2021 Fall Conference:
Advocating for Education
For the second year in a row, the QFHSA’s annual Fall Conference will be presented online via Zoom. The event will be held over a two-week period, from November 8th to 18th. The four evening workshops cover a variety of topics, as you will see below. You are invited to register for as many workshops as you wish. The workshops are free, open to everyone, but space is limited. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Vocational Education: Follow Your Passion
Monday, November 8, 2021
Learn about vocational training programs across the province of Quebec with Maggie Soldano, Director of Continuing Education at the Lester B. Pearson School Board. From high-school students to adults seeking a career change, vocational training is well worth considering. Find out more in this informative workshop. The presentation will be approximately 1 hour and will be followed by a 1-hour question period—so there will be plenty of time for your questions! This presentation will be especially interesting for parents of students in Secondary IV and V. Their teens can attend as well!
About our Presenter: Maggie Soldano has over 20 years of experience in the adult and vocational sector and she firmly believes in promoting the value of vocational education to the young and young at heart. She is a member of the Provincial Organization of Continuing Education Directors, English (PROCEDE) as well as a member of the Comité de coordination TRÉAQ (Table des responsables de l’éducaton des adultes du Québec), where she represents the nine English school boards.
LEARN Quebec: Resources to Help Your Child Catch Up
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Need resources to get your child up to speed? LEARN Quebec offers students, parents, and school/school board staff free resources to support learning continuity. This workshop will introduce the three LEARN teams – Virtual Campus – Pedagogical Services – Provincial Resource Team – and what they are doing to support families, schools and communities.
About our Presenters: From LEARN Quebec, our presenters are Debbie Horrocks, Director of the Provincial Resource Team; Christine Truesdale, Director of Pedagogical Services and Educational Technology; and Dianne Conrad, Director of the Virtual Campus.
Protecting Yourself Online: Advice from a Professional Hacker
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
In a world of digital technology, it is easy to forget one sobering fact: our identity can be stolen from under our noses, with one click of the mouse, propelling us into nightmares in a matter of minutes, anytime, anywhere and on any one of our darling gadgets. Hackers, malware, botnets and all forms of digital threats are ever more sophisticated, waiting in the shadows for that one opportunity to steal your sensitive information. This workshop will provide practical tips on how you can protect yourself and your children online. Topics will include how to create an undecipherable password; secure your information on social media; and detect threats and frauds.
About our Presenter: Terry Cutler is the CEO of Cyology Labs and the author of the Amazon bestseller, Insider Secrets to Internet Safety: Advice from a Professional Hacker. An international award-winning cybersecurity expert and government-cleared Ethical Hacker, Terry is known for his consulting services, extensive coaching products, TV appearances, and live public speaking events.
Understanding Interpersonal Conflict Styles
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Social scientists have identified five specific ways people respond and engage with conflict. What is your go-to conflict style? Your partner’s? Your child’s? In this presentation, Family Life Educator Karen Delage will explore the pros and cons of each conflict style. She will also provide tips on how to communicate with those who exhibit the various conflict styles. This lively 1½-hour presentation will include time for you to share your thoughts and questions. Together, we’ll discuss ways to manage conflict for the next time it comes around.
About our Presenter: Karen Delage of ParenTeenFocus has worked with the Youth Protection mandate for over 15 years. Resolute in empowering parents with prevention-based education and skills, she offers various webinars and group work with parents and their teens, providing prevention-based education and skills.
Memories from the 2020 Fall Conference
Like so many things that year, the 2020 edition of the QFHSA’s Fall Conference was done a little differently. Instead of our traditional day-long event, we reimagined our conference as a series of evening workshops on Zoom. Six workshops were held between November 17th and 26th. The range of ideas explored was vast—from bringing Canadian Black history to the classroom to taking care of our mental health during the pandemic and finding smart ways to make at-home schooling a success. The QFHSA would like to thank Marketing and Events Professional Samantha Whipps; Family Life Educator Karen Delage; Dr. Michael Canuel, Carolina Toteda, and Robert Costain from LEARN Quebec; Historian Dr. Dorothy Williams; Software Developer Corinna Rake; and Joanne Lawson and Christopher Laurin of the Champions for Life Foundation for sharing their knowledge and expertise with us. Interested in finding out more about the workshops? See Pages 8-14 of the Winter QFHSA News, where several contributors share what they learned from the workshops. Visit the QFHSA’s YouTube Channel where you can watch recordings of the following workshops:
— Digital Literacy: Reading Between the Lines in our Digital World
— School at Home
— Supporting Your Child’s Physical Literacy Development at Home
Memories from the 2019 Fall Conference
The 2019 edition of the QFHSA Fall Conference was held on November 9, 2019 at Macdonald High School in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. The day-long event was an opportunity for Home and School delegates from across the province to meet and listen to inspiring speakers.
The videos on this page give you a snapshot of the events of the day.
Click on the first link below to hear Keynote Speaker Mr. Geoff Kelley, the Chair of the Alliance for the Promotion of English Language Education in Quebec (APPELE), talk about the fundamental issues at stake for our schools.
Click on the second link below for a short video presentation of the day’s activities.