Tropical Day brightens winter workdays

The entrance to  Infrastructure, Properties and Planning on Tropical Day.

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When Joe Remillard, manager for customer service and communications, suggested that the staff in Infrastructure, Properties and Planning hold a Tropical Day to draw attention away from recent dreary winter days, he did not expect the impromptu event would be an instant success.

But the committee that coordinates the IPP department’s newsletter for staff, “The Steward,”  took on the challenge of organizing the event, announcing it a couple of weeks ago.

By coincidence, the outdoor temperatures on Tropical Day – Feb. 23 – were in the 70s. So Tropical Day became a celebration of the return of good weather: staff dressed in costumes, decorated their offices and workspaces, and brought in food and games. They visited each other’s workplaces and voted on the best-decorated office – and shared in a temporary, tropical reprieve from the grey days that have dominated the past few weeks.