Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6

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Cori Dean is an author and speaker and the owner of Maple Tree Publications. She and her husband, Mark, are in full-time ministry with Youth for Christ and homeschool their three younger daughters in Bradford, Ontario and have sent their first graduate on to post-secondary studies. Cori loves long days of bicycling as well as camping and boating with the family and thinks there’s nothing better than a good book, some dark chocolate, and a cup of tea.

Ana is a homeschool mom of 3 turned into homeschool blogger at They Call me Blessed. She is an entrepreneur, online marketing, social media strategist, and passionate Bible and Hebrew teacher. She loves helping homeschool moms to find joy in their homeschool, to be more organized, grow in their faith, and even make an income working from home! Her goal is to help moms go from stressed to blessed and live a beyond blessed life. Ana studied Theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has a double Bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Jewish Studies. She is the founder of Hebrew for Homeschoolers, a course that teaches homeschool families to read, write and speak Hebrew in 4 to 10 weeks.

Andrew Pudewa is the founder and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Presenting around the world, he addresses issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills. Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his heroic wife Robin have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of fourteen, making their home in Northeastern Oklahoma’s beautiful green country.

Rebecca is a second generation homeschool mom to 5 beautiful kids. She is married to an RCMP officer and lives in Northern BC, surviving on an ample supply of coffee and Jesus. She is the creator of Gather ‘Round Homeschool and blogs over at Homeschool On where she shares not Pinterest perfect, but real life chaos. She passionately believes that God is raising up a generation of families who are connected and following Him, and that she (and many others) are called to this path they are on. Her sessions have a simple underlying message: life and life abundantly, no more settling for mere survival, and you can find joy in the journey! You are not here by accident, come and hear the imperfect testimony of a mom in the trenches with you and be encouraged to persevere!

Rowan Atkinson is a recent graduate of two decades of homeschooling her four children. She is the author of Headphone History, a Canadian history curriculum, and the book “Enough Already! Real Help for Homeschool Burnout Freakout and Zone Out”. Rowan hosts the podcast Canada Homeschools, a free resource for Canadian home educators.

Louise and her husband Harold reside in scenic Goderich Ontario where they operate The Learning House, a homeschool supply company. They home educated their four children from preschool through high school. Three of their children had learning struggles. Louise has been helping homeschool families for many years and she counts it a privilege to minster to homeschooling families through curriculum counseling, speaking, blogging, (From House to Home), and encouragement on a one-to-one basis.

Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker and Director of Family Renewal. He and his wife, Brook, are raising their ten children in SW Michigan.

Brigette VanHuisstede tries to live each day fully and abundantly. She hails from Hamilton, Ontario and lives in a home of beautiful chaos with her family and pets. She is married to the most encouraging man she knows and is the mother of four rapidly growing and energetic kids. One dog, two cats, a bird, and a guinea pig add to the fun mix in her household. Brigette has her honours degree in English Literature, has studied Biblical exposition with Simeon Trust, and reflects on God’s word every day. She taught Grade 8 in a local Christian school, has been involved in Children’s and Women’s ministries and is currently homeschooling her children. A typical homeschool day finds Brigette explaining new concepts using hockey imagery or weeping over the ending of “Charlotte’s Web”. Brigette is a cancer survivor who gets excited about hiking, reading, writing, and speaking. It’s her passion to use her stories to point people to Jesus.

Bonnie Landry is an ordinary mom, living in the little hamlet of Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island with her family. She has been homeschool for 29 years, a few more to go! Her 6th is about to graduate, and her last daughter at home. She and her husband Albert have raised/are still raising children who range in age from 13-32. Bonnie’s mission is joy. Living simply, educating with joy, discipline with dignity, fostering community and encouraging others are all central to her life.

Kathryn (Bell) Gomes holds an M. Ed. in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh. She has taught math to homeschooled students for thirteen years and is very familiar with the challenges of learning math at home; Kathryn is a homeschool graduate! Now one of her great passions is improving mathematics education for homeschoolers by increasing rigor while still maintaining the creativity and free-thinking that she enjoyed in her schooling. Kathryn and her husband Jason live near Philadelphia with their three children. When she is not working on something math-related, Kathryn is probably trying out a science experiment with her three little ones, cooking something spicy, or running in a local Philly race.

Donna Ward is the author of Canadian history/geography curricula, which have been widely used across the country in public, private and home schools available at Northwoods Press and other homeschool distributers. Donna’s love for good Canadian literature sets the foundation to provide teachers with a wealth of resources. Her goal has been to introduce intriguing stories that will captivate even the most reluctant student. Donna holds a degree in Religious Education from Ontario Bible College (now Tyndale University and College) Toronto. Donna’s husband, Doug, works with Compassion Canada. Donna and Doug homeschooled their four children.

Hester is a second generation home educating parent who is keenly aware that her own education is not complete, and comfortable that it probably never will be. She has many years of experience with children, books, and curriculum. She loves to travel to worlds and times beyond the present with her children through stories. Hester and her husband have four children and live in the lower mainland of BC.

Lisa Marie Fletcher is a homeschooling mom of 5 kids ranging from preschool to high school. When her homeschooling journey began, she searched for Canadian homeschooling resources and shared them online. That was the beginning of The Canadian Homeschooler – whose mission today is about helping Canadian homeschoolers connect with each other and with resources to help them on their journey.

Peter Stock is the President of the Home School Legal Defence Association of Canada. For nearly a quarter century, Peter has been a successful pro-family leader and strategist in government, media and public relations. His experience with public policy, from conception to implementation, naturally progressed into protecting and promoting home education. For over 10 years Peter and his wife, Tarah, have homeschooled their four children. Peter shares the teaching responsibilities with his wife and ultimately understands the needs of HSLDA members

Richard is CEO of CMI-Canada, and producer and co-host of the weekly, half-hour TV show Creation Magazine LIVE!

Richard has been speaking on the creation/evolution issue since 1994. The Canadian CMI office began as a room in his home in late 1998. As a speaker, he is known for his easy-to-understand scientific presentations.

Richard grew up in a Christian home but by high school he had many unanswered questions about creation, Genesis and the accuracy of the Bible that greatly hindered his spiritual growth. This began to change in 1994 after hearing Dr Carl Wieland (from CMI-Australia) and subscribing to Creation magazine, and reading other resources on apologetics.

Richard’s education and professional training is in electronics and he had the privilege of working on some of the most technologically advanced electronics for more than a decade before joining CMI.

Past hobbies included skydiving (8 times) and hang gliding (nearly 300 flights!).

Richard is married and lives in Kitchener, Ontario with his wife and 5 children.

Diane Geerlinks is a Professionally Certified Educational Therapist, and Marketing Director at NILD Canada. She is a motivational speaker and brings over 25 years of homeschool experience to each workshop presentation. In 2009, Diane trained as an NILD Educational Therapist and has since continued to pursue her passion for learning with particular focus on the neuroplasticity of the brain. Diane is a lively and passionate speaker and presents at educators’ conferences across Canada.

With a heart for training and mentoring young adults and pastors and advancing both church and cultural renewal, Michael Thiessen serves the Ezra Institute as Ministry Associate – Advocacy. Michael did his undergraduate studies in Pastoral Ministry (Heritage College, Cambridge, ON), earned his Master’s degree with a focus in New Testament and Ethics (Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary), and holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School). Michael is the author of Pursuing a First Class Marriage: Find the One Without Trying Many (Deep River Publications). Michael’s D. Min major research project is entitled: Responding to our Hemorrhaging Faith in Canada by Exploring a Family-Integrated Church Model as a Solution. Michael also serves as Associate Director of Church Planting for the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches (FEBCentral). He has over 20 years of pastoral ministry experience, including international missions experience involving journeying to Mozambique to be director of a startup college. He formerly served as Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Alliston where he continues to minister as a Teaching Pastor. Mike is married to Sarah. They have four children: Simon, Gabriel, Maylah-Belle, and Galilee-Ling.

Peter Lindsay is a teacher, a local/online tutor, and the high school administrator with Tree of Life School. He has taught and served young people (including his own three children) from elementary to university-level in science, math, Great Books, English, writing, and Bible. Peter gained his “teaching credentials” for government schooling fifteen years ago, but soon realized that he had a lot to learn about education. After discovering Christian classical education, he migrated towards other avenues in the learning field, and became committed to homeschooling. He has been working with Tree of Life for ten years, and is also doing part-time studies in theology. Peter and his wife live in Nova Scotia and homeschool their three children.

Julie H Ross believes that every child needs a feast of living ideas to grow intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. As a former school teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, and Assistant Director of a Homeschool Academy, Julie Ross has worked with hundreds of students and parents over the past 20 years. She has also been homeschooling her own five children for over a decade. Julie Ross developed the Charlotte Mason curriculum, A Gentle Feast, to provide parents with the tools and resources needed to provide a rich and abundant educational feast full of books, beauty, and Biblical truth. Julie lives in South Carolina with her husband and five children. When she’s not busy homeschooling, reading children’s books, hiking, or writing curriculum, you can find her taking a nap.

Stephanie lives on the beautiful east coast of Nova Scotia. Only 15 minutes from the ocean, she and her family grew up on the water. Stephanie has been leading HEMS: helping, encouraging, mentoring, serving, since the early 2000s. With her children almost all finished homeschooling and her grandchildren almost old enough to start, Stephanie is loving time with her family. As an author and conference speaker, Stephanie has participated in conferences across Canada and eastern Europe. Her passion is to encourage families in their journey and help lead them into a closer relationship with the LORD.

Kimberly is a busy, creative, homeschool mom who believes in homeschooling outside the box. She has been serving the homeschool community by providing information and support at Homeschooling in Nova Scotia (link: since 2008. Recently she started sharing her Geek Schooling adventures to help parents of geeks who may be annoyed by their children’s interests to embrace and incorporate those interests into their lives, and help their children rediscover the joy of learning. She and her beloved husband have homeschooled their two children in two provinces and currently live in beautiful Nova Scotia.

Teresa is eager to share the freedoms of the homeschool lifestyle with the skeptical, the intrigued, and the curious. Fourteen years ago, she searched for arguments against homeschooling. That search shifted her family’s next decade. Teresa is a hearty advocate for home education and encourages homeschool and unexpected home learning families to turn their challenges into their charms. Having homeschooled for more than eleven years, Teresa is keenly aware of the intensity and demanding nature of this lifestyle. A mama has got to practice self-care so she can thrive, not just survive. Teresa’s book, “Homeschool Mama Self-Care: Thrive not Just Survive” will be released Spring 2020. She’s got a new podcast, “Homeschool Mama Self-Care: Turning our Challenges into Charms.” She can be found on-line at Capturing the Charmed Life, Instagram. There’s a YouTube channel too. But she cannot be found on Snap Chat, because she is too old for that.

When the Tylers began their homeschooling journey 1984, the state superintendent of education threatened Zan with jail for insisting on teaching her child at home. For the next eight years, she and her family battled for homeschool freedom and the establishment of landmark homeschool legislation in South Carolina. In 1990, she founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools and served as its president for ten years. Her fight for homeschool freedom has led her to serve as the National Grassroots Director for, to advocate for homeschooling in the media (appearing on NBC’s Today Show) and at the nation’s capital, and to write profusely about the benefits of homeschooling.

As a popular author and speaker, Zan’s passion is to encourage parents to raise children who love the Lord and understand their callings in life. She currently represents BJU Press Homeschool/HomeWorks by Precept. For sixteen years, Zan worked with Christian publishers to develop homeschool curriculum and resources. She considers the twenty-one-years she and her husband, Joe, spent homeschooling their own three children from kindergarten through high school to be one of the greatest privileges of her life. Zan has been married to Joe since 1977 and together they have three children and six grandchildren.

In 2015 Zan was presented with the Chris Klicka Award for her dedication and commitment to home education worldwide. And the governor of South Carolina presented Zan with the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor a civilian in her state can receive.

Zan’s third book, Refined: A Homeschool Mom’s Call to Trust, has been recently released by BJU Press Homeschool. Zan is well known for her book 7 Tools For Cultivating Your Child’s Potential. You can find Zan at

Jeannie Fulbright is a veteran homeschool mother, Certified Christian Life Coach, best-selling author, and national speaker.

Jeannie earned her Bachelor of Arts at The University of Texas-Austin, and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Fairfield University. Jeannie is the author of Apologia’s Young Explorer series: Exploring Creation with Astronomy, Botany, Chemistry and Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, Zoology 1, 2 and 3. Jeannie also blogs writes for national magazines and has been speaking at conferences across the United States since 2005.

All of Jeannie’s four homeschooled children attended or attend the University of Georgia on scholarship, her oldest graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Photojournalism, and now owns her own photography company and works as a freelance editor at CNN. Jeannie’s two sons are both Computer Science majors at UGA. Her youngest daughter will join her brothers at UGA this fall, focusing on Engineering.

Visit Jeannie’s website and sign up for her newsletter to learn about upcoming products and receive encouragement for the homeschool journey. Jeannie can also be found on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Ever feel like you are homeschooling all on your own? Feeling overwhelmed? Are you new to homeschooling or a veteran looking for enrichment? If so, we hope you will join us at the first ever Canadian Homeschool Symposium!

Our prayer is that this gathering will encourage, equip, and inform us as home educating parents in Canada and that it will also shine a bright light in a dark and weary world as we connect with likeminded parents, educators, and resource providers in the Great White North.

Now more than ever, we need to support and build one another up and to raise our children up in the way they should go!

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An encouraging event for Christian home educators, for such a time as this...

Ever feel like you are homeschooling all on your own? Feeling overwhelmed? Are you new to homeschooling or a veteran looking for enrichment? If so, we hope you will join us at the first ever Canadian Homeschool Symposium!

Our prayer is that this gathering will encourage, equip, and inform us as home educating parents in Canada and that it will also shine a bright light in a dark and weary world as we connect with likeminded parents, educators, and resource providers in the Great White North.

Now more than ever, we need to support and build one another up and to raise our children up in the way they should go!

With workshops on a wide variety of subjects and for early years, high school and in between, we hope you will be inspired with the treasury of ideas presented to enrich your homeschool.

Enjoy up to 25 live speakers and have lifetime access to all of the workshop videos on demand once you register! Only $20

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