MyCDC directors have been working together collaboratively since 2012 on various projects, coordinating and implementing community sustainability projects with such groups as the, Shawnigan Lake O.U.R Ecovillage, Nanoose First Nation, South End Community Association, Brannen Lake Correctional Center, City of Nanaimo, Nanaimo Youth Services, Vancouver Island University, Boys and Girls Services of Victoria . The Co-op was formally registered December 2013 and is now establishing itself in the community as a means to accomplish projects that build community and sustainable spaces.
Ben Geselbracht is a registered clinical counselor with a BSc. in Biology and a Masters in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria. Ben has over 10 years of working with youth from very diverse backgrounds in outdoor place based experiential education. Ben’s Master’s focused on designing and installing a ¼ acre educational garden in Metchosin for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Victoria. Ben completed his Permaculture Design Certification in 2007 and in addition to projects in community, works as an arborist running a tree and landscaping company.
Michael Geselbracht has a BSc. in Global Resource Systems from UBC(2009), a teaching degree from VIU(2014), and is currently working on his masters in Montessori Education (2016-2018). Michael has many years experience working as a farmer, working his own market garden as well with Farmship Growers Cooperative. He has completed two 200 hr. Permaculture Design Courses in 2005 and 2009 as well as a Permaculture Teacher Training course in 2010. Michael has extensive experience in spearheading community based sustainability projects dating back to 2001 including the more recent Pioneer Park Restoration Project which culminated in the protection of 8 acres of forestland in North Nanaimo. Michael currently works at Discover Montessori School as a lower elementary school guide for students aged 6-9.
Larissa Coser has a B.A in International Community Development from UBC and a M.A. in Public Health with a focus on youth development and health promotion from Simon Fraser University. She is a trained facilitator and project manager and holds a Certificate in Public Participation from the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). She has worked as a youth worker, as well as a coordinator of several community-based projects in B.C., Nunavut and internationally. She is currently a community developer and liaison in Nanaimo. She completed her Permaculture Design Course in 2010, is a circle dance facilitator, with theatre and arts experience.
Chrys LoScerbo has a B.A in Urban Growth Management, Community Planning from VIU and facilitation accreditation for graphic, conflict resolution and project management. They have coordinated environmental campaigns and research assessments provincially and across Canada/US through the United Nations Environment Programme, GoBeyond and the City of Nanaimo planning department. Chrys completed their Permaculture Design Certification in 2010 and continues to manage a permaculture homestead and collective-home in Nanaimo since 2009. Chrys currently works with Nanaimo elementary students to facilitate placed-based permaculture and gardening experiences directly at school as well as being a Permaculture consultant and designer.
Michael Carpenter has a BSc. in Environmental Sciences from UNBC and holds a graduate certificate in Project Management and agile certification from the Scrum Alliance. He is currently a university web-manager and project manager. Michael received his Permaculture Design Certification in 2010 and is developing a permaculture collective community project on Protection Island.