Olaronke Flora Williams (1963 - 2016)
Olaronke Flora Williams, or Flora as many of us knew her, was LCN's Equality and Diversity Manager since 2008. In 2015 she fell ill and, until her death, we had always hoped that she would recover.
Flora was a a passionate fighter against discrimination and prejudice, ready to fiercely challenge injustice where she encountered it. A consummate professional also widely respected and loved, she had been working in the advice sector for many years, previously with FIAC (now Advice UK).
At LCN, Flora co-ordinated the work of discrimination law practitioners in Law Centres, and has initiated several projects during her tenure. She pioneered LCN's EU-backed work to raise awareness and increase understanding of equalities matters; to help advance access to justice in Europe; and to improve the integration of EU migrants in the UK.
Flora's professional achievements reflect her characteristic determination, as does her private life. She overcame the challenges of migration, having been born in Nigeria and moved to the UK in her twenties. Constantly striving to learn and develop, in her late forties she completed a Masters' degree alongside her full-time job. She was also a single mother and is survived by her daughter, Faith, a talented artist.
To her colleagues at LCN and Law Centres, Flora was a reliable and fun person, with a vibrant presence, strong opinions and a big caring heart. She was taken from us so prematurely and we miss her greatly. Rest in peace, Flora.
Those who knew Flora who wish to express their sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to Royal Trinity Hospice, where she was well cared for in her last days.
"Flora was like a reassuring African Sister and will be missed. May her Soul Rest in Perfect Peace." - Martha
"Why are the nicest people always taken far too soon?" - Matt
"She was a good friend. Her passing away is a tremendous loss to Law Centres." - Ian
"We had developed a lovely relationship over the years; she represented LCN with such professionalism and warmth. Her passion to challenge discrimination and to ensure access to justice for all resonated with us... The Living Rights Project is helping new migrants every day and is a real legacy of her work. I am proud to have known her." - Audrey