April 17 2016
To all Alberta home educators:
Thank you for coming to our 2016 Convention!
What a full weekend of talks, workshops, chocolate-for-moms evening, breakfast-for-dads morning, children's convention, youth activities, and lots of shopping!
We had one of our busiest conventions EVER - over 1900 attendees!
That's an increase of over 450 from last year.
Thank you for being there!
Thank you also for your suggestions on the end-of-convention surveys.
As always, we use those surveys to choose future speakers and to make improvements every year.
This year, we got almost 300 surveys back and 98.2% of you were either 'Completely Satisfied' or 'Mostly Satisfied'.
Over 98'% satisfaction rating!
And a huge hug-and-pat-on-the-back to our whole convention team.
Blessings on us all as we prepare for 2017.
From the board of the Alberta Home Education Association
News release for November 1, 2015
AHEA Announcement to Alberta home educators, the media, and the public:
After carefully considering all of the input from you, Alberta home educators, the Alberta Home Education Association has decided to cancel the speaking engagement of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar for our 2016 convention.
Although early feedback from our members this summer was supportive of having the Duggars come here, recent feedback from our own members points out that their appearance here would not be in the best interests of home educators.
Our members also pointed out that, as the Duggars would have been giving only two talks (of the more than 40 talks available), their presence would have been only a small part of the convention and that the Duggar’s philosophy is not representative of AHEA as a whole.
One of our previously scheduled speakers, Chris Butler of the RCMP, will still be presenting his session on preventing child abuse entitled "Protecting the Gift".
As we have learned, child abuse can happen in any home and is never 'old news'.
Each year, at our convention in April, we invite many speakers in order that Alberta home educators will be uplifted and inspired but also given practical help for their own home education.
We bring in speakers from a variety of home education philosophies and viewpoints and with a wealth of experience and insight.
On April 8th and 9th 2016 in Red Deer, our 30th anniversary convention will feature more than 40 different talks:
The keynote speakers for the 2016 AHEA Convention will be Andrew Pudewa (Institute for Excellence in Writing), Linda Lacour Hobar (The Mystery of History) and John Carpay (Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms).
I hope to see you there.
Paul van den Bosch
Alberta Home Education Association
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