Jason Allen has been working on improving neighbourhoods in Ward 1 for over a decade. This began with the Strathcona Community Council in 2008 where he helped both to finalize the Victoria Park Master Plan and then promote it. In 2008 Jason Allen also joined the executive of the Down Syndrome Association of Hamilton where he stayed for six years, including two as president of the association. In that time he led the group’s transformation from a support model to a service delivery model, doubling the number of volunteers and opening up new fundraising channels. He remains a strong advocate for disability rights to this day.
He joined Ward 1’s Participatory Budget Advisory Committee in 2013, where he established the social media strategy and worked with the sub-committee that developed the branding and marketing that is still key to the high levels of engagement enjoyed by the ForWard1 process to this day. He remained on the committee for two years.
Jason Allen and his family then moved down Locke Street from Strathcona to Kirkendall where he joined the Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association, sitting as communication coordinator in 2014/15. There again he developed a strong marketing and communications strategy that was key to promoting initiatives such as Lean Aberdeen, the Neighbourhood Plan and the Fill A Bus, Feed A Family food drive.
For two years Jason Allen was also on Ward 1’s Development Review Committee, where he met with dozens of planners, architects and developers; helped run community meetings; and provided a liaison between developers and residents.
In addition to his work in the ward and with the disability community, Jason Allen has delivered hundreds of hours per year of outdoor and environmental education programming to youth aged 5-14 through Scouts Canada for the past eight years.
Professionally, Jason Allen is an acknowledged leader in transit and urban mobility. Having worked for Metrolinx for seven years, he recently took his skills to the Canadian Urban Transit Association where he manages several national learning events and an international training program for transit industry members. His professional accolades are numerous, including awards for innovation and service excellence.