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Convention 2018

*** Online registration is closing on April 20th, 2018 BUT anyone who still wishes to go, didn't make the cutoff can still register ON SITE. ***

Convention 2018

Our next convention will be held at Redeemer University College in Ancaster on May 4th and 5th 2018. 

This year at the convention the keynote speakers will be:

Dr. Brian & Betsy Ray: National Home Education Research Institute

NHERI is the National Home Education Research Institute. NHERI conducts and collects research about homeschooling (home-based education, home schooling), and publishes the research journal called the Home School Researcher. The institute has hundreds of research works documented and catalogued on home schooling, many of which were done by NHERI. Simply put, NHERI specializes in homeschool research.

Some of their talks are:

Dr. Brian Ray
  • Be Honest: Who Should be Educating Your Children?
  • Just the Facts, Ma'am; Homeschooling Works
  • Loving and Leading (for men)
Betsy Ray
  • Does the Culture own you? #IBELONGTOCHRIST
  • Sexuality, Predators, and Safety

Woody Robertson: http://www.woodyrobertson.com/

Woody is a first generation homeschool graduate passionate about reaching the next generation. If you hang around Woody, you’re sure to hear words like, “live life to the fullest,” “purposeful living,” or “world-changer” and he’s helped young adults successfully navigate life-decisions for years. An entrepreneur and visionary, Woody has been a principle player in several start-up companies. In 2004, he co-founded CollegePlus (now Lumerit Unbound) and earned his accredited BSBA in General Management in 18 months for under $10k from a State University! A frequent motivational speaker at conferences nationwide, Woody’s information-packed sessions are innovative and inspiring. Characterized by a high level of energy and enthusiasm, Woody blends each session with motivating and practical information attendees can put immediately into practice.
Here are some of his talk titles:
  • Raising and Adult, Not a Child: A Solution for the Peter Pan Epidemic
  • 8 Practical Steps to Life after High School: Training Starts Now
  • How to Homeschool High School


Download the OCHEC schedule to be able to plan your day(s) ahead of the conference!

Here is the list Convention Vendors for 2018.

May 4 & 5  2018

Location :  Redeemer University College Ancaster


Click here to register on-line, or you can download a PDF registration form to register off-line.

Rates By March 31st After March 31st
Adult - Considering Homeschooling Contact us Contact us
Adult - Missionary Contact us Contact us
Adult - Friday Only $65 $85
Adult - Saturday Only $65 $85
Adult - Weekend (Both days) $80 $105
Youth - 1 Youth $40 $50
Youth - 2 Youths $65 $85
Youth - 3 or more $80 $105
Friday or Saturday box lunch $10 $10
Full set of Conventrion Audio (MP3 download) $15 $15



Please check back here for the guide book.  Please share the word about the convention and download the image the front cover to post on social media etc.

Workshop Speakers & Topics

  • Scientific and Historical Evidence for Faith in Christ ~Kirk Durston
  • Keeping Your Sanity ~ Robin Gilman
  • Goal Setting and Planning for Your Next School Year ~ Cori Dean
  • A Mother and Son Look Back ~ Louise and Dan House


All home educated youth born in 2004 or earlier, are welcome to attend!

Sports Dome Activities: Ultimate Frisbee and Soccer on Friday - please bring athletic wear!

Exhibit Hall

  • Browse an impressive variety of family resources and curriculum in the Exhibit Hall with one-stop shopping.


  • All keynote addresses and workshops (excluding exhibit workshops) will be recorded and available for MP3 download or in CD form. Orders may be placed online following the convention or order forms may be picked up at our OCHEC booth.


Volunteers make it all happen! Let us show you how much we appreciate your help.  For every hour you volunteer, you will receive 1 MP3 recording of your choice; volunteer 4 hours, we will give you $5 IN ADDITION to your MP3’s; volunteer 6+ hours and receive $5 AND the MP3 of the FULL convention.
Contact conven.volunteer@ochec.org.

We have many opportunities for volunteering and appreciate your contribution!

Local Accommodations

Redeemer University College
777 Garner Road East Ancaster, ON 905-648-2139 x4124
www.redeemer.ca campusservices@redeemer.ca

The townhouse style residences have four bedrooms with two single beds in each bedroom, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and spacious dining/living room.  The two bedroom apartments have a bunk bed in each bedroom, a full bathroom, kitchen, and dining/living room.  Each three bedroom apartment has 2 single beds in each bedroom, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and dining/living room. All guest accommodations are air conditioned and include housekeeping services, bed linens and towels, coffee makers, complimentary local calls, parking and internet.

Mohawk Residence & Conference Centre (approx. 12 min. drive)
245 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton, ON

Suites consist of two private bedrooms (double bed in each bedroom), a kitchenette and a private bathroom. Children 12 and under stay free if accompanied by an adult in the room. Free WiFi and parking.  Book by April 3, 2018 under OCHEC Convention.