There is nothing more important than a warm welcome when entering a new workplace. And those places also ought to be fun. Geoff, you welcomed our new team members with open arms. And when I first spotted your extensive collection of superhero action figures, I knew you would help to make it a fun place to work.
I only own two action figures: Woody from Toy Story, which I rescued at some school flea market fundraiser, and Jesus Christ, a figure I purchased from Freak Lunchbox on Barrington Street. Jesus moves on rollers hidden beneath his robe and he has articulating arms. I was always tempted to slide Jesus in among your collection during Easter, because, after all, Jesus is the greatest action figure of all time. Right? Right?
Anyway, I never did – mostly because I’m pretty sure government has an HR policy somewhere against this sort of high jinx.
Geoff, you are always, always, pleasant. And polite. And genuinely happy. You see the bright side of life and you point it out to others whenever things feel low. All meetings are better with you in the room. And, of course, you can be counted on to speak up for others who are not at the meeting. You’re a true champion for online accessibility. You spot then knock down barriers. Pow! Wham-o! Ka-boom! You should have a cape!
Geoff, upon my retirement, I bequeath to you my print called “My Backyard is Better”, which I purchased at a gallery show at NSCAD shortly after arriving at CNS. It is still in its cellophane wrapper. You see the better side of things. You have a terrific outlook. And you are a real-life superhero. Government’s new website will be better for all citizens because of your efforts.