Michal, I was very happy to get a little bit of your perspective in
conversations re: fundraising over the last few months. Thank you for all
you've done and I look forward to seeing what's next for you.

Congratulations, Revital.

Best wishes to all the awesome people at WMIL.

sam

On Thu, Dec 19, 2019 at 7:22 PM FULBERT <fulb...@fulbert.org> wrote:

> 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
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