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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Georgia Gordon

Program Manager

Georgia joined the LDAV in August 2017, after also moving 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. As Administration Assistant, Georgia is the first point of contact for clients, and is responsible for registration, scheduling, and answering all general inquiries.

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Arielle Spence

Development & Communications Coordinator

Arielle Spence (they/them) joined the LDAV 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.

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Niki Hurst

North Shore Program Coordinator

Niki comes to LDAV 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 LDAV. Niki is focused on expanding LDAV’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.




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



Kevin Riley




Brigid Lumholst-Smith

Maple Leaf Foods

VP of Industrial Relations


Sterett Mercer

UBC, Faculty of Education

Associate Professor, Chris Spencer Foundation Professor in Dyslexia


Pamela Sack


Naval Engineer


Virginie Vigeant


HR Manager


Greg Sullivan

Shoreline West Asset Management

President and CEO

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

Become an instructor at Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouver and empower students with one-on-one remedial instruction.

Previous experience not required. In-house training available for new instructors.

Required Skills:

  • Ability to assess client’s needs using a variety of assessment strategies and instruments to
    provide appropriate remediation
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff and parents
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

Note: Completion of a BEd is an asset, but not required. Other assets: Certification in Orton-
Gillingham; special education training/experience; and experience tutoring children one-on-one.

Hours: Flexible hours, minimum 6 hours per week after school & weekends OR be based in one of our partner schools, 9 – 3pm Monday – Thursday.

Locations: East Van location (Broadway and Rupert) OR the North Shore location (3rd and Lonsdale) and/or a partner school site.

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.

Apply to become a tutor today by emailing your resume to katea@ldav.ca

Join Our Team

There are no opportunities at this time. Please check back in the future.