Councillor Jason Blanch

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Bio

Jason Blanch has been an environmental activist and educator for the past 20 years working across Canada and internationally. Highlights of his environmental engagement include:

• Running as a Green Party of Canada Candidate in 2009 (Bi-election) and in the 2011 and 2015 general elections. Additionally, he was actively engaged in environmental education and political awareness raising hosting monthly community education gatherings in Amherst and Truro for the year leading up to the 2015 General Election.

• Working with Friends of the Earth Sierra Leone (2001). Jason worked in Sierra Leone developing a training program for former child soldiers to develop employment skills tailored to address the countries environmental crisis.

• Founded and directed the Nappan Project (2000 - 2006), an organization dedicated to environmental education, focussing on climate change, and community development.

• Volunteered with the Sierra Club of Canada’s Atlantic Canada Chapter where he sat as the inaugural Chair.

Jason has a family homestead in Cumberland County where he spends much of his free time. Whether he is in his families organic garden, greenhouse, small fruit orchard, wild blueberry field, tapping maple trees or tinkering with the solar system on his families straw bale cabin, he is learning and engaging in solutions. Jason sees this as vital to the education of his school age children as he believes that our path to a sustainable future is dependent on reconnecting with the natural world while combining innovative technology and the traditional skills that allow us to co-exist with nature.

Jason has worked professionally as a Addiction Counsellor with the Nova Scotia Health Authority for the past fifteen years and spent three years counselling men with New Directions, an intervention program for abusive Men. Jason has a BA from Mount Allison University, and a MAEd (Master’s of Adult Education) from Saint Francis Xavier University in Community Development.

Jason lives in Amherst Nova Scotia with his wife Julie and their two children.

 

Committees

Amherst Board of Police Commissioners

Municipal Alcohol Project

Tree Advisory Committee

Tyndal Wellfield Advisory Committee

 

Expenses (Recurring)

Councillor Jason Blanche

 

Expenses (Travel Claims)

Jan 11 - 13, 2017 Financial Management for Elected Official (Halifax)

Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2016 - UNSM Conference (Halifax)

Nov 9 & 10, 2016 - New Council Orientation (Truro)

 

Contact

Phone: (902) 694-0961

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