Dr. Cindy Holmes is a queer, cisgender, white settler of Scottish and Irish ancestry who lives in the unceded territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ people, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Victoria. Her interdisciplinary, community-engaged, arts-based, and collaborative research explores connections between wellbeing, belonging, storytelling and resistance in various communities. Cindy’s research interests include: feminist anti-racist and decolonial approaches; intergenerational storytelling; politics of solidarity; 2SLGBTQ health; food justice; spirituality and social justice. Cindy worked for over 25 years, in community organizations in anti-violence organizing, community development, counseling and advocacy, social justice education and research. She is happiest when baking sourdough bread, hiking, and kayaking with loved ones, and sharing food with friends around the table.

While in residence at Cove Park, Cindy will be working on a podcast for the research project Around the Table: Exploring the Relationship Between Food, Belonging and Social Justice through Dinner Dialogues. Collaborators: Fionna Chong, Vancouver Community College and Leslie Williams, The Sharing Farm Society. Funded by a UVIC Internal Research Grant and Faculty Fellowship at the Centre for the Study of Religion and Society.