Special Olympics BC – Vancouver
Executive Committee 

The local committee is responsible for operating all SOBC – Vancouver programs. Many coordinators (board members) with diverse skill sets are required to operate the local successfully each year. The local committee is composed entirely of volunteers.

The committee meets 10 times during the fiscal year. Meetings are on the second Thursday of the month.

Wilson Wong

Local Coordinator

Wilson has been coaching with SOBC Vancouver since 2015 in various programs. He has a background in nonprofit management, a degree in Kinesiology and is pursuing his Masters in Occupational Therapy. Wilson can be found on his paddleboard or on the beach particularly when it's sunny out!

Hannah Hardy

Secretary

Hannah is an outdoor enthusiast and can be found exploring the local mountain range by foot or ski, surfing in Tofino, or biking around the city. She is passionate about maintaining a balanced lifestyle that is rich with physical activity, nature time, and meaningful connections.

Nathan Sanghe

Program Coordinator

Nathan is currently a Graduate Student at UBC taking his Master's of Science in Exercise Psychology and Physiology. He has been a part of Special Olympics since 2016 as a volunteer at Healthy Athletes events. Outside of volunteering, Nathan enjoys going to the gym, playing intramurals, and skiing the local mountains during the winter!

Janna Werry

Volunteer Coordinator

Janna is a retired public relations professional who now puts her energy into volunteering. She was drawn to Special Olympics for its power to change lives through sport. Her love of the water from a young age led her to lifeguard, teach swimming, instruct SCUBA diving and compete in triathlons. She is still found swimming lengths of the pool and plans all travel around proximity to warm oceans.

Brent Anderson

Coach Coordinator

During the day Brent works at Lululemon in data analysis and during the evenings he can be found on Cypress as the Head Coach of Vancouver Special Olympics Alpine Ski Team: The Vantastic Beasts.Brent lives in the shadow of his sister Sally who is a SO athlete and gold and silver medalist for alpine skiing at the international games in Austria in 2017. Brent is an avid skier, swimmer, and sailor and loves making sport silly and fun.

Andrea Jones

PR & Social Media Coordinator

As a lifelong athlete, Andrea believes in the power of sport and the sense of community it brings. She wants to share this with as many people as possible. Andrea was previously a marketing professional and is now pursuing a career in rehabilitation and mobility. She is excited to be a part of the SOBC Vancouver team in a capacity that combines her marketing skills and passion for athletics.

Judy Yee

Parent/Caregiver Rep/Athlete Mentor Rep

Judy has been volunteering with SOBC Vancouver since 2013 and as a healthcare worker and caregiver of an athlete provides a special perspective on the local committee. She has experienced first-hand how Special Olympics affects the lives of the athletes and the role it plays in building self-esteem, acceptance, friendships, leadership and sport competency. You can find Judy volunteering and coaching many sports throughout the year with her nephew and trusty “mascot” Che.

Hanae Okano

Athlete Mentor Rep

Hanae is a behavior interventionist and a graduate of Kinesiology from UBC. She coaches multiple Special Olympics programs and works with athletes as the Athlete Mentor Representative. She wants to become an occupational therapist or a pediatric nurse in the future.

Daniel Thomas

Athlete Representative

Daniel is the Athlete Representative for Region 5 and has been involved with Special Olympics and powerlifting for 6 years. Prior to taking the responsibility of Athlete Rep, Daniel competed in the National Games in 2018 representing team B.C. in Nova Scotia. Daniel eagerly looks forward to sports and competitions returning and hopes to compete in Nationals again one day.

Julia Tkaczyk

Registration Coordinator

Julia loves spending time outdoors; you can find her playing beach volleyball, hiking, biking, or reading at the beach. She enjoys learning new things and making friends. Julia is passionate about helping others and wants to make a positive and meaningful impact on those around her.

Everett Polanski

Registration Coordinator

Everett is a skateboarder and lover of the outdoors. He holds a BSc. Geology, and is currently pursuing a future career in Physical Therapy. His previous experience as skatepark mentor and youth recreational facilitator strengthened his passion for community, physical activity, and being a positive role model for others. Everett can often be found at any of Vancouver’s skateparks giving tips to up-and-coming skaters, and honing his own skills.

Special Olympics BC - Vancouver

In 1980, Special Olympics BC (SOBC) was established as an accredited chapter of Special Olympics Canada. In 1982 the Vancouver Local was formed as part. SOBC – Vancouver offers over 30 programs across 23 different sites, which are athlete-centered, coach-driven and administratively-assisted. Moreover, our local is entirely run by over 100 dedicated volunteers.

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