Support “$200K for 200 Kids” and Transform a Child’s Life

Support “$200K for 200 Kids” and Transform a Child’s Life

Imagine this: You’re in elementary school and are asked to stand in front of your classmates to read a page from a book out loud. For one in 10 Canadian children who has a learning difference, like dyslexia, this can be a daunting task. At LDS, we believe that all children with learning differences should have access to the critical individualized education support they need to succeed in school and in life. That’s why we are raising $200K to provide learning support to at least 200 more vulnerable children in 2023. With your generous donation, you can transform a child’s life today! 

Your charitable donation to “$200K for 200 Kids” will help LDS and our dedicated expert instructors support 200 more students so they can catch up to their classmates, gain confidence, and achieve greatness their way. Until December 31, 2022, every dollar you donate will be matched by a generous LDS supporter, doubling your impact.

 

Corporate Philanthropy to Power Social Impact Locally

 

Does your organization have a corporate giving program? Consider LDS, Canada’s most comprehensive learning support, as your beneficiary charity this holiday season or as your Charity of the Year for 2023. 

As a corporate donor to “$200K for 200 Kids,” your organization will get: 

  • The assurance that your generous gift of education support will have a real and direct impact on the lives of children with learning differences in your community
  • Recognition on our LDS website and at our Learning Centres in East Vancouver and North Vancouver
  • Support for your corporate giving initiative. We’ll be happy to provide information on our programs for you to share with your staff and community, or possibly to attend an in-person or remote event with your team
  • Regular updates on our programs, student success stories, and community outreach initiatives through our Arise monthly newsletter
  • A donation receipt

Donating is easy. Just follow this link to access our donation form, which features options for individual and corporate donors.

We would be pleased to speak with you about building a relationship with you and your company; please get in touch with Rachel Forbes, Executive Director, directly at ED@ldsociety.ca or 604.345.9129.

For more information on “$200K for 200 Kids,” please visit our webpage here. 

Please share our webpage link with family, friends, and colleagues, tagging @ldvancouver (Facebook and Twitter), @ldsociety (Instagram), and #$200Kfor200Kids:  https://www.uniquelearners.ca/200kfor200kids/ 

As a registered charity (#108166307RR0001), LDS provides charitable donation tax receipts.

Sending a cheque? Please mail it to: LDS, 3292 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5M 1Z8. 

Assistive technology for dyslexia and ADHD

Assistive technology for dyslexia and ADHD

LDS is committed to providing exceptional learning support for our students with diagnosed or suspected learning differences, like dyslexia and ADHD. Whether that’s by providing accessible education through internal and external bursary funding or by investing in innovative tools for delivering instruction, we continually search for ways to engage students. In honour of dyslexia and ADHD awareness months (October), this post focuses on AT that may be most applicable for dyslexia and ADHD. 

Assistive technology (AT) is any device, software, or equipment that is used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability, including a learning difference. Technologies include hardware, or physical technologies that are kept on site at our AT Studio, and software, or technology available via a computer that can potentially be used from home. To learn more about why and how LDS uses AT, head to our AT webpage 

Our AT studio at LDS has a number of assistive technology tools that our students can benefit from, including the following that may be most helpful for learners with ADHD or dyslexia:

Lexilight
Lexilight is a reading-aid desk lamp that can significantly reduce symptoms of dyslexia when reading printed texts. Dyslexia is a common learning difference that affects the brain’s ability to process language. Those affected have normal intelligence but have challenges identifying speech sounds and relating letters and words. Learn more in our blog post about LexiLight. 

Speechify
Speechify is text-to-speech software that provides a more fluid and human-sounding reader than other software. Text-to-speech software can be beneficial for anyone who has difficulty reading documents, emails, or webpages by reading the printed text aloud for them. Speechify will also guide you through the text by highlighting each word the reader speaks so that you can follow along. Speechify comes as both a browser extension and an app. Learn more by checking out our AT reference guide. 

Harkla
Harkla weighted blankets, weighted lap animals, and pressure vests provide calming sensory input to help create a perfect learning environment for LDS students. Harkla products can assist in calming and refocusing students who may struggle with sensory challenges such as ADHD. The use of weighted, calming products is supported by the science of Deep Pressure Therapy, which “helps to decrease nervous system activity” and “encourages a feeling of calm and relaxation.” Learn more in our blog post about Harkla. 

BeeLine Reader
BeeLine Reader is a software that colour adjusts on-screen text in a way that helps to guide your eyes through large blocks of text, making reading easier and faster while reducing screen fatigue. In the simplest terms, BeeLine applies a colour gradient to the text in your web browser so large blocks of text shift back and forth from shades of red to blue. This simple effect helps many readers maintain focus and read more effectively. It also allows you to change the size and appearance of the text on your screen, including applying the OpenDyslexic font to improve letter distinction. BeeLine is an easy-to-use software, requiring only a simple installation into your web browser and a login, then all long-form webpages, like Wikipedia, will be recoloured. earn more in our blog post about BeeLine Reader. 

VerSkin Inclusive Keyboard Protector
VerSkin Inclusive Keyboard Protector is a protector that uses colour-coded keys and bold, sharp contrast print to make the keys of the keyboard easier to recognize. The VerSkin protector aims to convert a standard keyboard into one that is more inclusive to those with vision impairments and those with learning differences like dyslexia. The VerSkin Inclusive Keyboard Protector is only currently available for the Microsoft Surface Laptop SE and Surface Laptop Go.

C-Pen ReaderPen
C-Pen’s ReaderPen allows students to scan printed text, bring it up on a computer screen, and hear it read out loud in English, French, or Spanish to help struggling readers. It’s perfect for learners who enjoy having audio and visual cues. The C-Pen also speaks in a human-like voice for students’ ease of understanding. It also defines challenging words and records voice cues. LDS students can ask their instructors to use the ReaderPen in their next in-person session! Learn more in our blog post about C-Pen ReaderPen. 

Download our RISE-AT Reference Guide to check all technologies provided by LDS 

How can my child access these technologies at LDS?

We offer these technologies as part of our AT Studio, a space dedicated to the collaborative use of leading-edge AT to help our students with learning differences. All LDS students and families have access to this and may contact us to learn more, have a tour, or get software subscriptions for your home. To learn more about how your child can benefit, email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca 

How to identify dyslexia in adults, and get tailored learning support to succeed!

How to identify dyslexia in adults, and get tailored learning support to succeed!

Dyslexia is a lifelong brain-based learning difference that presents as an unexpected difficulty in learning to read in individuals of average to above average intelligence. As dyslexia is a life-long brain-based learning difference, it’s something that people may be challenged with in different ways at different times in their lives. As adults move through post-secondary, job training, different employment opportunities, parenthood and other life experiences, they may face new or evolving challenges with navigating their dyslexia – or they may need some additional work on foundational skills that they either did not have the opportunity to acquire previously or need a bit of a brush up on.

For adults, dyslexia may present itself as some of the following in some individuals: 

  • Confusion between visually similar words such as cat and cot 
  • Erratic spelling 
  • Difficulty in scanning text  
  • Slower than typical reading or writing ability 
  • difficulty organising thoughts on paper 
  • Tendency to feel mental overload, including when given multiple types of information or instructions at the same time 
  • Avoidance of certain types of work or study 
  • Difficulty with personal organisation, time management and prioritising tasks 
  • Difficulty listening and maintaining focus, especially when there are distractions 
  • Tendency to forget conversations or important dates 

Did you know that LDS offers a program specifically for adult learners with learning differences? RISE Now tailors our Research-informed Individualized Student Education (RISE) to the needs of adults with suspected or diagnosed learning differences or learning disabilities. The program is individualized to support adults in achieving their specific learning, education, or employment goals through targeted support and intervention. 

 

“I contacted LDS in September 2021 even though I was aware that the population you served [at the time] was young.  My hope was that perhaps someone might have some suggestions of resources for adults.  I never dreamed that a year later my daughter would be able to read a short sentence – which happened last week for the first time.”  – Mother of a 36 year old adult learner 

 

RISE Now is specifically designed for adult learning and developed based on the needs, skills, and goals of the learner. The RISE Now program pairs adult learners with a specialized and compassionate instructor to work towards their career, education, or life goals in the following areas:  

  • Support for adults undertaking courses or training such as adult education, university courses, or pre-employment programs  
  • Explicit instruction to support foundational literacy (reading/writing) or math skills  
  • Entry or return to the workforce support (resume and cover letter development, interviewing, applications)  
  • Executive functioning skills support and development  
  • Workplace accommodation support and planning 

To apply for the program, click here to complete the online application form. Or simply give us a call to chat with one of our staff to discuss options – 604.873.8139.  

Full bursary support is available for those in financial need.

 

What can assessments and the dyslexia index tell me about my child’s learning needs?

What can assessments and the dyslexia index tell me about my child’s learning needs?

Dyslexia is a lifelong brain-based learning difference that presents as an unexpected difficulty in learning to read in individuals of average to above average intelligence. The International Dyslexia Association estimates that 15-20% of children have a language-based learning disability, with dyslexia being the most common cause of struggles with reading, writing, and spelling (affecting at least 10% of the population). 

Increasingly, the term Specific Learning Disability in a learning area such as reading, writing, or spelling is replacing the term dyslexia within current psychoeducational assessment practices. However, regardless of the term used for diagnosis, the benefit of knowing that an individual has a learning difference and needs specialised instruction and supports to learn the foundational skills that other children seem to ‘just get’ through general teaching and classroom learning experience is the key. 

Children and youth with a learning difference in the area of reading, writing, and spelling who do not receive the specialised support and instruction they need struggle with academic skills in the classroom and when completing home reading, assignments, or homework at home. Additionally, they often struggle with their self-esteem due to the frequent challenges and frustrations they experience during learning tasks that seem ‘easy’ for others, and from teaching strategies or expectations placed upon them that do not take into account their learning difference and individual accommodations for learning that they need. 

Individuals with learning differences can absolutely succeed through developing the foundational academic skills and learning strategies needed to thrive in their learning and development. However, early identification of a learning difference is key to avoiding the negative learning and peer experiences that can have long lasting impacts on an individual’s learning and self-esteem. 

A psychoeducational assessment is the only tool that can formally diagnosis a learning disability, which is required for a BC Education Ministry Designation. However, these assessments through school districts can have years long waitlists, and privately they are quite expensive (several thousands of dollars), which can make accessing this assessment within the timeframe needed for early intervention seemingly impossible for many families. However, if you have concerns and are seeing early warning signs that your child may have a learning difference, there are other steps that you can take to put the right supports in place for your child. 

One of these first steps that can give students and families detailed information about a child’s learning and identify whether your child would benefit from more comprehensive evaluation (such as a psychoeducational assessment) is a formal Level B Assessment called the KTEA-3 & KTEA-3 Dyslexia Index. At LDS, we see firsthand the significant benefits of these assessments for families who are in the process of waiting for a psychoeducational assessment, or who are trying to determine whether or not they want to pursue a psychoeducational assessment for their child. 

The benefits of this assessment include: 

  • Detailed information about how your child’s learning is tracking in relation to grade level expectation in the foundational areas of reading, writing, spelling, and math;  
  • A comprehensive report of your child’s grade level progress in academic areas that can be shared with your child’s teacher, school, and other professionals you may be working with; 
  • A report on your child’s risk assessment for dyslexia or a learning difference in reading, writing, or spelling that provides you with key information in relation to the value of moving forward with a psychoeducational assessment for your child; 
  • An opportunity to meet with and ask questions/gather information from an LDS Assessment Specialist who completed the KTEA-3 assessment with your child about their strengths and stretches, and areas that warrant further investigation and supports; and  
  • Rapid turn-around – a KTEA-3/Dyslexia Index can be booked at LDS, completed, and the reports and assessment debrief meeting scheduled within a few weeks to a month’s time. 

The KTEA-3/Dyslexia Index offers parents/guardians and families the opportunity to take quick action and gather detailed information that allows for a quick and accurate assessment of what your child needs to learn, and what supports will make the difference for them in both the short and longer term.  

For Dyslexia Awareness Month (October 2022), if you call us to book your KTEA-3/Dyslexia Index by October 31, we are able to offer a $50 discount on the service. You can book an appointment for any time from now until the end of January 2023. 

For more information about the KTEA-3/Dyslexia Index or to book an assessment, see our webpage here or contact us at info@ldsociety.ca

Understanding dyslexia: What it is and how to recognize the signs

Understanding dyslexia: What it is and how to recognize the signs

Dyslexia is a learning difference that is neurobiological in nature, makes reading difficult, and may also interfere with recognizing, spelling, writing, and decoding words. Often genetically inherited, dyslexia is by far the most common learning difference, affecting at least 10% of the population and representing 80% or more of all those with learning differences. 

Learn to spot the signs that your child may have dyslexia. Please note the below are potential signs, but there is no substitute to speaking with a professional to obtain specific advice and, where warranted, assessments for your child or loved one. 

A preschool child might:

  • Have a history of delays in speaking, making sentences or pronouncing words correctly 
  • Have a history of ‘glue ear’ or similar early childhood difficulties 
  • Find it hard to remember the names of familiar objects (e.g., spoon, cup) 
  • Have difficulty learning nursery rhymes 
  • Have other members of the family with similar difficulties

An elementary school child might:

  • Have difficulty learning to read, write, and spell, taking longer to complete written work 
  • Have trouble remembering sequences such as the alphabet and months of the year 
  • Struggle with phonemic awareness, such as rhyming and blending/segmenting sounds 
  • Have continually reverse letters and figures (e.g., 15 for 51, b for d) 
  • Have difficulty remembering and following oral instructions, leading to increased frustration and loss of confidence  

In secondary school, a teenager might:  

  • Tend to read inaccurately and without adequate comprehension 
  • Use inconsistent spelling and get ‘tied up’ using long words (e.g., preliminary, philosophical) 
  • Find planning/writing essays and starting/completing work difficult 
  • Confuse verbal instructions, places, times, and dates 
  • Be disorganized at home and school, express frustration, and show signs of low self-esteem

At LDS, we support learners with suspected or diagnosed dyslexia with specialized one-to-one instruction, because we understand that children with dyslexia learn in a different way. Our Research-informed Individualized Student Education (RISE) programs are effective because we create interventions based on each learner’s unique needs and strengths. One methodology does not fit all, so LDS draws on different methodologies to create an individualized instruction plan that fosters each student’s learning. 

In supporting individuals with dyslexia, early intervention is key. Our Resources and Contacts page features our assessment tools and a list of several providers able to assess or diagnose dyslexia and other learning differences. 

For more information about our programs, click here.  

 

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month!

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month!

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, a time to advocate for support for individuals with dyslexia, which is the most common of all neuro-cognitive disorders, affects 20% of the population, and represents 80–90% of all those with learning differences.  

LDS supports the Dyslexia Canada #MarkItRead campaign and Succeed with Dyslexia’s #GoRedForDyslexia campaign, aiming to raise awareness, end the stigma, and show the world all the amazing things that people with dyslexia can do! 

Learn how communities, schools, and businesses can get involved: 

Go Red For Dyslexia 

Mark It Read

Do you want to learn more about Dyslexia? Discover top reading resources from Dyslexia Canada:  

Books by or about people with dyslexia: 

  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt 
  • Hank Zipzer Collection (10 Books) by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver 
  • It’s Called Dyslexia by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos 
  • Knees: The Mixed-up World of a Boy with Dyslexia by Vanita Oelschlager 
  • My Name Is Brain Brian by Jeanne Betancourt 

Resource books for parents & teachers: 

  • Basic Facts About Dyslexia & Other Reading Problems by Louisa Cook Moats 
  • Dyslexia by Gavin Reid 
  • Dyslexia: A Complete Guide for Parents by Gavin Reid 
  • Dyslexia in the Early Years by Gavin Reid 
  • Dyslexia: Myths, Misconceptions, and Some Practical Applications by Malatesha Joshi

Find out more at www.dyslexiacanada.org. 

LDS supports learners with suspected or diagnosed dyslexia. If a parent is seeking to learn more about their child’s learning, contact us about the KTEA-3 Dyslexia Index, a brief, individually-administered, performance-based screening tools that provide risk assessment, strength of risk, and interpretive information for team and parent/caregiver communication regarding individuals who may be at risk for dyslexia. 

If you’re looking for one-to-one specialized support, contact us today! If you would like to support a learner in financial need, click here to donate.

 

Assistive Technology: BeeLine Reader

Assistive Technology: BeeLine Reader

What is Assistive Technology? 

Assistive technology (AT) is any device, software, or equipment that is used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability, including a learning difference. Technologies include hardware, or physical technologies that are kept on-site at our AT Studio, and software, or technology available via a computer that can potentially be used from home. To learn more about why and how LDS uses AT, head to our AT webpage.

What does the BeeLine Reader do?

BeeLine Reader is a software that colour adjusts on-screen text in a way that helps to guide your eyes through large blocks of text, making reading easier and faster while reducing screen fatigue. In the simplest terms, BeeLine applies a colour gradient to the text in your web browser so large blocks of text shift back and forth from shades of red to blue. This simple effect helps many readers maintain focus and read more effectively. It’s also an easy-to-use software, requiring only a simple installation into your web browser and a login, then all long-form webpages, like Wikipedia, will be recoloured.  

BeeLine Reader features:

  • Easy to use and download. 
  • Various colour options: bright, dark, grey, blue, off. 
  • Focus Mode dims headers, ads, and other on-screen distractions. 
  • Clean Mode opens the page’s main text on a new screen over a plain white background. 
  • Additional features include text size and appearance settings. 

How can my child access BeeLine Reader?

Our RISE Assistive Technology Studio is supported by our thoughtful and generous LDS technology sponsors, including BeeLine Reader. Like all our assistive software tools, LDS offers BeeLine Reader to our students and their families for use in lessons, in school, and at home. To claim your free copy of BeeLine Reader, please email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca. You can also request an LDS assistive software virtual tour to get an in-depth introduction to our assistive software suite.

We offer the BeeLine Reader as part of our AT Studio, a space dedicated to the collaborative use of leadingedge AT to help our students with learning differences. To learn more about how your child can benefit, email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca.

    —Rie 

    _________________ 

    Rie Stadnichuk (she/her) is the Digital Communications Specialist at LDS. A recent graduate from Simon Fraser University with a Communications and Economics degree, she hopes to use this opportunity as a way of exploring meaningful work in the field. She is passionate about social issues and creating environments of inclusivity and open dialogue. Rie graciously lives and works on the unceded territory of the Syilx people. 

    Assistive Technology: Grammarly

    Assistive Technology: Grammarly

    What is Assistive Technology? 

    Assistive technology (AT) is any device, software, or equipment that is used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability, including a learning difference. Technologies include hardware, or physical technologies that are kept on-site at our AT Studio, and software, or technology available via a computer that can potentially be used from home. To learn more about why and how LDS uses AT, head to our AT webpage.

    What does Grammarly do?

    Grammarly is a software tool that offers real-time writing assistance on all your devices. Grammarly will make spelling and grammar suggestions as you type and can suggest improvements to your tone, voice, word choices, and more, while offering justification for its feedback so you can learn to improve your writing long term. The best part is that it’s available for all; it can be used as a browser extension, desktop app, online editor, Microsoft Office add-in, iPad app, and mobile keyboard, and can be used for academic or business writing. Once Grammarly is connected, simply use your device as normal and watch as Grammarly corrects your spelling and grammar and offers suggestions to improve your writing. 

    Grammarly features:

    • Tone detector can help your writing sound just the way you want.  
    • Conciseness suggestions tighten loose phrasing and make sentences easy to follow. 
    • Spelling, grammar, and punctuation suggestions eliminate errors. Clarity-focused sentence rewrites will automatically rephrase hard-to-read sentences. 
    • Engagement and fluency suggestions enhance your vocabulary and word choice. 

    How can my child access Grammarly?

    Our RISE Assistive Technology Studio is supported by our thoughtful and generous LDS technology sponsors, including Grammarly. Like all our assistive software tools, LDS offers Grammarly to our students and their families for use in lessons, in school, and at home. To claim your free copy of Grammarly, please email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca. You can also request an LDS assistive software virtual tour to get an in-depth introduction to our assistive software suite.  

    We offer Grammarly as part of our AT Studio, a space dedicated to the collaborative use of leadingedge AT to help our students with learning differences. To learn more about how your child can benefit, email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca.

      —Rie 

      _________________ 

      Rie Stadnichuk (she/her) is the Digital Communications Specialist at LDS. A recent graduate from Simon Fraser University with a Communications and Economics degree, she hopes to use this opportunity as a way of exploring meaningful work in the field. She is passionate about social issues and creating environments of inclusivity and open dialogue. Rie graciously lives and works on the unceded territory of the Syilx people. 

      Assistive Technology: C-Pen ReaderPen

      Assistive Technology: C-Pen ReaderPen

      What is Assistive Technology? 

      Assistive technology (AT) is any device, software, or equipment that is used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability, including a learning difference. Technologies include hardware, or physical technologies that are kept on-site at our AT Studio, and software, or technology available via a computer that can potentially be used from home. To learn more about why and how LDS uses AT, head to our AT webpage.

      What does C-Pen Reader Pen do?

      C-Pen’s ReaderPen allows students to scan printed text, bring it up on a computer screen, and hear it read out loud in English, French, or Spanish to help struggling readers. It’s perfect for learners who enjoy having audio and visual cues. The C-Pen also speaks in a human-like voice for students’ ease of understanding. It also defines challenging words and records voice cues. LDS students can ask their instructors to use the ReaderPen in their next in-person session!  

      Scanning Pen features:

      • Scan, transfer, and store text directly to a connected computer.  
      • Text-to-speech option for audio of printed text for audio and visual sensory learning.  
      • Built-in dictionary to help students with tricky words.  
      • Voice recording so students never forget important ideas or concepts they might have learned in lessons.  

      How can my child access C-Pen Reading Pen?

      Our RISE Assistive Technology Studio is supported by our thoughtful and generous LDS technology sponsors. We offer C-Pen as part of our AT Studio, a space dedicated to the collaborative use of leadingedge AT to help our students with learning differences. To learn more about how your child can benefit, email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca.

        —Rie 

        _________________ 

        Rie Stadnichuk (she/her) is the Digital Communications Specialist at LDS. A recent graduate from Simon Fraser University with a Communications and Economics degree, she hopes to use this opportunity as a way of exploring meaningful work in the field. She is passionate about social issues and creating environments of inclusivity and open dialogue. Rie graciously lives and works on the unceded territory of the Syilx people. 

        Assistive Technology: Texthelp Read&Write

        Assistive Technology: Texthelp Read&Write

        What is Assistive Technology? 

        Assistive technology (AT) is any device, software, or equipment that is used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability, including a learning difference. Technologies include hardware, or physical technologies that are kept on-site at our AT Studio, and software, or technology available via a computer that can potentially be used from home. To learn more about why and how LDS uses AT, head to our AT webpage.

        What does Read&Write do?

        Read&Write is a software toolbar that offers a range of literacy support features to help students create and engage with content across all grade levels and subjects, allowing them to optimize their learning styles to meet their full potential. Easily downloaded and accessible on multiple different devices and operating systems, Read&Write can make reading and writing easier for our students.  

        Read&Write features:

        • Text-to-speech reads words, passages, or whole documents aloud with easy-to-follow dual colour highlighting. 
        • Text and picture dictionaries provide definitions and display images to help with word comprehension. 
        • Vocabulary List creates a list of selected words and provides the dictionary and picture definitions for them along with an editable Notes column.
        • Prediction presents a list of predicted words based on the letters already typed and on the context of the sentence. 

          How can my child access Read&Write?

          Our RISE Assistive Technology Studio is supported by our thoughtful and generous LDS technology sponsors, including Texthelp. Like all our assistive software tools, LDS offers Read&Write to our students and their families for use in lessons, in school, and at home. To claim your free copy of Read&Write, please email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca. You can also request an LDS assistive software virtual tour to get an in-depth introduction to our assistive software suite.  

          We offer the Read&Write as part of our AT Studio, a space dedicated to leading-edge assistive technology and the collaborative use of it to help our students with learning differences. To learn more about how your child can benefit, email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca [Link to email] 

            —Rie 

            _________________ 

            Rie Stadnichuk (she/her) is the Digital Communications Specialist at LDS. A recent graduate from Simon Fraser University with a Communications and Economics degree, she hopes to use this opportunity as a way of exploring meaningful work in the field. She is passionate about social issues and creating environments of inclusivity and open dialogue. Rie graciously lives and works on the unceded territory of the Syilx people. 

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