I want to take a moment to share how strong a colleague Michał has been over the past two years when I have worked with her from a distance, with only a couple in-person meetings.
Michal has a talent and focus that has inspired me with my own Wikimedia commitments, and I can only imagine how much she has helped mobilize efforts within Wikimedia Israel. Having first heard her present at Wikimania in Montreal, before I knew and worked with her directly, I have remained humbled and impressed. I wish her the best, and imagine she will continue to positively help the Movement as it continues to develop and expand. ----- With Incredulity toward Metanarratives, Jeffrey User:FULBERT fulb...@fulbert.org > On Dec 18, 2019, at 8:49 AM, Itzik - Wikimedia Israel > <it...@wikimedia.org.il> wrote: > > Dear friends, > > I wanted to share with you some changes in WMIL. This weekend, after more > than 6 years of service, Michal Lester will conclude her position as WMIL's > ED. > > Michal, WMIL’s first ED, joined us more than 6 years ago, and was our > second employee. Michal’s joining marked the transition of WMIL from an > organization operated and managed by volunteers only to professional hired > staff supporting and leading the activity with the volunteers. > > Michal started to initiate and lead large-scale projects and raise the > resources needed for the activity through collaborations, donations and > fund grants. From a one-employee organization with a limited budget, she > brought us to the current position as an established NGO, with varied > activity, hired staff to support it, volunteers and a sufficient budget to > support all of that. > > Under her leadership, we initiated the education project in Hebrew, and > later in Arabic. We guided tens of thousands of teachers on how to work > with (and for) Wikipedia. We created training tools and tutorials, formed > years-long collaborations with dozens of organizations, and hosted the > international hackathon and later the GLAM conference. We represented WMIL > and our movement values in Parliament discussions and in discussion with > archives; and when they failed to cooperate we did not hesitate to “force” > them to give back to the public the photos that belong to them by law. The > list of projects and achievements is too long to summarize in one email. > > We are proud to say that WMIL turned not only to a leading and recognized > organization in Israel, but also to one of the important and active > affiliates of the global movement. > > Michal’s activity in WMIL was beyond that of an employee, but true > recruitment and belief in Wikimedia’s activity and values. Her > round-the-clock investment and great love to the movement, organization, > its employees and volunteers, serves proof. Many volunteers benefited from > Michal’s attention, advice and support at all times. > > The Board, and I personally, would like to thank Michal for this > significant contribution that brought us to our current dignified position, > and we wish her the best of luck in the future. We will remember you as the > first ED who saw the hardship and labor pains of WMIL, and as WMIL’s > “mother” in its professional role. We extend to you our greatest thanks. > > While Michal is leaving, I would like to congratulate Revital Poleg, > replacing Michal in her position. Revital is a former diplomat. She was one > of the founders of the Peres Peace Center, she served as Chief of Staff for > the Knesset Speaker; VP Business Development of a lobbying company; > External Relations and Resource Development Director for the Ruppin > Academic Center; and in her last position – Chief Executive and Head of the > Jewish Agency Mission to Brazil. > > Revital brings extensive experience in large organizations, both local and > international, and a vast network of contacts in the private and public > sectors. She speaks Hebrew, English, Portuguese and Spanish. > > We wish her good luck in her position, in filling Michal’s big shoes, and > we are positive she continues to advance WMIL forward. > > > > *Itzik Edri* > Chairperson (volunteer) > it...@wikimedia.org.il > +972-54-5878078 > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l > New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>