This morning I was working from the hotel when an email came in from one of my IMIT colleagues: Bill Kempthorne, our beloved Manager, is leaving Island Health. I am stricken. He is such a great man and such a good leader. As soon as I read the email, I called Bill. “Well That didn’t take long,” he said. “I just sent the email seven minutes ago.”

And I, with all the grace and dignity I could muster, burst into tears. Apparently most of Network Services is the same. One of the techs went home early because she was so upset.

It is never easy to lose someone you admire and even harder when you know the replacement will never live up to the big shoes being left behind. I am crushed. After EDMP, I will return to a family without our leader.

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