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.