Merry Christmas!
The board members of HENB wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a joy-filled New Year. Despite the uncertainty that we face - now more than ever - we have assurance that our hope is secure in Christ.

Below you will find some thoughts from interim president Cory Vail, as well as an appeal for new HENB board members.

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” – 2 Corinthians 9:15

A Thrill of Hope
…a weary world rejoices.

When we live with hope, it changes how we live. 

The essence of hopelessness is, “Things will never change, I will never change, it will always be this way.”

There is a lot of hopelessness in our world right now, a lot of fear, doubt, and suspicion. As Christians we shine like lights against a dark backdrop.

Recently my sons Eli and Theo made a Christmas tree out of wood and hung lights on it. Every night before going to bed I turn them off. Before I do, I take a brief moment to look at how the lights shine in the darkness and I think, “That is how we should shine as believers, like lights on a Christmas tree.” 

Hope is NOT

“Hang in there, maybe things will get better if you try harder or wait long enough.”

Hope IS

“We have a God who promises to make things better, to make things different.”

Hebrews 6:11-20:

“And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises… And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise… we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf…”

This Christmas season, take hold of hope, take hold of Jesus. 

Our hope is not in our circumstances, it is despite them. This has been a hard year for all of us, what a time for us to look forward in hope and fix our eyes on Jesus. One more verse: 

Lamentations 3:21-23:

“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
We currently only have 3 members serving on the HENB board. Would you consider joining us?

What do we do as the HENB board?

We Connect

HENB seeks to connect home educating families with local support groups and provide information and resources about home education.

We Advocate

HENB will advocate with the government and with educational institutions (such as Universities and Community Colleges) on behalf of home educating students across New Brunswick.

We Support

Local support groups are provided with resources to better support their members. Local group leaders are provided with support through a leadership breakfast each fall. This year due to Covid restrictions we hosted a leadership roundtable via Zoom.

We Educate

HENB helps educate home educating families through its HENB Conference each June and provides a Professional Development Day for educators during the school year.

We need you.

If you are interested in serving on the board of HENB would you please contact us by responding to this email. We would then send you an application form to fill out, followed by an interview.

If you are passionate about connecting homeschool families with local support groups, advocating for the rights of home educators, supporting area homeschool leaders, and educating more people about the benefits of home education, we want you to serve alongside us.

Becoming a member of HENB also gives you a discount on your annual Home School Legal Defence membership. For over 25 years HSLDA has been working diligently to support homeschool families by providing everything needed to succeed. Expert legal support, insurance coverage, and advice from experienced staff are just some of the many benefits of joining HSLDA. Click here to learn more about the mission of HSLDA, or click here to begin or renew your membership. Don't forget that HENB members receive a 20% discount on their membership with HSLDA!
If your child is in high school or you are considering post secondary options, don't forget that HENB has worked with the New Brunswick Community Colleges to greatly improved their acceptance of homeschooled graduates. We have prepared a handy guide to help you navigate their process for your students.
Local Support Groups

Local homeschool groups are great to connect with other local families on a regular basis. If you are looking to join one, check out some listed on our website and see if one might be a good fit for your family.