A Core Neighbourhoods at Work Success Story

“You plant the seed, you may not see the bloom, but you helped plant that seed for their future.” – Laverne

Laverne has been an essential part of Quint since it was created. She is a founding board member of Quint, and one of the reasons the organization has the pulse and impact it does today.

As a lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill and many years of community organizing in the core neighbourhoods,  Laverne’s leadership was an instrumental part of the vision that led to the formation of Quint. As a member of the founding Board, Laverne helped ensure that the foundation of Quint was solid with a clear strategic plan and policies that have shaped the organization as it developed in the early years.

During the winter of 2014, the Core Neighbourhoods at Work program (CNAW) registered Joshua Rozon into our Adult GED program.

Josh was a 20 year old young man at the time, looking to complete his grade twelve equivalency with Quint. He had previously attempted our GED prep program in 2012, but could not complete due to his disability as he suffers from seizures and migraines.

In the past, he was unable to complete his grade twelve due to his condition. He also felt there were many misunderstandings from his teachers and fellow students, which discouraged him from continuing school. He decided to register with Quint because of the ideal class location and size.

Josh had almost perfect attendance in our program, until his condition prevented him from continuing his studies. He was hospitalized during the term, but he was still motivated to try writing his exams. He was able to pass his Social Sciences test.

A few months after the end of the program, Josh decided that he still wanted to pursue further education, and began looking into a local business program with support from his mom, Brenda.

After jumping through many hoops with student loans, bursaries, and scholarships, Josh was very excited about starting classes at Sask Polytechnic. Although he had not completed his grade twelve, or GED, he was accepted into the evening business program and began classes in January 2015.

Josh has expressed his gratitude to CNAW staff for taking him into the GED program last year, stating “I never would’ve thought about going on to further education if I hadn’t enrolled in Quint’s GED program.” We wish Josh all the best in his future studies.

As the organization continued to grow, Laverne’s position evolved into the  Director of Operations but she continued to oversee and guide the affordable housing program. She is also one of our main social function organizers ensuring that we maintain a strong and cohesive staff team/family, something that she prides herself on. She has worked hard to make sure staff feel included, heard and part of the decision making process within the organization.

Laverne also played a large role in organizing Quint’s community events, what she calls “the fun work”. This included launching and planning the annual Our Core Communities Shine events, numerous community BBQ’s, and anniversary celebrations.

Laverne’s impact is throughout all aspects of Quint’s programming and practices. Her legacy will be that of dedication, compassion, and perseverance, always fighting for the good of her community and the people in it. On behalf of the Quint staff, board of directors and the community at large, Laverne we are so thankful for your leadership and vision to bring Quint to reality. Your contributions will continue to transcend the 26 years you have committed to our west side core communities and beyond.

Happy Retirement!