Who we are

CAM CAN is a family led organisation providing individualised, tailored community based support to people who are vulnerable and their families who want to live their lives in the community. CAM CAN also provides personalised supports to people who wish to continue to live together in their family home or to those people who are living or want to live an independent life of their own.

Marc and Anthea Lema are the parents of seven children, one with an intellectual disability. They are also the Directors of CAM CAN. Both have a wealth of experience in assisting people with disabilities, their families and supporters in planning, implementing and maintaining community based supports and services.

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Marc has more than 30 years of experience working with people with disabilities. Marc started his career as a Social Trainer working directly with people with disabilities in large institutions in WA. Marc has held a number of positions with the Disability Services Commission including; Senior Social Trainer, Local Area Coordinator, District Manager, Manager Operational Support and Development, Regional Manager LAC and spent a short time as the Principle Adviser to the Minister for Disability Services. Marc was the original Manager of the Community Living Initiative. Marc was instrumental in creating CAM CAN and is the Chief Executive Officer of the organisation.

Anthea has 20 years of experience in IT and communications. She has worked within the organisation since its inception and is the Managing Director of Cam Can. Anthea has a long history in supporting community groups and non-government organisations and has been the Chairperson of Interchange (Inc.) and a board member of the Developmental Disability Council of WA (Inc). Anthea was also an Independent Evaluator for the Disability Services Commissions Quality Management Framework. Anthea is a sought after advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and has written articles and delivered several papers in WA and Victoria regarding her experiences.

Both Marc and Anthea have training in various forms of planning including Personal Centred Planning, Essential Lifestyles Planning, Personal Futures Planning and Optimal Individual Service Design. Both also understand the importance of informal planning. Anthea and Marc have attended numerous workshops and conferences on topics such as Social Role Valorisation, Inclusive Education, Optimal Individual Service Design etc. Both Marc and Anthea have presented papers in WA and Victoria regarding issues related to people with disabilities and have been key note speakers in conferences in WA, Victoria and Queensland.

CAM CAN believes that:

  • People with disabilities have authority over their own lives.
  • Wherever possible and to the extent that they wish, people with disabilities will have control over their own supports and services.
  • People with disabilities belong in the community of their choice.
  • Family and friends are the most enduring support a person can have.
  • Communities benefit from the active involvement of all its citizens no matter what their challenge.
  • Every person has the capacity to contribute.
  • Everyone has the capacity to continue to learn throughout the course of their lives.

How CAM CAN became established?

The concept of creating CAM CAN as a Disability Services Organisation was borne out of Marc and Anthea’s personal experience in creating innovative supports for their son Cameron who has an intellectual disability.

Marc and Anthea developed a circle of support, designed a small business enterprise for Cameron to operate and implemented a community living arrangement within a period of three years. As a result of forming these life enhancing initiatives for their son, other families sought their assistance in helping to develop plans that would bring about meaningful lives for their family members.

Marc and Anthea have been invited to many workshops and conferences at both state and national levels to talk about their experience. They have also been asked by Disability Services Organisations to assist them to think about how supports can be delivered differently and to work with people they support to create new support arrangements.

Marc and Anthea have a passion for assisting people to have greater control over their own lives and to live in the community as valued citizens. On 1 July 2011 CAM CAN officially became an endorsed provider for the Disability Services Commission of Western Australia enabling the organisation to deliver individualised supports to people funded via the Disability Services Commission.

Commencing in February 2014 Cam Can expanded services into the My Way – Lower South Region.