William’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.

“Fall down 7 times, get up 8”

This has been William’s motto over the past year as he worked hard to pull himself out of his current lifestyle.

William grew up in Île-à-la-Crosse with his father who showed him the importance of having a strong work ethic, getting a good education and the traditional teachings and lifestyle of the land. From a young age, William started working and making a plan for his life to work in the mines on heavy equipment to utilize the skills his dad had taught him.

Sadly, William witnessed 7 of his siblings, who grew up in the city, struggle with substance uses and have severe health concerns as a result. Although he pushed himself to see his strengths through these trying times and to stay on a positive path, things changed direction. William was laid off from work, and a plan to take 3 months off, ended up being 3 years and incarceration. He lost the things that were important to him, his family and having a career.

William did not like where his life was headed. After he was released from jail he was determined to make a new path for himself, which is when he started coming to CNAW and working with Miali.  He was looking for support with his resume, and updating previous safety tickets to get back into underground mining. 

William would access the resource room frequently to search and apply for jobs. What he found was the personal encouragement he received was of equal value to the employment support. “Miali has been a huge help, she is always there even if it is just to chat. She always tells me how good I am doing. When you are actually trying to help yourself, it is a really good feeling when someone recognizes that and shares that with you.”

William was proud when he landed his dream job of working in the mines. He would recommend job seekers looking for work to get support from CNAW. “If it wasn’t for the program I probably wouldn’t be in this situation I am right now. Quint was very helpful. Still to this day I can’t thank them enough.”

William is continuing to make positive strides. He is happy to have his boys back in his custody and to have built a strong relationship with them. As a single father, he wants to be a good role model and show them the importance of working hard, and that if you put your mind to it and work hard, anything is possible.

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!