General News · 3rd September 2020
It’s been a challenging year for Hollyhock financially but I have found a lot of strength and support in our team, this community, and our small season this summer. Our staff have shown up with such generosity of the heart. I am quite humbled by the support, encouragement, and understanding from our non-working staff. I am also so grateful for the resiliency of the working staff who have persevered through many challenges.
I sent out a survey to our Hollyhock staff in April asking for feedback on whether or not we should open the Campus during this pandemic. They responded exactly how I was feeling at the time. Confused. Fearful. Supportive.
We opened this summer with two goals: 1. Provide Island employment utilizing the government wage subsidy, and 2. Apply and adapt a COVID safety plan.
Last year we hosted over 2,000 guests with a full program calendar. This year without programs or activities we safely welcomed around 200 overnight guests and prepared over 1,300 take out meals. These meals have been a hit and our kitchen team has been receiving overwhelming positive feedback from the community.
I have many, many neighbours to thank for sharing their wisdom and resources over the last couple of months. A few of these include virtual town halls with Noba, teas with David, walks with Dana, interviews with Roy, and a lot of connective garden chats with too many people to mention. I’m extremely grateful for everyone’s generosity to Hollyhock throughout this time of uncertainty. Thank you.
If you’re interested in chatting more about our experience through all of this, please get in touch. We are beginning to plan for 2021 and I would love to share resources and ideas with neighbours.
While our Hollyhock Cortes campus is shutting down official operations on September 9th, myself, Darcy, Ayton, Dolly and Bill will be working on site this winter and hope to collaborate on more community initiatives. We are hoping to have a safe fall and winter... physically distant, yet socially connected.
Please come check out our Hollyhock Store before it closes on Monday for your last opportunity for some pretty sweet deals!
Talk Soon xo