At March’s Network Meeting, Jason Locke (left) and Ben Chobater from the City of Kamloops will be shedding light on the purpose of the Official Community Plan (OCP) — the City’s guiding land use and development document. Locke and Chobater will describe how the OCP relates to food systems and food security in the community, as well as any food security actions as a result.

Remember to bring a dish to share for the potluck! The Network Meeting runs from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Mt. Paul Community Food Centre (140 Laburnum Street).

Jason Locke is the Community Planning Supervisor for the City of Kamloops responsible for overseeing and managing long-range planning projects for the City. As a community planner, Jason has a special interest in community development, land use, and sustainability and is passionate about helping communities create great places in which to live, work, and play that are resilient and sustainable.

Jason has over 15 years of consulting and project management experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including 10 years of professional planning experience working on community planning and land use projects. Jason is adept at working with municipalities, the public, developers and First Nations. His diverse planning experience includes working on Official Community Plans, zoning bylaws, and developing land use policies for municipalities and Aboriginal communities, and conducting Aboriginal consultation for major resource development projects under the regulatory environmental assessment process in British Columbia. Jason’s approach to project work focuses on collaboration, engagement, and capacity building with clients and communities to find sustainable and practical solutions to complex issues. Jason is a Registered Professional Planner and a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Ben Chobater is the Community Development Coordinator for the City of Kamloops.

Responsibilities include working with local community associations to build capacity and foster positive working relationships with local government, developing programming and services that increase accessibility for persons of diverse abilities, maintaining the Affordable Recreation for Community Health program, liaison for the Diversity, Disabilities, Seniors, and Youth, Children, and Families Advisory Committees, and working with committees focusing on various topics – including early childhood learning, literacy, poverty, home care, sustainability, and food security.

Ben loves the community he lives in.  Acknowledging the successes and always learning where improvements can be made, it’s understood that the way forward to address the challenges of the future is through the continual cultivation of partnerships and the constant renewal of our efforts to remember that we’re all in this together.