Farewell and Thanks for All the Botany
19 September 2007
BGCI last week waved a sad farewell to Dr Etelka Leadlay.
Retiring after 20 years service, Telka has been with BGCI since its very inception, forming part of a close-knit team that has taken it from a small secretariat to the world’s largest plant conservation network.
During her time she has been an inspiration to all at BGCI and its partners across the world. With her singular dedication, enormous passion and unfailing good humour, she will be sorely missed by all of us.
An Exceptional Legacy
Tributes from Leading Lights of Botanic Gardens
Telka’s contribution to plant conservation and her support for the work of BGCI and botanic gardens around the world is best summed up by these tributes from her friends and colleagues:
“Telka, you and your work with BGCI always represented part of the fundamental and solid foundations of the organization. Your dedication and loyalty to BGCI, through years of lean and plenty, were so important in helping to ensure that the organization never wavered from its role of service to botanic gardens worldwide and its mission in support of plant diversity.”
Peter Wyse Jackson – Director, National Botanic Gardens, Ireland
“I admired that you always gave your time to answer, send letters of support, corroborate our doubts and send us information. It seems to be little things, but for us they were key to improving our understanding and giving us the tools to convince our authorities.”
Edelmira Linares and Robert Bye, UNAM Botanic Garden, Mexico City
“Telka will be sorely missed by us all; she has been a great champion of conservation in botanic gardens and she has made a real difference to the botanic garden community. Her contribution to improving communication has been colossal.”
Timothy Walker, Director, University of Oxford Botanic Garden & Harcourt Arboretum
Before leaving last week Etelka told us she was plannig to 'soak' for a couple of months but no doubt she will be in regular contact with all the friends she has made in the botanic gardens world.
All her friends at BGCI and beyond wish her the very best of happiness for a long and mellow retirement - and a jolly good soak!
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