Vancouver Team

Alison Kennedy

Alison Kennedy

Director

Alison has been Director of The Reading Foundation’s Vancouver clinic since 1997 where her mindful approach to education sets the direction and tone of the clinic. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Waterloo, her extensive knowledge of remediation programs and years of teaching and training experience allow her to expertly assess the individual needs of students and their families. Alison has established a truly empowering atmosphere at our Vancouver clinic that promotes student success and has lasting impact on self-esteem. With every student, Alison’s goal is to help them narrow the gap between their performance and potential. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys challenging herself, whether by trying to learn Icelandic or mountain-climbing in Peru.

Elizabeth Kennedy

Elizabeth Kennedy

Assistant Director

As Assistant Director of the Vancouver clinic, Lib strives to create a warm and encouraging environment for students, parents, and staff members to thrive. Since joining The Reading Foundation in 2004, she has become a powerful source of support for students and their families. Lib’s Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph and her Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia allow her to help students transition their success in the clinic to the classroom. Lib has enjoyed training teachers throughout Canada and traveling as far as Europe to teach students in our specialized programs. Most of all she loves that her work build students’ confidence allowing them to overcome challenges, academic or otherwise. Outside of The Reading Foundation, Lib enjoys many artistic pursuits and spending time in nature.

Gina

Gina

Director of Operations

Having been with The Reading Foundation since 2002, Gina is our dedicated and conscientious Director of Operations. In addition to adeptly managing all communication and accounting, she also provides essential leadership and mentorship to all staff members as she has been a Team Leader for many years. Gina is the Vancouver clinic's expert on all matters scientific, mathematical, and technological. She has a three-year Masters of Recording Arts Diploma in audio engineering, which serves her well in guiding students with accurate phoneme production and clear articulation. Her patience and attention to detail enable her to manage diverse and complex student profiles. Gina's secret aspiration is to become an all-star Jeopardy champion, for which she regularly trains.

Laurel

Laurel

Team Leader

Laurel joined The Reading Foundation as a clinician in 2012, but her comprehensive grasp of programs and enthusiastic instruction make it seem like she has been here forever! As a Team Leader, Laurel puts her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics to good use tailoring our remediation programs to meet individual students’ needs. Laurel’s creativity and attention to detail extends beyond her Team Leader duties and into Program Development, where she has been essential to our Smart Board adaptations. When Laurel isn’t at work, she volunteers, singing, camping, and adventuring with Girl Guides of Canada.

David

David

Team Leader

David’s patience and positivity have made him an excellent role model for students and clinicians alike since joining The Reading Foundation in 2013. As a Team Leader, he effectively and thoughtfully manages the diverse needs of his students. David’s adaptability allows him to truly guide a student through their learning. David enjoys the humorous conversations that often accompany teachable moments. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Sciences from the University of British Columbia. As one might suspect, David likes to spend his time away from work caring for neighbourhood cats.