Meet the Vancouver Team
Over Laurel’s years at The Reading Foundation, she has applied an analytic and creative approach to team leading, program development, scheduling, training, and assessing. As Director, she uses her extensive clinical experience to mentor staff and guide student programs. Laurel is passionate about meeting each student’s educational needs to help them thrive and develop a love of learning. She values connecting with parents and educators to help extend students' success from the clinic to their home lives and schoolwork. Laurel has a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of British Columbia and has worked at the clinic since 2012. Outside of work, she loves cooking at home, exploring the outdoors with her dog, volunteering with kids, and spending time with friends and family.
Virginia, our Assistant Director, has been an integral part of the team since joining The Reading Foundation in 2015. Since then, she has applied her strong program knowledge and Bachelor of Arts in Speech Sciences to Team Leading, Assessing, and staff development. Her enthusiasm and dedication to our students and staff contribute to the fun and productive atmosphere in the clinic. She is also dedicated to communicating clearly and effectively with clients to ensure the highest level of student success, extending beyond their time in the clinic. When not at work, Virginia can be found riding her bike around the city or relaxing with her cat.
Dinah joined The Reading Foundation in 2017 after graduating from the University of British Colombia with a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Systems. Dinah works as a Team Leader in the Vancouver office. With her enthusiasm and attention to detail, Dinah ensures that each student she works with is able to get the most out of their program. Dinah's critical thinking and creativity allow her to adapt our programs to each student's particular needs. Dinah is passionate about creating an accepting and supportive space, where students can recognize their own success and feel empowered to challenge themselves. When not at work, Dinah likes hiking, cross-country skiing, cuddling her two kittens, and writing short stories.
David’s patience and positivity have made him an excellent role model for students and clinicians alike since joining The Reading Foundation in 2013. His adaptability allows him to truly guide a student through their learning in each session. 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.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Victoria in 2018, Irina soon joined The Reading Foundation team to pursue her passion in teaching and language. She continues to use her knowledge to help provide each student a meaningful and unique learning experience in all aspects around the clinic. As a Clinician, Office Coordinator, and Team Leader, Irina strives to help students build their skills and confidence to reach their fullest potential. She is dedicated to making their sessions enjoyable and development long-lasting. Outside of working at the clinic, Irina enjoys baking sweet treats and road-tripping around B.C.!
Marina’s favourite part of being a Clinician and a Team Leader at The Reading Foundation is finding the key to unlock each student’s potential. Her enthusiasm and patience make her sessions engaging and fun. She enjoys seeing her students grow their confidence with reading and spelling as well as acquiring invaluable learning skills throughout their time in our programs. A well-known fact about Marina is that she adores her dog and often weaves him into stories for the students to read.
Hours of Operation
Monday: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
The Reading Foundation, 3730, West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6R 2C1, Canada