We’re a dedicated community choosing to support the work of Hollyhock. United by a desire to serve and support those who are helping to make the world a better place, our staff and board members work collaboratively to ensure the magical experience that our guests and presenters have come to know and love. Our Board of Directors are volunteers who support Hollyhock’s mission.
Mike first visited Hollyhock in 2009, when he discovered a community of entrepreneurs who see business as a vehicle for social impact and environmental sustainability. He believes the learning and insight that Hollyhock shares plays a vital role in shaping ‘the change we seek.’ Mike is Principal at Junxion Strategy, and his work has reached multiple continents, dozens of clients, and thousands of people.
Victoria became Hollyhock’s closest neighbour after visiting for the first time in 2007 and falling in love with Hollyhock, its community, and Cortes Island. She is a fundraising consultant, philanthropist, wife, and mother who is passionate about the climate emergency, raising money as a tool for transformation, youth, and a world that works for everyone.
Karri first came to Hollyhock on a scholarship from Vancity in 2003. She is the owner and co-founder of Chambar Restaurant in Vancouver, and co-founded Café Medina, and The Dirty Apron Cooking School. Karri is also on the Board of the Vancouver Economic Commission and directing the Greater Vancouver Innovation Capital Project to create a regional infrastructure masterplan for the region.
Karen first came to Hollyhock in 1997, and on that first visit she knew that she would organize her life so that it would keep winding back to this magical place. Currently, she is the Canadian Director at Forest Ethics Advocacy and previously worked as the Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada.
Erle is an entrepreneur, author, and off-premises thought leader for the global foodservice community. He earned his MBA at Simon Fraser University, and lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife and children.
Erle first discovered the community of Hollyhock more than two decades ago through family, and has been a frequent visitor since. His three children have spent their summers on the grounds of Hollyhock and he has always felt grateful towards the land and programming that happens at Hollyhock.
Jessy works as the Global Director of Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Development for two multi-national automakers, and consults with the Working Families Party. Her work focuses on creating massive shifts in the auto-industry with an eye towards ensuring a more sustainable planet. Most recently Jessy served as Citizen Engagement Labs’s Co-Executive Director. In 2008, Rolling Stone Magazine named her one of the “100 Agents of Change in America”.
Aki discovered the magic of Hollyhock in 2013, having had the opportunity to attend SVI on a scholarship after learning about it through Vancouver’s social enterprise community. She lives in Whistler, where she manages her family’s restaurant group.
Deepa came to Hollyhock in 2003 and got involved with islanders trying to save land from being clearcut and now lives part time on the island. She likes to problem solve across sectors with poor communities and policy makers across the globe, previously as Senior Advisor in the World Bank. Author of 17 books, she focuses on inequities and across gender and race. Her most recent book is called Chup which means be quiet. She continues to work with NGOs on strategy and program design issues.
Hollyhock Management & Year-Round Staff
Dolly was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Vancouver in 1989. She and her husband became full time residents on Cortes Island in 2005. Dolly has been chasing down staff for receipts since 2016.
Peter first came to Hollyhock in 2007 while working at Pivot Legal Society in Vancouver. Over the next decade he returned to Hollyhock many times for learning, inspiration, and connection. Peter is an expert communicator, a bold fundraiser, and a strong organizational culture builder. He brings more than 10 years of social change leadership to his role at Hollyhock.
Andrea joins Hollyhock with 12 years of leadership experience in wellness. Her passion for connection, community, and celebrating the wild west coast of British Columbia brought her to the Cortes Campus in 2019. As Campus Director she welcomes guests to pause from daily life and connect with the vitality of themselves, the natural elements, and the company around us.
Penelope joined Hollyhock in 2016 as Hollyhock’s first full-time fundraiser. With more than two decades of communications and relationship management in tourism and real estate, she brings with her a passion for story-telling and a deep connection to the work and mission of Hollyhock. Penelope lives on Bowen Island and works out of Hollyhock’s Vancouver office.
Holly has more than two decades of gardening and farming experience. She was the co-owner, creator and manager of an Organic CSA farm in Ontario, providing veggies, fruit, culinary herbs, and cut flowers for 120 households. Holly studied at the University of Ottawa and completed a five-year apprenticeship with Farmers and Master Gardeners.
GUEST SERVICES MANAGER
A lover of human connection and growing meaningful relationships, Sabrina has participated in personal transformation workshops across North America. She moved to Cortes Island to connect with guests and support them through their own journeys of growth here at Hollyhock. Sabrina loves to laugh, read books, drink coffee and be surrounded by great people.
Shantell (Echo) Paisley
Shantell (Echo) joined the Hollyhock team in 2021 bringing with her two decades of sales and marketing experience and a deeply rooted passion for storytelling that is committed to leadership and advocacy work that centers equity and justice.
Her heart’s joy comes from her partner Roberta and their beautiful blended family of 5 children, 2 grandchildren and 2 weimaraners.
MEALS SERVICE MANAGER
Tecuana grew up on Cortes Island and has spent her life in and around Hollyhock. She is dedicated to supporting small local food producers, and sourcing sustainably, while creating beautiful and delicious menus that center around the seasons of the garden. Tecuana also believes deeply that success is built on strong, healthy, happy teams. She devotes time and energy into encouraging a positive staff culture that fosters inclusion, accessibility, and transparent feedback.
PROGRAM PLANNING MANAGER
An experienced and intuitive program planner, KK (Karen Kazumi) brings nearly a decade of community development and programming experience to her role. She has been working with Hollyhock’s planning team since 2017. KK lives in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island with partner Alex, daughter Thea, and the cat with four names.
Bill has a background in geography and biology, is a naturalist world traveler, and has been Hollyhock’s resident naturalist for 25 years. Hollyhock guests often rave about our naturalist excursions, and more often than not, they are talking about Bill and his quirky sense of humour. Bill landed on Cortes Island on “May 3, 1993 on the 3:05pm ferry” and jokes that he just never left. He has seen the evolution of Hollyhock over 25 years, holding down a lighthearted and no BS foundation, filling our bellies with beachside oyster barbecues, and beguiling our hearts with stories of the land.
SOCIAL INNOVATION PROGRAMS DIRECTOR
Laurel leads the delivery Hollyhock’s Signature Programming focused on scaling impact, including Activate, Climate for Change, Run for Office, the Canadian Psychedelic Summit, and Social Venture Institute (SVI). Laurel is passionate about transformational programming, with her work taking her from the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, to THNK School of Creative Leadership in Amsterdam, and now to Vancouver with Hollyhock. She is a 2020 Radius Fellow and feels privileged to live on the land of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Stó:lō, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Nations.