I have been cleaning out the paper and electronic files in my office, 18.5 years of work, with files from hundreds of training events that contain development notes, reams of planning communications, flyers, agendas, evaluations, attendance lists as well as invoices; there are strategic plans, work plans, needs assessments, and copies of reports as well as countless emails. There are files with ideas never realized, and memories and dreams everywhere. Time has flown and over 13,500 tide cycles have flowed in and out of Great Bay since I began working at the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve as the Coastal Training Program Coordinator.
Now is the time for me to say thank you and goodbye. It is never easy to leave a job you love with people you enjoy working with as part of an organization that has a mission and approach that fits and feels just right. I have loved working for the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and New Hampshire Fish and Game. Yet for many good reasons it is time for me to step aside and open an opportunity for another person who is ready and able to forward the mission of the Reserve and F&G as the Coastal Training Program Coordinator.
Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this organization. I know there are great challenges ahead and that GBNERR and her staff will meet them with skill and affect. With the continued support of all the volunteers, partners, and the Great Bay Stewards the environmental and stewardship challenges will be met with integrity, sound science, and meaningful human engagement.