Gordie’s Success 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 got a job and that is what it is all about!”

Gordie was used to walking onto a job site and handing in his resume directly to the employer to get the jobs he wanted. However, when he finished his last janitorial position he knew he was going to have to switch up his job searching methods because many companies had switched their recruitment processes to an online platform.

He started accessing a public computer lab but quickly realized he was not going to be able to navigate the job search process on his own, and that he needed support. Simply getting logged onto a computer was not enough, he was not sure how to scan job sites, send his resume to employers or fill out online applications. That is when his friend told him about the Core Neighbourhoods at Work (CNAW) program at Quint. 

The CNAW program takes a relationship building approach and commits to seeing individuals meet their goals. Through one-on-one support with an Employment Coordinator, Angel, Gordie identified his struggles with computers and they worked together to create a plan that would develop his digital literacy. Gordie was committed to developing these skills and visited the resource room frequently to practice. He is now able to independently job search, update and email his resume to employers.

“I appreciate how patient and available Angel was with me.  No matter how many times I asked the same question she always answered it with patience and kindness. Working with Angel has opened up a whole range of opportunities for me.” These opportunities include being connected to the YWCA to further enhance his computer skills, to Saskatchewan Polytechnic about a computer-programming course, and within Quint to Kayla, who in her employer relations role works with employers to create direct job opportunities for CNAW participants.

Kayla was able to connect Gordie directly to an employer where he gained employment with a local commercial cleaning company. “Quint has other ways and means of communicating and connecting with people and as a result I ended up with a job.” What was originally a temporary position, has been extended into other contracts with the company and he is thankful to be able to pay his bills again.

“The program was very helpful because now I have a job and earning some money and I am back in the workforce.”

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!