Holly Venable, Co-founder/Director

Marina Dempster Photography

Holly completed degrees in English, Psychology and Social Work before switching tracks to work in an advertising agency. In 2000, she took over as Managing Director of Three in a Box Illustration. Implementation of an in-house design department that specialized in creating unique print promotions saw the agency expand to become the largest in Canada, representing over fifty artists from Canada and the UK to key international clients in advertising, design and editorial markets.

Her daughter’s experience in Montessori proved transformative and in 2012, she co-founded The Orchard Montessori School with Melody Incledon. In 2015, Holly completed her training, co-developed the elementary programme at The Orchard Montessori School and devoted herself to teaching full time. She has since received her Model UN and Model UN Bureau qualifications, World Peace Game Facilitation and restorative yoga teacher training.

Holly enjoys leading her students, aged 11-14 years, on rich, immersive practical and academic investigations at The Orchard Lyceum, a school and gallery she co-founded on Queen Street West in September, 2019

Holly lives in Parkdale with her husband and two children, who are a constant source of inspiration. Her interests include writing, music, visual art, travel, pilates and gardening. Her favourite subjects at school are poetry, botany and geometry.