Honouring Celia Lashlie’s life, work and values

The contribution social justice advocate Celia Lashlie made to New Zealand society will be acknowledged at a one day seminar this month, hosted by the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.

After Celia’s death in 2015, Kim Workman from the Stout Research Centre began a conversation with the Celia Lashlie Projects team—a group of Celia’s family and friends who aim to honour Celia’s work and help to support projects which would have been close to her heart.

The result is The Celia Lashlie Day—Honouring her Life, Work and Values.

JD Stout Fellow Kim Workman, says the one-day seminar will be full of challenge and forward thinking, as well as acknowledging Celia’s life work.

“Celia’s mission was to bring about societal change through working with women and particularly women at the heart of ‘at risk’ families,” says Kim.

Working alongside Kim is Jennifer Leahy—a member of the Celia Lashlie Projects team—who worked with Celia at Christchurch Women’s Prison.

“Celia always had an incredible impact where ever she worked. This day is an opportunity to celebrate her and share her work so that it will continue,” says Jennifer.

The day is divided into three parts with the first reflecting on Celia’s work and the projects she led, or was involved with.

The second focuses on current initiatives with women in prison, youth, family and whanau, which share Celia’s vision for societal change. This part includes opportunities for discussion about current policy and practise, the role of the community in effecting change, and other critical issues.

The third and final part of the day affirms the value of this work, with former prisoners sharing their redemptive journeys.

Lydia Wevers, Director of the Stout Research Centre, says the Centre is delighted to be helping Kim Workman and the Celia Lashlie Projects team celebrate Celia’s life and work.

“Celia was a phenomenal influence on our country and this day will illustrate the many ways in which she challenged and inspired us.”

Celia Lashlie Day
Thursday 25 February, 8.30am–4.30pm
Lecture Theatre One (GBLT1), Government Buildings, Lambton Quay, Wellington
Attendance is free.
RSVP’s are required to Debbie Levy.