Ken and I at ETUG Fall 2014

Goodbye BCcampus, Hello Vancouver Community College

Today is officially my last day at BCcampus, and my last day as an official resident of Victoria. I’ll be making sure everything’s all tied in a bow and handed off today, and dropping off my computer and keys to the Victoria office in the afternoon.
Ken and I at ETUG Fall 2014

Best thing about working at BCcampus? I met my partner at a work conference. Here we are at the 2014 Fall ETUG workshop.

When David Porter and Paul Stacey hired me almost five years ago, they assured me I would find a home in an innovative, nimble and forward-thinking organization. They were right. BCcampus stoked my professional creativity in immeasurable ways; I learned a great deal about post-secondary education and technology, and the ways technology intersects with learning, teaching, and mediates and enables relationships of all kinds, if you use it right. I can honestly say I’ve never worked before with such committed, forward-thinking people. Just goes to show what can happen if you let people be free to do what they do best!

I hope I’ve been able to show my colleague’s best work (and the work of our stakeholders) to our broader stakeholder groups over the last five years. They have made my job easy.
Next week I’m stepping into a larger organization (there are 22,000 students at VCC!), leading a department of 13 people who are tasked with marketing and communications. It’s quite a step from BCcampus small but mighty communications department of 2.5 plus contractors (although I have supervised a shop of up to 8 previously). But one of the things I learned here is the importance of figuring out how to scale up.
You’ve taught me well, BCcampus!
The good thing is, I’ll be staying in the post-secondary system, so it doesn’t really feel like I’m saying goodbye, just “see you later!”

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Photo by Dennis Yip, copyright BCcampus, used under Creative Commons license.
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