Kate Raven, Executive Director
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.
P: 604-873-8139 ext 102
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.
P: 604-873-8139 ext 105
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.
P: 604-873-8139 x 103
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.
Arielle Spence, Development & Communications Coordinator
Arielle Spence (they/them) joined the LDS team in May 2018 and will be heading up development and communications efforts for the organization. Arielle completed a B.A. (Honours English and Gender, Race, Sexuality, Social Justice Studies) from UBC in 2015, and has worked at the Vancouver Writers Fest, Full Circle: First Nations Performance and Room Magazine, where they served as Festival Director of the inaugural Growing Room feminist literary festival. As a lifelong learner and community activist, they are passionate about inclusion in education.
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.