The Virginia Chadwick Memorial Foundation has been established to carry on the work of the late Virginia Chadwick who was the Chair of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for eight years (1999 -2007). During this time, Virginia's leadership resulted in many significant achievements in the Great Barrier Reef, including worldwide acclaim for the rezoning of the Marine Park in 2004.
The Foundation builds on Virginia's achievements, through a range of activities including environmental education and partnerships, Indigenous opportunities, networking and knowledge sharing especially in regard to the Great Barrier Reef but also other coral reefs and associated ecosystems around the world.
The Foundation supports a range of activities and initiatives which aim to systematically promote environmental awareness, monitoring and stewardship.
In 2013, the Virginia Chadwick Memorial Foundation will sponsor four awards for which Reef Guardian Schools within the Great Barrier Reef catchment area can apply. It is important to note that these awards are separate from, and not connected to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Reef Guardian Schools Annual Awards or Ripples of Change Grants.