Candidates Respond to Addressing Poverty in the Core Neighbourhoods

“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.

The civic election is Monday, November 9th.

Our City plays a critical role in keeping the community and its residents healthy. Voting in a civic election is your way of choosing which person running for Council and for Mayor will represent your voice when making decisions. 

We reached out to all Mayoral candidates and Ward 2 Candidates, the ward that represents the west side core, to inform residents on candidate priorities for these neighbourhoods in the area of poverty reduction.

We asked all mayoral candidates and ward 2 candidates their response to this question: 
What do you see the City’s role is in addressing issues of poverty?

Mayoral Candidate Responses

Don Atchison (no response)

Charlie Clark – Click here for response

Rob Norris (no response)

Cary Tarasoff – Click here for response

Mark Zielke – Click here for response

 Ward 2 Candidate Responses

 Hilary Gough – Click here for response

Rosalia Kasleder (no response)

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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!