[Wikimedia-l] Annoucement from the Executive Director of Wikimedia Argentina

Jon Davies jon.davies at wikimedia.org.uk
Tue Jan 28 17:12:13 UTC 2014

Really sad to see you go.

On 28 January 2014 17:11, Anders Wennersten <mail at anderswennersten.se>wrote:

> Good luck in your future endeavors!
> And much thanks to you for the excellent job you with help of your
> colleagues have done, making WMAR a model for chapters
> Anders
> Osmar Valdebenito skrev 2014-01-28 17:59:
>  Dear members of the Wikimedia Movement:
>> In the past weeks, I've taken the decision to resign to my position of
>> Executive Director of Wikimedia Argentina. This decision was presented to
>> the Board of the chapter past Saturday and it was accepted.
>> For personal and professional reasons, I've decided to return to my
>> country, Chile, in the following weeks and start a new stage of my life.
>> Two years ago, I was presented with the opportunity of living in Argentina
>> and working for one of my passions. This was a big challenge for me: I had
>> to leave my country and my family and work in a foreign country. These
>> last
>> 18 months have been a unique experience and I've learnt a lot, becoming a
>> better professional and a more mature person. However, at the same time I
>> feel that I need to move on and continue with new projects and challenges.
>> Certainly, this has not been an easy decision for me, because I'm very
>> fond
>> of this work, the people that have participated in our activities and the
>> projects we worked on and we are still working on.
>> I leave the Association in a very different position than when I took
>> office. We have several ongoing projects and we regularized all the
>> delayed
>> paperwork. We became the first organization from a developing country to
>> get an Annual Plan Grant via FDC and have been one of the best-graded
>> chapters in both processes. We are now a reliable and serious
>> organization,
>> continuing a process of professionalization that can improve our programs,
>> making them more efficient and more effective. Clearly, this has not been
>> only due to my work, which is why I thank the Board of the Chapter that
>> helped me in everything and to MarĂ­a Cruz, which has been a great
>> colleague
>> these months.
>> My main interest is that Wikimedia Argentina continues to grow, which is
>> why we have decided that my departure occurs at the end of March. This
>> will
>> allow us to work calmly to ensure the continuity of the ongoing projects
>> of
>> Wikimedia Argentina and the transfer of knowledge once the new Executive
>> Director takes office. In any case, I will continue to participate as a
>> member and Wikimedia volunteer, once this period expires. By request of
>> our
>> Board, I will also attend the next Wikimedia Conference, so I will be able
>> to transmit the experiences of Wikimedia Argentina in the last year.
>> I appreciate the trust placed in me by the Board and all the members of
>> Wikimedia Argentina and their support all these months. I'm sure they will
>> continue the great work we have done lately.
>> Kind regards,
>> *Osmar Valdebenito G.*
>> Director Ejecutivo
>> A. C. Wikimedia Argentina
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