Walter’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 love the feeling when I finish a project. I really enjoyed our last garage build because we were involved with everything from the ground up and it turned out awesome.” – Walter

Originally trained in autobody work, Walter was looking for a job in that industry and was having trouble finding one, “that feeling of being out of a job and looking for one…I didn’t like that feeling.”

Walter joined us at Build Up and has been working with us on a variety of different projects. He notes that these projects have given him many opportunities to learn from our program supervisors and that the skills that he is learning are always “the right way to do things”.

Outside of work, Walter is a dedicated dad with three small children. He is also an artist who enjoys drawing wolves, although he laughs that his children usually request drawings of cartoon characters instead.

Regular employment with Build Up has been a positive development for Walter and his family. We are pleased to help Walter build the skills and experience needed for a long career in construction, an industry that he intends to stick with.

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!