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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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A Hollyhock Story

By Peter Wrinch, Director of Politics and Advocacy at NationBuilder

I remember the first time I went to SCI at Hollyhock. It was 2007 and I was a young Operations Manager at Pivot Legal Society. Hollyhock was somewhat of a mystical place that the founder of Pivot talked about with a sense of awe. Most of Pivot’s first major donors came from connections made at Hollyhock conferences like SCI, SVI, Web of Change, and Media that Matters.

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Grassroots Activism Starts at Home

By Dan Hines, originally published by Communities Magazine on Oct 11, 2016. Dan will be presenting Journey Towards Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat at Hollyhock in Sept 2017.

You need only claim the events of your life to make yourself yours. When you truly possess all you have been and done…you are fierce with reality.
– Florida Scott-Maxwell, The Measure of My Days

I am unsure how fierce with reality I have truly become!

Yet I have found inspiration from these hopeful words: to be more daring in claiming the events of my life. Indeed, I can recognize a slowly emerging fierceness within me. I can begin to see more clearly the interaction between my experiences of living within intentional community, my work and travels, and of the growing activism and engagement in political life.

It has been easier in the past to consider and share about these areas of life in isolation from each other. This wider perspective is a new discovery.

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Leadership and Money

By Tracy Theemes, who will be presenting Money Mindfulness at Hollyhock in August 2017.

I recently spoke to a group of mid-career female professionals about leadership, power and money.

This group was knowledgeable, courageous and focused. Talking about leadership was easy – we revere it, fund organizations dedicated to it, write books about it. It’s the holy grail of discussion topics. When we discuss leadership, good and evil, morality and values, everyone puts on their happy face.

But when we got into the areas of power and money, things got tense.

I asked them this question: “If you had unlimited power, what would you do with it? Take a few minutes and write down your ideas”…

They began to twitch. Half of this group, for instance, dismissed the idea out of hand, saying, essentially, no thanks. The notion of power had them running for the hills. Other answers were general in scope. I’d abolish world hunger. I’d eliminate fossil fuel use. I’d educate every person in the world.

There is often a disconnect between leadership, power and money, but if you have unlimited power, you can access money. All resources are available to you.

So, then I posed the question, “If you had unlimited money, what would you do?”

The answers ranged from looking after friends and family to buying a planet. These are not so much real objectives as they are dreams, hopes and to a large degree, fantasies.

With this experiment, three things became apparent:

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Maamwii Mno ki ‘ang – “Together on this Land”

By Kim Haxton (Potowatomi), who will be co-presenting IndigenEYEZ Leadership Essentials at Hollyhock in July 2017.

Canada is a newcomer as a Nation as compared to the many First Nations from across Canada that have thousand of years in sovereign Nationhood.  The Haida with 17000 years and Sylix/Okanagan 8,000 years had the time to understand how to live well upon the land. This is time for Canada to learn, mature and fulfill its potential as a nation by taking the opportunity to learn from the indigenous ways of seeing and being that have been formed through hundreds of generations of living with the land in a good way, thereby being able to cultivate an appropriate Nation to Nation relationship.

However it must also be acknowledged that the ability of First Nations to share their cultural wisdom has been severely diminished through the effect of colonization and cultural genocide that impacted health of individuals, families, and communities, by separating them from the land and their cultural heritage vis a vis residential schooling and inadequate funding of critical services.

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