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Meet Ben

Ben Geselbracht, Nanaimo City Councillor

I grew up in Nanaimo and I’m grateful to now serve our community as a city councillor and regional district director.

I have an educational background in biology and ecology and have worked studying nature and the human impacts on it.   I am also a registered clinical counselor with a master’s degree and have previously worked in this capacity at the Brannen Lake Correctional Institute.  These experiences have developed within me a strong commitment to building a more environmentally sustainable and inclusive community.

In 2013 I founded the Mid-Island Community Development Co-op with my partner Larissa and my brother Michael. Our team facilitates community projects that enhanced the health and well-being of local neighbourhoods.

Volunteering is a big part of my life. I have given many hours of my time in service to our community. I have served on several non-profit boards, including the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange and the South End Community Association.

Prior to my election to Nanaimo City Council I served as an RDN advisory committee member helping to develop our region’s new solid waste management plan. I’m grateful to have contributed to that process, and of the ambitious new goals that were set to increase recycling and improve the health of our environment.  I am now even more honored to play a part in implementing this plan as an elected RDN Board member and Chair of the Solid Waste Select Committee.  Although there is still much work to be done, our region is blazing a trail in waste reduction and building the zero waste circular economy of the future.

In addition to my duties in solid waste at the Regional District I am serving at regional and provincial levels on several other committees involved with environmental stewardship, economic development, climate action and solid waste.   My work as a Director-at-Large on the Union of BC municipalities has been very helpful in understanding the many similar challenges other local governments face such as with homelessness, addiction and mental health.  It is also rewarding to able to advocate directly to the provincial government through UBCM to help with change.

What is clear to me through my experiences is that success comes by working cooperatively to realize shared goals. I am grateful to be currently working in local government for our community towards a positive vision of the future that is environmentally sustainable and full of opportunity for everyone.

Board Appointments

City of Nanaimo Internal Committees

  • Environment Committee (Co-Chair)
  • Finance and Audit Committee
  • Governance and Priorities Committee

Regional District of Nanaimo Internal Committees

  • Solid Waste Select Committee (Chair)
  • Solid Waste Management Plan Advisory Committee
  • Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Plan Board Steering Committee
  • Parks and Open Spaces Committee
  • Parks and Trails Management Plan Update Steering Committee
  • Climate Action Technical Advisory Committee

Regional District Appointments to External Boards

  • Island Corridor Foundation 
  • Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities Climate Leadership Strategy Steering Committe
  • Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities Special Committee on Solid Waste

External Boards

  • 2nd Vice-President - Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities