Shauna Crockett-Burrows 1930-2012

Founder of the world’s first positive newspaper passes away

Shauna Crockett-Burrows, founder of Positive News - Photo ©Asha Centre
Shauna Crockett-Burrows, founder of Positive News – Photo ©Asha Centre

It is with great regret that we announce that our founder, Shauna Crockett-Burrows, has passed away.

A month short of her 82nd birthday – and having been invited to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace at the end of May – Shauna died on 3 May in Shropshire, where she had been living during the past 17 years.

Shauna lived an extraordinary life and continued to work with Positive News, to which she was completely dedicated, right until the very end. She will be greatly missed by her family, her friends, her wide network of colleagues working for positive change in the world, and by myself and the rest of the team at Positive News.

The vast impact she had on the world is hard to measure. The ripples of inspiration from every single article she published, in the two decades in which she led Positive News, continue to spread. With each issue that she printed, people’s perspectives shifted, their conversations changed, new initiatives were inspired, and our idea of what kind of world was possible, expanded.

Although Shauna had progressively handed-over control of the paper during the past couple of years, the absence of her vibrant presence at Positive News will be acutely felt. As Positive News moves into its next phase, we will continue to hold her ethos of service, co-operation and love, at the heart of what we do.

Tribute to Shauna from Pam Evans, Founder of Peace Mala

I had e-mailed Shauna earlier in the month but had not received a reply. I decided I would ring the office and ask if I could speak to Shauna but something prompted me to look up the Positive News website in the early hours of 18th May. What a shock to read the announcement of her death! But there again, I’d had a weird feeling that something was wrong. Shauna always replied to my messages, either by e-mail or telephone. God bless her.

Like so many people who knew Shauna, I am sad to hear of her passing. What a loss to the world.

Shauna, Pam and Lord Mayor of Swansea Cllr Alan Lloyd, arriving at the UNA Wales Temple of Peace Cardiff for the Peace Mala International Awards for Youth 2009
Shauna, Pam and Lord Mayor of Swansea Cllr Alan Lloyd, arriving at the UNA Wales Temple of Peace Cardiff for the Peace Mala International Awards for Youth 2009

I will keep fond memories of wonderful chats we shared over the phone, the lovely articles on Peace Mala she published over the years and her attendance at the Peace Mala International Awards for Youth in Cardiff a few years ago. She told me she would be bringing a young journalist with potential along with her. That person was Sean Dagan Wood who is now editor of Positive News. Sean will have a hard act to follow, but I know that Shauna felt he could ‘go far’!

Shauna was inspirational, creative and passionate about bringing good news to the planet. She once told me that someone she’d met made a comment about Positive News being subversive. Shauna had been shocked at the time. I laughed and said, “Much the same has sometimes been said to me about Peace Mala. I guess we are a pair of old ‘trouble makers’ who simply want to see a more compassionate world.”

My message to everyone at Positive News is, be sure to keep up Shauna’s good work! I’m sure she’ll be watching you.

With my love and prayers for Shauna, and all the team at Positive News.
Pam Evans
Founder of Peace Mala

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