Today we lost a good guy.
Our dear friend and play person, Wendy Seymour, passed in her sleep this morning. Wendy had been diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this year.
Wendy was a wonderful advocate for play. I first met Wendy in 2011. We were travelling by train from the International Play Association Convention in Wales back to London when Barb Champion introduced us with her usual flair – “you two need to know each other”.
Wendy was so generous with her exceptional and unique skill and experience in designing landscapes, and shared a story of her mate Amy Rudd. Amy had lost her baby Pia, and wanted to create a positive meaning to her life. Wendy and Amy had partnered up to design an amazing, inclusive nature playground in Whiteman Park, Western Australia. Did Touched by Olivia want to get involved? Of course we did. And the friendship began.
Wendy joined us on the National Inclusive Playspace advisory panel TBO facilitated in 2012 and provided knowledge, valuable insight and passion.
Wendy has designed some of the most innovative and inclusive playspaces, and educated so many of us on the extensive benefits of true nature play.
Our love and thoughts go to her family and all those who are missing her. Let’s all plant a tree in her honour today.
Vale Wendy Seymour.