Chapters are recognized annually at the LDAO AGM for excellence in various areas of operations. The 2007-2008 winners of the awards are listed below. Congratulations!

LDAO Chapter Newsletter Award

LDA Halton County

LDAO Chapter Membership Award

LDA Durham Region

LDAO Chair’s Award

This year’s award is presented to Ruth Taber, LDAO Past Chair. Ruth has been on the LDAO Board for 7 years. Ruth shepherded the organization through the difficult time just after the death of ED Carol Yaworski and lead the search for a replacement. Her interest in education and policy remains strong, and she hopes to maintain that interest on the Educational Policy and Legislation Committee after retiring from the Board. Our thanks to Ruth for her leadership and guidance.

LDAO Meritorious Service Award

This year’s recipient is Randolph Sealy. He first came to LDAO’s attention when he won the Gloria Landis Memorial Scholarship. His contributions to the LDAO Adult Advocacy Committee, the LDAO Board and as LDAO’s representative to LDAC have given him a reputation as the person with the voice of reason on the Board and Executive. As he steps down, he will retain a connection with the organization, as he will be on the LDAC Executive Committee. The Board and delegates extend their appreciation and congratulations to Randolph on this award.


Chapters are recognized, of course, by other organisations familiar with their excellence. This space is for announcements of this kind. Congratulations!

LDA Peterborough Honoured for Excellence

This past November, LDAP was chosen as the recipient of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Award! Out of all of the agencies from Durham, Clarington, City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton and Peterborough regions who have received the many millions of dollars in grants, we were chosen the #1 agency “for remaining a leader in the not-for-profit or charitable sector by consistently delivering on the Foundation’s granting priorities and for grant success and excellence in helping to build healthy and vibrant communities”!

In 1999, LDAP received Trillium approval for a 5 year grant which would allow the agency to partner with Trent University in the development of Encouraging Young Readers, a tutoring program which included ongoing research measuring the impact of this tutoring for the children participating. This initial foray into the development of a tutoring program designed specifically for learning disabled students, was the brainchild of our past Executive Director, Janet Greene, in partnership with the School of Education and Professional Learning at Trent University.

Since the completion of this program, the service growth at LDAP has been beyond anyone’s imagination! Within the first year of this grant, LDAP and Trent reported providing tutoring to 59 children in Peterborough. Today, 7 ½ years later, Trent continues to provide tutoring in local schools, while LDAP has expanded our tutoring program, providing this service to 40 communities in the Peterborough, Northumberland, Clarington and City of Kawartha Lakes Regions. This past fiscal year, the agency provided tutoring to 898 children and adaptive technology training to 115 parents and professionals.

The inception and resulting success of this program would not have been possible without the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. After the completion of this initial 5 year grant, we were completely destroyed in the Peterborough flood of 2004. Trillium provided further support which allowed us to rebuild and move forward, while most recently, Trillium has supported our efforts to reach the many isolated and under-serviced rural communities in the regions previously mentioned.

We are extremely proud of our tutoring program and the positive results we are seeing with our participating children, and we are tremendously grateful to our Ontario Government for maintaining the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which benefits so many across this wonderful province.

This is truly amazing and a very proud honour for the staff, board and volunteers of the Learning Disabilities Association of Peterborough!

The award ceremony took place at the Buckhorn Community Centre, Tuesday November 27th, 2007. We were the last recipient to receive an award…because we got the BIG one!

Letter from Shari G Davis, Executive Director, LDA Peterborough