Saskatchewan
Home Based Educators

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Membership Information

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Click here for an online membership application form with online payment. Cost is $35.00. Saskatchewan Home Based Educators Inc. (SHBE) is the official voice of home-based educators in Saskatchewan. We assist in creating a positive social network and a positive political environment for all those who choose home-based education. We also provide supportive, social and instructional resources for our members.

SHBE is a non-profit corporation governed by a volunteer board made up of home-based educators from all areas of Saskatchewan.

SHBE Bylaws
Non-profit corporations act.

To determine which SHBE zone you fit into, have a look at this map. Here is a pdf indicating which SHBE zone your School division fits into.

Having our database accurate and up-to-date saves costs. Therefore, if your address or email changes please email the registrar. If you are no longer homeschooling and/or would like to be removed from our mailing lists, please email the registrar.

Memberships expire on March 31st, after the convention each year. Memberships bought from January 1st and on, expire March of the following year. For example, a membership bought on January of 2017 will expire on March of 2018.

Benefits of SHBE membership:

Information: This includes brochures in libraries, information packets, production of booklets.

Newsletter: We prepare a quarterly newsletter with a wide range of topics on homeschooliTulipng. We try to have Saskatchewan content.

Convention: We plan an annual convention with workshops, speakers, and both new and used curriculum from suppliers coming from across Canada and the US.

Networking: We put you in touch with others who teach their children at home.

Advocacy: We provide assistance in working with local school boards and at the provincial level. We maintain a seat on the Provincial Review Board Committee by assignment from the Minister of Education.

Local Support Groups: We encourage the formation of local groups and provide help in getting started.

Regional Information: The province is divided into seven zones to facilitate communication.

Meetings and Seminars: Throughout the year, we offer a variety of informational meetings. Once a year we do a "Can I Do This?" Seminar.

Website: We offer a maintained site for use with the internet. We offer a maintained helpdesk to answer questions.

WHAT is SHBE? 

SHBE is a collection of hundreds of homeschool families in the province governed by a volunteer board of elected homeschool members.
SHBE is the official voice for home based educators in SK.  
SHBE assists in creating a positive network and a positive political environment for those who choose home based education. 
SHBE provides supportive, social, and instructional resources to our membership.

As a grassroots organization, our strength is in the involvement of our membership. Your membership makes it easier for others to home educate by identifying with SHBE as it negotiates with school boards and the Department of Learning.  Numbers DO count!

The Rights of Home-Based Educators In Saskatchewan

As a home-based educator, you have the following rights:
The Right to educate your child according to your conscientious beliefs;
The Right to privacy including freedom from home visits;
The Right to protection from intrusions by officials;
The Right to choose or make any curriculum for your children;
The Right to choose the approach, method and philosophy you want for your family.
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states:

  • 2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
    (a)Freedom of conscience and religion;
  • "Freedom embraces
    both the absence of coercion and constraint,
    and the right to manifest beliefs and practices.”
    (Home-Based Education Parent’s Handbook)

 

Here's a word from SK Home Based Educators:

Twenty years ago, there was no SK Home Based Educators.
There was no organization to stand for the rights of homeschool families in SK.
There was no organization to turn to for information to know if we even had any rights.
There was no organization to host a provincial convention
to inspire and encourage families to pursue their vision.
There was no organization to bring a sense of connection and unity
to homeschool families across the province.
There was no organization to care for the cares of homeschool families in SK.

Move the calendar ahead, 19 years, and we now have SK Home Based Educators.
We do have an organization to stand for the rights of homeschool families in SK.
We do have an organization to turn to for information to know those rights.
We do have an organization to host a provincial convention
to inspire and encourage families to pursue their vision.
We do have an organization to bring a sense of connection and unity
to homeschool families across the province.
We do have an organization to care for the cares of homeschool families in SK.

SHBE is just as important now as it was 19 years ago.
The founders and visionaries didn't see what they were doing as a sacrifice.
They saw what they were doing as, "We get to help homeschoolers in SK!"
And they spent many many hours and gas money and phone money to fulfill their mandate to this cause.

Today, there are many many hours freely given to fulfill this same mandate.
It hasn't changed.
SHBE volunteers still, "Get to help homeschoolers in SK!"

SHBE's representation with government officials
is strengthened with increasing numbers of membership.
SHBE's budgeting income is based solely on membership fees.

If you appreciate the efforts of SHBE's accomplishments in the past, and
if you expect SHBE's accomplishments in the present, and
if you hope SHBE will be there for your children's children
in strength and confidence,
one thing that we can all do,
every year,
is renew our membership.

The ground is level in the SHBE domain:
Every board member and every convention committee member pays the same
membership fee as you.

One membership renewal won't make a huge difference
in determining our budgetary needs and opportunities;
but together we can continue to be the organization
that is known for standing for the things that are important to homeschool families in SK.

 Thank you! to all who have renewed their subscription!
(If you attended the SHBE convention, you’ve already renewed.)

To help SHBE continue to be an effective voice for homeschooling in SK,
join us with us today!

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