Farewell From Canon Bobbi

Farewell From Canon Bobbi

by Bobbi Yeo, Canon for Administration & Finance

It is with mixed emotions that I tell you this will be my last letter to you as your Canon for Administration and Finance. In two weeks I will leave for Auburn, Alabama to become the next executive director of the Lee County Humane Society. As many of you know, the cause of animal welfare is one of my passions. I feel very blessed and very excited for this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these animals.

I want you to know that I am very proud of what we have accomplished in the area of administration and finance over the past five years. Never have I experienced such a dedicated and hardworking group of folks, both staff and volunteers. We put our heads together, rolled up our sleeves, and transformed the way this organization does business. I have been awed by your insight and tremendous skills and experience.  The lessons you have taught me about teamwork and collaboration will be with me forever.

A search committee has been formed to determine what comes next. The diocese is in a different place than it was five years ago, therefore the position of Chief Operating Officer may need to be configured somewhat differently. I can assure you that you are in good hands and the right person will be found.

I intend to stay in touch and keep you apprised of the progress we are making at the Lee County Humane Society. I am thrilled that I will be working with a group of folks that is every bit as dedicated and hardworking as you. They are ready to do whatever it takes to become the most effective animal welfare organization in Alabama. This will be no easy feat as this is an organization of fifteen staff members taking in 6,000 animals each year. But I have seen transformation, and I am confident that we will do this in Lee County.  I ask for your prayers and support as we give it everything we’ve got.

If you would like to check us out, the website is www.leecountyhumane.org. If you love animals and would like to support our work, I hope you will consider making a donation while you’re there. Every little bit will make a difference in the lives of these animals.

The people of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California have been a very important part of my life and formation.  If you would like to stay in touch, please send me an email to bobbi@norcalepiscopal.org before my last day in the office which is May 15, 2012. I will add you to my personal contacts and check in with you from time to time.

God bless you for all you do!


6 comments (Add your own)

1. Betty Wallace wrote:
What a surprise, but a wonderful opportunity to pursue your passion. It has been a pleasure learning from you and working with you. I wish you all God's blessings as you leave California and go to Alabama. Enjoy your new job.
Betty Wallace, Treasurer
Ascension Episcopal Church
Vallejo, CA
P.S. I will MISS you and your smile

Fri, May 4, 2012 @ 4:12 PM

2. Phil Reinheimer wrote:
You will be very hard to replace, Bobbi, and I will miss our conversations and your support. Godspeed in your new position and state....bless you and thanks, Phil

Mon, May 7, 2012 @ 2:18 PM

3. Christine Leigh-Taylor wrote:
I was so surprised to read this today. Of course, I send my good wishes on your next venture. You are a very special person, and my sense is that with great gentleness you have transformed so many of our practices. It is a lesson to be watched and learned about how to engage an organization in significant change. I suspect that you consider the bulk of your work here "complete" - draw your own comparisons and conclusions. Bless you, Bobbi. Christine

Tue, May 8, 2012 @ 7:26 PM

4. Harry Allagree+ wrote:
Thank you, Bobbi, for your faithful & outstanding service at a very difficult time in our Diocese. The results speak for themselves. We'll miss you, but wish you every blessing in your new work in Alabama. Peace, Harry+

Wed, May 9, 2012 @ 12:43 AM

5. Helen Rogers wrote:
I am sad and happy at the same time. Sad that you are leaving us.
Happy that you are going to an organization that helps animals.
You are in my prayers as you begin this new journey.
Helen Rogers (Trinity Cathedral)

Wed, May 9, 2012 @ 6:33 AM

6. David Kent wrote:
COngratulations and best wishes in your new endeavor. CODE will miss you and your contributions to the wider Church. The folks and "critters" in Alabama are in for some wonderful days ahead!

Wed, May 9, 2012 @ 12:05 PM

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