Hollyhock Participants 2015

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CorinaByeCorina Bye

birthblueprint.com

Corina has been a doula and child birth mentor for 6 years. Preparing for birth is so much more than pelvic models and dilation charts. She feels great honour to be intersecting with each of her families at the crossroad of their “hero’s journey” into birthing and parenthood. Birth preparation to her means walking a woman into her space of warrior, and partner into his or her place of sacred guardian.

During this time, Corina had never expected to fall in love with an organ, and experiences great amusement by her strange and wonderful fascination with the placenta. She has been offering folk healing remedies for women through dehydration and tincture preparations for the last two years. She feels immense satisfaction in crafting cord keepsakes for families; and delights when one of her families discovers the beauty that was hidden in their placenta as

All of this being said, change is inevitable, and sometimes one needs to redirect. In facing personal challenge over the last two years, Corina made being a stable presence in the life of her own children first priority. The precarious nature of birth doula work needed to be suspended. Thankfully however, in practicing radical self care during intense times, she underwent a significant personal transformation, reconnecting with her own warrior. Discovering the woman under the mother and nurturer, she found the strength present in her body which brought solace and endurance when needed most. Corina’s new inspiration is to assist other women in striking a personal balance in their own lives as nurturers, warriors, and lovers, through connection to their own physical health and strength.

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RussellCameron_Hollyhock15Russell Cameron

hkwong.htpwebdesign.ca/local_organic

Russell Cameron is a graduate of ITHQ’s (Montreal, QC) Professional Cooking program and a cook at Vancouver’s acclaimed Fable Kitchen.  Russell’s company, The Local Organic, is inspired by the vision where all people have access to pure food, good health and the knowledge to cook their own meals.  His passion is to teach parents with young children healthy and delicious cooking in just minutes a day.

Russell is the recipient of three of Vancouver, BC’s Neighbourhood Small Grants. These funded: Community Culinary Herb Spiral, Classes for Parents with Young Children and Classes for Kids. Testimonial:

“I met Russell during a cooking class session for busy moms. His dedication for healthy, local and simple foods and dishes instantly appealed to me. I was part of a group of three, composed of moms of young children (under 4) who were interested in learning how to cook easy, healthy and kid friendly dishes using simple, easily obtainable  ingredients. During our four sessions Russell was able to adapt his teaching to our varying levels of cooking knowledge and interests. Personally I was very impressed with Russell’s ability to create a warm and inclusive environment while meeting our individual learning needs.I would recommend Russell as a teacher or activity leader for anyone with an interest in advancing their culinary knowledge.” – Olecia Walker, busy mom of two kids

Russell makes sourcing food from local and organic growers a priority. He volunteers for Forstbauer Organic Farm at the Kitsilano Farmers’ Market each Sunday. They are supportive of his business.

In addition to teaching, Russell also catered several community events: a recent rooftop cocktail party, soup for 400 at Phantom Run trail race 2014, Nico’s (3 years old) birthday party for 30, and the 2013 Kitsilano Community Centre AGM.

Running ultra-Marathons helps Russell balance his busy urban lifestyle. He loves the nature connection. The training also helps him overcome mental obstacles, which he applies to the challenges of being a grass-roots entrepreneur. But the main reason for all this training is to take advantage of the many back-country seasonal berry patches :)

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CrystalDiDomizioCrystal Di Domizio

prenatalcoach.com

Crystal is a Certified EFT Practitioner and Matrix {Birth} Reimprinting Practitioner (as well as a Hypnobabies Instructor, Holistic Nutritionist and Doula). She helps pregnant women release and heal their fears and trauma before they give birth and she supports women who have had a disappointing or traumatic birth experience find peace and resolution.

A seasoned speaker, coach and workshop facilitator, Crystal Di Domizio has helped hundreds of pregnant and postpartum women since 2006 with equal doses of intuition, compassion and open-hearted honesty.

When she’s not immersed in something pregnancy and birth related you can find her exploring the ocean or the forest with her daughter and husband on the small island they call home near Vancouver, BC.

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SharieFoxSharie Fox

harmoniusoutcomes.blogspot.ca

Sharie is a nutritional consultant and coach. Formerly, she specializing in safe detoxification and candida reversal. Sharie had to learn the hard way that toxins are at the root of almost all illness. If you don’t take them out you’ll never feel fully vibrant and energetic, no matter how healthy you eat.

Sharie’s own body and brain got toxic from her beloved work as a floral designer and also from mercury fillings. She studied nutrition in Germany and North America and decided to make helping others get well with simple methods her new career. Life is hard enough without adding complicated diets and therapies to the mix. Sharie’s biggest passion now is helping people to remove traumas and other problems that are running in a person’s subconscious mind and guiding them to become the person they either want to be or were before they lost their way or were robbed of their personal power.

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AmberGolatAmber Golat

bigbarranch.com

Amber Golat is an owner/operator of the Big Bar Guest Ranch in Clinton British Columbia.
Raised in the Philippines, Amber brings a significantly diverse background and multicultural repertoire to her own business endeavours. Not one to shy away from new experience, Amber is an accomplished preforming artist with multiple awards in musical theater and classical ballet. She has excelled in automotive sales and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and Architecture. Although she has never practiced as an architect Amber brings her obsession for sustainable living and environmentally conscious design wherever her ventures take her.

After relocating to British Columbia’s interior in her early twenties, Amber found a passion for agricultural tourism. With over a decade in the hospitality /agricultural sector, Amber and her husband established their own business in 2012 with the Big Bar Guest Ranch. The focus of the ranch, to bring sustainable living and “homesteading” to the forefront of people’s consciousness by allowing guests to participate in the daily activities of ranch life and of course allow them to grasp the history of BC’s rich cowboy culture.

These days Amber can be found tending to goats, bottle feeding baby cows, leading guests out on horseback rides all while juggling marketing campaigns, public relations and raising their two year old daughter.

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JasonGuille_Hollyhock15Jason Guille

streamofconsciousness.ca

A Victoria resident for almost 20 years, Jason Guille is a social entrepreneur, project manager, venue owner and festival & event producer.

Jason is a Past President of Young Entrepreneurs Association of Canada, a founding member of the Canadian Youth Development Partnership and a past regional Director with Junior Achievement. An active and dedicated community spirit, having produced or co-produced the Victoria Electronic Music Festival, the Eat Here Now Food Festival, the Earthdance Festival, the Victoria Dragonboat Festival, Indigenous Games, Harbour Fest & others. Jason has presented at University of Victoria, Royal Roads University, Pecha Kucha and at the inaugural TEDxVictoria event in 2011.

Jason owns & operates Sunset Labs, a downtown Victoria multimedia venue which has now been home to over 1000 events. He is a Co-Founder of the Victoria Public Market at the Hudson, sits on the Boards for OUR Ecovillage (Shawnigan Lake) and TEDxVictoria, and in 2015 launched a new social enterprise called Stream of Consciousness, providing livestream services to other social enterprises and NGOs.

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AlexaLintonAlexa Linton

alexalinton.com

A modern day cowgirl with a mission, Alexa Linton is known for lighting up her world and her clients with her infectious personality, bold coaching style and her secret sauce, quantum-shifting energy medicine. When these forces combine, perceptions transform forever, and health and lives change irrevocably in the most fabulous ways. With over twelve years of experience working with horses as an Equine Sport Therapist as well as thousands of animals and people, Alexa has developed a healing style that is as intuitive as it is inspiring. Her first and foremost priority is results and she has been a catalyst for positive and lasting change for thousands as a practitioner, teacher and author. A fire-starter by nature, there is nothing Alexa loves more than seeing people light up from within and their lives change “magically and miraculously” as a result. Well, that and animals. Alexa’s animals are a big part of her healing team, providing insight, giggles, massages and the effect of the perfect furry hot-water bottle. Except for her mare Diva of course, who is much too large to be a hot water bottle, and prefers to rocket people into powerful transformation with her own style of Equine Facilitated Light up. It is Alexa’s big mission to help people experience connection and freedom in their lives and relationships and truly live a life they love.

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SharonRadcliffSharon Radcliffe

Website TBA

Since entering the workforce many years ago, Sharon has had the pleasure of doing a variety of jobs from editor in both the private and public sectors, program developer, administrator and manager in university continuing education, and an ESL then adult basic education English instructor in college. In 2008, when looking for a way to keep her mind alert and engaged, and also realizing that education and communication had been the foundation of her work to date, Sharon started the four-year Feldenkrais training. She certainly was not disappointed with the program. Meanwhile, her day job continued. Now  Sharon is looking to developing her Feldenkrais work into her new day job.

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LimorShayLimor Shay

shaylimor.com

Shay Limor is a business consultant specializing in innovative digital marketing, visual communication, advertising, digital campaign management, business development, building branding strategies, project management from concept to completion, web presence creation, conference design and production.

Limor is also a faculty founder, and director and a lecturer on the topics above in the Rupin’s technological academy in Israel. The model Limor created was the first of its kind in Israel and today serves as the basis for building curricula at other academic institutions around the country. The course is running to this day under Limor’s professional guidance. Furthermore, Limor is engaged in coaching and mentoring Entrepreneurs in various phases throughout their full business lifecycle.

Being an entrepreneur herself, Limor has a cross disciplinary and strategic perspective. She is methodical, ambitious, charismatic and an autodidact with a high level of improvisational capabilities. Limor is thorough, a perfectionist, reliable, responsible and friendly with good people skills who knows how to work in a team and under pressure when needed

Past projects: Limor has lead strategic marketing initiatives and branding identity creation for Small and Medium Businesses, has been employed as a VP marketing in Sonana, a hi-tech company, specializing in data-mining of social media. As a VP she has guided commercial projects toward success and has trained employee on social media usage.

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CarmenTanakaDr. Carmen Tanaka

drcarmentanaka.com

Carmen appreciates seasonal cycles, simplicity, wholesome foods and beauty. Incorporating food, nutritional supplements, counseling and acupuncture, her practice focuses on providing care for those who care for others – parents, teachers, and health care professionals. She is dedicated to creating a safe place for patients to approach their health honestly and with an inquisitive mind. And, as a passionate educator, she is committed to eliminating the barriers to her patients’ health and happiness goals.

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JennyTanJenny Tan

thejennytan.wordpress.com

 

Jenny is a communicator and bridge of people.

She’s traveled across Canada, worked all sorts of different careers from government policy analyst to photographer of traditional dance costumes, and now she’s excited to branch into communication for green companies.

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DanielleWeiss

Danielle Weiss

originalroutes.com

Falling in love with this planet is my never-ending love affair. I’ve spent the past 20 years travelling back and forth between Canada and remote places around the world ~ living, studying, working, volunteering and exploring. I’ve led adventure tours, created a Foundation, worked with indigenous communities, participated in deeply transformational retreats, and am on a constant journey of personal, professional, spiritual and educational growth. With over 10 years in the Adventure Travel Industry and 4 years at Canada’s Leading Educational Retreat Centre, I’m diving head first into the world of becoming self-employed. Through my new company, Original Routes (originalroutes.com), I’ll be creating experiences that combine deeply transformative retreats with authentic travel. Now all I need to learn is how to market them!

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CaseyWhiteCasey White

I am a traveller, a lover of change, I have a thirst for meeting people, communicating, opening my heart and learning about love and land.

4 years ago I moved to Victoria BC with my son 7 year old son Oliver. Being born and raised in Northern Alberta I lived throughout Alberta and BC over the last 12 years and found my home in Victoria. I am blessed that I have healthy family and abundant life and have had many spiritual experiences that have deepened my desire to believe, grow and learn from the people and things around me.

I intend to bring a business forward that will assist entrepreneurs and business owners in developing systems and holistic strategies to create success.

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JulieWolk_Hollyhock15Julie Wolk 

juliewolkcoaching.com

For 15 years, Julie Wolk has worked with talented business-owners, visionary leaders, and passionate change-makers who have important gifts to give. Her clients are teachers, guides, consultants, experts, holistic healers, and other mission-driven entrepreneurs.

Julie facilitates the creation of transformative and connective experiences, programs, businesses, and organizations. She moves easily from idea to action and loves the way structure creates more freedom. Julie gets totally lit up encouraging people to follow their passions and offer their gifts and visions to the world. She’s a natural leader, and plans businesses in her sleep. (Literally. It’s hard sometimes).

Her two biggest values are freedom and connection. Julie love traveling, adventures, and gathering with loved ones. She also spends a lot of time doing yoga and wandering through the East Bay Hills.

Before founding her own coaching business in 2013, Julie co-founded and co-directed Wilderness Torah, a thriving organization dedicated to reconnecting people to nature, community, and their unique gifts. From a single event in 2007, she helped a visionary seed flourish quickly into an organization and community serving hundreds of people each year through a variety of programs. As lead business strategist and operational director, Julie put structure around a lofty vision, developing our business plan from the ground up, as well as managing day-to-day operations, human resources, marketing, outreach, and fundraising strategy, and the other myriad projects that inevitably come up in a new business or organization! She hired, trained, and supervised many highly successful staff and built a community of all-star volunteer leaders and board members. She has planned powerful staff and board retreats and strategy sessions, events for hundreds (from outdoor festivals to fancy fundraisers), and she prides herself on being a leader who delegates well. Julie’s large and talented network of friends and colleagues (and knowing when to call them) is one of her greatest assets.

Previous to that, Julie worked for a decade in environmental and social justice advocacy and public relations in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA, convincing politicians and corporations to do the right thing by organizing a LOT of people.