Welcome to CanDoELLA

(Exceptional Learning Lifeskills and Achievement)

We have a dream, a bright, shiny big dream.

It developed from a place of struggle and despair where laughter had all but gone on a long term vacation and life was a hall of terrifying mirrors, everything skewed and misshapen. It’s not how it is supposed to be I’d silently say to myself, it just isn’t.

What is CanDoELLA? It’s a story of hope, persistence and tenacity and it’s rooted in authenticity despite overwhelming odds. A firm huge hello to ‘Can Do’ and a goodbye to ‘Can’t’. It’s the veritable life learning journey of one child who has a big message to share, that you Can in this life, whoever you are and you must not let the noise of the Can’t drown out your inner voice. Anything is possible.

The inspiration behind this journey is our daughter Ella, hence the wonderful logo which embodies her award winning smile, her gusto for life and her gorgeous charismatic personality (thank you to MW Design for ‘seeing’ her for who she is). Our daughter reminds us to recognise our children as a beacon of light and hope with much to teach the world if we stop to listen and learn.

We’ve been on this journey for 12 years now and we have any more to go. We have experienced highs and lows, had life turned on its head many a time and yet come out with wisdom, strength, belief and knowledge. Ella’s made us experts by experience in every sense of the word. Our vision is to help shape the world to be a better place for all of our children, for equality, acceptance of difference and to really effect positive change.

We’ve ventured down most paths, made many mistakes and felt failure yet embraced those experiences as part of the journey towards change and success for our children. They are equal in this life like anyone else. They hold keys to so many doors for us to open and discover better ways to be as people. We hope that in sharing our journey we can help you with yours and that together we CanDoELLA.


A big thank you….

To our amazing family and friends, for being the absolute rock always – for your belief and hours of support, bringing things up when they feel like they’re floating down. We love you.

To MW Design – for the belief and support and the amazing design for CanDoELLA, your kindness and selfless time given and the positivity to make change happen. Thank you Mick, Sean and the team.

To the Team of Lauras who make it all possible by believing in our star and taking this journey with us. Your specialised work is a testament to how change can happen. You know who you are. Without your daily work and belief this wouldn’t be possible.

To Marian who gives beyond words to support a huge dream and guides with such wisdom and belief.

To the amazing girl behind it all – Ella – for never ever giving up and showing us how the world should ‘see’ and ‘hear’ you, even in the darkness and in the darkest hours, your strength and will is testament to your zest for living life, whatever it throws at you. You my darling are an angel and a voice for them all. We begin today.

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