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CEO of United Way Toronto gives one-year notice

TORONTO, Ont. – The president and CEO of United Way Toronto, Frances Lankin, plans to step down from her role in one year, the organization’s board of directors said Thursday.

In a memo to volunteers and staff, United Way board of trustees chair, Alnasir Samji, said the search for Lankin’s replacement will start immediately and could take a few months.

Lankin, who used to be an Ontario MPP, will remain as United Way Toronto’s CEO until the transition is complete.

Samji said Lankin plans to move on “to another phase in her life that would allow her more time to spend with her husband, family and friends in Restoule [Ont.].”

“With Frances, we have grown in ways we never imagined. Our organization and our team are both stronger than at any time in our history,” Samji added.

In a statement, Lankin, wrote: “This was not an easy decision to make. United Way and all of you are very much a part of my life. However, my plan to leave has been in the works for some time.”

“I believe the time is right for me to take this step. Our organization has made such incredible strides in just a few short years, we’ve become more confident in our work, and we’ve never been more sure that we’re making a lasting difference in our community,” Lankin added.

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