Hollyhock Presenters

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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.

People smiling at Activate 2023 Hollyhock Leadership Institute

Spring Hawes

Spring Hawes is a tetraplegic. She has been an entrepreneur, an elected official, and is currently an appointed board director for Interior Health. She was a candidate in the previous provincial election. She is co-founder of Dignity Denied, a board member for a large peer group of wheelchair users, and has chaired an accessibility advocacy non-profit for many years. In her public life, she has been outspoken on the rights of women and marginalized and disabled people. She is passionate about working to ensure all people live well and envisions a world that embraces diversity and fully includes all people.