Listed below are the services in the community available for the home educator and home schooled children in the Greater Vancouver area. They are not sponsored nor vetted by New Life Home School Association, and are listed here for information purposes only. Please visit the listed websites for more information.
BCHLA is a non-profit organization that was registered in 1987 as an umbrella group to represent all home schoolers regardless of their philosophical or religious beliefs. Since inception, BCHLA has been a grassroots movement, involving individual home educators and families. BCHLA was founded to protect the individual rights of parents to choose the home education option and to conduct their child’s education according to their individual choices. (More information on the history of BCHLA.) You can see our BCHLA Constitution and Bylaws (2011) here.
BCHLA’s voice of experience can be especially invaluable to those parents new to home educating or new to this province who do not have a history of the home education scene in BC. BCHLA wants to help maintain the non-intrusive atmosphere and freedom each registered home educator in BC currently enjoys.
The BC CHEC is an annual Christian home educator's convention and trade show. It is hosted by Heritage Christian Online school. This convention takes place every spring in Kelowna, B.C. and its on a Friday & Saturday.
The BC CHEC features experienced homeschoolers, workshops on both days, and a trade show where you can browse and buy curriculum.
PAHS was formed in the fall of 2013 with the blessing of the directors of the BC Home School Association (BCHSA). These directors had served the home school community of BC for 17 years and felt that the leadership of PAHS would carry on and expand their vision and mission. With the torch passed, PAHS has taken over the role of providing support and encouragement to all the home school families within British Columbia. PAHS will also be working in relationship with the Distributed Learning (DL) schools and the Provincial Ministry of Education.
One of the main avenues that PAHS uses to support home school families in BC is with the BC Home School EXPO held each year in June. This annual convention is a showcase for home school curriculum and service providers to gather in one location. This 2 day event is also where home school families can learn through various seminars, given by local and world renowned home school speakers, on a wide variety of topics.
NOTE: The 2015 EXPO was deferred to 2016