Our Mission

The LDAV 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

Kate comes to LDAV 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.

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Norlan Cabot

Education Consultant

At the Learning Disabilities Association Vancouver, 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 LDAV. 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 LDAV and ensures they have the needed resources for their child succeed in school and in life.

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Bryan Weber

Program Coordinator

Bryan Weber is proud to be part of the LDAV mission to provide every student with the academic and personal support needed to accomplish their goals. Bryan’s background as a teacher, administrator, and non-profit executive are put to use daily developing the research-based educational resources that make LDAV unique in the world of after school instruction.

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Melissa Bedford

Administrative Assistant

Melissa is very excited to be the newest addition to the LDAV team. She holds a B.Sc. from the University of Victoria where she also volunteered her time as a peer counsellor. Melissa worked as a cardiology research coordinator for 3 years and cares deeply about helping others to live happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives. She looks forward to providing support and assistance to the entire LDAV community.

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LDAV 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. LDAV is grateful to these passionate volunteers. To reach our board, email board@ldav.ca.


Susan Aitchison

DialoguePro Consultants



Pavan Jawanda

McCarthy Tetrault LLP



Manveer Bisla

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP



Kevin Riley




Brigid Lumholst-Smith

Maple Leaf Foods

VP of Industrial Relations


Kevin Redl



Lorene Beckett

Sunlife Canada

Disability Specialist

Special Advisor

Eithne Harrison

Surrey School District


Special Advisor

Sterett Mercer

UBC, Faculty of Education

Associate Professor, Chris Spencer Foundation Professor in Dyslexia

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@ldav.ca or call the office at 604-873-8139.

Now Hiring LD Insturctors

Our population are students age 6 to 16 years, with documented learning disabilities.  Students attend tutoring twice weekly, either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday between 4pm and 8pm.  We also provide tutoring on Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm.

Special Education qualifications are required for LDAV remedial instruction positions.

Our delivery of service includes:

  • Establishing baselines for instruction
  • Design of remedial program to include three measurable goals
  • Monitoring of progress and end of term reporting 
  • Interaction with our Educational Consultant

LDAV has a high standard for all educational programs.  We also provide a positive and supportive working environment.

Join Our Team

At the moment, there are no current opportunities available.