Board and Staff Members

Board of Directors

President: Diane Vandenbossche, HDSB SEAC rep.

Vice-President: Susan Jacob

Treasurer: Alison Brindle

Secretary: Maureen Pangan

Directors: Gordon Chu, Farah Hosein, Susan Slack-Miller, Diana Alvaro-Cannon, Samantha Maloney

LDAH Staff

Katie Jacobs, B.A, M.A

Executive Director

Katie joined LDAH in August 2015 after volunteering on the Board of Directors  where she served on the program committee. She is a graduate of Brock University, having completed both her Honours B.A and M.A in Child and Youth Studies, a multidisciplinary program. Her research during her studies centered on Learning Disabilities; specifically, her graduate work was a qualitative case study which examined how a child copes with having a learning disability, and her undergraduate research evaluated the efficacy of a social/emotional skills program that centered on supporting children and youth with Learning Disabilities. As a student at Brock University, she worked and volunteered with the Learning Disabilities of Niagara Region, as a literacy tutor, facilitator assistant, research assistant, and program facilitator in a music based recreational program that she developed in 2012.

Katie is passionate about the field of Learning Disabilities and highly motivated to support children, youth, and adults with Learning Disabilities as well as their families.

Programs

Instructional Remediation

Debbie Levy-Stock, B.A, B.Ed, ECE, Certified OG

Instructional Remediation Program Instructor

Debbie joined the Learning Disabilities Association of Halton as a parent and volunteer in 1998.  LDAH was instrumental in providing support to be an effective advocate. In 2003 she received training from LDAH in the Orton Gilliam Approach, a research based methodology.  Since then she has been working in the tutorial program; helping students to become accomplished in all areas of language and at the same time discussing students’ needs and progress with parents and educators.

Debbie has over 30 years of experience working with children and is a member of the College of Early Childhood Educators and the Ontario College of Teachers. Debbie is a certified Member of the Orton Gillingham Academy of Educators and Practitioners

She is dedicated to equity and skill development for students with learning disabilities.

Afshan Parvaiz, Associate OG

Instructional Remediation Program Instructor

Afshan has been associated with the Learning Disabilities of Halton Region (Canada) since 2004 providing one on one tutoring.

Afshan has over thirty years of teaching experience in primary and secondary schools covering a wide variety of subjects including English Language, English Literature, World History, Science, Maths etc. She spent three years in UK (1998-2001) going back to school to study GCSE courses in English and Mathematics. While in the UK she pursued and completed a one year Certification Course in Special Needs (Dyslexia) from John Hunt Institute, accredited with Oxford/Cambridge Universities and Royal Society of Arts (UK).  Afshan completed a Diploma in Dyslexia from Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre in London, UK.

She moved to Canada in early 2002 as a landed immigrant and is now a Canadian Citizen.  She has a working knowledge of Orton-Gillingham, Hornsby and Hickey methodologies in supporting children with learning disabilities (Dyslexia). Afshan is an Associate of the Orton-Gillingham Multi-Sensory approach, having completed her Associate level coursework (60 hours) and her supervised practicum.

Reading Rocks

Krystal Clements, B.Sc, B.Ed

Reading Rocks Program Coordinator

Krystal began volunteering with the Learning Disabilities Association in 2012 as a literacy tutor for Reading Rocks Niagara. She facilitated the Reading Rocks pilot program in Halton before taking on her current role as Program Coordinator. She enjoys working with children and has continued to develop a passion for supporting students and helping them to achieve their individual goals.

Krystal graduated from Brock University, where she completed both her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education. She is a lifelong learner, hoping to instill a love of learning in all the children she works with. Krystal has been involved in a variety of education and recreation programs throughout Halton, both designing and implementing children’s programs.