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.

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Alyssa Murdoch

Alyssa Murdoch demonstrates a profound love and connection with the outdoors and the environment that surrounds her, a sentiment that has helped shape her path in life. Having studied forestry and ecology at BCIT, she blends her academic knowledge with a hands-on commitment to the natural world. In her professional life, she has worked alongside local government entities, where she played a pivotal role in assisting with recreational trail assessments, ecological restoration work, and mapping across the the North Shore and Lower Mainland.

As a British Columbia born resident and a year-round resident of Cortes Island, Alyssa’s passion for the outdoors and local ecosystems is not only a professional pursuit but a deeply personal one. Her endeavours are driven by a desire to share the inspiration and joy she discovers in the intricate wonders of the forest and sea. This commitment extends beyond her work, as she hopes to inspire others to forge their own connections with nature. Rooted in her lifelong residency within the scenic expanses of British Columbia, she fosters a keen interest in the rich history of Cortes Island, adding a profound layer to her impactful contributions as a steward of the land in which she calls home.