In memory of

Sara Winnifred Roque Richardson

October 9, 1973 -  June 7, 2023

Sara Winnifred Roque Richardson joined the spirit realm in Toronto in the early morning of June 7th, 2023, at Kensington Hospice, surrounded by her family. Daughter of Louise and Tim Richardson, spouse of Andrew Balfour, sister to Lisa and Murray Richardson, sister-in-law to Andrea Mueller and Nick Purdon, loving Aunt to Frida and Hugo Purdon and Lauren and Cameron Richardson. Beloved friend, niece and cousin to many.

In addition to her artistic practice as a producer and director, Sara mentored, supported and catalyzed the careers of many artists in the Indigenous community through various leadership roles, including her tenure at the Ontario Arts Council. She was known and loved by her peers for her creative and passionate spirit, and as a powerful force in examining and dismantling colonial structures and practices through thoughtful advocacy in both cultural and healthcare institutions. Her creativity, generosity, laughter, beauty and style enlivened her work and daily life, and she grounded all she did in her love of the land and in strong relationships with family, friends and community.

A celebration of life will be held for Sara on Sunday, June 18th, 2023, from 1-4 pm at the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre. Please see below for directions. Visitation will be from 1:00 - 1:30 pm, followed by a formal service including musical performances from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, and a reception with light refreshments from 2:30 - 4:00 pm.

For anyone not able to attend in person, there will be a live stream of the formal service. To make use of this online option, a link will be posted at the top of this page starting at 1:20 pm on Sunday, June 18th.

We welcome any comments and memories about Sara in the guestbook below!

For those who wish, a donation page for Women's College Hospital in Toronto (in lieu of flowers) can be found here:


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Kahontakwas Diane Longboat (Ceremony Auntie)

Entered June 13, 2023 from Six Nations Grand River Territory

Rest well sweet Sara. You lived a beautiful life here, a woman of honour, so willing to share your incredible artistic gifts with the world. You always made our people proud to be Anishinaabe. You are walking on ahead of us over the stars with the scent of strawberries growing on each side of the trail. See you on the other side at the Fire of the Ancestors.

Luana Shirt (Friend)

Entered June 16, 2023 from Orillia

Sara, I will always remember you as a truly kind spirit. Gentle and beautiful. Gchi Miigwech for all the wonderful things you were able to do for the strength and honouring of Indigenous Youth and their voices.

Your work will ripple into the future.
Baamaa pii, travel well. <3
Luana Shirt
Cree/Anishinaabe Kwe

John Brotman (Colleague)

Entered June 16, 2023 from Wellington County

You were the most generous person and shining light of the community. We will miss you.

Coman Poon (Friend)

Entered June 16, 2023 from Toronto

Chi miigwech for all the laughter and mutuality we shared Sara. I especially treasure that we continued to stay in touch through the recent pandemic and regret not being in touch more recently. You will be missed. Brian and I wish you much love and send you hugs across the divide.


Nabil and Mona Bechai (Friends)

Entered June 17, 2023 from Toronto

Extremely sorry about your loss.


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