2016 Looking Back

Taking Russ’ lead, and following up on something I’ve wanted to do for several years now, here is a quick summary of 2016 for me, personally and professionally.

January 2016

  • launched the most comprehensive XPages project I’ve ever built, excellent learning, especially using the OpenNTF Domino API
  • started my 50th trip around the sun
  • awesome little riding vacation to Palm Springs with Sandi and friends
  • began a year of helping a less forunate member of my family as his mother (my cousin) passed

February 2016

  • daughter #1 turned 20
  • daughter #3 would have turned 14
  • said goodbye to a special little girl who only made one trip around the sun
  • met with friends and colleagues in Orlando for Connect 2016, spoke with my colleague Delores who was on stage for the first time after 20-something trips to Lotusphere herself

March 2016

  • completed my 25th year of coaching hockey, my last for a while
  • 1 year since my Mom passed

April 2016

  • celebrated my wife’s birthday
  • attended a memorial for my cousin – cancer strikes again

May 2016

  • daughter #2 turned 18
  • Dad turned 77
  • attended a memorial for a very special uncle – yes, cancer

June 2016

  • attended Social Connections in Toronto and reprised our presentation from Connect
  • daughter #2 graduated high school with several scholarships in tow – very proud Dad
  • saw the completion of a renovation to our basement with a beautiful live edge mantle on a newly rebuilt fireplace
  • the hockey world lost Gordie Howe

July 2016

  • annual vacation to Christina Lake with the family, some beautiful bike rides

August 2016

  • harvested about 180 heads of garlic from my garden – sadly I didn’t dry them properly so the crop isn’t as nice as years past
  • completed my 7th Ride to Conquer Cancer in honour of my cousin and my uncle

September 2016

  • sadly watched as our yellow sphere ate itself up over the future of Notes and the lack of direction from IBM, and in spite of that continued to build meaningful applications using Notes and Domino for my customers
  • both daughters began post-secondary education
  • marked the 8th year since Brynne passed
  • initiated efforts to restart the Canadian Notes user group

October 2016

  • poured a small foundation in the back yard that will become my smoke house
  • bucket list vacation to French Polynesia, madly worked out to shed some weight before the trip and got down to my lowest weight in 27 years
  • Brytek wrapped it’s 7th year in business with our busiest of the last 5 years, with a significant sale of ProjExec and growth in the IBM Collaboration space with our customers

November 2016

December 2016

  • hosted the Cross Canada Collaboration User Group with the help of a lot of people
  • attended a memorial for a family friend, another young man gone too soon
  • named an IBM Champion for the first time
  • celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary
  • snow for Christmas! lots of snow – our first white Christmas in 6 years
  • received a very thoughful gift from my daughters for Christmas – my kids get me

I am an IT professional with over 20 years of experience. For much of that time I have worked with IBM Lotus Notes and Domino, helping organizations take full advantage of the tool for building workflow collaboration solutions. I have ITIL certification and a background in project management as well. Recently I have invested in how mobile devices may be used to extend business applications outside the office, and have also been learning how to add social components to traditional business applications. Away from work, I have three daughters and recently celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary with my wife in Hawaii. I coach hockey, cycle, and love growing garlic and then finding new ways to use it. I added a section of herbs to my garden last year and was very happy with the result. I ride my bike each year with my wife in the Ride to Conquer Cancer to raise money for research in childhood cancers, particularly brain tumours. Our youngest daughter lost her battle with a brain tumour in 2008 and through this ride we hope to help find a way to prevent other families from experiencing what we went through and continue to live with. If I have any spare time, I like to travel, so you may see the odd photo from our family adventures here too.

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