Full Steam Ahead!

Lesley Rochat - AfriOceans - AOCA

Me in the pink t-shirt with the CPUT design students – presented ‘how to approach public signage’.

In the last 5 weeks a lot has happened: I suddenly left the Shark Centre (details about this soon but for now read this article that was published in the Weekend Argus)and chucked nine years of conservation work into boxes…

I fervidly begun renovations and decorating of the AOCA office and setting up again, still unpacking millions of boxes…

I passionately gave talks to learners and adults (assisting City in new shark safety signage), and taught delightful little ones…

Giving a talk to senior learners about shark and ocean conservation and what it takes to be a Warrior and win life’s battles. Photo Deen HillI worked with a film crew and the AfriOceans Warriors (more about this later too)…

I secured and signed the contract with a world top literary agent and begun the book (sorry, but more about this later too)…

I dealt with the disappointment of certain colleagues I thought were my friends but not. Then someone reminded me you can tell the leaders by the daggers in the backs…

Chief AfriOceans Warrior Lesley addresses the little tribe of warriors during the shoot which is a secret till later… Photo Deen HillI took on a Marine Resource Management student, Deen Hill, whom I will supervise for the year…

I prepared for departure of the CITES Conference for which I leave on the 12th March and secured a top magazine to take my content.

It was such fun with the children, they loved the morning – here little Daniel on the chair is making the sound of a sea creature and making us all laugh. Photo Deen HiAnd amidst it all I secured wonderful, talented, creative people with integrity, who are going to help me make a difference when we work together to launch new and exciting projects during 2010 (and yes, more about this later too 🙂 )…

Never a dull moment in the shark/marine conservation world and as my dear friend Dave Japp warned me way back then: “Lesley, do you know what you are letting yourself in for, sharky people have the biggest egos of all, including the scientists!” and the NPO world just as much…

Lesley Rochat - AfriOceans - AOCA

enovations took weeks and still busy but have moved in – update photos to come…

Lesley Rochat - AfriOceans - AOCA

Giving a talk to senior learners about shark and ocean conservation and what it takes to be a Warrior and win life’s battles. Photo Deen Hill

Lesley Rochat - AfriOceans - AOCA

Chief AfriOceans Warrior Lesley addresses the little tribe of warriors during the shoot which is a secret till later… Photo Deen Hill

Lesley Rochat - AfriOceans - AOCA

It was such fun with the children, they loved the morning – here little Daniel on the chair is making the sound of a sea creature and making us all laugh. Photo Deen Hi

Watch my space as I continue to align myself with those that recognise that action is what it will take if we hope to have any impact on saving our oceans.

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