Meet Our Speakers

Wee-Yeong Eyou

Wee-Yeong Eyou

Wee-Yeong is the current Executive Director of MIOMO (Making it on my Own) a life skills programme designed by Yvonne Godfrey. His passion for the next generation in Aotearoa drives him to impart values and skills to set young people up for success in all areas of life; and to equip parents for their role in their young adults’ independence process. After completing a conjoint degree at the University of Auckland (majoring in technology and management), Wee-Yeong’s 20-year career has spanned consulting, risk management, youth mentoring and non-profit leadership.

Cynthia Hancox

Cynthia Hancox

Cynthia has been married to Rob for 32 years. She is a mother of five and grandmother of five (so far). She home educated her children for over 22 years, and now spends most of her time supporting other families who choose to home educate their children, as well as advocating for the home education community with government departments in New Zealand. Cynthia is also an author, speaker and passionate gardener and homesteader. She loves to encourage others in all walks of life.  
Val Robb

Val Robb

Val, a former primary teacher, hails from Alberta, Canada where she met her Kiwi husband. She home educated her six children for 25 years, graduating the last one in December 2020. Val has taught writing workshops for parents and classes for children on three continents as their family spent time living in Canada, China and America. Val enjoys good conversations over a cup of tea, walking in nature, reading, and writing. Through her website Inspiringwriting.co she seeks to help home educators teach writing skills in a way that strengthens their relationships with their children.
Erin Parkinson

Erin Parkinson

Erin is mum to six children who were home educated through the primary and intermediate years. She is passionate about inspiring children to learn, especially in history and social studies, her favourite subjects!  She trained as a primary teacher and for the past two years she has been teaching small home education classes both in person and online. This is something she is hoping to grow over the coming years as her last two children head off to high school.
Siobhan Porter

Siobhan Porter

Siobhan has recently arrived in Dunedin having home-educated her five children for 16 years. She was formerly the director of Auckland Home Educators, and has assisted many parents to find encouragement and direction in their home-education journey. She loves how learning at home gives children the chance to really grow – academically, relationally and in real-life responsibilities. Siobhan is looking forward to exploring the Deep South and getting to know the community.

Natalie Donaldson

Natalie Donaldson

Natalie has been home-schooling since 2004.  She and her husband, Mark, have five children; currently three are at university and two are still being home-schooled.  They live in Auckland, although Natalie originally hails from a dairy farm in Taranaki. Natalie has seen the value of meeting face to face with others to support and encourage each other and feels she has benefitted greatly from past conferences and speakers.  It is now her desire to be able to help others feel confident and excited about their own home-school adventure ahead.

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