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.

604-873-8139 ext 102

kater@ldav.ca

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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.

604-873-8139 ext 105

norlanc@ldav.ca

Board

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.

Chair

Susan Aitchison

DialoguePro Consultants

Partner

Treasurer

Kevin Riley

KPMG

CA

Vice-Chair

Brigid Lumholst-Smith

Maple Leaf Foods

VP of Industrial Relations

Director

Sterett Mercer

UBC, Faculty of Education

Associate Professor, Chris Spencer Foundation Professor in Dyslexia

Secretary

Pamela Sack

Seaspan

Naval Engineer

Director

Virginie Vigeant

Seaspan

HR Manager

Director

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

Do you have experience working one-on-one with children who have learning disabilities?
Are you seeking a supplementary position that complements your background as an Education Assistant, Resource Teacher or retired teacher?

LDAV would like to work with YOU!

The Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouver is a growing non-profit with a mission to empower every child and adolescent with a Learning Disability in Vancouver to achieve life-long success and happiness.

Contract type: 1 academic year, September – June 2019. Optional summer term through July/ August.
Start date: immediately.

Starting rate: $28/ hour.

Hours: flexible after school & weekend hours OR be based in one of our partner schools Monday- Thursday, 9-3pm.

Locations: East Vancouver (Broadway & Rupert), Coquitlam (Brew St), North Vancouver (3rd and Lonsdale) and/or a partner school site.

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Partake in a PAID Self-regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) training. SRSD, a teacher training program and guide, is the leading, research-proven writing intervention and teaching method.
  • Receive regular support from our Education Consultant, have access to an extensive range of teaching materials and attend an instructor orientation session offering an opportunity to share best practice.

LDAV’s specialized instructors offer individualized and professional support that teaches children to leverage their learning strengths in order to overcome their learning challenges. Within 2 to 3 years, our programs teach children to be independent in the school system. By joining our team as an Instructor, you will play a vital role in helping our clients to reach their full potential.

Required Skills:

  • Experience working with children with diagnosed or suspected Learning Disabilities
  • An understanding of Individual Education Plans
  • 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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Completed Bachelor of Education.
  • Completion of a Diploma or Master’s in Special Education.
  • 2 years’ experience in a resource department within your school district.
  • Orton Gillingham Certification.

Instructors are required to go through a recent criminal record check.

Your application must include the following:

  • Cover letter: please state availability and location preference.
  • Resume.

Please submit application documents to georgiag@ldav.ca

Join Our Team

Title: Learning Support Coordinator
Type: Full-time
Location: Vancouver, BC
Salary: $60,000 – $65,000
Application deadline: Open until suitable candidate found.

Purpose of Position

The Learning Support Coordinator(LSC) is a crucial role in the service delivery and growth of the Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouver (LDAV). The position will organize, maintain and integrate remedial services at LDAV, with direction from the Education Consultant to ensure individualized academic success for each child.

Roles and Responsibilities

LD Instructor Training:

  • Manage and deliver LDAV’s NEW Remedial Instruction Training Program (3 times per year)
  • Development, implementation and oversight of training program, materials and trainees.
  • Work with certification partners (UBC, SRSD, REWARDS and Sound Partners) on an ongoing basis.

Progress Monitoring:

  • Establish best practice direct instruction in collaboration with instructor and Education Consultant.
  • Teaching and supporting instructors to develop individualized goals, objectives and strategies.
  • Monthly check-ins with instructors to assess strategies and progress towards goals.

Collaboration:

  • Work alongside the Educational Consultant and Learning Support Team
  • Connect with parents, teachers and other relevant professionals on an as-needed basis

Skills and Qualifications

Required:

  • Bachelor of Education
  • Minimum 3-years of classroom and resource room teaching experience
  • Excellent written communication
  • Ability to discuss student needs, explain Psycho-Educational Report outcomes and demonstrate progress to parents or colleagues

Desired:

  • Masters degree in Education or related discipline
  • Membership in the BC College of Teachers
  • University level courses in:
    • Strategies for adapting curriculum to meet diverse needs
    • Teaching students with special needs (Learning Disabilities) and/or Diploma in Special Education
  • Strong teacher, leader and communicator
  • Clinical background with experience in Learning Disabilities Assessment process, IEP development and remedial instruction
  • Strategic thinker with extensive experience in curriculum design, planning and evaluation
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience managing a large team with diverse needs
  • Relationship Builder
  • Able to thrive in a dynamic environment
  • Proven ability to motivate and manage
  • Genuine ability to interact with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds
  • Able to speak publically and in a training environment – comfortable making presentations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proficient computer skills with Office Suite, and Adobe Illustrator
  • Ability to work some flexible hours

To apply, please email kater@ldav.ca with your resume and cover letter. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply early.