Who We Are

Board of Directors

Maureen Pangan

Maureen Pangan

President

Bio
Christa Keating-McKay

Christa Keating-McKay

Vice President

Bio
Tim Hewitson, BASc, BEd, MEd.

Tim Hewitson, BASc, BEd, MEd.

Past President

Bio

Passionate about advocacy and community development, Tim is a born and raised Hamiltonian who has led many successful initiatives throughout the Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford communities. Tim brings with him a personal identification with both ADHD and a Learning Disability and actively applies his learned coping to his teaching and leadership experiences in public and higher educational institutions, as well as numerous not-for-profit and charitable agencies. He currently leads community access initiatives and is a part-time faculty member with Mohawk College as well as a Teacher with Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. Aside from his community work, Tim’s current portfolio is informed by his training in Applied Behavioural Therapy and further research work in community-engaged education with the Faculty of Science at McMaster University. In addition to his presence in the community and formal teacher education training at Brock University, Tim is currently pursuing a Master of Education specializing in Leadership in Equity, Engagement and Achievement at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. 

Tim has been awarded for his efforts toward promoting social justice and excellence in learning communities by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario, McMaster University, the YMCA of Canada, and the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. He is actively involved in advancing the mission of the organization while meeting the needs of underserved populations by leveraging community connections through a social enterprise model.

Community contacts are encouraged to connect with us at LDAHH! Please email us at info@ldahh.ca.

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David Mahon

David Mahon

Treasurer

Bio

David was born and raised in Oakville and has spent his adult life living in various cities across Canada. He has recently returned to Burlington with his family. The greater part of David’s professional career has involved equipping learners with the information and tools they need to find their own personal success within the education space. From that experience and knowledge, he has become an empowered and vocal advocate for his son who has a learning disability. His family has experienced the highs and lows of his son’s struggles as he transitioned through both elementary and secondary school, during which he has learned to celebrate his successes and those that have helped him along the way. David passionately believes in the impact that evidence-based individualized learning strategies can have for all learners in terms of independence, engagement, success and personal fulfilment. David’s previous experience as a Board member with LDA-Durham Region also reinforced the idea that together we are stronger in making a difference for all, and he hopes to continue to do so with the LDAHH.

Diane Vandenbossche, HDSB SEAC rep.

Diane Vandenbossche, HDSB SEAC rep.

Director

Bio

Diane has 29 years of teaching experience; 25 years as a special educator. Her experience spans both the elementary and secondary panels providing service to most of the exceptionalities in a range of programs from self-contained to resource support, on a withdrawal or in-class basis. Throughout her career and in retirement, her focus has centered on advocacy for students with Learning Disabilities.

Sept./89 to June/92 and Jan./96 to June/2000, she was seconded to the Ministry of Education and held the position of Resource Services Consultant at Trillium School, a Provincial Demonstration School for Students with Severe Learning Disabilities.She has been a member of Council for Exceptional Children for over 40 years. Presently she is on the executive of the Subdivision for Learning Disabilities and the Ontario Pioneers Subdivision (both subdivisions of CEC).

In June, 2000, she retired but is still a dedicated special educator. Currently, along with serving on the Board of Directors of Learning Disabilities Association of Halton-Hamilton as Past President, she is the organization’s Resource Facilitator and SEAC rep for Halton District School Board.

Francesca Rollo

Francesca Rollo

Director

Bio
Matthew Belan

Matthew Belan

Director

Bio

Possessing a Master’s Degree from McMaster University, Matthew has been involved teaching in post-secondary institutions since 2015. He has an extensive experience in working with youth-at-risk, and those with learning disabilities or learning differences. Matthew has also worked for Ontario-funded employment centres, working with those who have disabilities in order to find long-term employment. Presently, Matthew teaches at McMaster University for the faculty of Social Sciences in their experiential education office, where he continues to assist students in their academics, as well as finding them internship placements. Matthew also owns a therapy dog, Moose, which comes to McMaster to help students feel relaxed during stressful times of the academic year.

Tim Rye

Tim Rye

Director

Bio

Tim lives in Burlington with his wife Heather and children Daniel and Lauren. As an active member of the community he can often be found coaching hockey, running around to various activities or actively working on school council projects and other community programs. In his professional life Tim is the Vice President of Canadian Lending Technologies for the global Fintech company Finastra with overall responsibility for the Canadian organization. He brings to the board many years of corporate, strategic and channel development experience along with a strong passion for equality and driving change through positive engagement.

Hugo Troccoli

Hugo Troccoli

Director

Bio

Hugo is a Direct Support Professional with a passion for making connections and developing skills using social media and new tech. Hugo spear-headed the social media presence for Community Living Oakville – leading to the creation of the award winning In The Loop Media program.

Natalie Warren

Natalie Warren

Director

Bio
Evangeline Chima

Evangeline Chima

Director

Bio

Evangeline Chima is the founder of Black Mentorship Inc. BMI – an organization dedicated to fostering Black professionals’ professional growth and personal expansion. BMI was born out of her personal experiences as a Black professional woman in Canada. In her role as the Executive Director, Evangeline helps organizations close the diversity gap and create exceptional atmospheres that increase production without additional cost. In addition to leading BMI mission and developing workshops and training sessions, Evangeline has a master’s degree in Information Technology Services, diplomas in Computer Network, Project Management, and Business Analysis –along with numerous professional certifications. She has accomplished a record of driving process initiatives that support corporate change, stakeholders’ requirements and employee engagement.

A seasoned leader and senior business/technology executive with more than 17 years of experience in corporate, business strategy, project management and board. Evangeline has extensive organizational experience with government, health, retail, non-for-profit, and private/public organizations, with all-embracing expertise working for organizations with diverse operations and global presence. She is an intentional, strategic partner and trusted advisor to senior management, building high-performing teams focused on achieving the organization’s tactical goals.

A significant valuable contributor both as a team member and an individual contributor with a can-do it drive” rooted in a passion for adding substantial value to the team, Evangeline’s philosophy is everyone needs validation, notwithstanding the position they hold in an organization or life. Hence she promotes “Human Touch” in whatever endeavour she embarks.

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We are a registered charitable organization that does not receive any government funding to support our initiatives. Your gift will help us to ensure we can continue providing our programs and services to support those who are impacted by Learning Disabilities in Halton and Hamilton.

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