January’s Milestone to Commemorate Quint’s 20th Anniversary

“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.

The Start of A Dream

In December 1994 the Presidents of the west-side core neighbourhoods were invited by members of the Employment and Income Committee of the Poverty Reduction Action Group to attend an information session on Community Economic Development. 

The information session was held at St. Thomas Wesley United Church with the late Harold Baker (Professor at the University of Saskatchewan) and Paul Wilkinson (Ministry of Social Services). Mr. Baker presented information on Community Economic Development, while Mr. Wilkinson talked about his visit to an organization, New Dawn Enterprises, which was doing work such as what Mr. Baker had talked about, on Cape Breton Island.

The presidents acknowledged that we, as individual associations and sometimes in partnership with each other, were dealing with and working on many of the things that had been presented, but we were not well coordinated. Everyone was excited to recognize that this could be our next logical step in helping our communities grow and become stronger.

We wanted others in our communities to hear about this and to receive more feedback. We left buoyed by plans to meet in the New Year to move forward. We gathered again in January 1995 and began to organize a west-side core neighbourhood ‘Community Forum’.

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!