Leigh Blackall's resignation from Council

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To the Wikieducator Council,

I regret to inform the Community and its Council of my intension to resign from Council at the close of the 3rd meeting, being 7 May 2010. The Council Policy, and its 2nd Draft, state that a resignation be made by way of:

Any Council member may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Chair of Council, the Deputy-chair, or the Secretary of the Council. Any such resignation shall take effect at the time specified therein, or, if the time not be specified therein, upon its acceptance by the Council.

This notice to the Council here is perhaps the quickest way to achieve all contact points at once, and that the resignation be open and known to everyone.

As many know, I have taken a new position at the University of Canberra, and I have refocused my work there on a networked approach to open education and research, which involves a wider array of online platforms. My time outside of work is taken up caring for new family members. Therefore, the time I could once afford Wikieducator is no more.

I will fullfill duties in this, the third meeting until its close on 7th May.

My apologies to the Community for not going full term.

I wish the Wikieducator community all the best, and hope to see more of you across the Internet in future.

Regards Leighblackall 10:34, 29 April 2010 (UTC)

Hi Leigh,
Wow -- your resignation from Council would be a huge loss to our Community :-(. Any chance we can weave some magic to generate extra time for you to provide professional insights from your vast experience for the benefit of the WikiEducator family?
WE respect the demands on your time -- particularly with new family additions and recognise your commitment to put family above spending time outside of work notwithstanding the allure of the Internet. We can learn much from your example.
Failing a community attempt to twist your arm to stay -- On behalf of the WikiEducator family and the WCC, I express our sincere thanks for all the time, and tireless effort you have contributed to building WikiEducator. WE also respect your commitment to duty in serving to the end of the third meeting. Thank you. --Wayne Mackintosh 11:35, 29 April 2010 (UTC)

Sorry to see you go... may never have met you if it wasn't for WE. Completely understand the family commitment, a huge gift that deserves emense amounts of time. There is no other way! Be Well... -- Peter Rawsthorne 17:27, 30 April 2010 (UTC)

It is a sad notice indeed. It has been a pleasure serving with you on this council and we know our paths will definitely cross again in other capacities including future engagements with OERF and WE in general. Cheers and regards to the family. I wish you all the very best. --Victor P. K. Mensah 18:53, 2 May 2010 (UTC)
Thanks Leigh for your continuing contribution to open education. Good luck and success in the new position and finding that elusive balance in life :-). --Kim Tucker 22:41, 3 May 2010 (UTC)

Thanks Leigh - it has been an honour and a pleasure to work with you as WikiEducator early-adopters and WCC members. You will be missed. All the best. Warmest regards. --Valerie Taylor 00:17, 5 May 2010 (UTC)

Hi Leigh, sad to hear you`ll be leaving our council. We'll be missing you, honestly.
I'm happy for you as of the growth of your family. I have little children too and this is the richest experience of my whole life up to now. It will do you good.
Nevertheless I hope you`ll stay in contact with us further on.
All the best for you, --GünOss 09:03, 7 May 2010 (UTC)