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Compassionate and energetic, Wanda-Lee Pardy exemplifies the dedication of the people who volunteer for United Way Saint John, Kings & Charlotte.

United Way volunteers and staff at Area 506. From left Francis Mvere, Wanda-Lee Pardy, Jo-Anne Renton and Pardeep Singh.

A team manager with TD Insurance, she has been volunteering with us since 2014.

“I love it,” she says. “Honestly my passion is with the community.”

Like Wanda-Lee, hundreds of other community-minded individuals dedicate their time, passion and skills to help advance our work. They are absolutely vital to our success in making a meaningful difference to our communities and to building brighter futures.

We salute Wanda-Lee and others like her for their selfless commitment.

For most of the time she has served as a volunteer, she has led campaigns at her office to raise money in support of the United Way. She has rallied co-workers, led committees, organized events, joined our volunteer crew at the Area 506 festival and much more.

Perhaps Wanda-Lee’s interest isn’t all that surprising given that she earned a degree in community studies at Cape Breton University. But for Wanda-Lee, it goes deeper than that.

As a university student, she became aware of the challenges others can face while working at a transition house. Later, after moving to Saint John, she was moved by the levels of poverty in the city.

Working with the United Way has given her the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, to tackle the social needs that exist in our communities, and to feel like her contributions are helping to move the needle.

And now she has taken another leap – joining GenNext at the United Way, the social impact movement of young professionals on a mission to inspire the next generation of social changemakers.

“I just really love knowing that I am a part of making a difference,” she says.

Do you want to make a meaningful difference? Learn more about volunteering with us, please visit our website.