Inclusion International wishes to pay tribute to Its Life Member JB Munro, who passed away in Christchurch, New Zealand on 4 June 2018.
JB Munro’s contribution to the movement since 1978 when he attended his first Inclusion International World Congress has been profound. He attended most of the World Congresses and General Assemblies in several countries until 2004 and chaired several of them.
Past- President Klaus Lachwitz said “In the nineties this was a challenge as the statutes were quite vague and allowed elections “from the floor”. JB as he was called in those days had been a member of the parliament of New Zealand and was a champion in settling procedural confrontations. Moreover he was a great entertainer and extremely helpful in organising and leading Inclusion International´s 14th World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, in 2002”
On retiring after 20 years as the CEO of IHC New Zealand JB spent 6 years working with parents, groups of disabled people and kindred agencies in the Asia Pacific region on behalf of Inclusion International. He is a strong advocate for the inclusion of people with disability into mainstream society activities and along with Robert Martin and the late Don Wills he lobbied strongly for what has become the Convention on the Rights of People with Disability.
Past-President Diane Richler commented “JB is being remembered for his leadership in New Zealand. He also provided an important link between New Zealand, the South Pacific and the rest of the world, links which are still strong today”
Our deepest condolences to the entire Munro family.