Our Vision

Learning Disabilities Society (formerly, the Learning Disabilities Association Vancouver), is a research-based, non-profit organization serving children with Learning Disabilities for the past 50 years. In collaboration with UBC, we offer individualized, evidence-based programs that target student-specific learning needs.

We believe that all children should have access to the academic support they need to succeed, and offer a variety of funding options to support families in need. We are focused on promoting community awareness and fostering a greater understanding of the issues and challenges faced by children with Learning Disabilities. 

Our Mission

Working to empower every child with a Learning Disability in Vancouver to achieve lifelong success and confidence.

Our Values

Community, Kindness, Acceptance, Achievement

Meet the Team

Kate Raven

Executive Directive (on leave)

Executive Directive (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.

Susan Aitchison

Administrative Assistant – Saturdays

Interim Executive Director

Susan has been on the Board of LDS for over 7 years and comes to the agency with a wealth of governance experience. Having two children with Learning Disabilities has made her committed to supporting change in the education community and helping at risk children to get support they would otherwise never receive.  She has a background as a mediator and is a partner of DialoguePro Consultants, a workplace communications consulting company.

Norlan Cabot

Director of Learning Support

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.

Amanda Steele

Director of Development and Communications

Director of Development and Communications

Amanda joined the LDS team in May 2019, after completing her Masters of Counselling Degree. Amanda has 15 years of senior level management experience in the non-profit sector, and possesses strong technical skills and a proven ability to successfully analyze deficiencies, potential opportunities and develop innovative and cost- effective solutions. As the Director of Development and Communications, Amanda’s role is resource development and sustainability, in addition to managing and directing the society’s internal and external communications. Amanda is passionate about fostering meaningful connections, and creating safe and supportive spaces where children can thrive.

Niki Hurst

North Shore Program Coordinator

Program Manager

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.

Claire Matthews

Training Program Manager

Training Program Manager

Claire joined the LDS team in March 2018 after completing her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She has over six years of teaching experience educating children and adults. As the Training Program Manager, Claire delivers and manages the LDS Remedial Instruction Training Program and leads instructors in LDS’s best practices. She is passionate about education and committed to supporting instructors to provide our superior delivery of service to our students.

Melissa Henderson

Learning Support Manager

Learning Support Manager

Melissa joined the LDS team in May 2019, as Learning Support Manager. She completed a B.A in Speech Sciences at UBC, and has a passion for linguistics, and education. With prior experience in remedial instruction and administration within remedial therapy organizations, she has seen the difference that proper support and quality instruction can make in the lives of students with learning disabilities. Melissa is truly excited to be a part of an organization that helps to make learning accessible for all students.

Laura Covaza

Accountant

Accountant

Prior to joining LDS, Laura spent over 7 years in Accounting, managing the finances for many not-for-profit clients. She has her Professional Bookkeeping certificate from Langara College and her Office Administration diploma from Vancouver Career College.

Lisa Kranzer

Administrative Assistant – Saturdays

Administrative Supervisor

Lisa joined the LDS team in July 2019 as Administrative Supervisor. She has a background in HR and Marketing and holds MA and MPhil degrees in Classical Studies and History. Lisa also has several years’ experience tutoring both children and adults. As the Administrative Supervisor, Lisa acts as the central hub of information management for LDS and is responsible for maintaining a smooth operation of the office. She is excited to be in a role that supports each child reaching their full potential.

Heather Liu

Administrative Assistant – Saturdays

Administrative Assistant - Saturdays

Heather joined the LDS team in March 2018 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.

Meet the Board

CHAIR

Greg Sullivan

Shoreline West Asset Management

President and CEO

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,

DIRECTOR

Hamlet Abnousi

NovoBind Livestock Therapeutics Inc.

CEO and Co-Founder

DIRECTOR

Hon. Wendy J. Harris Q.C.

BC Supreme Court

Retired Justice