Event Speakers

Ana Karanovic

Ana Karanovic is a Program Coordinator at BC Wheelchair Sports Association and holds a national certification as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. She coordinates Wheelchair Athletics programming province-wide, and co-coordinates the Bridging the Gap Program – an initiative targeted at reducing barriers towards sport participation for individuals with physical disabilities. Having been with the organization for 3 full years now, Ana stumbled upon wheelchair sports while completing a course for her Bachelors of Therapeutic Recreation. She began with BCWSA as a volunteer in 2015, and since then has become a strong advocate for parasports, accessibility, equity and inclusion in her full-time role. Outside of loving her job, Ana can be found on the move and keeping active through outdoor adventures.

Jenna Christianson-Barker

Jenna is a Faculty Member of the Disability and Community Studies Department at Douglas College, focused on preparing practitioners dedicated to thoughtful and dignity filled supports. Through a variety of professional roles, she has had the opportunity to lead federal employment initiatives, sit on national working groups, identify and build on gaps in service, collaborate with both federal and provincial government, participate in and inform research, and create and deliver academic programming for employment support practitioners. These varied perspectives and opportunities have resulted in a unique understanding of the value of diversity and a true passion for workplace inclusion. Jenna has an MBA from Loyola New Orleans and a BA degree in Political Science from Pepperdine University. She is currently pursuing her PhD at UBC in Interdisciplinary Studies, Community Engagement, Social Change and Equity with a research focus on the impact of inclusive hiring on team dynamics and corporate culture.

Lois McNary – Vice President, Sport Special Olympics BC

Lois McNary has been involved in sport for more than 35 years. She started as a volunteer with SOBC – Coquitlam prior to being hired as a Program Coordinator with Special Olympics BC in 1989. In 1993 Lois took on the position of Vice President, Sport which she currently holds. She works with athletes, coaches, and staff around the province to deliver sport and fitness programs in 18 sports for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.

Through the years Lois has been the head of delegation for multiple Provincial teams to National Games and National Teams to World Games. She is a Master Facilitator for the NCCPSOC Introduction to Competition workshop and presents to numerous groups on coaching individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. 

When not working, Lois enjoys getting out in Coquitlam, accessing the beautiful parks and trails, volunteering as Past President for the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame and as a Director on the Coquitlam Foundation.