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Office Staff

Samantha Sendzik, M.A., B.Ed., B.Sc.
Executive Director

Samantha joined the LDANR office staff in August 2015 as a Program Coordinator. In April 2016 she became interim Executive Director before taking on the Executive Director role permanently in April 2018. Sam has been involved with LDANR for a number of years in roles such as program volunteer, facilitator, summer student, and research assistant. Following teacher’s college, Sam studied learning disabilities as a graduate student at Brock University.

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Emily Glencross, B.A.
Self-Advocacy Program Coordinator

Emily joined the LDANR office staff in October 2018 as a Program Coordinator. Emily has been involved with the LDANR for a number of years in both a volunteer and staff capacity. Emily has a Bachelor degree in Sociology and has extensive experience supporting children and youth with learning disabilities.

Emily is responsible for coordinating the following LDANR programs: B.E.S.T., CHAMPS, SOAR Secondary, SOAR Post-Secondary, and our SLAM Summer Camp.


Emily Eichner, M.Ed., B.A.Sc.
Literacy Program Coordinator

Emily joined the LDANR office staff in February 2021 as a Program Coordinator. Emily has a degree in Child, Youth, and Family and her Masters in Education. She also has a graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science and is a Registered Early Childhood Educator. Emily has extensive experience supporting children and youth with various disabilities throughout the Niagara Region.  

Emily is responsible for coordinating our Reading Rocks program and SLAM Summer Camp.


Madeline Zoelman, B.Sc., M.Ed. (Candidate)
Math Coordinator & Administrative Assistant

Madeline began as a Volunteer with LDA Durham and then as a Math Tutor with LDA Niagara before coming into the role as the Math Programs Coordinator. She has a degree in psychology and is working through her Masters in Education where she has focused her effort on examining psychosocial difficulties, math anxiety, and exceptionalities. She also has hands-on experience tutoring and supporting children who have various learning difficulties.

Madeline is responsible for coordinating LDANR’s math programming.

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Paige Vaccarella
Community Outreach Coordinator

Paige joined the LDANR office staff in August 2020 as Program Coordinator. She was diagnosed with a learning disability in the 4th grade and is now completing a double major in Child and Youth Studies and Psychology at Brock University. Paige is very passionate about sharing her story, the good and the bad, in hopes of inspiring and supporting other individuals with an LD. She hopes to encourage others to believe that it is not only okay to be different but being different can also be your gift. 

Paige is responsible for coordinating the LDANR’s Youth-to-Youth (Y2Y) Support Group Program and the Webinar Series.

Our Mission

Our purpose is to provide resources and support to individuals who are affected by learning disabilities within the Niagara Region. We provide leadership in learning disabilities advocacy, research, education and services.

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Get In Touch

Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region
1338 Fourth Avenue
Unit S215
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
L2S 0G1

info@ldaniagara.org
Phone: (905) 641-1021 *(Please note, we are working remotely due to COVID-19. At this time, we ask that you contact us through our info email listed above. Thank you very much!)
Fax: (905) 641-2336
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