To promote the understanding and acceptance of the ability of persons with learning disabilities to lead meaningful and successful lives.

how we approachour mission


accurate information regarding learning disabilities


families, adults with LD, and professionals


as a provincial authority on learning disabilities


The Learning Disabilities Association of New Brunswick firmly believes in:

  • The ability of persons with learning disabilities to lead meaningful and successful lives
  • The respect of individual learning styles
  • The empowerment of individuals in assuming responsibility over their lives
  • Fair and equitable access to meaningful employment for persons with learning disabilities
  • The provision of quality services to chapters in accordance with their needs
  • A competent and dynamic leadership focused on a clear direction for the organization
  • Interpersonal communication and teamwork based on mutual respect, trust, openness and integrity
  • Being accountable for the mandate entrusted to us
  • Managing our resources effectively and efficiently by respecting our established priorities


Saint John

P: (506) 642-4956

223 St. James St.
Saint John, NB E2L 1W3
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P: (506) 383-5077
F: (506) 383-5077

63 Peter Street
Moncton, NB E1A 3W3
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Dr. Patricia Peterson


Patti Peterson holds a doctoral degree in Education from Boston University. A tenured faculty member at the University of New Brunswick, she is also Co-Executive Director of the university’s Health and Education Research Group, serving as Principal Investigator on initiatives related to inclusion, disabilities and positive mental health. She is a consultant on initiatives related to integrated service delivery for children and youth with complex needs and positive psychology approaches in comprehensive school and workplace contexts. She has served on numerous provincial and national committees related to learning exceptionalities and educational psychology, and currently serves as President of the Learning Disabilities Association of New Brunswick. Recently, Dr. Peterson has authored a book outlining comprehensive positive mental health perspectives, practices and policies for creating inclusive cultures in schools.

Mary Jones

VP Funding

Mary Jones , CD1 of St Andrews, NB, retired from the Canadian Armed Forces after 25 years of service in 1995. Following a brief career as a private business owner and part time Office Manager with Fundy Community Foundation in St Andrews she took the position of Office Manager at Kingsbrae Horticultural Garden Inc. where she is still employed. She has been an active volunteer with a number of local and National charities including The Kidney Foundation, Charlotte County Cancer Society and The Heart and Stroke Foundation. Family circumstances led her and her sister to founding a local Chapter of LDANB in St Andrews in 1997. She has served on the Board and of Directors and Executive Committee of LDANB, filling the Secretary, Funding VP and President position over the past 15 years.

Fabienne McKay

VP Administration

Fabienne McKay is a past president of LDANB TAANB and has served as vice president of the association. She is a past member of the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada’s National Board of Directors. Along with representing LDA Saint John Chapter as their president she volunteers as their office coordinator. She has been a member of the Saint John Ability Advisory Committee; the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick; the New Brunswick Disability Executives Network; and more recently worked with the Government of New Brunswick’s Employment Action Plan Working Group. She was co-chair for the 1997 LDAC National Conference in Saint John, and has received several awards recognizing her work with disability organizations, including the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for work with Learning Disabilities in 2002; the Saint John Ability Advisory Committee Volunteer Award in 1999; the LDAC Volunteer Recognition Award in 1997; and a National Access Awareness award in 1997.


André Deschênes

Executive Director

André holds a B.P.E., a Dip. in Education, a M.P.E. with published thesis and a Principal’s Certificate. He has published extensively especially in the field of Developmental Coordination Disorder (dyspraxia). He is from the Fredericton area with a young family. He has retired from a teaching career with 7 years’ experience as a classroom teacher, 18 years as a Methods & Resource Teacher and 4 years with the AEFNB as Director of Educational Services. He has since joined the Learning Disabilities Association of New Brunswick as Executive Director. André has a great passion for client services and now works actively as an educator, trainer and advocate on behalf of all people with learning disabilities.

Amy Wood

Education Officer

It has given me considerable pleasure to be welcomed into the dynamic fold of the LDANB-TAANB team as their new Education Officer. I hold a B.A. from Mount Allison University with a major in French and a minor in English as well as a B.Ed. from Crandall University. I have worked for several years in the Anglophone West School District as a supply teacher, and I have currently set my sights on earning a Masters in Education, which I hope to start in 2017. Within LDANB-TAANB I have immersed myself in the learning and mastery of the Barton Reading & Spelling System, psychoeducational assessments, and the everyday management of our office so that I am well versed and ready to meet our clients’ needs. With the collaboration, insight, and avidity of the LDANB-TAANB team, great strides have been taken to give everyone the right to learn, and the power to achieve. I am looking forward to my learning journey about learning disabilities!

Ainsley Congdon

Learning Specialist

After being away for a few years, Ainsley Congdon was happy to return home to New Brunswick in 2015. Ainsley has a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University with a major in English and a minor in history, as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of Prince Edward Island. After teaching in New Brunswick for five years, Ainsley worked with high risk youth at a residential group home and taught in the English Department at Algonquin College in Pembroke, Ontario. Ainsley is now the Learning Specialist at the Learning Disabilities Association of New Brunswick and is responsible for the management of the Barton Tutoring Program, overseeing social media and website content and was involved in the planning and organization of the 2018 symposium on learning disabilities.