Celebrating Celia

Victoria’s Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies has helped honour the legacy of social justice advocate Celia Lashlie.

Seminar held in the honour of social justice advocate Celia Lashlie organised by the Stout Research Centre

The seminar, organised for the first anniversary of her death, included reflections on Celia’s work and the projects she was involved in; discussions about current initiatives with women in prison; youth, family and whānau; and a affirmations of the value of Celia’s work with former prisoners who shared their redemptive journeys.

A highlight of the day was a keynote speech by Celia’s daughter Rebekah, who shared thoughts about her mother’s work and the purpose of the day.

The 2015 J.D. Stout Fellow, Kim Workman, says the one-day seminar was a chance to explore ideas and encourage forward thinking.

“Celia was a phenomenal influence on New Zealand—this day was an opportunity to illustrate the many ways in which she challenged and inspired us.”