Shae’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 like Pleasant Hill Place because I get to be with my daughter Emmalyn”

Shae’s motivation, and favourite part about living at PHP is having her daughter back in her care. Emmalyn was over the moon about moving into PHP because it meant that she could be with her mom and not just for a visit.

Something that has brought Shae a lot of happiness is learning how to communicate and play with her daughter. The two have been able to reconnect and strengthen their bond through playtime and daily activities. Shae is very creative and likes to bead, paint and create things. This love for art has been passed down to Emmalyn. The two of them sit together and create jewelry and art work that is proudly displayed in their bedroom and on the house fridge.

Shae recognized that she needed to work on life skills and required mentorship in different areas of her life. Since moving into PHP, she has participated in virtual parenting classes and other personal development programing. One of Shae’s major accomplishments is maintaining her sobriety which she actively pursues by attending meetings. She has also been able to create a network of community supports that include different community agencies, a Mental Health Nurse, and a counselor. All these supports will be able to stay in touch with her after she transitions into her own home.

During her stay at PHP, Shae has learned how to communicate openly and effectively with the ability to express not only her own needs but those of her child. She has been able to learn parenting skills that she will be able to use for years to come.

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!