Our very own, Gary Tetz, won a National Silver Award in the Humor category for his "Things I Think" blog and a Gold Award for the Upper Midwest regional awards.
Our Legends & Ambassadors Program honors those Marquis and Consonus staff members who continually enhance the quality of life for residents, family members and employees.
Everyone at Consonus is passionate about what they do. But there are a rare few whose personal commitment goes above and beyond any job description. We call these people Legends.
Legends are living embodiments of the Consonus mission. They encourage the independence, individuality and freedom of our residents. They provide assistance, encouragement and support to residents' families. And they offer support, compassion and respect to fellow staff.
They are volunteers at heart, and they always think of others before themselves. Legends are people who always think, "What else can I do to help?"
Clients, family members and employees are encouraged to nominate those whom they see making a difference.
The Legends program recognizes the everyday heroes of Consonus. Their actions inspire us all to renew our commitment to changing peoples' lives for the better.
Ambassadors are employees who have celebrated a benchmark anniversary of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years. Their length of service alone is a demonstration of trust and commitment, and it symbolizes both an employee’s character and our company's culture. These degrees of experience also give employees invaluable insight into their particular work environments.
Our ambassadors share these insights and become part of the larger decision making processes that further Consonus’s mission and values. In this way, they are encouraged to become leaders and impassioned spokespeople for our company’s policies and culture.
This year Judy Bennett, one of our therapists, was recognized as an ambassador and attended our annual retreat. Judy actually had left to go to another company, only to discover that the culture and genuine caring at Consonus doesn’t happen just anywhere.
People stay with Consonus because it’s like an extended family. If you’re going to work 14 hours a day like Judy, you want to like what you do and who you do it with. We make sure that all employees feel valued, and the Ambassadors is one way to reinforce this point. For Judy, the retreat helped her accurately convey this message back to her team and the people she interviews. This in turn gives them a better sense of where we have been and where we are going. Ultimately, becoming an Ambassador reinforced the fact that Judy made the right decision by returning home to Consonus.