Welcome to our New Mayor, Charlie Clark

“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.

Welcome to our New Mayor, Charlie Clark

About Charlie

As the Ward 6 councillor for the past decade, I have immersed myself in the life of Saskatoon and learned what makes our city thrive but also where we can fall short. In this role I have also been part of nation-wide conversations about the increasingly important role that cities are playing as engines of innovation and ensuring quality of life for all citizens.

I am convinced of Saskatoon’s potential to be more than it is now, and have worked hard to bring new ideas and approaches from other cities, to Saskatoon. You can read more about my record for change here.

Before becoming a City Councillor, much of my professional work was in the area of mediation and community economic development. Knowing how to find common ground among people with diverse interests and perspectives is critical if we want to succeed as a diverse and inclusive modern city. I am proud of being part of initiatives that did this well, giving us successes that include: Broadway 360 Development Plan, New Neighbourhood Infill Guidelines, the Active Transportation Plan, and Plan to End Homelessness.

I have received Planet S Magazine‘s City Councillor of the Year award for all but one of the years I was a councillor. I was also recognized in Spacing Magazine, the national urban planning magazine, as a city builder in 2013. I have presented nationally at conferences on affordable housing, urban development, and policing and community safety issues.

I am also busy raising a young family with my wife, Sarah Buhler, who is a law professor at the University of Saskatchewan.

 

My education and experience includes:

– B.A. in Conflict Resolution from University of Winnipeg and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

– Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of Toronto.

– M.A. in Environmental Studies from York University, training me in the fields of planning, local government, and community capacity building.

 

Information source: http://www.charlieclarkformayor.ca/about

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!