South Okanagan-West Kootenay
Helena has lived in the South Okanagan for over 25 years. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Political Science and was captain of the UCLA national championship tennis team. Helena travelled the world as a professional tennis player, playing in tournaments such as Wimbledon and the US Open, achieving a top 100 world ranking.
After tennis, Helena went on to work for NIKE at their world headquarters in Portland Oregon, where she met her future husband Adam. They married and lived in Vancouver where she worked as a footwear buyer for Superstar Athletic Company. After having their first child Zakary, the couple moved to Adam’s home town of Penticton and they had their second child, Zoe.
Once is Penticton their small business “Konanz Chiropractic Centre” was opened and recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Helena was first elected onto Penticton City Council in 2011, garnering the second highest votes that year, and was re-elected in 2014 as one of the top vote getters. Helena has also represented the city on the board of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen(RDOS), the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA), the Southern Interior Municipal Employers Association (SIMEA), and was council liaison to many organizations including the Penticton Industrial Development Association and the Penticton Chamber of Commerce.
While on city council Helena has always voted in a conservative and fiscally responsible manner, fighting tirelessly to keep both taxes and electric rates low. She has also been tremendously responsive to her constituents, answering emails, phone-calls and setting up many personal meetings with concerned citizens.
Helena attained her master’s degree at UBC Okanagan in political science in Fall, 2018.
She has won seven national Canadian tennis championships and has spent nearly a decade volunteering as a coach for the Penticton Secondary School Tennis Team. She has also volunteered multiple times at the Soupateria and at events such as Rib-fest and the Christmas toy drive and is actively involved in the ‘YES Project’ to create accessible core services for youth.
Date Nominated: 8/30/2018