Karen O’Shannacery, OBC and Retired Executive Director, Lookout Emergency Aid Society
Karen O'Shannacery has been a housing advocate for the homeless and disenfranchised for 45+ years. She was the Executive Director and founding member of Lookout Emergency Aid Society, creating over 1,300 minimal-barrier shelter and housing beds and serving over 10,000 people annually. In 2011 Karen was appointed to the Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordability. She co-founded community networks including the Vancouver Urban Core Community Workers Association, Greater Vancouver Shelter Strategy and the provincial Shelter Net BC. Karen continues to advocate for people challenged by serious mental illness, addictions and homelessness. Karen has been honoured for her continuing contributions, including receiving the Order of BC and the Diamond Jubilee Medal.