International Holocaust Remembrance Day

“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.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day happens each January to pay tribute to the memory of Holocaust victims. Over this last year, we have seen a rise in targeted racist attacks around the world, and the increasing importance of education on hate crimes like the Holocaust.

Did You Know?

  • During the six years of World War II, over 6 million European Jews from across the continent were persecuted;
  • German Jews were seen as an undesirable group of German society, because they were falsely claimed to have betrayed Germany in World War I and were believed to be responsible for German’s economic misery during the depression of the late 1920’s and early 1930’s;
  • The Nuremberg Laws is the name given to two laws enacted in Nazi Germany in September 1935 that established a basis for racial identification and prompted a fresh wave of spontaneous bans on Jewish participation in German life.

More of these facts on the Holocaust can be found here.


Listen to Eliezer Eizenschmidt’s story, and how he was the only member of his family to survive Auschwitz, a network of concentration and extermination camps constructed in Poland. Click here for the video. 

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!