The 2023 QFHSA Fall Conference
A very big thank you to everyone who attended our Fall Conference on Saturday, November 4. Our hosts, Merton School and its Home and School Association, were absolutely wonderful. The event got off to a great start with an informative (and entertaining) presentation by Dr. Michael Canuel, the CEO of LEARN. Who knew that Generative Artificial Intelligence could be so much fun? Then it was time for workshops on homework and child mental health. Thank you to Dianea Phillips, B.Ed., Caroline Chang, M.Ed., and Zmira King, Ph.D., for their valuable information and advice. A large group of vendors/organizations were also on hand at the event’s many info booths—and the morning snacks and lunch were tasty!
If you were not able to attend this year’s event, we hope you can join us next year. We are already looking forward to the 2024 Fall Conference and to welcoming even more parents to this great opportunity to learn something new and enjoy a morning among friends old and new!
The winter issue of the QFHSA News will include photos and information from the Fall Conference. So if you are curious about the workshop you did not attend, you can read all about it in the News!
The 2022 Fall Conference
Unfortunately, the QFHSA had to make the difficult decision to cancel our 2022 Fall Conference’s day-long in-person event, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at Merton Elementary.
Although the planned in-person event did not take place, the QFHSA was able to offer the workshop “Fostering Relationships with Governing Boards and Administrations” on Zoom on Thursday, December 1st. The event was very well received.
Thank you to all who have shown an interest in the 2022 event as well as those who have worked so hard on it, including our gracious hosts at Merton Elementary.
Memories from the 2021 Fall Conference
For four evenings in November 2021, conference goers were treated to lively, thought-provoking presentations on ZOOM that covered a variety of topics. A huge thank-you to this year’s wonderful presenters:
- Maggie Soldano, Director of Continuing Education at the Lester B. Pearson School Board. Ms. Soldano shared her enthusiasm for and knowledge of Vocational Education options in Quebec.
- From the LEARN non-profit organization: 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. It was a true team effort to describe the many Resources Available from LEARN to support students, parents, and school/school board staff.
- Terry Cutler, the CEO of Cyology Labs and author of Insider Secrets to Internet Safety: Advice from a Professional Hacker. Mr. Cutler’s information-packed workshop provided valuable tips on Protecting Ourselves Online.
- Karen Delage, Family Life Educator of ParenTeenFocus. Ms. Delage helped us to Understand Interpersonal Conflict Styles by exploring the pros and cons of the five specific ways people respond and engage with conflict.
Thank you as well to everyone who joined us for the workshops! We look forward to seeing you again at next year’s event. Visit the QFHSA’s YouTube Channel where you can watch recordings of the following workshops:
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.