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Christmas Greetings from AHEA - 2017

As home educators look forward to Christmas and beyond to a new year, some of the challenges we have experienced in 2016 encourage us to lean even more on Christ Jesus, the reason for our hope.

When reflecting on the past year, there have been events that have caused fear and hardship.

AHEA continues to work to stem the tide of such recent events.

Yet, while we focus on these concerns, it is good to remember the divine at this time when Christians the world over celebrate the birth of the Saviour.

As we consider that God came to earth as an infant, we should contemplate what is truly important in our lives: our own infants, our children of all ages, our families, our faith.

As we think of how the holy infant grew to become a man who would die on a cross, parents today realize that we are not raising children so much as raising the adults they will become.

We chose home education because we wanted to give our children the best and the fullest education: the finest academics, crucial life skills, a strong foundation in good character and faith, and a strong family.

Regardless of what the new year brings, home educators will continue to provide that to their children.

At the same time, we should remember not to hold home educating closer than God.

What we hope for from God is much smaller than what He has planned to give us. We ask for grains of sand, and He desires to bless with beaches.

Over the holidays, please send good tidings to our elected officials: MLAs, the Education Minister, the Premier.

Christmas cards of goodwill, prayers, and seasonal messages of love, hope, peace and joy are encouraged.

Those messages of peace and joy also go out to all of you from all of the volunteers of the Alberta Home Education Association: have a happy and holy Christmas.

Celebration of Home Education Rally

On Tuesday, November 29, AHEA hosted a Celebrate Home Education Rally at the provincial Legislature. The event was extremely successful, seeing 567 people coming to celebrate and stand for parental rights.

The rally featured several activities:

- discussion groups

- a choir

- ballroom dancing

- collection of food for the food bank

There were many MLAs in attendance, both from government and from opposition parties. There were many who mingled with and spoke to home educators and several of who made presentations at the rally:

- Jessica Littlewood -NDP

- Brian Jean -Wildrose

- Mark Smith -Shadow Education Minister for the Wildrose

- Ric McIver -PC

- Debbie Jabbour - NDP

In the afternoon sitting of the legislature, MLA Smith introduced AHEA's President, Paul van den Bosch, and Government Liaison, Patty Marler. During question period, opposition leader Brian Jean asked questions of the government in the legislature regarding the parental choice in education.

A summary of the event, as well as the questions asked and responses given in the legislature surrounding parental choice may be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD7YGi7PQYg

http://www.assembly.ab.ca/ISYS/LADDAR_files/docs/hansards/han/legislature_29/session_2/20161129_1330_01_han.pdf

Patty Marler

Government Liaison

Alberta Home Education Association

Celebrate Home Education Rally - Nov. 29, 2016

(updated Nov 26, with approval to receive Food bank donations)

Celebrate Home Education
A RALLY for everyone who values parental choice, religious education and personal freedom.

In this time of heightened attention on home education, the opportunity to share the positive aspects of home education is necessary. A lack of understanding of home education has led to actions in Alberta which have placed some very valuable components of home education in jeopardy and greatly disrupted the home education community.

In order to highlight some of the important elements of home education, AHEA is coodinating a "Celebrate Home Education" Rally at the Alberta Legislature. Some of these elements include: the educational best interest of the child, the parents right and responsibility to make informed educational decisions respecting the education of their children, relevant learning opportunities and supports for children, respect of minority denominational education and the freedom to choose the best education for your child, (many of which are outlined in the preamble of Alberta's Education Act). The details for the rally are as follows:

Date: Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
Time: 11:00AM
Location: Alberta Legislature, Edmonton

Additional Presenters:
There will be a limited time available for youth/young adults and parents to speak. If you are interested, please prepare a 1-3 minute speech/poem and submit it to Patty Marler at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
What home education has meant to me
How home education has helped me to succeed
The uniqueness of home education that served me well
Post Secondary successes
The benefits of home education
Development of strong citizens
We apologize in advance if there is not enough time to incorporate all who would like to speak.

Activities prior to the presentations (beginning at 10:30AM)

Choirs:
There will be time before and during the rally for Choirs to perform. Please contact Patty Marler at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in performing.

Ballroom Dancing:
There will be a time before the the speeches begin to participate in ballroom dancing.

Discussion Groups:
There will be coordinated discussions going on around the grounds of the legislature. If you are interested in facilitating one of these select groups, please contact Patty Marler at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Home Education Graduates:
Home education graduates are invited to attend and display their post home education career choice/post secondary school involvement.

Poster Contest:
There will be a contest for positive home education messages on posters. AHEA would also like to collect the posters for display at the April 2017 Convention in Red Deer.

Only positive home education messages are permitted at this celebration rally. You may want to consider some important components of education from the preamble in Alberta's Education Act.

Prizes courtesy of Merchant Ship.

Legislature tours and question period attendance:
If your family or a group of people are interested in a tour of the legislature or in sitting in on question period, please contact the Alberta Legislature Visitor Services at 780-427-7362 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Only people who book tours or book a time to sit in the gallery will be admitted into the legislature.

Invite your MLA:
Please feel free to invite your MLA or request to meet with them at the legislature on November 29. The following is a link to an invitation letter that you may use.

MLA Invitation Letter

Food bank donations:(This section was updated Nov 26)
We have received approval to collect items for the food bank at the Celebration Rally. Please drop your food bank donation off at the east gated entrace to the legislature - directly east of the main steps of the Legislature.

 

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