With a deep breath of excitement, a fair amount of trepidation and a wee bit of sadness, I officially announce my resignation from Amnesty International NZ. It’s been an amazing and mindblowing time…and over the years, I have learnt a lot about IT, and a lot more about people.
For those of you that didn’t know, I have been their ICT Manager for the last nine years, and have decided that now is a good time to find a new adventure.
I have grown incredibly in nine years, and I credit all the people, past and present, that I’ve worked with over the years. I won’t name any of them now because I know I will forget someone significant and that will make me sad. All I can say is that I know that you know who you are, we’ve been there together, the late nights, the marching in the streets, the vigils in the bright sunlight, and the vigils in the rain.
I also acknowledge all the IT people that have helped me and Amnesty International over the years. The IT community in Aotearoa is so generous with their time and their expertise, and I am truly humbled by the amount of effort and time some of y’all have put in to help me and (more importantly) the cause out.
To my international colleagues and friends, some of which have also moved on from the Amnesty International whānau, I also thank you for the love and support you’ve given me over the years.
Of course, I don’t really move on from Amnesty International. It is as much a part of my DNA as it was when I was a fresh faced 16 year old in a school group, activism is in my blood, and I wear the badge of social justice warrior proudly. I am just no longer a human rights activist that does IT, I can just be a plain ole human rights activist now.