Thank you, Philippe.

Speaking of courage, I admire your ability to persevere through thick and
thin, 24/7, and your going above and beyond the call of duty on more than
one occasion.

I hope that your rest is restorative.

Wikimedia is better, stronger, safer, and more resilient because of your
work here.



On Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 12:01 PM, Philippe Beaudette <
> wrote:

> Dear friends,
> Six years is a long time.  Over the last six years, I've been privileged to
> be a part of so many things with you.  And I'm proud of what we've done
> together.  For the last six years, I've been a part of things that will
> excite me until the day that I die - the things that, together, we did in
> service of that phrase - "the sum of human knowledge" - were magical.  I'll
> never forget them, and I've been honored to be a part of this movement.
> But it's time for me to move on.
> As many of you know, for the last couple of years, I've struggled with my
> health.  I've come to the unpleasant realization that for my own good, I
> need to step back and focus on healing, and then look around for new and
> exciting opportunities.
> When Sue left, she said that her decision process included looking around
> and taking stock of the people and the condition of the Foundation, and
> asking herself "Is it safe? If I leave, is it safe?" and when she knew it
> was, she began to consider the idea.
> I've been doing the same, obviously focused on projects and programs that
> are important to me.  And I look around and I know that with the
> contributors that we have - brilliant, dedicated, passionate people.... and
> the staff that we have - dynamic, talented, devoted, and fearless.... it's
> safe.  So it's time for me to move on, and to leave it to them.
> As a housekeeping note:  I've agreed with Luis that I'll be available until
> 9/15, though I'll be out on medical leave, so may be slow to answer
> questions.  If I owe you something, please remind me so that we can get it
> properly assigned out.
> You can all reach out to me at any time... and
> any time I see you will be a celebration.
> With my deepest affection,
> Philippe
> *Philippe Beaudette * \\  Director, Community Advocacy \\ Wikimedia
> Foundation, Inc.
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