Celebrating Success: Miali Rakotondravah

“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.

We would like to take the opportunity to recognize Miali’s contributions to our community and our organization, and we are pleased and look forward to continue working with you both as a tenant and a co-worker! Congratulations on all your successes!

Miali moved into Quint’s Affordable Housing Program in October 2011. When she came to us, she had recently arrived from Kenya and was expecting her 2nd child. Her husband was living and working in Ontario and she was looking for housing so they could start a new life in Saskatoon. 

During the time Miali has lived with us, she found a job at Keyano Oma Early Learning Centre in St. Mary’s Education & Wellness Centre as a daycare worker where her children, Andy and Nathan, attended. During this time she began her studies in Early Childhood Education. 

After being employed with Keyano Oma for 2 years, she applied for the administrative assistant position with Quint and began working with us in September of 2014. In January of this year, she again decided to expand her education and is currently taking the Occupational Health and Safety course through Sask Polytechnic.

As an Affordable Housing Program resident, Miali, and her family, have participated in several tenant association functions, such as BBQ’s, potlucks and meetings. Miali has faced challenges with language but, as in all her activities, she rolls up her sleeves and gets the job done. Miali has proven to be a great asset to the Quint team. All of her work is completed with attention to detail and in a timely fashion. She understands what needs to get done for the office to run efficiently by taking initiative and not waiting to be asked. We enjoy Miali sharing the learnings of her culture, her experiences and her life stories. She always has a smile on her face and a positive, friendly attitude. 

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!