Hollyhock Presenters

Our presenters are curated for their quality, depth, integrity, and alignment with our educational purpose. Since 1982, a distinguished faculty of authors, educators, activists, artists, performers, and practitioners have shared their work at our Cortes Island campus and in Vancouver.

Cicely Belle Blain

Cicely Belle Blain is a Black/mixed, queer non-binary femme from London, UK now living on the lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. Their ancestry is a mix of Gambian (Wolof), Jamaican and English. Cicely Belle spent their formative years between London, the Netherlands and a small Catholic village in France—each home presenting a pivotal opportunity for awakening and growth. Cicely Belle is descended from a long line of feminist educators and developed a passion for justice from a young age.

Cicely Belle is noted for founding Black Lives Matter Vancouver and subsequently being listed as one of Vancouver’s 50 most powerful people by Vancouver Magazine twice, BC Business 30 under 30 and one of Refinery29’s Powerhouses of 2020.

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Events with Cicely Belle Blain

Transformative Powers of Social Justice
June 21 - 25, 2023

Unravel the potential for social justice to heal and transform all spheres of life. Group connection, introspection and creative processing will instil within us deeper understandings of social justice and its powerful potential. Learn to utilize social justice as community care, and dream up ways to meaningfully apply it in…