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

Catherine Strickland

Catherine Strickland (she/her) is a white settler living on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),and Səlí” lwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Catherine spent 20 years as a professional climate change policy and program manager, analyst and researcher before suffering a debilitating brain injury in 2010. She was also the Executive Director of the BC Network for Compassionate Communication for the five months leading up to the accident. She now spends her time volunteering within her Unitarian faith community on antiracism, anti-oppression and spiritual practices for social change. She is a member of the leadership collective of the Unitarian Universalist Allies for Racial Equity and has served on the Canadian Unitarian Council’s Dismantling Racism Study Group for the past 2-½ years. Catherine has been a student, educator and practitioner of Nonviolent Communication for over 16 years and is passionate about supporting nonviolent social change.