Board and Staff Members
Board of Directors
President: Alison Brindle
Past President: Diane Vandenbossche, HDSB SEAC rep.
Vice-President: Christa Keating-McKay
Director: Maureen Pangan
Director: Gordon Chu
Director: Diana Alvaro-Cannon
Director: Tim Hewitson
Katie Jacobs, BA, MA
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.
Office & Program Administrator
Erica joined the organization in early 2018, fulfilling the role of Office and Program Administrator. She oversees our office operations and ensures the success of all programs and organizes our events and workshops. Previously Erica spent time in the nonprofit sector supporting the Human Resources and Volunteer recruitment strategies at a number nonprofit organizations in both the USA and Canada. She also brings with her 15 years in the Corporate (for profit) sector working as a Senior Specialist and Manager within Talent Acquisition, Human Resources and Training & Development. She is passionate about volunteer work and giving back to the community.
Debbie Levy-Stock, BA, BEd, ECE, Certified OG
Certified Orton-Gillingham Tutor
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-Gillingham 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, BA, Associate OG
Associate Orton-Gillingham Tutor
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 Program Coordinator