Tag Archives: Community

New Electric Vehicle Charging Station at Hollyhock

Last year, a group gathering for SVI Hollyhock initiated a bright idea that came together this February: a partnership to install a Dual Pedestal Electric Vehicle Charging Station at Hollyhock.  With the collaboration and gusto of a multitude of individuals, now anyone with an electric vehicle can charge up at Hollyhock.

Hollyhock’s charging station connects to a growing network of  over 500 stations for the public, which was developed by the Fraser Basin Council’s initiative, Plug In BC.  Vancity‘s progressive funding facilitated Big Green Island Transportation to make this project happen.

EV Charging stationThe unit itself is a 240 Volt Dual Pedestal Electrical Vehicle Charging Station from Quebec company Add Energie Technologies.  Add Energie is a member of the Community Charging Infrastructure Fund, which aims to reach 1000 Stations, under the Province’s Clean Energy Vehicle Program.

Hollyhock’s own electric golf cart fleet, however, will continue to use their usual charge up stations for a lower voltage, so this initiative is really aimed at servicing guests and visitors to the Center.  Hollyhock’s Sustainability Manager and Director of Wizards for Environmnetal Technologies Inc., John McQuaid, coordinated and supervised the installation of this project that is one more step towards Hollyhock’s Greening the Cortes Island Campus Plan and another reason on that long list for choosing an electric vehicle.

Our People – Toby Barazzuol

toby.featureToby Barazzuol was born in Vancouver and lived in the Stanley Park Teahouse until the age of 5 before finally settling into the rainforests along the Seymour River in North Vancouver where he grew up. Toby is the founder and president of Eclipse Awards, the chair of the Strathcona BIA, and currently serving as a BALLE Local Economy Fellow.  Toby has attended Hollyhock three times, once for the Social Change Institute and twice for the Social Venture Institute.  He attributes “at least five breakthrough ideas about business and community work” to his time spent at Hollyhock.

Toby currently spends about 20% of his time volunteering in community building efforts in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Eclipse Awards has renovated two warehouses into “Living Buildings”; built nearly 4000 sq.ft. of new green space in the form of two greenroofs and three community gardens; provides subsidies for employees who bus or walk to work; has reduced water consumption by over 75% and continues to explore the challenges of integrating sustainability with business successfully. Eclipse Awards was also the 8th company in BC to commit to paying its staff a Living Wage and was recognized in 2012 as BC’s Best Employer.

Toby believes that “What stands before us is the opportunity to build resilient new economies based on respect, recognition, beauty, creativity and collaboration. Localized economies that creates value through regenerating the environment and celebrating the human experience. Figuring out how to do this has fallen upon the shoulders of our generation – not only is it a tremendous responsibility, it is a tremendous opportunity.”

Learn more about Toby’s work at www.eclipseawards.com or www.bealocalist.org.
Follow Toby on Twitter at @tobybarazzuol

Support changemakers like Toby by contributing to the Hollyhock Scholarship Fund. Contact danielle@hollyhock.ca.

Vertality3 Photos Are Up!

For those eagerly waiting to see their photos in fun costumes and colourful wigs, and for those who regret not having gone to this amazing event, here’s some good news: Vertality3 photos are up!

With over 500 attendees, Clube560 was packed with changemakers and social  innovators,  a fun photo booth and clowns on stilts, delicious local  and organic bites, and tons of great ideas and interesting conversations in every corner.

Vertality3 was co-presented by Board of Change, Renewal and Hollyhock.

Check out more photos on Board of Change Facebook Page.

Wisdom of the Tarot

Hollyhock’s longtime friend and contributor,  Oriane Lee Johnston, is hosting an evening at Banyen Books on engaging a personal relationship with the Tarot cards.

Wisdom of the Tarot

An introduction to activating the Tarot cards as a tool for self-knowledge and for navigating life. Find out how to cultivate an engaging personal relationship with the major arcana, minor arcana and court cards. Explore the elements – earth, air, water, fire  – related to the four tarot suits and access the Wisdom of the Tarot in guided meditation, body and breathing practice.

BIO Oriane Lee Johnston began studying the Tarot and Mystical Qabalah in 1980.  With extensive background in experiential education and contemplative wisdom she draws upon many traditions and practices in interpreting the Tarot and in her writing, consulting and mentoring work. Oriane Lee offers tarot readings as Maps of Guidance in Vancouver, Seattle, Victoria, by phone/skype and at Hollyhock where she was program director for 16 years.
More about Oriane Lee’s tarot work here.

Wisdom of the Tarot

When: Thursday April 11th, 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Where: Banyen Books & Sound – 3608 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver



Our People ~ Jill Earthy

“My experience with Hollyhock programs consistently equates to meaningful connections and intense learning through the power of collaboration and community.  Amazing!” – Jill

Jill Earthy, an SVI alumni who plans on attending SVI Women in Vancouver is one of the many inspiring changemakers supported by the Hollyhock Scholarship Fund. She is the BC Director of The Canadian Youth Business Foundation, an organization that champions youth entrepreneurship in Canada and around the world.


Contact danielle@hollyhock.ca for more details.


via Business In Vancouver

Life Lessons: Jill Earthy
by Emma Crawford

Jill Earthy discovered long ago that engaging different perspectives can be a fundamental part of decision-making, and she has since surrounded herself with a strong network she can turn to when she needs to reach out.

But the regional director in charge of B.C. and the Yukon for the Canadian Youth Business Foundation recently realized that getting different opinions is not the only reason it’s helpful to consult with others.

Until this past spring, Earthy was working as the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs’ executive director. She decided it was time for a change and started considering her different options, which included starting her own business – something she had done successfully twice before.

“There was one point in my decision-making where I was pursuing a few different things, and I thought I had made a decision one way,” she recalled. “It was somebody’s perspective of my physical reaction that made me rethink that.”

Earthy said that as she was discussing her options with others in her support network, more than one person identified a distinct difference in how she spoke about each one.

“I had it happen two or three times, where someone would say ‘When you were talking about this one opportunity, your face lit up. When you were talking about the other, you looked pained.’”

Earthy, a past Business in Vancouver Forty under 40 award winner, added that the difference in how she reacted to the various options was apparent to others but not to her.

“It’s amazing how you give off certain signals that you don’t realize. I found that was quite eye-opening for me.”

Earthy said that new body-language information helped her decide to take the position at the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, which was not the choice she had originally been leaning toward.

She said she’s now paying closer attention to the body language of others and is more aware of visual cues that others give off – which works well in her new position working with young entrepreneurs.

“I think sometimes we convince ourselves that one way is the right answer, and sometimes it’s for the wrong reasons.”