Meet Adrian Rossouw, father of Hostmaster/Aegir & phptemplate, and uncle to many others. He works at Development Seed. He's massively talented, and in this nominator's opinion, inspiring and awesome. Certainly worthy of a Community Spotlight :)
I think Adrian embodies the new Drupal.org motto: come for the code, stay for the community.
Adrian on Metro, Photo by Boris Mann (cc) attribution, non commercial
Listen to Adrian being interviewed on Lullabot Voices. You can learn a little more about Adrian, his projects and also hear his lovely South African accent.
If you're lucky enough, you'll meet him in person at a DrupalCon (like this one in 2006). He's probably one of the warmest people in the Drupal community. He's always got a few people around him, he's friendly like that. You might find yourself sitting in a circle with him playing werewolf.
I think we can all learn a bit from someone like Adrian on what it means to create a community. In 9 years 30 weeks, besides his great coding contributions, he's likely made many others feel more comfortable and welcome. At my first DrupalCon, he made me feel as if I was at a party I was invited to, as opposed to feeling as if I'd crashed like a poseur. It wasn't anything major, just a gesture of friendliness and an invitation to join his group, play and chat.
As we attend our local meet-ups, camps and cons, I think it would be good to think of someone like Adrian and invite people to your conversation, welcome them... and to invite them to play our games- and stay for the community.
Photo by Hadsie (cc) attribution, share alike, non commercial