AHEA Convention 2016

The 30th Anniversary Convention (April 2016)
just keeps getting bigger and better!

We now have three keynote speakers: Andrew Pudewa (founder & director of Institute for Excellence in Writing), Linda Lacour Hobar (author of the Mystery of History), and John Carpay (founder and president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms).

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Merry Christmas from AHEA

Merry Christmas from AHEA

To all AHEA members, to all home educators, to all Alberta parents:

2015 has been an event-filled year for home educators in many ways.

As always, the Alberta Home Education Association has been active advocating for the continued importance of parental authority in education.

Parents are the primary guides of their children and the primary decision-makers over the education of their children.

Children's interests are best served in the context of a family.

As we come once again to Christmas, we look to the example of another family and are reminded of the sacred responsibility we bear as parents.

Parenting is a lifetime commitment filled with new beginnings - like the birth of a baby at Christmas - and we remember again the hope and joy and the knowledge that we are on the right path.

Merry Christmas to you and your family from the AHEA family - the board, the convention team, and all our volunteers.

Convention Speaker Change

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

2016 Convention Speaker Review

October 29, 2015:

AHEA is aware of recent media stories and comments on the Duggar family.

AHEA values the feedback from those within the Alberta home education community and from others also.

We are currently reviewing our speaker arrangements for the 2016 convention and we expect to make a decision early next week.

Thank you for your patience.

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