Who led the NZFCE
I did not know Dave personally, we did not even meet. But half the planet away, I could sense the force of his presence, by deed and by repute,. Of course the remarkable collective achievement eatablishment of Conductive Education in New Zealand over the years has come about through many forces and as a result of the colossal efforts of many people – but the focus that New Zealand has achieved has depended largely upon a single human agency, and that agency was Dave's.
Around the world the most effective development of Conductive Education has rested upon the collaborative efforts of three estates:
- users and would-be users of conductive services
- a 'third estate' of individuals from diverse other backgrounds, with their own personal commitments to the cause and their own especial contributions to make.
Dave was one of this third estate, with a long background in educational leadership and the wider world of voluntary community effort, and understandings, bringing experience and passions not otherwise to hand. There have been examples enough of where the advance of conductive movements have been hampered or even stymied for lack of such nous. Dave's hand on the helm of the New Zealand Foundation for Conductive Education has been a vital factor in the advancement of Conductive Education in New Zealand.
In perpetuum, Frater, ave atque vale...