“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.
Laverne’s role evolved into the first Housing Coordinator position in 1997 where she supported the pilot co-operative Neighbourhood Home Ownership program (NHOP). She was the driving force in making that housing initiative successful and this gave Quint a great deal of credibility. Laverne’s motto has always been that housing is about more than four walls approach to housing people. “It was not just about buying homes, but connections and seeing people grow.” In 2002, Quint won the Canada Mortgage and Housing Association national award for Innovative and Affordable Housing, for the Neighbourhood Home Ownership program.
Once Quint purchased our first apartment building, Laverne’s role transformed into managing the Affordable Housing program in addition to being the assistant manager of Quint since 2003. Through these dual titles, she has played a key role in the development and management of all of the affordable rental housing, as well as the transitional homes, Pleasant Hill Place and the Male Youth Lodge.
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.