science in psychology and is currently working on her PhD. She has been working with trauma children for over 20 years and with horses for over 30 years. Her Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program is becoming increasingly more popular with homeschooled children. Marie specializes in helping children with behavioral, learning and/or psychological issues. In particular, Marie uses the neuropsychology of the brain to help children learn and  heal and for parents to understand where behavior is coming from. She feels the Lord has called her to infuse hope into parents and children alike. She enjoys spending time with her husband, four children, and, of course, her Curly Horses.

Workshops

  • De-stress Your Children and Your Life:
  • Electronic Screen Syndrome:
  • Socialization: Fact or Fiction
  • Rewriting our DNA

Natalie Sing

Natalie Sing | |

Natalie and her husband Ron are finishing their 20th year of homeschooling and supporting their last of four children to graduate this year. Natalie is a blogger athttp://truenorth-bchomeschoolmom.blogspot.ca, is on Twitter @rnsing and on Pinterest at Natalie Sing. She has a heart for the homeschooling mom and loves to share practical ideas and give encouragement. Natalie and her family live on Vancouver Island and they enjoy travelling and learning together! 

Workshops

  • New to Homeschooling

Richard Snyder

Richard Snyder | Malachi Man |

Richard is the founder and Executive Director of Malachi Man Ministries and part time associate pastor at Bay Community Church (Comox, B.C.). He spent 9 years training and working as a Professional Engineer before responding to the call of full time ministry. After 12 years of youth and young adult ministry, Richard clearly recognized the crisis in Christian homes: most young adults are turning away from Christ due to a lack of discipleship. The Bible clearly places the primary responsibility of discipling our children, to maturity in Christ, on fathers. As a father of 8, Richard knows how challenging this is, he concludes, “us fathers need all the help we can get.” Richard launched Malachi Man in 2012 to encourage heart level discipleship in the home and outside the home. Malachi Man seeks to encourage, equip and empower fathers, sons and young men to become Kingdom men who lead change in our land. Drawing from a range of practical and professional experiences, Richard relates well to men in all walks of life.

Workshops

  • 5 essential tools for men to disciple your kids. Warning: Homeschooling does not equal Discipleship!
  • How to communicate on a heart level: Your kids can't wait!

Rebecca Spooner

Rebecca Spooner | Hip Homeschooling |

Rebecca is a homeschool mom to five young children and writer over at www.hiphomeschoolingblog.com. She is married to an RCMP officer and lives in a distant corner of BC on a beautiful island in Haida Gwaii. Rebecca was homeschooled through most of her education and was certain that she had all the skills and know-how to homeschool her own family... until she started! She is passionate about sharing her journey, not only what works and resources to help, but also the struggles that homeschoolers face! She has a heart to keep it real and maybe show another tired homeschooler that they are not alone!

Workshops

  • Discover your Child's Learning Style!
  • How to Choose Curriculum
  • How to Teach Multiple Ages at Once

Teresa Stewart

Teresa Stewart | HCOS |

Teresa Stewart has been homeschooling for 14 years and has 5 children, 3 of whom have now graduated and all of whom have a variety of Special Education challenges. Over the years, her experience with multiple levels of services, extensive networking and first hand understanding of the multiple challenges facing families of children with complex needs led her to becoming the Director of SpEd, the Special Education Homeschool Association based in the Lower Mainland, the Family Liaison and CARE Team Leader for Heritage Christian Online School, a Professional Counsellor (RTC) and Youth and Family Support Worker in her own right. An inspiring and engaging public speaker with a strong sense of humour, she endeavours to provide a safe, non-judgmental place where parents will be both heard and encouraged, while exploring together how to "live the challenge", access the helps, and discover strength along the journey.

Workshops

  • I Only Twitch Occasionally and other Homeschool Truths

Darlene Unrau

Darlene Unrau

With over 25 years experience in working with youth and their parents, and a Masters Degree in Education with a minor in Counselling from Biola University in California, Darlene Unrau brings her passion to equipping parents in confidently initiating those 1000 little, ongoing conversations on great relationships and healthy sexuality with their children.  Presently, her role is one of creator, presenter and trainer of the True To You curriculum offered in different formats to both students and youth influencers. She is the mother of three wonderful sons and resides in Kelowna with Kim, her amazing husband of 27 years.

Workshops

  • Immunizing Your Children Against Pornography

Trish Vandop

Trish Vandop | HCOS

I have been a teacher at Heritage Christian Online School since 2013. I think my favorite part of supporting home learning is the wide variety of ways I get to participate in educating students in ways that are personally meaningful to them. The richness and creativity that naturally result from working with so many unique families has allowed me to learn and grow in ways that would not have been possible in any other job. My favorite subject is science and I spent many years teaching a variety of science classes at the high school level. It has been my privilege to bring my experience in the classroom and with science activities into the home learning arena. I love to come alongside families to hear about their goals and dreams, and to find ways to encourage and support both the students and parents. I am ready to provide as much or as little structure as you need, and to work collaboratively to see your students succeed.

Workshops

  • How do I do Science Experiments at home?

Kathy Whittome

Kathy Whittome | HCOS

I live in Abbotsford with my husband and three children. I feel very blessed to homeschool my kids and I am honored to be a part of the HCOS learning community. Prior to having children, I taught grade 7 at MEI Middle School. In 2009, with two small kids, my husband and I moved to China, where we lived for 4 years. It was while living in Shanghai that we started our homeschooling journey. I joined HCOS three years ago. I enjoy supporting homeschooling families, and I teach one day a week at Abbotsford Community Connections. I am also passionate about Maker Education and I love the opportunity I have to invent and tinker with kids around the Lower Mainland. One day, I hope to jump on my bike and go on an extended adventure with my family, exploring different parts of the world.

Workshops

  • How to Apply STEAM and Design Thinking with your DL families

Shandra Wiebe

Shandra Wiebe | HCOS

I have homeschooled for 16 years, dealing with children who have dyslexia, allergies and chronic illness along the way. While on this journey I have tried many different curricula and methods, eventually finding what works for each child. The joy of learning alongside my children has been an incredible privilege.  In 2007, I started working as the HCOS Librarian. Today, the school has grown considerably and so has the library! We are now part of the Heritage Christian Schools Learning Commons - an integrated library for both the campus and online schools. The purpose of the Learning Commons is to meet the needs of both homeschooling and campus families by offering quality resources from a Christian perspective. I enjoy serving the moms and dads who e-mail, call or drop in looking for information and helping them find the books and kits that will inspire them and their children. Be sure to "drop-in" and browse in person or browse the L4U library catalog online!

Workshops

  • HCOS Learning Commons 101

Sarah Zuidhof

Sarah Zuidhof | HCOS

Sarah Zuidhof hopes to be keeping a Nature Journal and Book of Centuries until she’s 99 years old. Sarah is a teacher through HCOS, has homeschooled for the past 8 years and took her graduate studies in Curriculum and Instruction from UBC. She loves to backpack, ski, travel and homeschool, cook gourmet and spend time with her husband Aron and their 5 kids.

Workshops

  • Inside a Charlotte Mason Homeschool
  • Two Charlotte Mason gems that will enrich any homeschooling journey: Nature Journals and Book of Centuries