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New Initiatives, upcoming events and workshops, in addition to featured articles on trending topics on Learning Disabilities

Melissa Sager Joins the Team

We’re pleased to welcome Melissa Sager to the LDS team as our new Associate Director of Learning Support. Melissa has over ten years of experience providing remedial instruction for children with special needs in both public and private settings. As Associate Director of Learning Support, Melissa will work closely with the Executive Director and Director of Learning Support to expand and develop LDS’s in-school, centre-based, after-school and summer programs.

Announcing New Executive Director

LDS is excited to announce that Interim Executive Director Rachel Forbes is staying on as LDS’ permanent Executive Director. Rachel brings over 20 years of experience working with non-profits, charities, and companies in various capacities including as executive director, program lead, staff lawyer, and volunteer board member. With experience in governance, fundraising, strategy, project management, and communications, Rachel is well-poised to lead LDS through our next phase of strategic growth and beyond.

100Kfor100Kids Raises $129,705

We’re excited to announce that our $100K for 100 Kids Winter Fundraising Campaign was a tremendous success. With your generous support, we were able to raise an incredible $129,705! Our sincerest thanks go out to everyone who made donations and helped us spread the word about the campaign—we couldn’t have done it without you.

Thanks to your support, we will now be able to make critical learning support services affordable and accessible for 100 children with learning disabilities in 2020. Thank you for helping us work towards a future in which NO STUDENT IS LEFT BEHIND.

New LDS Trust Fund Established

Inspired by the message and goals—and success!—of our #100Kfor100Kids Winter Fundraising Campaign, one generous LDS donor has established a new $50,000 Nitikman/Chan Trust Fund for LDS.

Each year, LDS will use income from the Trust Fund to support children and youth with learning disabilities who are in need. We are very excited about this new fund and are grateful for the commitment and passion that this donor, and the LDS community, has shown for supporting children with learning disabilities.

Goal Setting Tips for Children

Resolutions aside, goal setting is an invaluable skill for adults and children alike. Setting and achieving a goal can boost self-confidence and help children learn to think ahead. LDS Learning Support Manager Melissa Henderson shares some tips on how you can help your child develop goal setting skills.

New Program | Q and G Designations

For children with high-functioning autism, one-to-one explicit instruction can make a remarkable difference in their organization and communication skills. To enhance our delivery of service to this community, LDS offers reliable, research-backed one-to-one instruction for students with a Q or G designation. The instruction offered will support each individual’s strengths, areas for improvement, and unique educational needs.

Applications are open. Contact LDS directly to apply.

Announcing Our New Advisory Board

We’re excited to announce that LDS has a new Advisory Board. With over 120 years of combined professional experience at the provincial and national level, these educators have influenced policy decisions and championed the interests of persons with special needs and learning disabilities.

The role of the LDS Advisory Board will be to advise on policy, best practices and delivery of service. They will work to support the LDS Board of Directors in enhancing the effectiveness of LDS programs and will offer recommendations to address key issues of relevance to the LD community.

LDS FALL BBQ | Open House

  • Date: September 29, 2019
  • Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Location: 3292 East Broadway

Thank you to all those who came out to support our Fall BBQ/ Open House! It was a great success and wonderful opportunity to promote awareness and build community! Thank you to our generous volunteers and donors, without your help this event would not be possible! 

Keep posted for future events!

The LDS Pulse Newsletter

ISSUE 1: September 2019

The LDS Pulse will your source for LDS news, initiatives, events, success stories, and featured articles on trending topics on Learning Disabilities. Sign up to be a member today to secure your subscription.

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LDS Annual General Meeting

Date: Sunday, May 28th, 2019

Thank you everyone who took the time to attend our meeting. Please see attached Annual Report below for more details. Our next AGM will be in spring 2020 and our members will be notified of it well in advance.

Cracking the Code of Dyslexia | CBS

Date: August 25th, 2019

Researchers who say one in five students studied was dyslexic have also found there is no link at all between dyslexia and intelligence. See link below for more details. 

The B.C Catholic Newspaper

Date: December 2, 2018

A pilot project launched last year for children with learning disabilities is making waves in the local Catholic school system. See link below for more details. 

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