Not everyone appreciates their managers.
But a Dairy Queen owner from Ontario, Canada recently received a heartwarming letter from a former employee that brought her tears.
Nabiha Islam, now a doctor, sent former owner and manager Yvonne Lavasidis a short but sweet note thanking her for her support during her difficult coursework.
“Dear Yvonne, Well, I’m a doctor now! It’s taken me a long time, I know, to come back around to Dairy Queen but I have thought of you and your kindness often,” the note reads, according to ABC News after receiving a copy from Lavasidis.
“You are an incredible boss and an even better human being. Thank you for supporting and encouraging me, for BBQing halal chicken for me, and allowing me to study for my MCAT’s in the back when no customers were around. Much love, Nabiha.”
— BuzzFeed Canada (@BuzzFeedCanada) September 25, 2014
Islam worked for Lavasidis for about two years almost three years ago, according to ABC.
“Obviously I was so very touched,” Lavasidis, 42, told ABC News. “I was in tears when I read the note for the first time, and every time I read it, it still brings tears to my eyes.”
Lavasidis also remembers her former employee as “bright” and “one of those kids that you know will be exceptional and find success.” She now takes pride in allowing younger workers a flexible yet supportive work environment.
“I have so many young successful kids. I have one who’s a nurse at the local hospital, but she’ll take the occasional shift just for the fun of it, if you can believe that. It’s just a nice atmosphere for working.”
Although this note was intended to be private, Lavasidis’ husband posted a picture of the letter online and social media has caught on quickly. The Dairy Queen Twitter account has since retweeted multiple recounts of the story.
“It’s so lovely for me because really it was just a note between two people,” Lavasidis told ABC. “Everyone’s response and reaction to it is very nice to see.”