Including Skill Building as Part of your Job Search

“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.

How about this for an attention grabber….FREE training!  Do you know it is out there and how to access it?  

One positive trend that we have noticed throughout 2020 and that has continued into 2021, are the training opportunities available virtually. Take advantage of these!  

Skill building provides recent experiences you can highlight on your resume or in an interview, and it diversifies your current abilities. We have listed a few options for free training below as a starting point, but do not let that stop you from looking for other opportunities!  

Some Examples of Free Training Opportunities  

Trinity Safety & Training has multiple free safety trainings that are as short as 15 minutes, and as long as 60 minutes. Trainings Include: 

  • Wire Rope Rigging Inspection and Replacement
  • Aerial Boom & Scissor Lift Pre- Shift Inspections.
  • Crane and Hoist Hand Signals.
  • Occupational Health And Safety Awareness for Supervisors in 5 Steps
  • Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 steps  

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety is another site that offers free online health and safety education. Trainings Include:  

  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Violence in the Workplace
  • Pandemic Planning
  • WHMIS* (listed as a $10.00 course, but it is actually free! Later on in the registration process it explains that.)  

Alberta Construction Safety Association is offering free Construction Safety Training Systems! This is a longer course that you can expect to take a few hours. 

ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership provides a variety of free webinars, workshops and handouts in the areas of leadership, and workplace performance. Topics include:

  • Mental Health
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Stress Management
  • And many more! 

Get Started Today!  

Quint’s Core Neighbourhoods at Work program offers support to access these trainings and will help seek out other opportunities related to your employment goal.  

Contact us today: 306 978 4041 


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!