PAC Parent Advisory Council
The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is a group of home schooling parents who help set WISDOM’s direction and policy. They meet twice a year for an in-camera meeting, and twice a year along with the Facilitators, Office Staff, and Board of Directors.
- Make themselves available for contact by our WISDOM families (see the "Read More" section of each bio for contact information)
- Welcome brand new families
- Gather and/or write articles for the WISDOM website and magazine
- Take political action on behalf of homeschoolers
- Encourage families to get involved in home education politics
- Keep you informed of current issues concerning home schooling (watch for inserts with the WISDOM Magazine)
Read more for the full PAC job description.
We live on a farm near Fairview and we have 5 children, ages 14 and under: Joel, Rachel, Nicole, Monica and Luke.
We appreciate WISDOM’s position on traditional home schooling, their emphasis on character development and the social and academic activities that they make available to the WISDOM Families.
Our family lives on a farm in the La Crete area of Northern Alberta. The Lord has blessed us with eight children and we are so thankful that, by His grace, we are able to educate them at home. We are in our eighth year of home schooling and all have been with WISDOM. We appreciate WISDOM's conviction of traditional home schooling and commend them for not wavering in that conviction.
We live on 10 acres just outside of High Level (no, not High River, not High Prairie, but keep going north, stopping 2 hours short of the NWT border). God has blessed us with 4 children - 3 sons (16,14 & 11) and a daughter (9). We actually started out with our oldest two in the local Christian school and then God called us to home school our kids and we haven't looked back. We've stumbled, cried, laughed and sighed but not looked back. I was one of those moms who said, "I could never home school." I have learned since that I was right, I can't...on my own, but God has been more than sufficient to lead and empower our journey for the last 9 years! And let me trip when I stubbornly go my own way:) Oh how glad I am that He has blessed us with the opportunity and privilege to have our family learn and grow together through home education!!
Charlene lives in Fort McMurray with her daughter Suzanne. Her older children have grown and gone on, some married.
The Braats are very politically active locally, provincially and federally. This has been an education in itself, as their daughter has also worked on many election campaigns, was elected onto the Federal board as soon as she turned 14 and could buy a membership, and is now the Secretary on the board. They attend party policy conventions, both voting and bringing forth policy toward a righteous end, and protecting parental authority.
They put a lot of emphasis on hands-on learning experience and mentoring, attempting to follow the natural gifts and talents as well as interests of the child. Christian-based history and science curriculum give a solid foundation for the world around them, and good communication skills are vital.
Their daughter is doing office work experience at her MLA's office, and helps with many church, fundraising and community projects, which affords invaluable experience practicing computer and administration, learning new skills, working with others, gaining confidence, and knowing how to live out her faith in the real world. They allow her to experience many areas of interest to her like gymnastics, ballroom dance, attending drama camps, and assisting with children's programs and drama productions. A wide variety of experiences allow a child to find their bent in the world and who they are, and to simply enjoy life! They also nurture basic responsibilities like cooking and domestic duties, personal faith, health and nutrition and active outdoor living. They are attempting to raise a well rounded confident young person who will learn to know and follow God into her very own God-given destiny.
We live in Edmonton and have been home schooling with WISDOM for many years. Two of our children have graduated.
WISDOM is a ministry that enables families to develop and follow their unique calling from God. Home schooling is our passion and we believe WISDOM is the only schoolboard with a faithful vision of what home schooling is. Being PAC members give us a behind the scenes look at home schooling issues (that we otherwise wouldn't know about eg. regulation reviews) and we are able to share that information with other families.
We first considered home schooling our children when our oldest child was just a toddler. By the time kindergarten (and the yellow school bus) approached, we had surrendered to God’s leading by choosing to educate our children at home instead of in a school setting
We have been married for almost 25 years and the Lord has blessed us with our family. We live in St. Albert with our 4 children. They are a son (20) and 3 daughters 17, 14, and 11. We have been home schooling for about 12 years and all those years were with WISDOM. One reason we chose to home school was to become closer as a family. We enjoy camping, especially in B.C. We are active in our church and also our home school support group. We are thankful to have WISDOM along with us on this journey.
We have four daughters (born 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009) who have all been home educated from the start. We live on an acreage south-east of Edmonton where Richard works in agriculture from a home office and Sandra is a full-time home-educating Mom.
Home schooling is absolutely worth the effort. The main benefit is that we have so much more TIME together as a family. We wouldn’t trade this privilege for anything in the world.
We live in Vermilion and have loved home educating our children for the past 20 + years. We have 4 daughters (27, 23, 17, 15) and our two oldest daughters have graduated from our home school. We are a mission oriented family and have traveled a bit to other countries. Both of our older daughters have a heart for missions and for social justice (esp. defending children and young women). It has been interesting to see where God is leading them and how home schooling has prepared them for life.
Dave and Suzanne Knoch have been married for 21 years. Now, isn’t that testimony enough to the fruit of home schooling? They are the thankful parents of Jeremiah, 19, Naomi, 17, Samuel, 15, Selah, 13, Joel, 10, and Isaiah, 7. They have enjoyed the country life for the past ten years, including the hard work.