Long time contributor Eileen McNaughton recently won the New Zealand Open Source Award for Open Source Contributor, so we thought we’d reach out to a few members of the community to get input on her efforts with CiviCRM. Erik Hommel and Dave Greenberg are kicking off this blog post with their own personal thanks to Eileen. If you have a comment, story, or just want to say thanks, post it in the comments!
I was really really happy last week to read that Eileen McNaughton won the NZ Open Source Contributor Award 2016. I can not compare to other open source projects as I only know the CiviCRM community really well, but man does she contribute! Always approachable on our communication channels, ready to help anyone in the community, fixing code, enhancing code and mothering most of the unit tests. There are times where I thought she had two lives at the same time until I read Harry Potter......Hermine Granger received that time-management thingy from Eileen! As part of a small team I had the pleasure of working closely with Eileen when we updated the CiviCRM API to version 3 (I did 2% of the work, Xavier Dutoit probably 18% and Eileen 80%.......). And it was fun! Working hard, discussions getting to the bottom of the stuff but also lots of jokes about warm beer and Marmite, culminating in a session at CiviCon London that we did together.
The impact Eileen had on the CiviCRM API and the Unit Testing was massive, it would certainly not be in the state it is today without her tender loving care! Her contributions are manifold and she thoroughly deserves this award. I believe the whole CiviCRM community will join me in saying that it if anyone should be awarded it would be Eileen. Thinking about Eileen always makes me smile....a passion for open source and non-profits, lots of good advice and common sense and a wonderful sense of humor!
I was super excited to hear that Eileen McNaughton had been honored with the New Zealand Open Source Award (NZOSA) for outstanding contributor to an open source project. Eileen brings a unique combination of passion, smarts, generosity, super-human energy, plain talk and a collaborative spirit to her work on CiviCRM. From her key role in establishing the LTS program, and her yeoman contributions in the challenging payment processing space, to her ability to hear and represent the voice of her users in making CiviCRM more useful and user-friendly - Eileen truly embodies the best of open source ideals. I hope the entire CiviCRM community will join in congratulating her on this much deserved recognition.