Our Mission

Learning Disabilities Society exists to ensure that children with Learning Disabilities and their families have access to the tools they need to increase self-esteem and achieve academic success. We do this by delivering remedial teaching programs and by providing individualized support to children and families. Our vision is to ensure that children and youth with Learning Disabilities recognize their unique strengths and have the confidence and tools to achieve academic success.

Meet The Team

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Kate Raven

Executive Director (on leave)

Kate comes to LDS with over 10 years of experience in community development, specializing in youth and child programming in both public and non-profit sectors. She holds a B.A. from Wilfred Laurier University, a B.Ed. from the University of Edinburgh and a specialization in Special Education from York University. As Executive Director, Kate works alongside schools, community partners and like-minded professionals to ensure that each and every child with a Learning Disability receives the support they need in order to be successful at school.

604-873-8139 ext 102

kater@ldsociety.ca

Jan Fialkowski

Interim Executive Director

Jan joins LDS as interim Executive Director while Kate Raven is on leave. Jan is a professional administrator with over 25 years’ experience in not-for-profit industries on academic campuses. Until recently Jan was the Executive Director for a large community based not-for-profit society located at UBC. She was also the Director of Residence at SFU and Associate Director of Residence and Food Services at Trent University. In this interim period, Jan is honoured to serve the LDS team to ensure the seamless and effective provision of services to our students and their families.

604-873-8139 ext 102

janf@ldsociety.ca

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Norlan Cabot

Director of Learning Support

At the Learning Disabilities Society, Norlan Cabot helps children overcome those challenges and reach their full potential. With over 30 years experience as a school psychologist and special education teacher, Norlan brings a wealth of expertise and leadership to the LDS. Trained by some of the most influential names in learning disabilities, she now leads a new generation of teachers in cutting-edge instruction with the help of the University of British Columbia and community partners. Norlan gives her close, personal attention to every family at the LDS and ensures they have the needed resources for their child succeed in school and in life.

604-873-8139 ext 105

norlanc@ldsociety.ca

Georgia Gordon

Program Manager

Georgia joined the LDS team in August 2017, after moving to Canada from the UK. She studied American Studies and Film Studies at the University of Sussex and has administration experience in a wide variety of different industries including film production and publishing. In her role as Program Manager, Georgia will be leading on LDS’s program design, development, and supporting the continued growth of our work. She is passionate about combining education with not-for profit to ensure individuals with learning disabilities receive the support they need in order to realize their full potential.

604-873-8139 x 103

georgiag@ldsociety.ca

Ioanna Tsiriotakis

Learning Support Coordinator

Ioanna holds a Specialized Honors Degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto, a Master’s in Education from the University of Birmingham, a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Crete, Greece, and is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of British Columbia. As a Learning Support Coordinator, Ioanna supports instructors to ensure LDS quality and consistency of service to all students.

604-873-8139

ioannat@ldsociety.ca

Niki Hurst

North Shore Program Coordinator

Niki comes to LDS with an extensive background in community development and community programming. She has worked in sectors of youth health and wellness, chronic illness lifestyle management and sports endurance but specializes in educational programming and development. She has been working closely with school boards in the Lower-Mainland and Sea to Sky corridor developing specialized programs for three years prior to joining LDS. Niki is focused on expanding LDS’s presence on the North Shore and is excited to be working alongside community partners, teachers and parents to aid students in recognizing their unique skill-set and to foster a lifelong love for learning.

778-886-7044

nikih@ldsociety.ca

Katy Exton

Administrative Assistant

Katy joined the LDS team in February 2019 and is the point of contact for initial inquiries. She completed a B.A. (History) from UBC and has administrative experience in various industries such as social enterprise and finance. Katy has previously worked as a support worker for young adults with disabilities gaining employable skills in the UK. She is passionate about supporting individuals learning lifelong skills and strategies in order to develop and succeed.

604-873-8139 ext 101

katye@ldsociety.ca

Heather Liu

Administrative Assistant - Saturdays

Heather joined the LDS team in March 2019 and will be assisting LDS with administrative tasks on Saturdays. She completed an Associates Degree in English, and currently volunteers as a receptionist at Qmunity, a resource center for LGBTQ2S identified folks. She has also volunteered as an English tutor in a language exchange center. She is motivated to help individuals gain the skills and resources necessary to succeed.

604-873-8139 ext 101

info@ldsociety.ca

Laura Covaza

Accountant

Prior to joining LDS, Laura spent over 5 years in Accounting, managing the finances for many not-for-profit clients. She has her Professional Accounting diploma from BCIT and her Office Administration diploma from Vancouver Career College.

604-873-8139

info@ldsociety.ca

Board

LDS is governed by a diverse group of individuals, who are committed to using their talents to create a strong agency that makes a difference in the lives of the children and families we work with. LDS is grateful to these passionate volunteers. To reach our board, email board@ldsociety.ca.

Chair

Susan Aitchison

DialoguePro Consultants

Partner

Treasurer

Kevin Riley

Amazon

Accounting Manager

Vice-Chair

Brigid Lumholst-Smith

Maple Leaf Foods

VP of Industrial Relations

Director

Sterett Mercer

UBC, Faculty of Education

Associate Professor, Chris Spencer Foundation Professor in Dyslexia

Secretary

Pamela Sack

Seaspan

Naval Engineer

Director

Virginie Vigeant

Dentons Canada LLP

Director of Talent, Vancouver

Director

Greg Sullivan

Shoreline West Asset Management

President and CEO

Director

Hon. Wendy J. Harris Q.C.

BC Supreme Court

Retired Justice

Employment Opportunities

The work we do is made possible by the committed and passionate staff and volunteers who work to bring our programs to life. If you are interested in working with us please contact info@ldsociety.ca or call the office at 604-873-8139.

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