Adam’s Story

“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.

I’m 24. Eight months ago, I got my first job.

I graduated from high school in 2013. However, I didn’t look for a job for many years because I worried that a workplace would be like high school, which had some very bad days.

My mom made my first appointment at Quint because I was too nervous to do it. It was hard to talk to people in general, including the staff at Quint. However, I did talk to Alethea, an Employment Coordinator with the Core Neighbourhoods at Work program. Alethea was kind and very helpful as I figured out what I was going to do to find a job.

Quint helped me register for several workshops to learn about rules and responsibilities in a workplace, chemical safety, and Food Safe. Because I didn’t have work experience, Alethea encouraged me to volunteer. These experiences helped me get my job because people have now seen how I work and could offer a reference. I’m a worker who focuses well on what I have to do. Without my volunteering, few people would have known that about me. It’s great that so many people see that in me now.

I decided that TJ’s Pizza would be a great place to work. I prepared a resume and walked in to introduce myself. Two days later, they called me back for an interview. I went to Quint on the morning of my interview to get some advice. My regular employment coordinator was away but Miali sat down with me to discuss interviews and have a practice interview together. During my interview at TJ’s, I felt prepared and nothing was a surprise. They asked if I could start later that week. I was hired!

Since working at TJ’s, I am more social and I have learnt many new skills. My job is rewarding and I have made some friends at my workplace. My coworkers are nice and I feel excited when I go to work.

I still drop in to Quint to give the staff updates on my life. I see the people at Quint as people who care about me because they are so happy for me when good things happen.”

   Adam, CNAW participant

 

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!