This summer we had the pleasure of welcoming Emily H back to the team. Emily holds the distinction of being Well.ca’s first ever employee, and things have changed quite a bit since she first worked with Ali three years ago! We’re really sad to see her go but before she left we wanted to know what it’s been like working at Well.ca this summer compared to the very beginning.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am originally from Kingston Ontario, and I came to Guelph to go to school about 8 years ago. After I finished my degree, I started working with Ali’s dad at Norfolk Pharmacy. One day he mentioned that Ali was thinking of starting his own online health care store, and before I knew it Well.ca had begun!
You were the first employee that our CEO Ali ever hired. What was it like working at Well.ca in the very beginning?
In the very beginning Well.ca was much more basic. I would add products to the website, answer the phones, process the orders, package the orders and finally walk over to Canada Post with big bags full of packages! It was exciting being a part of such a new company and watching it grow.
Well.ca has grown a lot since you first worked here. What has it been like coming back for the summer?
It has been an amazing experience coming back to work at Well.ca. I can’t believe how fast the company has expanded from one or two people, to a staff of more than 20! What amazes me most is that it still feels like a family business. Everyone genuinely cares about each other, and about what they are doing.
Is there a particular moment that sticks out in your mind?
There have been many wonderful moments that have truly defined the unique culture at Well.ca for me. I don’t think I could pick just one! Every day I see the Well.ca team going out of their way to help a person in need, be it a customer or a colleague. There is a real sense of community here.
Bye Emily, we’re going to miss you! Do you promise to come visit us when you’re back in Guelph?
Absolutely! It has been fantastic working at Well.ca and I am going to miss every minute!!