Congratulations to Maggie, and I'm sure she'll do a great job... but
Phillippe, I'm deeply sorry to see you go.  Out of everyone I've ever
met, you have to be nearly the closest (if not the actual closest)
thing that exists to a living repository of Wikimedia's history (and
connections.)  I don't WMF can ever have another Philippe, and we will
certainly not benefit from losing  you.  The movement as a whole has
greatly benefitted from your passions and most of us have litttle idea
how much critically important stuff you have handled behind the
curtain that has allowed the projects to keep functioning.  (I mean,
I'm sure I only know the tiniest fraction of it but Is till know
enough to know that your actions and passion greatly - almost
incalculaby greatly - contributed, oft invisibly, to the success of
the mvovement,)

Still I've learned myself in the past year, health has to
come first.  I wish you the best of luck, and hope our paths cross

Kevin Gorman

On Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 2:55 PM, Steven Zhang <> wrote:
> Philippe,
> I feel honoured to have known you these last few years. I will sorely miss 
> you around here, and I wish you all the best with everything.
> Steven Crossin (Zhang)
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On 1 Sep 2015, at 5:01 AM, 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.
>> T: 1-415-839-6885 x6643 |  |  :  @Philippewiki
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