Companies succeed because of great employees and at Interac, we know we wouldn’t be where we are today without the contributions made by each member of our team. This is why Employee Appreciation Week has become an annual Interac tradition. Though we hope our employees feel appreciated all year round, Employee Appreciation Week offers an opportunity for our leadership team to say ‘thank you’ for their tireless efforts ensuring our platforms, products, and services continue to operate smoothly for Canadians.
In years past, Employee Appreciation Week has involved in–person celebrations complete with tasty treats from local food trucks and ice cream sundae bars, friendly competition, and a lot of laughs. This year, as COVID-19 has kept us apart, our employee-led Social Committee had to think outside the box to bring Employee Appreciation Week to life.
Taking into consideration the dedication and resilience our employees have shown during these difficult times, as well as the impact COVID-19 has had on local small businesses, we decided to partner with Toronto vendors to create experiential packages that our staff could enjoy at home. Each employee was able to select the experience of their liking, which was then delivered to their doorstep.
These gifts – which ranged from self-care kits to an at-home beer tour – not only allowed us to show gratitude to our employees but also invest in supporting small businesses during the pandemic. Below are some highlights from Employee Appreciation Week along with an overview of the local businesses we were pleased to partner with.
A local Toronto craft brewery that was founded in 1986. They pride themselves on putting as much craft and care into their beer, as all the things that happen around it. Fun fact? Amsterdam Brewery also has a restaurant in Toronto located right on Queens Quay! Learn more about Amsterdam Brewery here.
Cup of Te
Cup of Te was founded in 2018 by Taylor Lindsay-Noel who was determined to overcome a life-defining situation that left her paralyzed from the neck down and wheelchair-bound for life. She launched Cup of Te with the intention of offering the world’s finest loose–leaf organic teas at fair prices and has received recognition globally for the quality of her products and services. Learn more about Taylor and her business here.
Good Cheese is a full-service cheese shop and wine bar located in the heart of Chinatown. Their collection of artisanal cheeses arrive fresh weekly and are selected from across the world. Learn more about Good Cheese here.
Highland Creek MedSpa
Founded in 2011, Highland Creek MedSpa strives to offer high-quality products and services for guests looking to get away and unwind. They offer a variety of different services and packages and appointments can be booked online. Learn more about them here.
The Candy Bar Toronto
The Candy Bar Toronto was launched in 2012 and is known as the #1 place for chocoholics and candy lovers. They sell over 200 varieties of candy for those with a sweet tooth and are located just north of Trinity Bellwoods. Learn more about The Candy Bar and their sweet collection here.