Our Team

Executive Director

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Andrea Carey

Andrea Carey is a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional, holds a Masters of Education in Leadership Studies, is a Certified Executive Coach. Andrea is the Chief Inclusion Officer for INclusion INcorporated and the Executive Director for OneAbility. Andrea has been working on diversity and inclusion projects at the local, provincial, national and international level for the past 15 years, leading the development of many leading resources, trainings and programs that were co-created with, and developed to support equity deserving groups. Andrea spent ten years on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and chaired the organization’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Paralympic Pathways Committee. Andrea is currently a Board Director with KidSport Victoria and with Power to Be Adventure Therapy Society.

Board members

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Alannah Verville

Alannah graduated from Camosun College in 2017 with her Bachelor in Sport and Fitness Leadership. In her final year of school, she completed her co-op work term with MOVE Adapted Fitness and in 2019 stepped into the role of Executive Director. Through her connections at MOVE she was introduced to OneAbility and instantly wanted to be a part of this amazing community of inspiring people and organizations. Over the years she has been involved in OneAbility’s various committee groups, panel discussions and membership forums and in 2021 she joined the board of directors!  Alannah is excited to continue fostering OneAbility’s growth while striving to deliver on the organization’s mission and vision.

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Carinna Kenigsberg

Carinna is the Chair of the Board for OneAbility Foundation, as well as the Director of Programs and Impact at Power To Be. Carinna has played a role in supporting the expansion of OneAbility’s program collaborations, resource sharing opportunities, and community reach. Developing strategic partnerships and enhancing OneAbility’s strategic goals. Carinna has a degree in Child and Youth Care and leads with an ability-centered approach. She practices inclusivity from the way she uniquely connects to individuals, to seeing linkages and opportunities that can build on people’s strengths. Carinna understands the strategic benefit of partnerships and how rich an experience can be when it is done through the collaboration of different skill sets, history, culture and perspective. It is with this mindset and philosophy that Carinna aims to be a steward for people, the natural environment and community. Carinna values being rooted, providing valuable experiences, and finding authentic ways to move the notions of inclusion and impact forward collectively.

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Gail Hamamoto

Director of BC Wheelchair Sports Association, and has worked with the organization for 28 years. Gail is the Vice President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and is CPC’s representative on the Board of the 2010 Games Operating Trust stewarding the financial legacy from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Gail serves on the Board of World Wheelchair Rugby, was co-Chair for the 2010 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships and chairs the Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament held every two years at the Richmond Olympic Oval. She has organized multiple national and international events in wheelchair rugby, tennis and athletics, focused on creating legacies that include increased awareness, schools programs, equipment, communications and sport development. Gail was the co-creator of the Bridging the Gap Program that removes barriers to participation in sport for individuals with disabilities, supporting their ongoing participation, and is currently leading the development of the Indigenous Bridging the Gap Program. Gail enjoys mountain biking on the North Shore, and playing hockey with an amazing group of women that are showing her the true meaning of lifelong sport!

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Mike Waters

For more than 25 years, Mike Waters has worked to build community. He has lead and supported numerous initiatives that worked to develop, evaluate and improve programs, services, facilities and infrastructure for municipal and regional governments, and not-for profit agencies in Canada and the UK. Throughout his career, Mike has held senior leadership roles focused on community development, social inclusion, social planning, recreation, parks and environmental services. More recently, he has managed and supported initiatives to improve services for Indigenous peoples, cultural planning, universal access, and community sustainability. Mike is currently the Executive Director of the Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association.

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Tanelle Bolt

Tanelle is a barrier free design and recreation consultant, educated interior designer and founder of RAD Recreation Adapted Society – better known as RAD Society, whose mission is to break down barriers to participation in recreation by providing short term rentals (try-it-before-you-buy-it) of the expensive gear that people living with mobility challenges require to play their way. Tanelle has been educating individuals, businesses/organizations and municipalities on the importance of inclusion in both indoor and outdoor settings through media interactions, consulting, keynote speaking and conferences since sustaining a paralyzing spinal cord injury from a recreation accident in 2014.

Operations Operations

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Samantha Heron

Operations and Program Coordinator

Samantha (she, her, hers and elle) is a conflict management consultant, fully insured mediator, facilitator and community connector in the SafeSport and sport sector in Canada. Samantha’s
previous career, education, research, and personal values shape her approach to conflict management. Samantha emphasizes a highly collaborative approach focused on shared leadership, justice, empathy, and inclusion.

Samantha’s Mediation and Complaint Management business, Blue Heron Resolutions provides mediation, conflict management services and conflict skillset building to clients in the Sport, Para Sport and Disability and Inclusion sector. Samantha holds a large role in overseeing operations at OneAbility, a disability sport collective in Victoria B.C., and coordinates programming and social media / marketing with INclusion INcorporated. Samantha is also a volunteer and Director at Large with Kootenay Adaptive Sport Association (KASA), and sits on multiple SafeSport / Safety committees and diversity and inclusion committees. 

Further, Samantha regularly contributes to research in the fields of SafeSport and Sport, Change Management, Leadership Development and Para Sport / Disability Sport. Her unique research and education in Conflict Analysis and Management centres on how shared leadership (with a focus away from our masculine styles of leadership to feminine) can improve and impact the para sport system in Canada, and our organizational systems writ large.

Samantha has a vested interest in making a difference for women and persons with a disability in sport. Because of this, Samantha is grateful for her previous career in coaching and recruiting
for rowing and para rowing. She is most proud of the work she did to increase financial and human capacity, as well as education and awareness for para rowing in Canada, from grassroots
to performance levels. She views sport as a space to experience belonging and believes sport is
a medium for people to express their values, skill, and ambition

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Sierra Roth

OneAbility Social Media and Support

Sierra believes that no person is limited in their capacity in life, as long as they have the resources to do so.

Through experience as an able-bodied athlete, Kinesiology graduate from the University of Alberta, and now as a disabled athlete and coach, she facilitates a knowledge for inclusion in various sporting and recreation capacities. This transpired after negative sporting experiences in the para sport system.

Her goals transcend beyond the realm of athleticism and into the world of inclusion practices, advocacy, and the creation of welcoming spaces for people experiencing disability. She has been fortunate to work with many organizations in this space including Active Living Alliance, The Steadward Centre, Kootenay Adaptive Sports Association, Ocean Rehab and Fitness, One Ability, and BC Wheelchair Sports Association. She has a special interest in exploring how intersectionality may impact the disabled experience, as she also identifies as being part of the LGBTQI2S+ community. 

When not hustling to provide a better life for herself and her peers, Sierra is griping dirt on her adaptive mountain bike called a Bowhead Reach. As a settler, Sierra recognizes that she lives, works, and plays mostly on the traditional territories of Coast Salish.

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Zack Zitek

Website and Online Content Development

Zack (he/him) completed his Bachelors Degree in Sport and Fitness Leadership, with a specialization in Exercise and Wellness, completing his internship with OneAbility in 2020. Since his internship he has worked as a contractor for OneAbility. Zack’s current role at OneAbility mainly consists of maintaining the website.

Outside of OneAbility, Zack works full time for Power To Be. Zack is also the Head Coach and Coordinator for Sledge Hockey Victoria, and sits on the Board of Directors for Victoria Wheelchair Sports. Zack’s past experience is as a Behavioural Interventionist and as a Job Coach for CanAssist for people who identify as having a disability or mental health challenge. 

Zack is interested in sports, outdoor activities, and nature. He is passionate about inclusion and believes in the removal of barriers to participation in all activities. 

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