February’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.

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February 1995 saw the result of two months of organizing and ‘spreading the word’ culminate into a community workshop.

Officials with New Careers Corporation and the Department of Social Services secured funds to cover costs for Mike Lewis, a Community Economic Development consultant from British Columbia, to facilitate the community workshop.

The gathering brought approximately 120 people together for Friday night and all-day Saturday information and visioning sessions. People attending were extremely excited about the prospects of beginning a CED organization in Saskatoon’s core neighbourhoods. So much so, that the facilitator offered to take us through the next steps with those who were interested in getting together the next morning before his flight home.

Approximately two dozen people came together that Sunday morning to begin the work. One community resident identified that he was so excited he had thought about it most of the night. He suggested that since we were the five core neighbourhoods coming together for this initiative we should call ourselves Quint (Latin for five).

With that great community-driven start, work on incorporating the non-profit community economic development organization began in earnest….

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!