What a year it’s been.
That’s right, it’s been a year since I joined the DPE Team at Microsoft Canada as a Virtual Technical Evangelist. I blogged about it here and I was as excited as could be. I can assure you that the excitement has not waned for one minute during my tenure here.
Over the past year I have had the pleasure of doing countless presentations and IT Camps across the country. I have met with hundreds if not thousands of IT Pros from sea to shining sea, and have gotten to know a few of you. It is has been commonplace to get emails from community members asking me when I will be back in their city, from Victoria to Halifax and all points in between. Over the past couple of months the pace of those request has increased as I traditionally do not do a lot of events during the summer months. My response has always been ‘Stay tuned!’
I have known probably since the beginning of the summer that today was coming, and now that it is here I am sad to announce that effective Friday the 6th of September I am no longer with the DPE Team. I am, for the time being, with the Canadian Server Marketing group. I say for the time being for a reason… stay tuned to this space for some really exciting news!
So what does my departure from DPE mean to you? Not much, because I am leaving a team of very capable evangelists. Ryan Storgaard has a vision for evangelism that is really forward-thinking, and Pierre Roman and Anthony Bartolo are both incredible evangelists, and will still be bringing you IT Camps and everything else I did. I know both of them have been hard at work getting ready for the upcoming camps based on Windows Server, System Center, and Windows client. Feel free to reach out to them just like you did with me.
Of course, I am not abandoning the Canadian IT Pro community… I am just going to be doing different things. So feel free to reach out to me if you like as well! I can always be reached via my blog, or on Twitter @MGarvis.
To those of you that I have connected with over the past years, I want to thank you all. Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Windsor, Sarnia, London, Kitchener/Waterloo, Halton, Mississauga, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, Moncton, and Sydney. Eight provinces, twenty cities, two languages, three islands, two oceans, and dozens of MVPs. Every user group across the country, a bunch of schools, and more than my fair share of pubs. I stopped counting events a long time ago, but a lot. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!