His fellow employees wrote about Tallis: "Gordon is the facilities’ glue. He works hard, stays late or does two shifts when others don’t come to work. He seems to be everywhere. He is funny, dependable and wise. He is like a “mother hen” when it comes to the cleanliness of our work environment and he makes sure not to interrupt students in their classrooms. His motivation seems to come from within. He is certainly deserving of this award."