On June 2, Ecotrust staff and board were invited—with a handful of folks participating virtually via conference call—for a happy hour event at the Redd on Salmon Street. The occasion was momentous, being not only Ecotrust’s first in-person staff and board gathering in over two years, but also for the opportunity to celebrate Jeremy Barnicle, who is departing our organization after six years as Executive Director.
A highlight of the gathering was the reading of limericks in Jeremy’s honor. Jeremy has a real penchant for limericks—from the corny to the profound—and he’s composed and shared them at gatherings throughout his Ecotrust years. Naturally, Jeremy could not depart the organization without sharing a few more.
In turn, staff and board members also shared limericks—ranging from humorous to sentimental—that we had written to celebrate Jeremy.
When others might run for the door or a drink,
Jeremy “Jedi”ed with hardly a blink.
COVID forced shut downs,
Strife closed downtown,
But Jeremy steered us away from the brink.
—Jean Johnson, Ecotrust board member
Before the evening came to a close, our incoming Co-Interim Executive Directors, CIO Olivia Rebanal and CFO Kevin Bumatay, dedicated another limerick to Jeremy and presented him with an original art piece made by our Senior Graphic Designer Heldáy de la Cruz. The hand-drawn piece is a celebration of Jeremy’s time at Ecotrust. As Heldáy explained, the three hands represent each of the three E’s—Equity, Economy, and the Environment. The three motifs are inspired by Ecotrust’s recent annual reports, and the color blue comes from Ecotrust’s brand refresh, which occurred during Jeremy’s Executive Directorship.
We at Ecotrust celebrate Jeremy’s gifts to our mission and our organization. He will truly be missed. To learn more about Jeremy’s decision behind his departure, read his letter to the Ecotrust community, and to learn more about what is next for the organization, check out Jeremy’s thoughtful farewell. As Jeremy would often say in closing, onwards!
All photographs are by Kim Nguyen.
This event was made possible through the efforts of many staff, including Jasmine Cunningham, Brittanie Grayson, Megan Foucht, Vickie Owens, Heather Sparks, Lily Abood, Kevin Bumatay, Olivia Rebanal, Nathan Kadish, and Jamese Kwele.