SYDNEY Mardi Gras is always busy, with last week easily being the busiest week of the year for the Star Observer team.

Our journalists end up writing, sharing, and tweeting about hundreds of events, while our photo team burn the midnight oil, capturing the most dazzling sights and spectacles.

In addition to our constant stream of social media and website content, we also delivered two different magazines last week – our official festival guide to Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and our March edition of the Star Observer magazine. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you should.

Looking back over the last two years, it is easy to be proud of what our team has achieved. Every organisation has key individuals, people who make a difference. Our editor Elias Jahshan has been at the heart of many of our achievements.

Star Observer Editor Elias Jahshan and CEO Daniel Bone (far left) working at Midsumma Carnival 2016 (PHOTO: Burke Photography; Star Observer)

Star Observer Editor Elias Jahshan and CEO Daniel Bone (far left) working at Midsumma Carnival 2016 (PHOTO: Burke Photography; Star Observer)

His hard work and dedication to our community helped us to successful launch the monthly Star Observer magazine and our upmarket LUXE lifestyle magazine. Both were major achievements which I believe have already had a very positive impact on how our community is perceived.

I will miss working alongside Elias.

A few days ago, he explained to our team that he is resigning, to follow the next stage of his dream. He wants to work in Europe, London in particular. April is the perfect time, after wrapping up our key magazines for the year.

I am sure I speak for the entire Star Observer team in wishing Elias the best of luck in his travels. I am certain that he will remain a strong voice within the LGBTI community.

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