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New faces at KMLP

Debra Matzner, Controller

"Everyone has been very welcoming and I enjoy coming to work," says a new face at KMLP.

Debra Matzner has only been on the job since the end of September, but she feels the transition to her new position as Controller has been a good fit.

She had been working with a large investment company in Saskatoon, but needed a change. Debra says "that although change can be scary it can also be amazing, opening new doors, opportunities and people."

Already, she's made the trek north to La Ronge from the Saskatoon office a few times and is getting a first-hand look at the operations there. "I've been up there a few times and met some really nice people. It's been good. It's been a good start."

As Controller, there is a lot to the job and Debra is still finding her way as her now role evolves. "I like to say this is a growing role. Right now, I'm learning." Kitsaki is a very diversified company and I have a lot to learn.

Debra is a University of Saskatchewan graduate and is a Certified Professional Accountant. She has always enjoyed working with numbers so a career as an accountant was a no-brainer.

When she isn't working, she likes spending quality time with her family, including her golden doodle, Ella. Summer weekends are spent up at Chitek Lake with her extended family, boating, fishing, quading and spoiling her two beautiful little nieces. When relaxing she enjoys reading, walking her dog, doing yoga and hanging out with friends.

Shawna Kay, Executive Assistant

Another new face at KMLP is Shawna Kay. She's been the executive assistant to the CEO since April 2016.

"It's been fun mixed in with a lot hard work! Fortunately, the entire Kitsaki group is supportive and professional, which made learning my job efficient. I remember in my interview, my boss jokingly described how catching on here would be like learning at the school of hard knocks! Kitsaki is a fantastic group and I feel I fit in." Kay says.

"It will almost be four seasons that I've been to La Ronge and each season I see gets more beautiful! I respect the La Ronge leadership and staff for working hard and caring for its communities. With Kitsaki I can see directly how their efforts go towards improving the lives of children and families of the north, and that feels great. I am grateful to be part of this awesome team!"

Shawna grew up on Kawacatoose First Nation, raised by her grandparents John and Dorothy Kay-both hard workers who farmed for a living. Life on the reserve farm was basic, but was loved and shown how to work hard. She is thankful to have maintained a traditional Cree lifestyle, which she believes kept her grounded.

Kay's work experience began as Kawacatoose TLE Secretary/Finance Clerk, working her way to TLE Land Manager. She then finished her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (with a distinction in Aboriginal Justice and Criminology) at University of Saskatchewan. Upon convocation, Kay went on to work part-time at the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission for a few years before taking full-time employment at Kitsaki Management.

Kay is raising three beautiful children, Makas'a, Aedon and Caress. Volunteering to community is rewarding, so she gives her spare time to the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival.