About Us

Who are we?

We are the Learning Disabilities Association, the Fraser South Chapter. We are a chapter of the Learning Disabilities Association of British Columbia and have been serving the communities of Surrey, Delta, White Rock and Langley since 1979. We are a not-for-profit organization governed by a body of dedicated volunteers (elected annually) and consist of professionals and parents who have a strong connection with learning disabilities and ADD.

Our organization is committed to creating a society in which people with learning disabilities are able to achieve the full expression of their intellect and abilities, enabling them to contribute to their schooling, their work, and their community to the fullest. To further this goal, we do the following:

  • Provide written and verbal information about learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder (ADD)

  • Provide referral services to parents and professionals

  • Operate a resource centre with materials and programs open to all

  • Provide support and guidance to parents and guardians concerning their children’s rights in the school system

  • Undertake public awareness activities

  • Publish a newsletter for members

  • Provide presentations to community groups, schools, professional development days, conferences and seminars;

  • Provide free public events on various aspects of learning disabilities

  • Provide direct programs

  • Fundraise to provide these programs and services

Meet the Board

President - Charles Creighton

Charles has been a technology entrepreneur and executive for over 25 years, throughout which he has maintained a focus on working with social ventures and non-profits. His introduction to social ventures came while completing his MBA at UC Berkeley, where he created a for-credit speakers series on social ventures aimed at his marketing and finance-focused classmates. Back in Vancouver, he helped build Artspoints Rewards, a loyalty program for the arts aimed at filling empty seats in ballet, opera, and theatre performances across Canada. As Artspoints' VP Strategy & Development, he was integral to their gaining venture funding from VanCity Credit Union. Charles also served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Douglas Park Community Centre for 3 years, where he helped negotiate a new operating agreement with the Vancouver Park Board. In 2019 Charles was awarded the Chartered Director (C.Dir) designation for completing the required course work and Board simulations at the Directors College, McMaster University. Charles has had the pleasure of serving as President of the Board of Directors of the LDAFS since being elected to the Board in 2019.

Vice-President – Eric Candelaria

Eric has 15 years of experience driving technology-based business transformation. He builds systems analysis and implementation for strategic planning. Eric’s emphasis is on change management. Eric received his MBA from Simon Fraser University and enjoys spending his time with his family, playing racquetball with colleagues, and staying fit with some casual kickboxing.

Treasurer - Brenda Smith

Brenda Smith RN, MSN is an occupational health nurse consultant providing medical case management services for various workplace settings within the province of British Columbia. Brenda has a keen interest in providing children with learning challenges, and the opportunity to achieve their optimal level of functioning. Brenda has been a member of the LDAFS Board of Directors since 2019.

Secretary - Erica Moir

Erica moved to the Lower Mainland over 20 years ago and has spent much of that time working in the Federal government. Her experiences as a mom fostered her commitment to helping children and their caregivers get the support they need to be successful. She enjoys hiking and other adventures with her dog.

Director - Rita Pape

Rita Pape is a former resource teacher with more than 25 years of combined classroom and special education experience. She has been a member of LDAFS serving as a program consultant, tutor trainer and facilitator since 2013. Rita is passionate about helping students with learning differences achieve their potential through evidence-based practice. When she’s not teaching, Rita loves to travel, especially to Italy so that she can improve her Italian language skills!