Welcome to Our Community

Many people say if they could describe ICAN in one word, it would be “Community”. We are proud of the fact that, as service providers, our clients and their families describe ICAN as a community that cares about people.

When it comes to our employees, many of them have been with ICAN for more than a decade. That continuity and expertise helps foster that feeling of community and family at ICAN. We look forward to having you join our community.

Who We Are

The people who work at ICAN - Independence Centre and Network are passionate about helping seniors and people with physical disabilities. Our goal is your goal – to have our clients live independent, productive and happy lives.

We are a non-profit organization that provides a variety of services, resources and support systems in both English and French. Our services include post stroke transitioning, supportive housing, outreach services, temporary housing, detailed assessments and progressive independence training.

ICAN has a distinguished history in the Greater Sudbury area. We were established back in 1977, the dream of a two person committee of the local parent Association for Cerebral Palsy and other physical handicaps. Since then, we have grown and flourished. Today, we have over 100 employees and have helped more than a thousand people since we first opened our doors. ICAN is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of people with physical disabilities as well as representatives of the professional and business community.

The majority of our services are funded by our community partners at the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN).

Welcome from CEO

On behalf of the entire ICAN family, I want to welcome you to the Independence Centre and Network in Sudbury. We are a not-for-profit organization that's been around since 1977. Over the years, we've seen a lot of smiles and some incredible success stories.

ICAN helps people with physical disabilities move forward and live independently. We also help people after they've suffered a stroke or a serious permanent injury. For many, the only thing stopping them from living in their own homes and community inclusion is help with things like bathing and cooking -- and some physical rehabilitation. That's what we do -- we empower people to move on with their lives.

Please take the time to view the information on this website which outlines our many services. If you have any questions, just drop us a line.

We have an incredible team of caring professionals here at ICAN who aim to provide the best individualized support and rehabilitation services available. We are extremely proud of our track record and look forward to helping you or your loved one become our next inspiring success story.

Marie Leon

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

We provide assistance to live independently and inclusively in the community through individualized support and rehabilitation services.

Vision Statement

Vision Statement

Individuals have the optimal support to live independently within their community.

Board of Directors

David Stamp, Chair - ICAN CERD

David
Stamp

Chair

Todd Robson, 1st Vice-Chair - ICAN CERD

Todd
Robson

1st Vice-Chair

Allan Lamothe, Treasurer - ICAN CERD

Allan
Lamothe

Treasurer

Heiko Leers, Director - ICAN CERD

Heiko
Leers

Director

Nicole Skyes, Director - ICAN CERD

Nicole
Sykes

Director

Clair McChensey, Director - ICAN CERD

Claire
McChesney

Director

Andree Lacroix, Director - ICAN CERD

Andrée
Lacroix

Director

David Szczepaniak, Director - ICAN CERD

David
Szczepaniak

Director

Shelly Watson, Director - ICAN CERD

Shelley
Watson

Director

David Squarzolo, Director - ICAN CERD

David
Squarzolo

Director

Andrew Olivier, Director - ICAN CERD

Andrew
Olivier

Director

Senior Staff

Marie Leon

Chief Executive Officer
Marie Leon

Marie is the CEO of ICAN and has been with the organization for 21 years. Marie's commitment to the organization was actually borne out of the experiences she and her family had dealing with her father's stroke. Marie attended Cambrian College and earned diplomas in both the Law Clerk Program and Business Administration. She joined ICAN in 1995 as book-keeper and worked her way up through the organization. She became the Accounting/IT Assistant, then the Executive Coordinator, the Manager of Corporate Services and then CEO. Marie is known for her openness and her hands-on approach to leadership and team building. She loves going to work every day and considers her colleagues and ICAN clients as a second family.

Carmen Sampson

Manager of Client Services
Carmen Sampson

Carmen is the Manager of Client Services and has been with ICAN since 1986. After graduating from Cambrian College in Social Services, Carmen found her first job at ICAN. The job was classified as a one year experience program. The experiences lived in that first year sparked a lifetime devotion to working at ICAN. The passion for assisting seniors or individuals with physical disability grew into a goal of coaching and supervising staff in providing high quality services. Carmen is committed to many more years with ICAN, confident that she is part of a great organization becoming even greater!

Kim Sliede

Manager of Corporate Services
Kim Sliede

Kim is the Manager of Corporate Services at ICAN and has been with the organization since 2009. She was hired as the Accounting Assistant, worked her way up to Corporate Services Supervisor, and then Manager of Corporate Services. Kim earned her Business Administration diploma at Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology. Previous to ICAN, Kim held the position of Controller for eight years at a local construction firm where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the organization. Kim always projects a positive and professional image and her calm and mature way is appreciated by co-workers, clients and the Leadership Team.

Diane Loyer

Client Services Supervisor
Diane Loyer

Diane is a Client Services Supervisor and has been with the agency for 28 years. Diane attended Cambrian College and earned her diploma in the Developmental Services Worker program. She joined ICAN in 1988 as a student on placement and was then hired as a relief counselor in the Supportive Housing Program upon graduation. Diane worked in the Outreach Program for 10 years and then joined the leadership team where she is known for her commitment to the agency and to the clients ensuring they receive the services they require.

Ian Burcher

Client Services Supervisor
Ian Burcher

Gaetanne Larocque

Client Services Supervisor
Gaetanne Larocque

Gaetanne is a Client Services Supervisor who has been with ICAN for 28 years. Gaetanne applied at ICAN in October 1988 after graduating from Cambrian College in Social Services. She started out as a part-time Independent Living Assistant and after one year, she became full-time in the Supportive Housing program. In 2009, she was appointed to the Rehabilitation Support Worker position. In June 2016, she joined the Leadership Team where she continues to grow and still maintains the independent philosophy for all clients.

Paul McDowell

Client Services Supervisor
Paul McDowell

Paul was hired in September of 2000 after his community placement at ICAN with the PSW program at Cambrian College. He was an Independent Living Assistant for 12 years until he was hired as a Rehabilitation Support Worker for the Assisted Living and Enhanced Congregate Care programs. Paul is now a Client Services Supervisor and feels that he is now part of a wonderful team fully committed to the clients, staff, ICAN and the community.

Aaron St.Pierre

Scheduling Supervisor
Aaron St.Pierre

Aaron is the Scheduling Supervisor at ICAN and has been with the organization since 2015. Aaron attended Laurentian University where he graduated with his Master of Arts in History. Aaron has also worked on numerous volunteer initiatives and served on the boards of several volunteer organizations. Aaron believes that with the right supports and systems all individuals can live independently and inclusively in their communities, and that is why he was thrilled to join ICAN and its Leadership Team. Aaron is proud to work for such an amazing organization and looks forward to serving the agency and its clients for many more years to come.

Johanne Ramsay

Executive Assistant
Johanne Ramsay

Johanne is the Executive Assistant at ICAN and has been with the organization since March 2009. Johanne attended Cambrian College/Collège Boréal and graduated from the Administration de bureau program. She keeps the leadership team organized when it comes to meetings and special events and loves new challenges. ICAN has shown her that anyone can reach their goal as long as they believe.

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