Kohkums in Toyland is about Spirit

“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.

Kohkums in Toyland is about spirit. Christmas spirit for sure. But really the story is about that spirit where generosity, sharing, and giving come from.

Curtis Peeteetuce’s story about how we act and react in our lives is all about spirit. And the cast and crew, including Curtis, in last night’s presentation for our community at Station 20 West were wonderful examples of spirit. And honesty. Not only in their excellent performances but in how their own spirits came through in their storytelling.

About 120 people from our community shared a wonderful time together — both by coming together to the performance and in the sharing of the fabulous treats prepared by Pam Woodsworth in the Boxcar Café. Again, yet another an act of kind spirit and generosity by Pam for our community.

Pam and Curtis are wonderful examples in our community of nīkānīwin — leadership. Kinanaskomitinawaw (thank you all).

If you haven’t yet seen Kohkums in Toyland, you still have a chance when the Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre gets back from their tour that starts today in First Nation communities across the province, when they are at the Broadway Theatre.

For tickets for the presentations of Kohkums in Toyland at The Broadway Theatre — running for four nights only Dec 14 – 17 — get your tickets online at http://bit.ly/2fFLD4j or by phone at 306.652.6556

Merry Christmas from Quint Development Corporation!

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!