a vision for a thriving nanaimo

Nanaimo is a special place to live. We have abundant opportunity for business, and amazing access to nature and recreation. Nanaimo continues to attract new residents looking to work, raise a family, or retire. To meet the challenges of a growing city and reach our full potential, we need to harness all the talent and know-how in our community. We need to work together.

My campaign is about strengthening our community. Together, we can grow a strong and diverse local economy. Together, we can ensure a healthy environment to live, learn and work in. The key to our shared success is a functional, transparent local government. A government that builds community partnerships and gets things done. As your city councillor, I pledge to work cooperatively, for a liveable, sustainable and prosperous Nanaimo for everyone.

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Ben Geselbracht

I grew up in Nanaimo and I’m grateful to call this community my home. After attending NDSS and graduating from Dover Bay Secondary, I went on to earn a B.Sc. in Biology and an M.A. in counselling.

I worked as a clinical counsellor at the Brannen Lake Correctional Institute. During my time there I helped develop a horticulture skills training program. Inspired by that work, I am now the owner-operator of Yeomen Tree Service. My business provides job opportunities to youth who face barriers entering the workforce.

In 2013 I founded the Mid-Island Community Development Co-op with my partner Larissa and my brother Michael. Our growing team facilitates community projects that enhance 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.

As an RDN committee member I had a role in the development of our region’s new solid waste management plan. I’m proud to have been a part of that process, and of the ambitious new goals that were set to increase recycling and improve the health of our environment.

My experience has taught me the importance of working cooperatively to realize shared goals. These are the values and skills I will bring to the table as your city councillor. Working together as a community, with a positive vision for the future, we can create a Nanaimo full of opportunity for everyone.

Platform Priorities

Restore a well-functioning city government

  • Strong leadership and accountable city management
  • Responsible and transparent use of tax dollars
  • Open and transparent city council
  • Inclusive committees and public engagement
  • Efficient permitting process

Strengthen our community

  • Action on affordable housing and homelessness
  • Revitalize and develop our downtown core
  • Mandate authentic engagement in Truth and Reconciliation
  • Empower our community organizations
  • Promote effective public transportation

Ensure a Healthy Environment

  • Re-establish the city advisory committee on environment
  • Restore and protect our city’s nature spaces and waterways
  • Improve recycling access and services
  • Incentivize the use of green technology

Grow a strong and diverse local economy

  • Strengthen city economic development program
  • Attract business and investment
  • Develop local food production sectors
  • Support small businesses
  • Promote arts and culture


There are two important ways you can support my campaign:

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Those who would prefer to donate via cheque, email contact@bengeselbracht.ca to arrange pick-up or mail cheques to:

Ben Geselbracht for Nanaimo Council
106 Columbia St.
Nanaimo BC V9R 4L9

Please make cheques payable to Ben Geselbracht.

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