Back to Basics: Starting with You!


J.H. Bruns Collegiate

250 Lakewood BLVD

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Note: All sessions will take place at J.H. Bruns Collegiate. 


There is the staff lot located on the right side of the building.  Street parking is time sensitive and not recommended.  Please carpool if possible! Keep it GREEN!

More parking location to be announced closer to Oct. 20th. Check your MHETA Emails for updates! 

BYOC // Bring Your Own Cup

 We encourage everyone to bring their own refillable water bottles and/or travel mugs. Water filling stations and large coffee urns will be available on-site for you to refill your personal beverage containers! 


8:30 – 9:00 am  On-site Registration and Light Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 am  Welcome Address

9:30 – 11:30 am  AM Sessions

11:30 – 12:00 Displays Open

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch (Included in Registration Fees)

1:00 pm – 3:00pm PM Sessions

Just a Note

Wi-Fi will most likely available onsite, please check back for updates! 

Session Information

Rebecca Powell: Personal Values Workshop

**Everyone will take part in this workshop. Depending on scheduling, you may have this session from 9am-11am OR 1pm-3pm. **

Work. Live. Lead. From the inside out!

It is easy to understand what we do and how we do it. It is much more difficult to articulate our “why”. Research suggests that those who know their “why” are more effective and successful at what they do. In addition, people who know their why are driven with passion to move towards their purpose. During this workshop, participants will learn their “why” through a personal values exercise and discussion. This hands-on workshop brings personal values to the forefront and challenges participants to think about whether they live by them in their personal and professional lives.

Rebecca is a leadership consultant and educator.  She has been working with youth for over 15 years. She is currently the Director of Leadership at St. John’s-Ravenscourt School and has a leadership consulting firm, Empowell. She completed her MA in leadership at Royal Roads University and is now dedicating her career to igniting the leadership potential within her students and clients.

She believes that having a strong sense of self and developing a variety of leadership skills are important for academic and future professional success.

The works of Leadership gurus, Kouzes and Posner, and Senge have inspired Rebecca to create an empowering leadership development experience. Many of Rebecca’s students and clients have reported that the work she does with them has changed their lives.

Choice Sessions 

Choose ONE of these great sessions! 

Two Needle Beading
Instructor: Rebecca Chambers
Learn traditional Metis two-needle beading while completing a small project you can implement with your students.  Leave with knowledge of the technique, ways to modify the project for younger learners, and some ideas for integrating Aboriginal perspectives in the Clothing lab.  Lab cost $5, paid to presenter Rebecca Chambers. 

Sewing Bootcamp  
Instructor: Sara Harrington
Nervous about learning how to sew?  Relax and learn the fundamentals right from the very beginning.  Learn how to set up, thread and use a sewing machine from scratch then put your newly found talents to use to make a simple pillow project appropriate for a grade 8 Junior High Clothing and Textiles class.  

A Pulse on Pulses!  
Instructor: Jenell Wiebe & Heidi Forrester
Come learn about a multi-school, multi-discipline project that was inspired by an incentive from the Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers celebrating 2016 as the International Year of the Pulse.  The purpose of the project was to promote and entice youth to eat more pulses -- a group of foods that includes peas, bean, lentils and chickpeas and are often left behind on the plate.  This session is “hands-on” and will involve making a variety of recipes with an opportunity to taste-test them all.

Inquiry Based Learning in the Innovative Human Ecology Instructor: Lorraine Dulder

Collaboration between Human Ecology teachers and grade 5/6 classroom teachers have proven to bring dramatic results. This session will examine how the Louis Riel School Division has found innovative cross-curricular methods to promote and expand their Human Ecology programs with the use of inquiry based learning.

We will review the purpose and structure of the LRSD Middle Years Exploration Pilot, projects, student sample work, and the process of how inquiry learning cycles can be adapted for the Human Ecology classroom.

Healthy Aging

Instructor: Norma Kirkby PHec

Throughout the lifecycle questions about demetia may arise. Questions like, “Might my diet and lifestyle make a difference to my risk of developing dementia? How can I and my community group better reach out to people impacted by dementia? How can I balance the needs of the person with dementia and my family when I am supporting the person or their care partner?” may arise. Home Economics educators are uniquely placed as they may be asking these questions themselves or discussing these issues with students in class or one on one. The workshop will be interactive and discuss available resources.

Presenters Bio: Norma Kirkby joined the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba in June of 2002 and holds the portfolio of Program Director. She is a Professional Home Economist whose personal objective is to assist individuals and families to live successfully. As program director she is responsible for the Society’s vision for client services, education and advocacy. Norma’s desire is to empower people impacted by Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia to experience the greatest possible quality of life. In her personal time Norma enjoys a good book, baking yeast bread, doing projects with fabric or yarn and going for a walk. 

Mind Over Matter

Instructor: Wendy Malko

Learn the importance of mindfulness and how it can assist students to increase focus and lower stress and anxiety.  Participants will be guided through mindfulness meditations and will also learn simple mindfulness exercises they can share with their students.

Presenters Bio:  Wendy Malko is a certified Mindfulness Teacher and Life Coach.  She also holds certificates in guided visualization and imagery for children, positive psychology, mindfulness in the workplace and wellness counseling.  Wendy owns Shea Tree Wellness Center where she has brought together like minded wellness professionals and therapists.  Shea Tree offers an array of workshops and individual sessions to nourish mind, body and soul.  


MHETA MTS PD Day Conference Fees
o    Conference Fee - $50 (Includes Light Breakfast & Lunch)
o    Membership Fee - $40

o    Membership + Conference Fee - $80 (SAVE $10!!!)
o    Student Conference Fee - $40
o    Student/EA/Retired Teacher Membership Fee - $20

Register early to guarantee the session of your choice!

Email/phone/fax registrations will not be accepted.

Cheques will not be accepted, please register and pay online. 

Registration Closes: October 13th, 2017. There will be no late registrations accepted due to the nature of the registration process.

Cancellation Policy: Please be advised that once payment is confirmed there are no refunds for this conference. Thank you for your understanding.

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Email registration inquiries to: Brittney Casavant @

Contact Information

You will find updated notices at the MTS SAGE website (search ‘SAGE/MHETA’):

Email general conference inquiries to our conference chairs Brittney Casavant, Krystyna Luczak and Erin Ward at: