History


LDAWE is a chapter of the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (LDAO). The local activities of the organization are governed by a volunteer board of directors, who follow the policies of LDAO.

In 1993, the Association was reactivated by a small group of concerned parents and professionals in the Windsor – Essex County area, who were committed to improving the quality of life for people with learning disabilities.

In 2001, a 3-year Ontario Trillium Foundation grant was received to open a resource and support centre and to hire LDAWE’s first two staff members.

In April 2002, LDAWE’s President, Lesley Reid, won United Way’s Light the Way Award for her contributions to LDAWE.

In May 2002, the Windsor Essex Non-Profit Support Network awarded LDAWE with their Non-Profit Excellence Award.

In February 2004, the Association received its Charitable Status from the Canada Revenue Agency.

In June 2005, long-time LDAWE volunteers, Rand Hodgkinson received LDA Ontario’s Volunteer Recognition Award and Dr. Joe Casey received LDA Canada’s National Education Award.

In May 2008, LDAWE moved into a larger office space within the same building.

In June 2010, the Centre for Smart Community Innovation awarded LDAWE with their Smart Community Success Story Award.

In July 2010, LDAWE grew once again by adding a program room to the existing office space.

In June 2011, LDAWE’s Executive Director, Bev Clarke, was awarded the Exceptional Employer of the Year Award from Autism Ontario – Windsor/Essex Branch.

In October 2011, as part of the celebrations for the 10 year anniversary of the office being open, the creation of the Reid Family Scholarship was announced.

In November 2012, LDAWE received its own incorporation number (separate from LDAO’s) and a new Charitable Status number.

In February 2016, it was announced that LDAWE's Executive Director, Bev Clarke, would be a recipient of St. Clair College's prestigious Alumni of Distinction Awards.

Today, LDAWE continues to provide Learning Disabilities services for families, youth and adults.