Long before it became a corporate catch phrase, Brooke understood the importance of diversity. She knew that we had to better represent the range of cultures and identities among communities and to reflect those different values and histories on air.
Jim Handman, CBC Producer
Brooke asked the unasked questions; she saw the unseen facet, that glimmer of context that filled in the picture, or – sometimes – opened up a whole new level of inquiry.
Ted Blades, CBC Host
I doubt that I would ever have succeeded to whatever degree I have without having had her gentle hand at the small of my back guiding me along.
Dick Miller, CBC Producer
Here are just a few of the reasons that Brooke’s co-workers and friends nominated her for a CBC Radio Peer Award:
She was a hugely talented radio producer.
Brooke loved and respected the audience.
She brought an astonishing breadth of knowledge and an insatiable curiousity about the human condition to her work.
She inspired and challenged us with her pioneering devotion to diversity, and her passion for social justice.
To so many, Brooke was a mentor who offered wisdom, perspective and shelter in the storm.
She was brave, generous and fiercely committed to radio and public broadcasting.
We miss her.
Posthumously awarding Brooke the 2006 CBC Radio Peer Award
Brooke Forbes and the Fund
The Fund was set up in 2006 to continue the work Brooke Forbes (see below) did introducing minority youth to the joy of making radio. Until 2021, we awarded funds annually to charitable organizations that taught audio production skills to young people. Starting in 2021, we are funding internships for racialized students in the Journalism and Communication program at Carleton University. The Fund is overseen by an Advisory Committee consisting of Brooke's former colleagues at CBC and Vancouver Co-op Radio.
I felt blessed to start the day seeing Brooke … Not many people could say they feel so changed by just her presence but that was the power of Brooke, her listening ear, her smile and always her amusing adventures.
Lisa Ayusa, CBC Producer
She made sure we told stories about people on the wrong side of the power equation.
George Jamieson, CBC Producer