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By Darryl Stewart

Hugs in a Box

Yesterday one of our most effervescent, amazing, energetic and entertaining customers was not her usual self, not at all.  She was down, way down.

Susan Turner, Culture Queen and Payroll Specialist, noticed our customer was in need of hugs and alerted the whole Alpine Crew.  It was time for an ibexseed!

The Alpine Crew met and with leadership from Raissa and help from Jill,  we put together  “Hugs in a Box”.

Recipe for Hugs in a Box

  • a poem (see below).
  • a personal note from Alpine Crew.
  • a teddy bear.
  • a bunch of Hershey’s hugs in an IBEX mug.

We sent it all out by courier and we hope that in some small way we brightened her day.

The Power of a (((Hug)))

There’s something in a simple hug

That always warms the heart;

It welcomes us back home

And makes it easier to part.

A hug’s the way to share the joy

And sad times we go through,

Or just a way for friends to say

They like you ‘cuz you’re you.

Hugs are meant for anyone

For whom we really care-

From your grandma to your neighbor,

Or a cuddly teddy bear.

A hug is an amazing thing–

It’s just the perfect way

To show the love we’re feeling

But can’t find the words to say.

It’s funny how a little hug

Makes everyone feel good;

In every place and language,

It’s always understood.

And hugs don’t need equipment,

Special batteries, or parts–

Just open up your arms

And open up your hearts.

~Jill Wolf~

IBEX Payroll extends our profound respect and immeasurable gratitude to all the ancestors and keepers of the land on whose traditional territories our work takes place. We acknowledge that we are on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional gathering place of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene people and the traditional homeland of the Métis people. This land is sacred, historical, and significant. 

Every time we acknowledge this truth, we have an invitation and an opportunity to reflect on the wrongs of the past, what we do in the present, and what we can do to continually honour the people whose lands and water we benefit from today. 

This statement only acts as a first step in honouring the land we reside on and its peoples, and must be paired with education, understanding and informed action.