Convention 2017

Ridge Meadows Home Learners


Explore the Home Learning Possibilities

3rd Annual Convention and Trade Show

Monday, June  12th  2017

3pm - 9pm

Presented by Ridge Meadows Home Learners and New Life Homeschool Association

Slide show from last year's convention !

Contact Leah Pillet at       

Convention Location:

  • Maple Ridge Alliance Church - Gymnasium
  • 20399 Dewdney Trunk Rd, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 3E2

Thank you so much for your interest in our 2nd annual Connections Conference. Our convention started last year with booths from Distributed Learning Schools, and used book tables for parents. In response to the positive feedback and attendance, we will be hosting the event in a larger venue, and adding speakers and opportunities for vendor tables.

Cost to attend the event with in and out privileges:

FREE for Paid Ridge Meadows Home Learners website members!

FREE for Paid New Life Homeschool Association members!

$5 for Non-members to attend.  $10 per family (mom and dad).  Children Free. Pay cash at the doo

***Please note this is not a Christian Convention but there is Christian Content. I have tried to have a well rounded representation of the different genres of HL =) I truly hope you all find something that helps you on your journey - whatever that may look like for you !

CONFIRMED VENDORS  - 60 tables of inspirations!


Home Quest - Delta DL

CHEK ABC - Nelson DL

EBUS Academy - Vanderhoof DL

Heritage Chistian Online Shool - HCOS

Regent Christian Online Academy - RCOA

Traditional Learning Academy - TLA

Pathways Academy

Christian Home Learners eStreams - CHeS

Hands on Home Learning - Oak and Orca

Anchor Academics


Anchor Academic Services Inc. (Fr. Academic Distribution Services)

Homeschool Canada  Pre-order online and save 10% off your entire order for pick up at the convention.
Use Promo Code: RMHL2017 in the discount box on the checkout page when you place your order, and choose "Pick up at RMHL" as your shipping option.
Orders must be placed by May 30th to receive your discount.

Meluki Book Marketing

Discovery Toys with Laura Burden

Usborne Books with Kathy Brandow

Anna's Math Page - Mortensen More than Math Method

Creation Science Association of BC

Heartbeat Productions

Kinder Boooks

Excellent Resources - Do you want FREE SHIPPING? Order online until Sunday night - June 11th and you will be guaranteed your order will be at the convention for your pickup OR your order is shipped free of charge. See you there!

Support / Programs for Youth

Ridge Meadows Home Learners

New Life Homeschool Association

Music for Young Children with Kathy Bartel and Marie Sugden

Trinity Western University

Stillwood Camp and Conference Centre

West Coast Centre for Learning

Cast and Crew Youth Theatre Society

Ridge Wilderness Adventures

Achieve Support & Development Inc.

Creative Writing for Children

Empowered by Nature

Hope Lutheran Christian School

BC Home Educators' Association

Teens 2 Serve Jesus

Used Tables: 8 and counting =)

Speakers - schedule below.

3:30pm - 4:15pm: West Coast Centre for Learning’s CEO Kristi Rigg presents:

Sound=Word=Meaning=Reading – the path to reading success, is paved with individual stones of phonemic awareness!

We know every word is essentially “a sequence of phonemes”, or individual sounds. Learn how Parents can stimulate future reading success early, by interacting in key activities to stimulate critical phonemic awareness in young children. West Coast Centre for Learning’s CEO Kristi Rigg explains what “PHONEMIC AWARENESS” is, and why it is so crucial to early reading development.

West Coast Centre for Learning  is located in the Health Technology Innovation District of Surrey’s Innovation Boulevard, and an active supporter of Kids Brain Health Network.

4:30pm - 5:15pm: Trinity Western University's Dr Kevin Schut presents:

Playing with Power? A discussion about Christian parents dealing with video games.

Description: “Video games are a major cultural force today, present in the living room, in the office and on phones everywhere. How do we respond to them as families and followers of Christ? In this session, Kevin Schut, professor of Media + Communication at TWU and author of the book Of Games & God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games talks about some of the controversial issues surrounding games and considers what a Biblically-informed approach to games looks like. The presentation will be part talk, part demo of games, part conversation and entirely balanced in approach, as Dr. Schut argues that games, like all things, have their strengths and weaknesses.”

Bio: Dr. Kevin Schut studies video games and teaches about media at Trinity Western University. He wrote “Of Games & God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games,” which is a conversation starter for the church about how to deal with this powerful cultural force. In his few minutes of spare time, he likes to play King’s Quest and Pikmin 3 with his three school-aged daughters, and he plays Hearthstone late at night when he should be going to bed. Trinity Western University

5:30pm - 6:15pm: DL Support Teacher, Sarah-Beth Gould,  presents:

Parent-Teacher Relationship: Burden, Game, or Something More?

Description: "The parent-teacher relationship can make or break a family’s home education experience.  In this session I will share experiences as well as some survey results on this topic.  While we don’t want to ‘carbon copy’ this relationship, there are over-arching values and common understandings that we can all hold to help this relationship not be a burden or a game, but rather something more."

Bio: Sarah-Beth Gould and her boys have been homeschooling together for the last eleven years.  Five years have been outside of the ‘DL world’ and six within.  She has been a Support Teacher with  HCOS since 2010 and is still amazed that she can support and encourage other homeschool moms as a career!

6:30pm - 7:15pm: Direct Action Career & Educational Consultant, Walter Loewen, presents:

 “Hope and Help for the Dyslexic”

Description: A workshop for all struggling students: Warning signs of dyslexia. Dyslexia’s effect on learning. Why seemingly smart children struggle. Strategies that work with dyslexics and all children who struggle. What you can do. In his presentation, he’ll be discussing the character of dyslexics, brain dominance, problems dyslexics face, and providing tools to overcome those issues. AN EXCELLENT RESOURCE FOR PARENTS & TEACHERS.

Bio:When Loewen took early retirement from the school district after it phased out its gifted student program, he started a consulting firm for gifted students. But not long in, requests for help from parents with dyslexics struggling in the mainstream school system started pouring in. When his own grandchildren were diagnosed with dyslexia, his eyes began to open.

7:30pm - 9pm: Grad Round Table Discussion

"To Dogwood or Not"

Join seasoned home learning moms as they share their journey through the Grad years. Janine Willemsen, Carmen Tischer and Vasso Rowbottom will talk about the different paths each of their kids took (some Dogwood and some not), the opportunities to look out for and what inspired them.

Afterwards, several DL will be on hand to ask Graduation Specific Questions. They will have material on hand and share what they offer that may interest your kids as they choose their highschool path.