Cody and Ashley’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.

“Housing at Quint is great! They understand people’s situations and what they are going through.”

Cody and Ashley had two small children and were expecting their third child when they moved into a 3 bedroom townhouse at Oski Mācipayin in February 2019. Ashley is now a busy stay at home mom with their three children and Cody is employed full time as a roofer.

Cody heard about the Affordable Housing Program through his employment with Quint’s construction social enterprise Build Up Saskatoon (BUS). When he first started with BUS in 2018, Cody and his family were living in a house that was in desperate need of repairs and had heating bills of $800 a month. His brother James, who was also an employee of BUS, told Cody about Quint’s housing as a way to move his family into better and more affordable housing.  

Cody’s support for his own family extends to his Quint neighbours. They describe him as a “great example of a good father, a helpful and supportive friend and neighbour, and a terrific role model for younger Indigenous boys.” Many of Cody and Ashley’s extended family have also lived in Quint housing. Cody’s brother lives in the Oski Mācipayin complex and Ashley’s Kokum is a former tenant. We also get to welcome Ashley’s sister into one of our apartments in May of this year.

After leaving BUS Cody went on to work as a labourer with a local roofing company. This last year, he switched companies and has been promoted from a labourer to a roofer. Last month, Cody let us know he and his family have begun searching for a new home that they can grow in. Although we are very happy for them, we are sad to see them move on.

We want to thank Cody and Ashley for the important role they have played in making Oski a welcoming and vibrant community.

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!