It is with sadness that I write that the former coordinator for KIMO Denmark and my colleague, Poul Sig Vadsholt passed away suddenly in October.
It is difficult for me to understand that Poul is no longer here, as he has been a big part of my life for the past 10 years. Poul hired me as an environmental technician at the Center for the Environment in Varde in 2004. He was my daily leader until 2015. In 2007, he introduced me to KIMO. We shared the workload, while transferring knowledge and with the goal that I would eventually take on the role of National Coordinator.
We faced many challenges together over the years. One of which was a 3 days travel by train from Scotland to Denmark. We became stuck under an ash cloud during a KIMO event in the Shetland Islands. We got as far as Edinburgh but our plane was grounded and our flight was cancelled. One could fear travelling such a long time and distance with one’s boss, but we had so many good experiences along the way, it became a memorable and enjoyable trip.
Poul dedicated himself to his work, which he took very seriously. He was extremely passionate about the environment and especially about KIMO. He always tried to find the best solutions to complicated problems. He wanted to improve the environment both locally and internationally. I am personally glad that he shared his passion with me and opened my eyes to the challenges, but also the opportunities that one can as an individual do to make a positive change in the world.
Poul used many hours in his work life to improve the state of rivers and the marine environment. He loved to be out in nature, especially fishing and walking along the coast. It was here he found peace recharged his energy. He did not sleep very much at night, but I think he wanted to make the most of his days. He was influential in developing the Danish KIMO network and created many positive changes for member municipalities. I was glad to have him as my mentor and it is an honor to be able to carry on this work.
He prioritized his employees and colleagues. He took time and effort to make sure they were thriving and that there was a good social atmosphere. He believed in his team and made sure there was room for professional development. He always had time to listen and share his ideas and opinions. I knew Poul as both a leader and friend and appreciated his generosity. I will have fond memories of a dedicated and passionate man who also always found time to be social and enjoy a good time, sharing good food a drink and a laugh. He will be missed by many colleagues, friends and family.
You will not be forgotten Poul. Rest in Peace.
Coordinator KIMO Denmark