[Linux-aus] You should nominate for Council!

Kathy Reid kathy at kathyreid.id.au
Sat Dec 18 19:09:31 AEDT 2021

Sae Ra,

I wanted to take the opportunity - and I sense I'm not alone here - to 
express the enormous thanks that the community has for your leadership, 
dedication and conscientiousness. You've steered Linux Australia through 
two years of a pandemic, that had the potential to jeopardise the 
business model and finances of the organisation - as it has many others 
- and navigated a path which has not only been financially viable, but 
which placed the community first in its approach. Moreover, you've 
provided mentoring, guidance and succession planning to ensure depth in 
the capability and talent of the organisation's leadership to soften the 
impact of your departure.

A huge congratulations and well done on the significant impact you've 
had on the organisation, and very best wishes for your next leadership 
adventures. Any organisation you choose to join will be richer for your 

With kind regards,


On 17/12/2021 6:05 pm, Sae Ra Germaine via linux-aus wrote:
> Dear All,
> TL;DR Nominate for Council if you’re interested in contributing to the 
> FOSS community.
> As you will have seen, the Call for Nominations for Linux Australia 
> Council has gone out, you have until December 30 to nominate. I would 
> like to encourage anyone who has considered nominating to do so today 
> and if you have any questions please do sing out. I'm happy to discuss 
> any questions or concerns you may have.
> I thought I would come out early and let everyone know that after 8 
> years on Council I have decided to not re-stand for Council this year. 
> I had made the decision some time ago and began the handover process 
> to Council about August of this year.
> Being on Council has been a rewarding experience and I would highly 
> encourage contributing to this community by nominating. Linux 
> Australia is in good stead to continue to be a strong presence 
> representing Linux and Open Source in Australia. But, to do this we 
> need more hands on deck. So please consider this a call to action. 
> Linux Australia needs more volunteers to make light work and for new 
> ideas, thoughts, opinions, contributions, and drive.
> I will be open here and say that I will be nominating Joel Addison for 
> President next year. This year Joel has been a fantastic support to me 
> and has shown so much dedication for this community. He has stepped up 
> more times than I can count and I think (if elected) he is more than 
> qualified to lead and represent this community going forward.
> Council and Linux Australia have been a significant part of my life 
> for the past 8 years and letting go may not be easy so whilst I’m not 
> standing again for Council, I will still be here to support Linux 
> Australia in any way that I possibly can.
> The 8 years on council have flown by so quickly but it truly has been 
> an honour to be on Council for all these years. I would like to thank 
> all of the community who have put their trust in me during this time. 
> It has been an absolute privilege and an honour to serve this Community.
> Lastly, I would like to thank those who are currently or were 
> previously on Council with me and to those on subcommittees who I have 
> worked with. We have been through many ups and downs but you have all 
> helped contribute to making this Community one of the best communities 
> I have the pleasure of being part of. Your hard work and dedication to 
> us is to be commended (especially the last 2 years) and the community 
> is very lucky to have you supporting them.
> Hopefully I will see you all in some form or another soon, but I do 
> hope to see your lovely faces at LCA 2022 Online and if you can, I 
> would love to see you at the Linux Australia AGM on the 15th of January.
> Stay safe and well,
> Sae Ra Germaine
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