Ontario College of Teachers
Marion Raycheba is the kind of consultant you call
when you have a crisis or a problem or have hit a brick wall. She has an
uncanny ability to find out what the problem really is. She comes back with
solutions acceptable to all parties, lays out the options, then implements. The
bottom line? Marion makes you look good. Isnt that what you hire a
consultant for? Marion also has a talent for training. She pinpoints
the training needs, the specific tools, and the educational methodology. She
puts the trainee in through the bottom, builds on self-esteem and talents, and
comes through at the top. She focusses on the skills needed to deal with the
worst case scenario.
Private Health Care
Hoffmann-La Roche Limited
I love working with Marion for many reasons.
Marions dedication to the success of the
project is complete. Her positive attitude towards work and her high work
ethics are also remarkable. She takes a leadership role in providing inputs
into the communication strategy, and she demonstrates an ability to suggest
very creative approaches to telling our success stories in ways that
will increase the value of the original communications plan.
Marions ability to do research on complex
issues like new products development in a pharmaceutical company is very
impressive. Then she produces communications pieces that are dynamic, simple
to understand, and fun to read. Marion is also just a very nice
person who makes you enjoy every minute that you spend with her. Her warm
personality has gained her access to people who are often difficult to see.
I enjoy every minute of our work together.
Professor Emeritus, The
Joseph L. Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto
"Marion and I worked on my memoirs for the better part of
a year. She impressed me from our first interview. We were supposed to
decide whether we could work together but that couldn't happen until she had
ascertained I was not quite the right-wing fascist she had heard I was. After
we got over that hurdle, she agreed to try to humanize my work and we got right
down to it.
"Marion wasn't exactly a slave driver, but she didn't
waste any time getting me busy on things like finding dates I couldn't
remember. The result of her efforts is an eminently more readable and,
therefore, publishable volume.
"I am extremely grateful to Marion for her contributions
to Rebel Without a Pause: Memoirs of a Canadian Maverick. They made my
own efforts much more worthwhile."
Marion E. Raycheba, President, Choice
Words International Inc., is a delight to work with. She is sensitive to her
clients needs and can be relied upon to carry a project, or projects,
through to a satisfactory conclusion. Her depth of experience in the
business world and the communications field provides a positive and stabilizing
influence when the job gets tough.
Marions experience and
professionalism are without doubt the reason why our projects have been so
successful. And her sense of humour is a bonus that has helped to
lighten many a long and busy day.
Patrick Daly, FICB
"From my previous business engagements in the
financial services and telecommunications industries, I can say without
reservation that I have enjoyed working with Marion.
"Marion is personable and helpful. She is
pro-active and is an excellent coach who understands my business and
information needs. When we meet for the initial briefing she asks the right
questions, offers suggestions and alternatives, and gives guidance. She
creates easy-to-understand informative and entertaining word pictures to
explain complex and highly technical issues.
"I'm very pleased with Marion's approach and
fast response to customer service. She's easy to talk to and easy to do
business with. It's a pleasure to work with her."
Lesley Davidson Ive seen
Marion in action both as a volunteer and as a communications professional, and
Ive worked with her in both roles, too. She is always 100 per cent
reliable, tremendously well-organized, very intelligent, helpful, thoughtful,
committed, customer-focussed, and service-oriented. She is a skilled
presenter who comes well prepared. On top of all that, she is friendly and
& General Manager
Joanne De Laurentiis
Credit Union Central of Canada
Marion Raycheba is an excellent writer, thorough,
creative, and attentive to her clients. She ensures she understands what
the client really wants and needs and then delivers on time.
Roy Productions Inc.
"I've had the pleasure and privilege of knowing and working
with Marion for a number of years, and I can honestly say I'm a better person
for it. To me, she is the essence of grace, warmth, and professionalism.
She's the kind of person I would love to see run for public office, and
although she hasn't followed up on my suggestion, she does devote a tremendous
amount of time and energy to volunteer work.
"I've been Marion's client and she's been my client, and at
all times she's been completely professional, thoroughly prepared, and really,
really good to work with. When Marion's on the case, you couldn't be on more
solid ground. Give her a challenge to meet, and she'll surpass it. She
makes problems go away, and she makes you look great in front of your clients.
I very much look forward to my next project with Marion."
Alzheimer Association of Ontario
When you meet Marion E. Raycheba, you cant
help but be impressed. I was. That was more than 20 years ago.
I first knew Marion as a community-minded volunteer
with the Epilepsy Association, Metro Toronto. It was obvious to all of us that
she had the leadership qualities that quickly gained her a position on
the Board of Directors. Again, her strength and commitment catapulted
her to Board President in short order, where she remained for several years
until her term was complete.
The qualities that stood out then stand out today:
reliability, a sense of humour, attention to detail, punctuality, initiative, a
keen intellect, world interests, a passion for knowledge, and a vocabulary and
understanding of the English language that is quite extraordinary. You do not
want to challenge Marion to a game of Scrabble. Marion has been a
delight to know and work with as a colleague and as a friend. Some might even
say shes an unforgettable character.
Liz and Rod Nash
& Nash Limited
Advertising and Design
We worked with Marion on a sizable
resource directory in English and French. She wrote the English version and
handled the project management. She kept track of all the inevitable changes
and updates from multiple sourcesa potential minefield in this electronic
age. Her disciplined and structured approach kept the project on track.
Her cheerful professionalism and aplomb kept us all sane and enjoying the
process. Marion is very deft with language, finding just the right
turn of phrase and tone. At the book launch, her remarks were gracious and
entertaining. Id do it all again in a minute as along as Marion was
Salman A. Nensi Marion is one of the most
organized and professional people I have ever had the pleasure to work with.
She does what she promises, does it brilliantly, and delivers it on
time. Could one ask for more from a colleague?
The Omikron Group Inc.
Laurie H. Pawlitza, B.A., LL.B., LL.D. (Hon)
Torkin Manes LLP
Treasurer (President), 2010-2012, Law Society of Upper
Chair, Federation of Law Societies of Canada Canadian Common Law
Program Approval Committee
Ontario Representative, Federation of Law
Societies of Canada Council
Executive, Council of the Commonwealth
Peer Recognized in L'Expert and Best Lawyers in
Canada as a Specialist in Family Law
When I stood for election as a Bencher of The
Law Society of Upper Canada, Marion helped me write my campaign statement. It's
tough to write because of the conventions and expectations that come with the
territory. But Marion has a talent for taking something dull and making it
shine. Several people told me it was the best written piece they've ever
seen in an LSUC Bencher Election Guide.
I like working with Marion
because she listens carefully and asks the right questions. She understands the
need to pitch to different audiences. She's respectful, even when I don't
deserve it. She calms me when I'm anxious and gives me confidence that the
deadline will be met. (It always is.) And she's fun, too. We enjoy whatever
Pam Philp, Mary MacDonald (President),
Linda Burnett, Cathy Comeau, and Janet Finlay Marion works miracles. She
has an excellent work ethic. She comes through very well within short time
frames and tight deadlines. She has a superior ability to grasp the situation
and provide innovative solutions. She is committed and enthusiastic. In
fact, we agree, Marion is brilliant!
Advantage Rehabilitation Inc.
Linda J. Routledge
Consumer & Commercial Affairs
Canadian Bankers Association
Ive worked with Marion for many years on a
wide range of communications projects. The most demanding was developing,
producing, and distributing Access: Financial Facts, News, and
Information. Throughout the nine years we collaborated on this educational
newsletter, and throughout all the other projects, Marion was consistently
well-organized, efficient, conscientious, creative, and reliable. She always
gave a high level of service. Marion always acts in the best
interests of the client. She is a true professional.
Jack Steiner Graphic
I worked with Marion in the Canadian book publishing
industry before she started her own company. From the beginning, she was
professional and good-humoured. In fact, those two words say almost everything
about her as far as Im concerned. Shes always been a pleasure to
Ive always been impressed by Marions
ability to synthesize pertinent information on projects and to keep things in
focus. Shes very well-organized and fair to everyone involved. She keeps
clients and suppliers apprised of issues and schedules. In fact, I use her
memos as models for my client reports. Shes also very fair, prompt, and
reliable in financial arrangements I always look forward to our
meetings. Theyre a treat. She brings an easy rapport. Shes always
thoroughly prepared. There are never any questions about what were
going to do or how or when.
Partner, Quasarts Inc.
and The Caregiving Consortium
Marion Raycheba is marvellous to work with. She
grasps concepts immediately, is full of ideas, solution-driven, extremely
well-organized, methodical, accessible, and business-like, yet cheerful. She
has great networking skills, returns messages promptly, and runs very tight
meetings. She has unimpeachable business ethics and a strong sense of
social justice. And she is a loyal friend.
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Marion E. Raycheba is both a valued colleague and
client for me. As a freelance translator of her texts for a publication issued
by a common customer during almost nine years, I enjoyed her lively and witty
style as well as her diligence in answering my questions. She even anticipated
my queries by sending me background documents and information with her
I also worked recently with Marion as a contract
resource on another long-term project. There I got to know her behind the
scenes and saw how organized, hard-working, and service-minded she is for
her customers. She always strives to offer the most and the best to her
clientele. Working with and for Marion is every translators
dream. Her cheerful spirits and unflagging enthusiasm also make it a most
pleasant personal experience.
Partner, Quasarts Inc.
and The Caregiving Consortium
Marion Raycheba is part of whats becoming a
rare breed: someone you can count on. She never just says shes going to
do something; she does it and she does it well. Not to mention the fact that
she gets it done in no time flat. No half measures, no false
Never at a loss for words, when Marion says
something, she means it. Honest, supportive, and loyal. Qualities I not only
admire but respect as well. And Marion has them in spades. In a
nutshell, Marion is a formidable ally. So, when it comes to picking sides, I
want Marion Raycheba on my team.