The Rose Quartz Warrior Award is a creation of the Marsha Forest Centre – honouring outstanding leadership and contribution in the field of inclusion and education.
Marsha was a ‘warrior’ for peace and for Inclusion. She loved rose quartz and often referred to herself as a Rose Quartz Warrior. When she passed after a 12 year struggle with cancer (living every minute to the limit), Jack created a real Rose Quartz Warrior – also 5 foot 2 inches tall. (see photo).
This Inukshuk (an Inuit direction marker) is called the “Rose Quartz Warrior”. The Rose Quartz Warrior Award continues to honour Marsha’s memory and contribution, while acknowledging outstanding leadership for inclusion anywhere and everywhere.
Recipients of the Rose Quartz Award
DR. MITHU ALUR
Mumbia, India. Presented Jan 27, 2003
Dr. Alur is the Founder Chairperson of a disability movement in India, which began in 1972. Since then she has been extensively involved in social change, legislation and policy for disabled people. Her first model in the country was a special educational model, her second model has been inclusive education for children with disability.
HAMILTON-WENTWORTH CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD
Presented in Hamilton, August, 2006
The Rose Quartz Warrior Award was presented to the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board in recognition of leadership and sustained contribution to the lives of students with disabilities in Ontario and the world. HWCDSB was the first school system in the world to move to Inclusive Education. All students are welcomed in their regular neighbourhood classrooms.
Presented at the Toronto Summer Institute, July 2009
John McKnight is the co-founder of ABCD – Asset-Based Community Development – and has been advocating for the full inclusion of people for decades. His leadership and resilience in supporting inclusion is a continuing inspiration.
GARY BUNCH – Life Long Service Award
Gary has been a life long advocate for inclusion – in a multitude of teaching, administrative and leadership positions. His writing has been translated into multiple languages, so his ‘teacher-friendly’ approach to inclusion is the foundation of movements in Russia, the Arab States, Malta, Germany, and more. Gary created ‘Inclusive Education events’ in conjunction with the Toronto Summer Institutes, and relentlessly advocated for inclusion in schools – including creating PlayFair Teams – a remarkable inclusive student activity that remains years ahead of school adoption. It works! Gary is also the founding and current Chair of the Board of the Marsha Forest Centre.
Dr. Gervais Leyden – Life Long Service Award