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New face leading PPUW

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

New Portage Plains United Way executive director Pamela Lotun officially took over the role October 6. Outgoing ed Mandy Dubois (left) will remain on to help until the end of the campaign. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

New Portage Plains United Way executive director Pamela Lotun officially took over the role October 6. Outgoing ed Mandy Dubois (left) will remain on to help until the end of the campaign. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

There's a new face leading the Portage Plains United Way (PPUW).

Portage resident Pamela Lotun has officially stepped in as executive director at PPUW Monday as outgoing ed Mandy Dubois gets set to pursue a new path in the coming year.

“I became familiar with United Way through the workplace donations that we did at Stride Credit Union (SCU),” says Lotun. “I decided to apply for the position because it's something totally different than what I was doing. I'll be organizing and hosting events, and for me, it really seemed like my dream job.”

Lotun worked at SCU for six years in various roles. She started off as a teller and worked her way up to special projects analyst prior to her departure. She feels because she's comfortable when up against deadlines, and great at working in a high paced environment, she'll be able to jump right into the position and help out.

“The main focus for the next couple of months is making that campaign goal,” says Dubois, who plans to stick around until the end of the run to help Lotun get settled in. “No matter what changes happen in the office our focus is still on the $242,000 that we need to raise.”

Lotun says they're sitting around the 30 per cent mark of PPUW's goal, but Dubois says that's not a low number, and it's actually standard for this time of year. They both want to remind the public that Stride Credit Union will be matching new donors up to $10,000, but PPUW only receives the money if the new donor program reaches that sum.

Tax receipts are available for any size donation. Get in touch with Lotun at the PPUW to donate, or visit their website at portageplainsuw.ca.



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