Who We Are

Learning Disability Association of Alberta

The Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta (LDAA) was first incorporated in 1968 as the Alberta Association for Children with Learning Disabilities. In 1980, it obtained charitable status. As its mandate expanded, in 1982 the association added “Adults” to the name, before arriving at its current name in 1987. Its initial purpose was to help local chapters and community groups become more effective in advocating to the provincial government, and in particular, the department of education. Today, the LDAA supports local chapters, advocates at the provincial level on behalf of people with learning disabilities, offers training for teachers of beginning readers who may be experiencing reading difficulties, administers two scholarship funds and maintains a website and social media presence. Visit our website at LDAlberta.ca

Literacy & Program Director, LDAA

Pam Lougheed-Stack

Pam is a leader in the learning disability sector. Her vast experience supporting diverse learners throughout her teaching career spans across a variety of roles, including as a classroom teacher, resource teacher, learning specialist, early and late literacy specialist, and as a special educator teaching dedicated classes to students diagnosed with learning disabilities. Pam demonstrates expertise in delivering evidence-based literacy instruction and intervention, and in creating educator focused curriculum. She has led school-wide literacy initiatives and is sought-after presenter on effective literacy instruction to various groups across Alberta. Pam is an active member of the Learning Disabilities & ADHD Network's Advisory Council and a former director of the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta.


Right to Read Advisory Committee

Sylvia Hannah, Reading Consultant

Dr. Coranne Johnson, Registered Psychologist

Michele Pentyliuk, Registered Psychologist

Michelle Smith, Registered Psychologist


Creators of the Right to Read Program

Kathryn Burke
Kathryn Burke, MA, is the Executive Director of the Centre for Literacy, a group that serves students with learning disabilities. She served as Executive Director of the LDAA for five years and was the project coordinator for the development of the Reading Readiness Screening Tool during her tenure.

Judy Craig
Judy Craig has a Masters degree in Reading and Language with a focus on reading disabilities. A retired principal, she is currently a consultant in the field of learning disabilities, and a Past President of the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta. Judy is one of the developers of the Reading Readiness Screening Tool.

Sylvia Hannah
Sylvia Hannah has a Masters degree in Reading and Language. As a classroom teacher, reading specialist, tutor, coach and consultant, she has practiced in Alberta, British Columbia and California. Sylvia is one of the developers of the Reading Readiness Screening Tool.

Joanne Heckbert
Joanne Heckbert, M.Ed. is a reading specialist with extensive experience in assessment and working with students with reading difficulties and their parents. She has taught in the regular classroom and in highly specialized environments, and regularly consults to school boards, providing expert support on assessment and programming for students who struggle with reading and writing. Joanne is the expert consultant to the Right to Read Program and was a member of the team who created the Reading Readiness Screening Tool.

Michele Pentyliuk
Michele Pentyliuk, M.Ed is a registered psychologist and certified teacher, specializing in learning assessments and strategies for individuals with learning and attention difficulties. Michele is a Past President of the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta and one of the developers of the Reading Readiness Screening Tool.

Linda Siegel
Linda S. Siegel, Ph.D is a psychologist, academic and internationally respected authority on reading and learning disabilities. Professor Emeritus of the University of British Columbia's Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education, Linda is one of the developers of the Reading Readiness Screening Tool.