About Celia Lashlie Projects
A researcher and social commentator, Celia Lashlie worked for 15 years within the Prison Service, starting in December 1985 as the first woman to work as a prison officer in a male prison in New Zealand. Her final role within the Service was as Manager of Christchurch Women’s Prison, a position she left in September 1999. In September 2004, she completed the ‘Good Man’ project. The project, which facilitated discussion within and between 25 boys’ schools throughout New Zealand, aimed to create a working definition of what makes a good man in the 21st century. Celia wrote three books; The Journey to Prison: Who goes and why, He’ll Be Ok, Growing Gorgeous Boys into Good Men and The Power of Mothers: Releasing Our Children. Celia passed away from pancreatic cancer in February 2015.
At the time of Celia Lashlie’s sudden death, a special Givealittle page was set up to honour her work and to give people the opportunity to support the projects close to Celia's heart. Celia Lashlie Projects, a small voluntary group of Celia's family and friends, is working hard to create resources from the huge body of Celia’s written and recorded material in order to inspire and support those people working to create change for families, mothers, children and young people in this country.
Thanks to the generosity of New Zealanders who gave to the first Givealittle appeal, we have been able to start this vital work. In particular, we have used some of those funds to support the NZ Portrait Gallery’s commission of a portrait of Celia as their next great New Zealander. We have also funded some initial research, transcribing and editing of Celia’s final interview, recorded just two days before she passed away. In this frank and moving conversation, Celia shared over the course of two hours, the priorities and the work that she so desperately wanted to see realised that would make a difference to the lives of so many families here in New Zealand and throughout the world.
Celia Lashlie Projects has had the following strands of work as priorities since February 2015:
* The 10th Anniversary Edition of Celia’s best-selling book He’ll Be Ok – Growing Gorgeous Boys Into Good Men
* The NZ Portrait Gallery commission of a portrait of Celia Lashlie
* A Celia Lashlie Seminar at Victoria University, to be held in February 2016 (date TBC) organised and supported by Kim Workman and the Stout Centre
* A documentary about Celia’s work based on her final interview with Amanda Millar two days before her death. This documentary is a long-term project intended for cinematic and international release.
* An interactive website providing access to Celia’s stories and advice – for people needing support and for those who are working to make change in our communities.
Celia said she wanted to bring about societal change through working with women, and particularly to improve the lives being led by women at the heart of at risk families. Celia Lashlie Projects is determined to support those who work and live to make positive change for women and families.
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