Submission Date : 2019-07-23
After 15 years at the helm of Plastics|SA’s accounts and finances, Leslie Kearney is bidding farewell to the plastics industry when she retires at the end of July 2019.
Leslie started working as Plastics|SA’s accountant in 2004 and has seen many interesting changes and events unfold during this time. Reflecting back on some of the most memorable moments, Leslie says the most significant change during this period was how the company has grown in the last decade in particular.
“New departments were formed, namely Marketing and Communication, Research and Advocacy, which really added a polished and professional image,” Leslie says.
Another highlight event that she fondly remembers, was during the time that the name changed from Plastics Federation of SA to Plastics|SA.
“One day especially stands out was when we had a full day of team building to introduce us to the new brand and ensure company buy-in. We were split into groups and each team was given a large white board to paint the picture allocated to them. We had no idea why, where or how our piece of the picture would eventually fit in, but everybody got painting with gusto. Not only was it great fun, but it was amazing to see the final product when every group’s little canvas was eventually put together to display our journey and our values. Today, that huge piece of art is still proudly displayed on the wall in the Plastics|SA reception area!” Leslie says.
Talking about her future plans and life after Plastics|SA, Leslie is looking forward to spending more time on her passions – art and travel.
“For starters, I will be moving to KZN to be closer to my family and where the pace is slower and kinder. I am passionate about painting, and am toying with the idea of starting a small group of budding artists. However, a trip to Spain is definitely on the cards. Starting off in Barcelona, I will be holidaying for a few days before I fly to Sarriato embark on the Camino de Santiago, the French way, from Sarria to Santiago.This has been my dream for many years!,” an excited Leslie reveals.
Leslie says she is sad to leave, but also excited about the new chapter in her life. “I wish all my colleagues and the plastics industry all the very best. We all know of the gruelling challenges ahead – I say Innovate and innovate!”
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