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Your Local Community Commissioner


Jesse spent his childhood between Ladner and Salt Spring Island BC. Countless days spent on the seashore of Trincomali Channel is how he developed his love of nature, Salt Spring, and its special energy. 


Upon graduating from UBC Jesse worked as community engagement manager and then executive director at YouthCO, Canada’s largest youth-led sexual health and harm reduction organization. After “aging-out” he moved on to work as executive director at the Vancouver Friends for Life Society, a holistic wellness centre for people in need living with HIV, hep C, and cancer. 

Jesse first became involved in politics when he learned of the Federal Government's plan to purchase the Transmountain oil pipeline and massively increase oil tanker traffic in the Salish Sea. He volunteered as a candidate for the Green Party of Canada in Vancouver-Centre using his community engagement skills to educate the public about the catastrophic risk of oil spills and received 12.5% of the vote. Jesse maintains these green values but is currently politically unaffiliated and independent. 


Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Jesse moved to Salt Spring after being hired as executive director at the Chamber of Commerce. He developed and wrote successful community building proposals for Ganges Village Vibrancy, More than Murals, and Southern Gulf Islands Love Local initiatives. Jesse continued this work as CRD Salt Spring's first economic sustainability coordinator. In October 2022 Jesse ran for CRD Director against a popular incumbent placing second. 


Now he's at it again!


“My promise to Salt Spring is to bring open-hearted, anti-oppressive, and actively inclusive leadership to the CRD if elected. Our island needs transformational leadership if we want to remain a sustainable home for working people and families.” Jesse Brown

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