LDA-LR's 4th Annual Leadership and Learning Breakfast

What we do know is that learning disabilities rate as the highest of all the exceptionalities identified within the school system. Around 5-10% of the general population has a learning disability.
— Executive Director, LDA - London Region




Breakfast 2018 Details

Presented by the Learning Disabilities Association of London Region, this event has emerged to raise awareness and eliminate the stigma associated with learning disabilities.

The event includes a buffet breakfast and inspirational keynote speaker. Speaker at the Leadership and Learning Breakfast 2018 will be Leigh Garrod, Crowned Miss Teen Canada Scholarship 2002.

Our mission at LDA - London Region is to make sure that every child and youth in our area has access to the programs and services we offer. Considering the fact that ONE in FOUR children in our school system is identified with exceptionality, your support is much needed and appreciated.

Objectives for our Breakfast events are:
1. Offer an educational and awareness event for the community
2. Raise revenue to support our programs and services
3. Eliminate the stigma that surrounds children, youth and adults with learning disabilities
4. Create an understanding of the importance of empowerment, advocacy and hope

Come out and support our program and services we offer as charitable, non-profit organization to London community and surrounding counties.

Join us and invest in our children's education and their bright future!



Thursday, April 5th, 2018 from 7:30 to 9:30 am
Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre
591 Wellington Rd, London, ON N6C 4R3
Crystal Ballroom

Tickets: $70 per person; $500 for a table of 8
Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the
purchase button or by calling (519) 438-6213

Leadership & Learning Breakfast 2018


KeyNOte Speaker 2018

Sean McHugh

Leigh Garrod
Crowned Miss Teen Canada Scholarship 2002

Leigh Garrod was diagnosed with a learning disability when she was nine. At that age, Leigh’s reading comprehension was at a grade two level, meaning she had difficulty understanding complex problems. However, conquering her learning disability was only half the battle. Leigh had to overcome stereotypes from some of her teachers. They didn’t see Leigh’s potential and told her she would never attend university due to her learning disability. 

Leigh credits her parents for her success because they taught her to never use her disability as an excuse. She wasn’t allowed to use negative, demeaning phrases about herself, like “I’m dumb” or “I’m stupid.” They also taught Leigh the only difference between her and other people was she would have to work a little harder in life.

With the support of her parents, Leigh accepted new challenges. At 16, Leigh was crowned Miss Teen Canada Scholarship 2002. With her reign, Leigh traveled around the province to speak to Canadians about the dangers of drinking as the national spokesperson for MADD Canada. 

Leigh was also offered a Canadian ambassador position at Walt Disney World Epcot in Orlando, Florida. Instead, Leigh chose to attend the Radio and Television broadcasting program at Ryerson University. In 2008, all of her doubters were proven wrong when she graduated with a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree. 

After working as an entrainment reporter/co-host for Rogers TV in Toronto, Leigh returned to London to pursue a career in marketing. She’s currently employed at London Life as a Marketing Specialist. 

When not working, Leigh has returned to pageant competitions and currently holds the Mrs. Great Lakes Globe title and was runner up in the Mrs. Canada Globe pageant this past March. 



Sponsorship Opportunities

For event poster, and available sponsorship levels and details please contact ldainfo@ldalondon.ca directly.


Sponsors 2018

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