Tammy Leslie is the newest partner of the Palmer Leslie firm, having received her CA in the summer of 2009. A favourite part of her job is helping her client’s overcome the Income Tax Act and all of its resulting complications. She would happily spend hours researching a tax problem just to learn the answer. Explaining it in terms a client can understand is always one of her goals and she tries very hard to achieve this.
Tammy was born and raised on the West Coast. Her family lived in a logging camp up Indian Arm when she was born and moved to various logging communities on the West Coast including Courtenay and Oyster River on Vancouver Island. Her family also spent over two years living in a logging camp at the top of Toba Inlet eventually settling in Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast.
In high school Tammy always found Math was her strongest subject and Algebra just seemed to make sense to her so an accounting career was an easy choice. Tammy attended Capilano College in North Vancouver, BC graduating in 1985 as class valedictorian for Business Management Diploma. It was during this time that she fell in love with accounting, and specifically, The Tax Act. After college she returned to Sechelt and commenced her first job in public practice working for Cameron & Associates CGA for the next 15 years and earned her CGA in 1989 while working there.
Tammy worked for several public practice firms in Nanaimo before pursuing her goal of becoming an owner in a public practice. In 2006, she obtained a position as a senior manager at Atchison Palmer Chartered Accountants in Duncan. Not satisfied to hold just one accounting designation, Tammy went back to school to obtain her Chartered Accountant’s designation. The whole family (and most of the neighbourhood) cheered when she found out she had passed the 3 day Uniform final exam in 2009. This opened the door for her partnership in the firm that now bears her name.
Tammy lives with her family in Yellowpoint, north of Ladysmith. When not at the office, Tammy spends her time riding horses with her fellow horse lovers, running, walking her dog, driving her two antique Camaro’s during drag race/car show season, and training and teaching at the local Taekwondo School in Ladysmith. She can also be found driving her two children to various activities like hockey and dance.
Tammy’s volunteer activities include Director duties for a variety of local community organizations such as the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association, Ladysmith Show and Shine Committee, and Ladysmith Festival of Lights.