The goal of our Legends program is to recognize the unsung heroes of Marquis and Consonus; the employees who go above and beyond every single day. The employees who make those selfless actions. The employees who commit to making a difference in the lives of those they serve. Employees like Sophia.
Playing music and caring for seniors. Sophia Heater, a CNA at Marquis Marian Estates, has been doing both for most of her life—and it was those two passions that earned her a prestigious Legend award, one of Marquis Companies’ highest honors. Ironically, her story starts back in the 90s, when her great-grandmother was a resident at this very same senior care facility. As a child, Sophia would frequently visit to play piano for her, and that’s when she decided to make a career out of providing care for the elderly.
Years later, soon after becoming a CNA and joining the Marian Estates team, the COVID-19 pandemic struck, and Sophia took it on herself to go beyond her typical duties to bring joy to residents at a time of isolation. On her own time, she volunteered to play piano and sing with them in the dining room, and even brought her own musical instruments in for them to play.
When Sophia learned that John, one of her residents, had played guitar since he was seven and would love to do it again, she reached out to her social media community and asked for help in getting him one of his own. She personally presented him with his new guitar, and the two of them performed an impromptu concert in the dining room.
“Sophia is a CNA, and so much more,” said facility administrator Jennifer Hoffer to the crowd of residents and staff who gathered to surprise her with the Legends award. “She gives life to our residents, and brings them so much joy and love.”
“Thank you for everything,” a resident shouted. “You are loved,” said another. “You’ve got a very warm and wonderful heart,” said a third. “Yeah, she does,” added a fourth.
Sophia was speechless for a few moments, then told them how much she appreciated the honor, and would try her best to live up to it. “I’m really touched,” she said. “This is amazing.”
“You’re amazing!” a resident instantly responded.