Community First/Working for Women Scholarship

“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.

Applications are invited for a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded in 2015 to a woman who wishes to make herself more employable through education.

The scholarship:

  • Is open to women* 18 years old and over, from Saskatoon and area
  • May be applied to any type of study to increase employability 
  • Assists women in financial need with tuition costs, books and supplies, and/or education-related costs such as child care, transportation, etc.

To apply, please provide the following in writing:

(Please make your answers as complete as possible, to make certain the selection committee has a strong idea of your commitment and the challenges you face.)

1) Your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.
2) What are your long-range employment goals? 
3) What barriers do you face?
4) What steps have you taken toward your employment goals? 
5) How would this scholarship assist you in meeting your goals?
6) What other financial resources do you have that may help in your education?
7) The names and contact information of two references.

Send your application by mail, e-mail, or fax to:

Community First – Working for Women Scholarship
c/o Quint Development Corporation
205, 1120 – 20th Street West,
Saskatoon, SK  S7M 0Y8

Fax: 306-683-1957

Applications must be received by Community First by May 31, 2015

  • Applications will be reviewed by a community-based selection committee.
  • Preference will be given to candidates for whom $1,000 will make a significant difference.

The successful candidate will be contacted by June 30, 2015.

* As per Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission Section 48, Reasonable and Justifiable Measures:

Reasonable and justifiable measures are actions, policies or decisions that take a prohibited ground of discrimination into account in order to reduce disadvantages experienced because of that ground. Such measures may apply to members of one or more equity groups.

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!