Chuck and I have been privileged to be involved in planning the MACHS Conference since 2013. There have been a lot of challenges and changes in that time, but the whole experience has been encouraging and has taught us a lot. 2018 was the last conference we are going to plan and we are pleased to be able to introduce to you the new conference chairs for 2019.
Kelly and Cheryl Ronald are homeschool parents who graduated their youngest several years ago. They are grain farmers near Portage la Prairie and have also been MACHS board members since the spring of 2018. They have a passion for serving Christ and for encouraging the homeschool community. We will spend this planning year working together with them as they learn the ropes.
Other new team members on the conference committee are: Dana and Heather Teichrib planning the workshops, Ashley Teichrib heading up teen track, Jarrod and Jaime Giesbrecht caring for exhibitors, and Elizabeth McKee designing graphics and publications.
As usual, Anita McKee will be wrangling volunteers, Maureen Toews is organizing registration, Mercer Lawrenson is in charge of communications, Celeste Lawrenson will be planning special events, Kyla McKee is arranging grad recognition, and Isaac and Caleb Mogilevsky are managing sound and tech.
Tyson and Diane Kroeker have worked alongside us since 2013, and they are moving on as well this year. Many thanks to them for the piles of hard work they have put in with the website, graphic design and recordings.
With a great mix of new team members and experienced personnel, we are thrilled to be handing off a conference that has a great future of blessing and challenging Manitoba homeschool families.
Are you or your kid graduating in 2019? Along with the special ceremony at Victoria Inn where graduates and their parents will be recognized in front of all the Conference attendees, graduates have a chance to hang out with their fellow grads, and MACHS will be taking professional photos of graduates and their families! Register now to get early-bird pricing!
Fill in the form below and we will be in touch with more details soon!
We had another great Field Day weekend this year. Because we are all running around there are not that many pictures. But you can get a sense of the day from the shots and video below.
Hot Dogs for all!
Start with races…
And play volleyball late into the night.
Dear Friends in Manitoba,As you may remember, we had a difficult time shipping my books to the conference. I had ordered three boxes of books and only one box made it in time for the convention.Then a few weeks later, I received an email that the missing books finally made it to Canada. Yay!My printer has already resent the missing books to me in Pennsylvania so these books are available to you in Winnipeg.After some deliberation with the MACHS board we have decided to offer them to anyone who is interested, with the proceeds being given to GHEC through CCHE. (CCHE is the charitable division of HSLDA Canada and GHEC is the Global Home Education Conference in which Gerald Huebner is involved.)Here are the books which are available:20 Speaking the Truth in Love30 Crisis to Christ30 Family Worship10 Hymns for Family Worship10 His Story My StoryCost: $10 each, $15 for 2 books, $20 for 3 booksPayment: cash or chequeIf you would like to purchase one or more, please email [email protected]MACHS.ca to make arrangements.Steve
This post is really late. We promise to get photos from the upcoming 2018 Field day up a lot faster. 🙂
This year’s field day is on the 18-19th of August. Registration will open at the beginning of June. See you there!
Last year we did some sky writing as our unique activity.
Each field day weekend contains a lot of races, sports, and fellowship.
More great memories will be made this year!
Photo credits go to: Rachelle Louden, Caleb Mogilevsky, Lily Friesen, and Carolyn Hamm.
Global Home Education – How can you help?
Greetings to Manitoba Home Educating Families!
It was great to see many of you at the MACHS conference. We would like to share more with you about upcoming international home education events:
The Global Home Education Conference (GHEC) is being held in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, May 14-19. A number of homeschool leaders from across Canada will be attending. Gerald & Bev Huebner from Manitoba, Ray & Lois Strom from Alberta, Russ & Andrea Hiebert from BC, Peter and Tarah Stock from Ontario, and Stephanie Jackson from Nova Scotia.
Gerald & Bev Huebner and Stephanie Jackson will also be speaking at home education and Christian camping conferences in Ukraine (9 days in 5 different cities) and Belarus before going to Russia.
This is the third Global Home Education Conference. The first was in Berlin, Germany, in 2012. The second was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016.
The purpose of the GHEC is to advance the freedom of parents globally to choose and direct the education of their children. GHEC is not specific to either motivation or methodology and is open to all. Its purpose is to bring together everyone with an interest in home education – whether parents, policy-makers, home education leaders, researchers, or anyone interested. We aim to influence public policy by promoting an understanding of the great value of home education and the necessity for it to be acknowledged as a human right. We also want to provide an opportunity for global leaders to connect and mutually support and encourage one another as we as seek to protect and advance home education freedom.
When passionate and committed people come together with a common goal, great things can happen. That is exactly what happened in Berlin and Rio, and we expect it to happen again in Russia this year.
What can you do to support these important Global efforts?
PRAY: Most important is the foundation and covering of prayer, which is needed crucially in the lead up and as we speak at these many conferences in the former Soviet Union. While the GHEC is purposefully not a specifically Christian conference, it is a special opportunity for Christian home educators to encourage others and to be salt and light. If you would like to support GHEC in prayer and get updates, you can email [email protected] and you will receive regular prayer updates.
ATTEND, although it may not be possible to attend in person the conference will be recorded and available online at www.ghec2018.org.
Picture above – Global Home Education Exchange Council in Rio 2016
SUPPORT, GHEC financially to enable a home educating family or leader from another part of the world to attend GHEC and thereby encourage and equip development of home education organizations around the world. Your support will be used to enable leaders from Africa, Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, etc.), South and Central America, and others. Average costs for a couple to attend will be approximately $3000, so anything you can do to help will be appreciated. Tax deductible donations in Canada can be made online through the Canadian Centre for Home Education (CCHE) at https://cche.ca/donate/ to designate the funds to this purpose also send an e-mail to [email protected] indicating you want the donation designated for this particular purpose.
Board Member, MACHS
Board Chair, Global Home Education Exchange Council (GHEC)
Board Chair, HSLDA Canada
Board Chair, Canadian Centre for Home Education
MACHS is currently studying issues involved in homeschooling, such as perceived access to and preparation for post-secondary education institutions for graduated homeschooled students, in addition to, the factors that discourage parents from homeschooling their children into high school.
We are most interested in your family’s experiences, especially those that are considering stopping homeschooling before High School, those that intend to Homeschool through High School, and those who are considering post-secondary education for their homeschooling high homeschoolers.
This survey is expected to take only 10 minutes are would greatly benefit us in our planning and development of ministry initiatives.
Thank you for your participation in this survey!
The MACHS board and the MACHS Post-secondary Institution Sub-committee