Category Archives: Community Events

These are events hosted by Hollyhock friends and partners. If you have an event to share, please email loretta@hollyhock.ca

A Time of Transition: Announcing Hollyhock’s new CEO

Feature Photo: Hollyhock Board Chair Joel Solomon congratulating CEO Dana Solomon on her last season, at Hollyhock’s 35th year Blessing Walk
Photocredit: Amanda McNaughton 

The Hollyhock Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Wrinch as CEO.

Peter brings a wealth of experience in not-for-profit and social enterprise management, with special expertise in leadership, program development and fundraising.

“I am honoured to be entrusted with the challenges and opportunities to grow Hollyhock’s unique legacy. So many of my peers, and myself, have significantly benefited from Hollyhock’s philosophy and success. I am excited to move this rare and invaluable organization into its next stage of growth. The world needs more of Hollyhock’s special mix of personal resilience, social change and tactical skills. They are the essential ingredients to a safe, just future for all.” – Peter Wrinch, incoming CEO

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Join us this Summer for Founders + Friends

Dive into the remarkable beauty of Cortes Island as we gather Hollyhock Founders + Friends in celebration of our 35 year history of inspiring and training change makers.

What really touched my soul was the people. I had the unique honor of hearing and feeling the powerful words of the founders and friends and leaders of Hollyhock, who spoke to me in poetry and story about the creation of this powerful vortex on our planet of the mission of this convening space, and of the gift that it is for us all to be partners in supporting it. Thank you Hollyhock founders for opening my heart and mind and for the opportunity to be a part of supporting your vitality for the renewal of us all.

– Joshua S. Fouts, Executive Director, Bioneers, Founders + Friends 2016 Attendee

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The ripple effect of a scholarship to Hollyhock is infinite

By Penny Naldrett, Hollyhock Development Associate

We are  grateful for the inspiring stories we receive each year that reflect the ripple effect of receiving a Hollyhock scholarship. This year we reached out to past scholarship recipients who shared stories of the transformative impact the Hollyhock experience had on their life. Many shared stories of how their life, relationships and work blossomed with the skills they learned and practiced. We heard from people who returned from Hollyhock to transform their work and business strategy to prioritize social impact; and we learned how people shared their new found skills with their community. The impact of each scholarship we are able to grant continues to ripple through our community and the world.

I spent five days at Hollyhock this past September with a community of change makers unlike any other. The place itself seems to facilitate an opening of both mind and spirit — and in that treasured space, I felt a tremendous desire to connect deeply with those around me. I left Hollyhock feeling grounded, energized, supported, and ready to take on the challenge of being the change I wish to see in the world. Since my return to life in Vancouver, I’ve noticed that I am actively redirecting my contributions (both personally and professionally) such that they better align with the future I want to help create. I’m making different choices – wiser choices – more authentic choices. – Anonymous, SVI
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Celebrating 35 Years: 2017 Hollyhock Program Launch Party

Hollyhock exists to inspire, nourish, and support people who are making the world better. Connect with presenters and inspiring changemakers while celebrating Hollyhock’s 35th year.

Join us to celebrate our 2017 program launch! Enjoy appy’s, beverages, presentations by a few of our 2017 presenters, and a door prize draw.

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Hang Out At Hollyhock

By Cherie Thiessen via BC Magazine

The northern reaches of the Strait of Georgia are gently rippling today, and in the background the lofty Coastal Mountains still wear a skiff of snow while overshadowing the gentler profiles of the Discovery Islands. I’m glad we have 45 minutes aboard the refit relief boat, Quadra Queeen II; time to savour the pristine, open view before arriving at Whaletown on Cortes Island, British Columbia.

We let our senses quietly expand and absorb. The day will culminate in Hollyhock’s hot tub overlooking the Strait of Georgia and Twin Islands, after three relaxing ferries and leisurely Vancouver and Cortes island drives. Oystercatchers will be calling close by our beachfront cottage and my friend, Pat Crossley, and I will fall asleep listening to the slurp of waves.

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