Lesley A.Duncan

Born in Edinburgh. She is qualified Legal Secretary, married, having 2 sons. Went onto setting up her own Business Management Company.

“My cousin married a Polish Soldier during the war, this was very unique and interesting to me as a young girl, especially when she wrote home advising us of her stories. One in particular was about Wojtek the Soldier Bear, which I was privileged to visit from time to time at Edinburgh Zoo. Giving all my energy in leading the boys through their educational paths, successfully graduating onto their chosen careers, I found a little gap in my life when surprisingly I was invited to go to Poznań with my group of Scottish Pipes & Drums (Scotpipe) to celebrate Poland joining the EU on the 1st May 2004. At that point I was introduced to BARKA, a Homeless Group from Poznań who also work here in the UK. I approached them as a self–funding volunteer to offer my assistance in helping others. I still volunteer and promote this very sad problem of homelessness which we also have here in Edinburgh with many people. I set up The Duncan Cultural Education Project at 4 rural villages in the Wielkopolska Region, allowing students the opportunity of coming to visit Edinburgh and connecting with Polish schools. I directed a Pipefest Parade in Aid of Barka, Poznań a few years ago. 125 friends from Australia, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Japan & Scotland joined us in highlighting the need to help others. I am honoured to support Scottish–Polish connection and wish every success for their future. Yours Sincerely, Lesley A. Duncan, Chief Executive”

Visit: polishscottishheritage.co.uk