This week’s feature isn’t on a woman within the Oilers community (don’t hold her Boston fandom against her!), but on an incredible woman doing amazing things within the hockey community as a whole!
Chanel Keenan is one of my favourite people in the hockey community and I’m excited for you to meet her and see the amazing impact she has on the game.
Last week I featured the amazing woman behind raising nearly $40k for charity after a heated Battle of Alberta, Sam Costa! If you missed it, you can read her story here:
MEET CHANEL KEENAN
CHANEL: Hi! Thanks for having me! I feel so honored to have been asked to be featured! I I just graduated from college, and am working part-time (remotely) for the newest NHL Franchise, the Seattle Kraken. I work for the team as their ‘Intersectionality Consultant’. For me, this was a dream realized. I touch so many different areas of our development as an organization.
I usually think to myself that I lead a very average life! There are a few things that I would say are unique, but not particularly special. I was adopted at a very young age, and my mom actually met me at the hospital I was being treated in. I am the youngest and only girl in my family. All this to say, my middle brother and I share the same birthday, six years apart. I would call that interesting, and a bit odd!
CHANEL: As I mentioned, I am the youngest in my family. I grew up going to all my brothers’ events by default. I was definitely a ‘rink rat’ through and through. I had little to no interest in hockey when I was younger but I made the rink my home. Luckily when I hit middle school, hockey slowly seeped its way into my life, forever. Prior to my discovery of hockey, I really enjoyed watching American Football.
CHANEL: I unfortunately only learned of Joey Moss shortly after his passing. Learning about what an incredible legacy he created, seemingly without the intent, is one of the things that was truly inspiring. From what I can tell, Joey Moss lived a full and beautiful life while happening to have a disability. That in itself is a dream.
I watched his documentary and it was just amazing to hear how many lives he touched. Joey Moss was also a very hard worker, who was passionate and took his role very seriously. He did all of this while having an infectious and positive energy. I hope to just touch all these amazing gifts he’s left as his legacy.
CHANEL: Like I said, this role is a dream realized. I have done the best that I can to weasel my way into almost every area of the organization. With the reception of open arms, of course! Disability is intersectional—touching every area of life. Disability has no gender, race, financial status, etc. It is important that I try my best to show that to any organization to work for. As for what I see, disability and disabled people are often overlooked in everyday life.
The best part about working for the Seattle Kraken is that I get to create, rather than change. We are starting from scratch, and although that leaves room for error, it also leaves room for growth. I think I can help affect change in every area of the disabled experience in the organization. I can’t wait to see us flourish on and off the ice.
CHANEL: Galvanize and BGHC have an incredible immeasurable affect on me. Both organizations have taught me so much, and have given me so many lifelong friends. Shout out to my wonderful and bad*** Agent, Emily Staker.
BGHC is so so so important to me and to the future of hockey. They are a non-profit organization that seeks to bring the game of hockey to Black Women and girls, all around the world. They have many amazing scholarship opportunities, so definitely check them out on Twitter and sign up for their newsletter so you don’t miss out.
CHANEL: I started this podcast after my amazing mentor, Laura Okmin kind of forced my hand. It was a gift and prepared me so much in ways I didn’t know. I am working on a bit of a rebrand right now so stay tuned for that. You can find out by searching @CMoreThanSports on twitter.
CHANEL: I think one of the coolest things about hockey is that its fanbase has transcended so many generations, I think we need to do better about embracing that. I even find myself feeling a bit protective of the sport, but in order to keep this beautiful game around, we need to welcome more diverse fans with open arms.
CHANEL: I think I am in a bit of denial when it comes to feeling like I am a member of the hockey community both professionally, and as a fan. Being apart of this space means so much to me though. I don’t think I can quite put it into words.
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