Snowy Hydro Southcare Farewell to Chris KimballShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
There’s a fine line between work and a social life for me. They are inextricably linked and sometimes I have a dilemma about what to write and photograph, but it’s not a problem likely to cause much angst as I enjoy what I do and have the utmost respect for all the people I work with and for, so up at the top of the Burbery Hotel it was party time on a bleak Friday night for someone very special
And that’s where a whole swag of connections came together for this farewell for one of the nicest blokes you’re likely to meet, Chris Kimball, who’s leaving Snowy Hydro Southcare where he’s been the CEO .......to chill out. No not that hippy kind of chilling on a mountain top in Tibet, walking the Camino or joining a commune in India. No it’s just that he needs to find another kind of lifestyle to enjoy some adventures he and his beautiful wife Kerri have dreamt about and put off until now. His two children Violet 6 and Noah 10 will benefit as he reconnects on a healthy and happy level with them as for so much of their lives have been experiencing his darkest days recovering from cancer. Another catalyst for change was that his dad died last year from cancer.
And he will do it well. Chris Kimball is a meticulous kind of bloke, he is used to asking questions after his ABC stint and knows where to go to get the kind of support that has been invaluable to Snowy Hydro Southcare and judging by the happy band of volunteers who came to the party – it was his birthday too – he has been popular and well respected in this position. But we all knew that he would be and while we’re sad on one level it is a good example to all of us not to delay following those dreams and being smart enough to know when.
Presentations for Chris included a birthday cake organised by his wife Kerri who is at the moment in Bali studying and practicing yoga, lots of nice things were said about him and from the’firm’ a Fink water jug, designed of course by Robert Foster. Foster was tragically killed in a car accident that the Southcare helo attended. A link forged in sadness, but with a positive for Kimball as he looks to a new future.
We’ll probably find him catching waves, fishing and swimming on the mid north coast and be jealous of his choice. There’s a book in this sea-change! We’ll miss him but his health and happiness are paramount. Good luck and au revoir Chris Kimball.