This is Candice’s “Why”

This video was made by Candice Janzen. This is her story and she would like to share it with you.

Meet Our Team

Candice Janzen Owner/Founder

Candice Janzen is one of the owners and founders of I CAN PLAY 2 and a special needs Mom. Candice has dedicated her life to improving, adapting and gathering resources for the special needs population and their amazing caregivers.
Candice majored in Investigations and Security Management and had a career in Investigations prior to having her first child Kalaya in 2012. After a near SIDS episode with Kalaya at 8 weeks old, Candice knew her life would change drastically. Due to the lack of oxygen to her brain, Kalaya was diagnosed with both Cerebral Palsy and Cortical Visual Impairment.
For the past five years, Candice has been advocating for and working with Kalaya full time.  She has accessed occupational, physical, vision and speech therapists and has implemented their strategies in  Kalaya’s therapy and recovery  through play in her everyday routines.
Candice adapted items that she already had in her home which gave Kalaya the opportunity to explore, learn, play and grow in her own environment. After realizing how expensive "special needs" toys and equipment were, Candice has used her  creativity and adapted things around the house to help imporve her daughter’s quailty of life. These are just a few examples:

  • Built a big jolly jumper out of a swing set frame and put a small rebounder  underneath  so Kalaya could jump all by herself
  • Used a portable GoTo seat on an adult walker she bought at a garage sale to make a big stroller (she calls it the "Rollie Pollie chair)
  • Secured a hook in the celing and attached it to a Jolly Jumper harness with a spring and put a blowup castle around it so Kalaya can jump with her 2 year old brother unassisted. (*see video below)
  • because of Klaya‘s CVI, she was only able to see lights and shadows so by using LED lights and naming the different colours when they flashed, Candice taught Kalaya how to see and identify the colours. Now Kalaya can identify all colours without the use of any lights. 

Candice is passionate about sharing her ideas and her  adapted equipment with all parents who struggle and need   extra support or sensory input  ideas  for their children. This is how the idea of the Adapted Play and Sensory Center started. She was tired of going to different places in the community and having to adapt everything for Kalaya.  She wanted to have a place that was adapted for children with all abilities and at least have a place where parents and children don't have to suffer with the lack of accessibility, inclusion, safety and understanding.
After connecting with Sherry Oleksyn and sharing their experiences, they realized that they shared the same vison and passion to create a place for not only their children, but for all children. This was when they decicided to turn this dream into a goal  and reality.
Candice is passionate about meeting people and hearing their stories. She is so excited to watch children with all abilities play in a safe, accessible and inclusive centre and connect with parents and caregivers. Seeing your children play is her dream come true. 

Sherry Oleksyn Owner/Founder

Sherry is an ambitious and dedicated full time parent to 3 teenage boys and a young girl. Her passion is bringing awareness to behavioral and mental health issues and connecting families with the resources available in their communities.  She is dedicated to supporting parents and caregivers as they navigate the health care system and community supports for their children. Her education is in Business Management & Marketing, and she is excited to be able to combine her passion for helping others while continuing her interest in business function, not for profit organizations, and connecting the gaps for families.  

Sherry is a mom to a handsome, smart, active and charismatic son who struggles with mental health and behavioral diagnosis.  She has spent over 7 years navigating the AHS system and is now dedicated to helping others by sharing their story and experiences.  Using both the good and bad experiences she has found a platform to speak publicly about the changes our health care system needs not only for children like her son, but for all children, youth and young adults with physical, mental health and behavioral diagnosis’. 

Sherry is excited for the IcanPlay2 Resource Center becoming the place where parents can connect, engage and find support while minimizing the isolation families sometimes feel.

Kalaya Can Play 2

Adapting things in your home can be inexpensive and simple to do.