Thank you Leslie…
by Derek Martel, Communications Coordinator
I walked into work on Monday morning, May 30, 2016, to the sad news Leslie Ballentine had passed away over the weekend. A week later, it still hasn’t really sunk in.
Having been at the Fur Institute of Canada for a little over a year now, Leslie has been a key person for me since day one. Coming right out of university when I started at the FIC, I was very green to say the least. I was a bit overwhelmed being a newbie who didn’t know very much about the industry — but in the past year I have learned quite a lot and I owe a lot of it to Leslie. With her help, attitude and expertise supporting me at every turn, we were able to produce some great things together for FIC.
On a personal level, I always looked forward to getting those great phone calls wherein we would brainstorm things to work on and she was always insightful and patient when it came to editing and sharpening my work.
It was a routine for me to come in on Monday to finish drafting Fur This Week, send it to her and then chat with her about it. This issue of Fur This Week is the first time I haven’t been able to do that, and I miss her very much already.
Leslie helped me get on my feet here at the Fur Institute, and with her Industry knowledge and great writing skills. I am grateful for her guidance and getting me comfortable in what is now a great full-time job. I owe her a lot. She is one of those people in my life whom I will certainly not forget.
She will be missed and I again send my sincerest sympathies to her family at this difficult time.
She made me a better employee and fur industry advocate but, more importantly, she helped me grow and become a better person.
Thank you Leslie.
From everyone at the Fur Institute of Canada we send our sincere condolences to Leslie’s husband Alan, to her daughter Kailin and her family and friends.