Fair thee well, Steve @Veerman

The Digital Innovation Team is only about 10 months into its mandate, and I’m sorry to inform you that we’ve lost a great team member along the way.  This past Friday was Steve Veerman’s last day with us, and I wanted to take a moment to publicly thank him for all of his contributions.

A few weeks back Steve informed us that he had decided to leave Postmedia to pursue furthering his education.  Steve is a brilliant developer, but apparently he feels he has the potential to become even smarter, so he’s going to be heading off to school again.  As much as I hate to see him go, I can’t fault him for that.  When he first joined this company I knew we were stealing him away from his educational path, but somehow we managed to convince him to work for us full-time.  He’s brilliant in a way that few developers are, and we were lucky to have him join us.  When I put the new team together last year, I knew I had to have him join our new endeavour and I’m thankful that he took that opportunity.  We’ve accomplished some amazing things over these past few months and a lot of that success can be attributed to him.

We’re a very close and intimate group (well, not THAT intimate) and so it’s been a bit weird seeing that desk in the corner sit empty this week.  Nevertheless, we’re moving on.  In fact, before Steve’s ego balloons too much, this is as much a thank you note as it is a help wanted ad.  If you think you can fill Steve’s shoes, or at least good enough to give it a shot, take a look at the job posting and give me a shout.

In the mean time, we do have Black Widow temping in for the short term.  But to be honest, she’s not that great a coder, she doesn’t take instructions or constructive criticism very well, and the black leather ensemble may be a bit too distracting.

So Steve, if you’re reading this, I wanted to once again say thank you, we miss you already, and Kevin wants to know if you have another box of kleenex stashed somewhere.

Take care and good luck!

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