Jason Hsieh MA 2013

Current Work:  Community Food Liaison, Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute

When I entered into SCARP in 2011, I could not imagine where my professional practice would be now.  The program helped coalesce the assets and relationships I've accumulated from my various experiences, including those fostered during my time at the School, into opportunities for professional and personal development.  I currently work as a Community Food Liaison at the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute, a neighbourhood-based organisation focused on supporting and facilitating local initiatives focused on tackling food insecurity from a community development perspective.  And through UBC's Greenest City Scholar program, I began interning at the Vancouver Park Board as a summer student, which eventually culminated into a position in the Research and Planning department supporting initiatives outlined in the Local Food Action Plan and Environmental Education and Stewardship Action Plan.  In this capacity, I am most excited to be working to support community food systems and improve residents' access to nature by leveraging the assets within our parks and recreation system.  SCARP has helped me realise a career in planning through the strong networks of its alumni and faculty.