Pre-Register to get the most of the day! ($25 + $20 for partner)

Earlybird (before May 2)
$25/person + $20 for spouse/same-house partner
Lunch included!

Can’t be sure yet? RSVP us and pay at the door ($30/person).

You can cancel your RSVP and get the pre-registration price until midnight, May 1st. To help with event planning, door tickets are limited to 20 seats. We strongly encourage you to pre-register! This lets your volunteer organizers know the conference is a desired service.

Door pricing: $30/person flat rate (bring your own lunch)

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May 4, 2019
9 am – 5 pm


Central Community Centre
529 4th Street
Brandon, MB

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Conference 2019 Features

  • Families welcome! (Please note that each individual needing a lunch will need an admission ticket)
  • Pre-registration includes lunch from Qdoba!
  • Tea and coffee on tap all day!
  • Guest speakers from Brandon, Winnipeg, and North Dakota
  • Open Q&A with our speakers after each presentation!
  • Used curriculum sale – tables free with admission!
  • Chat with a Manitoba Homeschooling Office Liaison
  • Chat with a legal association representative!
  • Meet a representative from Western Manitoba Regional Library!
  • Lots of local veteran homeschoolers to talk to!
  • …Or just hang out and enjoy the live presentations!
Onsite Bookbinding and Laminating Services

Provided by Larissa McDonald

•Book binding (5/16″ up to 45 pages, or 5/8″ up to 100 pages) $2.00 – see video for description
•Front clear & back cardstock cover: add $.50
•Laminating: $1.00 per 8 1/2×11 page
(Can use a laminated page for front or back cover of coil bound books!)
•Long Arm paper cutter: free


Each timeslot offers a choice of presentations in Room A or Room B. Presentations are 60 minutes long, followed by open Q & A.

9:30 am – 11:00 am

Room A: Panel Discussion: Reporting, Regulations and Resources
With Alan Schroeder, MB Homeschooling Office; Diane Kroeker, HSLDA; Danielle Hubbard, Western Manitoba Regional Library


Alan Schroeder, Homeschooling Office Liaison

Alan Schroeder is an approachable guy with a complicated job description. He is one of two Liaisons in the Independent Education Unit/Homeschooling Office with Manitoba Education and Training currently assigned to support homeschooling families and non-funded independent schools across Manitoba.

Specifically, Alan liaises with home schooling families and with school divisions regarding home school and monitors and supports a pool of Manitoba non-funded independent schools families to assure that students are receiving an education equivalent to that of other provincial students. Alan also works closely with a variety of individuals and organizations responsible for the operation of non-funded independent schools and those supporting home schools with the aim of supporting and improving the education of the students in these schools. In addition, Alan contributes to policy development relating to Independent Education. Lastly, Alan also liaises with Hutterian schools and school divisions regarding the education of Hutterian students to support the educational outcomes of these students.

Alan will be joining us to participate in the Panel Discussion on Reporting, Regulations, and Resources and will be available for meet, greet, and questions families may have.

Come with questions!

Diane Kroeker, Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) representative

Diane Kroeker is a homeschool alumnus and homeschool mother of 4. She, and her homeschooled husband, Tyson, live in Niverville with their children. Their children range in age from 3-12 and have been homeschooled all their lives. They have been involved with conference planning and homeschool leadership for about 10 years. Diane has spoken about homeschooling in Italy, Hungary, Ukraine, and Belarus as well as at the annual MACHS conference in Winnipeg. She is passionate about what homeschooling can do to build up the family and about making homeschooling affordable for everyone. Tyson and Diane have been members of HSLDA since 2010.

Danielle Hubbard, Western Manitoba Regional Library

Danielle Hubbard is the Programming and Outreach Librarian, as well as currently the Acting Chief Librarian, at the Western Manitoba Regional Library. In this role, Danielle organizes book clubs, writing groups, computer programming clubs, and Science Saturdays, as well as many other fun initiatives.

Danielle holds a Masters in Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University in Halifax. Before moving to Brandon, Danielle worked as the Children’s Librarian at the Salt Spring Island Public Library in BC, and before that as a summer children’s programmer at the Greater Victoria Public Library. Outside of work, Danielle enjoys writing novels and running marathons.

Room B: “How to Reduce Stress and Manage Overwhelm”
With Tash Stewart, Inner Strength Training Academy

Become the mom you want to be. Create the life you long to have. Raise your kids without “screwing them up.”


Tash Stewart

Tash has four kids (6-16) and has been homeschooling for the past 6 years. Apart from juggling school, housework and (what feels like) endlessly feeding hungry mouths, she also created an online school. Inner-Strength Training Academy is dedicated to equipping moms with the knowledge, skills and tools to build happy, healthy homes.
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11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Room A: Homeschool Legal Defense Association
With Diane Kroeker, homeschool alumnus and parent


The Home School Legal Defence Association of Canada (HSLDA Canada) is a national membership-based organization that empowers, protects, and encourages homeschooling families across Canada.

Members of the not-for-profit organization have access to exclusive home education resources that provide support throughout their journey. HSLDA is thousands of member-families strong, providing strength and encouragement for homeschoolers across the country.


Diane Kroeker

Diane Kroeker is a homeschool alumnus and homeschool mother of 4. She, and her homeschooled husband, Tyson, live in Niverville with their children. Their children range in age from 3-12 and have been homeschooled all their lives. They have been involved with conference planning and homeschool leadership for about 10 years. Diane has spoken about homeschooling in Italy, Hungary, Ukraine, and Belarus as well as at the annual MACHS conference in Winnipeg. She is passionate about what homeschooling can do to build up the family and about making homeschooling affordable for everyone. Tyson and Diane have been members of HSLDA since 2010.

Room B: The Relationship Factor
With Jennifer Gehman, secular homeschooling veteran


Jennifer is a certified high school mathematics teacher and worked in the early years of her career as a recreation professional before embarking on her current parenting adventure. She currently serves as Vice-President of the Manitoba Association for Schooling at Home, the largest and only secular homeschool group in the province. She is one of the founders and designers of Wildwood Curriculum, a homeschooling curriculum based on the educational work of Charlotte Mason.

She writes, “My greatest and most challenging role in my life has been that of parent. My children are all highly sensitive and have provided me with great insight into the alarm and anxiety paradigms, and lots of practice with making space for emotions and frustration!”

She is excited to share her experiences with others struggling to make sense of attachment and relationship.

Connections for Learning
Manitoba Association for Schooling at Home (MASH)


Jennifer Gehman

Jennifer Miller Gehman has been with her partner, Kirby Gehman for 25 years and has been a parent since 1996. She has five wonderful children, three girls, 21, 19, and 12 and two boys, 18 and 16. She has had the privilege of homeschooling her children since the beginning. Her three oldest are pursuing higher education and the two younger are still at home completing high school and junior high.

She is a facilitator-in-training with the Neufeld Institute in Vancouver, under the guidance and tutelage of Dr. Gordon Neufeld and his incredible staff. She had a long struggle to find a parenting “philosophy” that felt right for her and her family and was greatly relieved to stumble upon the Neufeld developmental approach in 2009. Since then she has been studying at the Institute, and learning to be a better parent and partner. In her free time she sews and creates costumes for theatre and cosplay.

LUNCH BREAK 12:30 – 1:30

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Room A: Discussion Panel: The Wide World of Homeschool Styles


A discussion panel asking all the questions you most want to ask! With local veteran homeschooler Sarah Schira, Jennifer Neufeld, Osman Garcia, and Cathi-Lyn Dyck.

Why did you pick this path of homeschooling?
Did you try any others?
What are the strengths of this kind of schooling?
What would you say are the weaknesses if there are any?
Do you worry about gaps and what do you do about it?
What did you do about your kids’ struggles with learning?
Do you have any must-know info for parents looking to homeschool this way?
What is the one piece of advice you wish you’d had when you started?

Room B: Curriculum Types and Choices
With Llora Knight, veteran homeschooler


Llora Knight will be joining us from North Dakota.. The Knights have written and published several books including a North Dakota History curriculum, Speech Curriculum, and five devotionals. Ken and Llora both serve on the NDHSA (North Dakota Home School Association) board of directors where Llora serves as the secretary/treasurer. Llora has spoken to groups and taught workshops on multiple topics over the years.


Llora Knight

Llora is a homeschool mom of fourteen and proud grandma of twenty-eight. She has homeschooled for over thirty-five years in four states and three countries. Llora and husband of almost forty-three years, Ken, live in Dickinson, ND with their two youngest children, a dog named Rex and two cats. Llora is a retired midwife.

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Room A: Losing Your Way to Find Your Family
With Cathi-Lyn Dyck, veteran homeschooler

Where did all my benchmarks of success go? If I can’t find them, surely that means I’m failing! 


Or maybe it means “success” looks different than you were told.

Local homeschooling veteran Cathi-Lyn Dyck was a secular unschooler until entering public school in Grade 8, and married a Christian homeschool graduate who left public school and completed Grades 7-12 via a faith-based curriculum. Together, she and Dave have four children (three graduated and one just finishing high school), one public school education and one homeschool education (split down the middle so as to share better).

Although they started out with more formality, coordinating life with Dave’s shift work led to repeated “failures” at following curricular plans. They shifted to a relaxed/eclectic approach, then unschooling. As life seasons have changed, their methods have varied, but the principles of spiritual discipleship, life mentorship, and deep, permanent attachment have guided them through each decision-making crisis.


Cathi-Lyn Dyck

Cat has worked as a communications contractor for indie magazines and a content editor and writing mentor in evangelical publishing. With Dave she is the co-author of Parenting In The Name of God: No Greater Joy Ministries and the Bible, a free e-book providing biblical analysis of a controversial fringe ministry that has made surprising inroads into Christian homeschooling. She writes narrative essays on spirituality, prairie life, and lifelong learning at

For several years, Cat volunteered as one of twelve online peer mentors for the Christian Unschooling resource site’s Facebook group, whose membership runs in the hundreds. Her teamwork with a range of facilitator-moms transformed her understanding of gentle parenting, and made her familiar with the most common recurring questions and issues as parents go through the adjustments of finding their own family’s best life.

Room B: How-To’s of Homeschooling to Travel
With Osman Garcia, travelschooling parent


The Garcias are a family of 7 from Winnipeg, in love with the outdoors and independent learning. In creating a plan for long-term family travel, they decided that homeschooling would be the best way to educate their children. Osman will be with us to discuss resources such as online coursework, self-directed learning resources such as apps, educational websites and library use; and much more.

More info: The Expedition Wanderlust on Facebook | The Expedition Wanderlust website | The Expedition Wanderlust on YouTube


Osman Garcia

Osman Garcia served for 5 years in the Canadian military. The mission of Expedition Wanderlust is to motivate others to stay active outdoors and to enhance our understanding and appreciation of the environmental and cultural geography of the American continent, in the spirit of learning and adventure. The Garcias are passionate about using their adventures to facilitate open discussion on ADHD and trends in education.

4:30 pm – used curriculum sale in main hall!

Tables for the used curriculum sale are free with admission!