Courtney Wilson

As soon as Courtney heard about The Lucy Foundation she knew she wanted to be part of it. In 2013, she worked with Robbie in Mexico and saw the need for a social enterprise that empowered people with disabilities, not only supported them.

She joined the team in Mexico in early 2016 to conduct research about the coffee project as well as talk to the people intimately involved with the project: the families at the heart of the project, the TLF team and Piña Palmera. Her current work with The Lucy Foundation is to make these stories more accessible and highlight the challenges facing people with disabilities in Mexico as well as the barriers to specialty coffee production.

Courtney has a Bachelor of Communication Studies from AUT University and a Master of Arts majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Otago. She is currently based in Timor-Leste as a communications advisor for a national HIV advocacy NGO and drinks as much coffee as she can get her hands on.


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Congratulations Robbie Francis for winning Attitude's Entrepreneur of the Year award! We're pretty stoked 😀

Robbie won the award for her work founding The Lucy Foundation and driving it forward as an organisation that empowers people with and without disability through employment and trade. She dedicated her award to the memory of Doña Alicia, who died earlier this week after a long struggle with diabetes.

¡Felicidades, Robbie, por haber ganado el premio Attitude's Entrepeneur of the Year (Emprendedor con Actitud del Año)! Estamos muy emocionados 😀

Robbie ha ganado este premio por su trabajo como fundadora de The Lucy Foundation y su esfuerzo por llevarlo adelante como una organización que ayuda a empoderar a personas con y sin discapacidades, através del empleo y el intercambio. Dedicó su reconocimiento a Doña Alicia, quien falleció esta semana después de una dura lucha contra la diabetes.
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It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of doña Alicia - daughter, wife, mother to Juan and Hermino and friend to The Lucy Foundation. Doña Alicia lived with diabetes, and slipped into a coma earlier this week. Jess and Ryan were able to spend time with her before her passing and are now focusing on supporting Juan, Hermino and the extended whanau in the coming days and weeks.
Con mucha pena les informamos del sentido fallecimiento de doña Alicia -hija, esposa, mamá de Juan y Hermino, y querida amiga de The Lucy Foundation. Doña Alicia vivió con diabetes por muchos años y entró en un coma a principios de semana. Jess y Ryan pudieron pasar tiempo con ella antes de su partida; ahora lo más importante es apoyar a Juan, Hermino y su familia en estos momentos.
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