Our Story

OUR NAMESAKE: KAY BLAIR

Kay will always be remembered as a phenomenal  woman.

Kay Blair was a tireless advocate for social justice and committed her life to improving the lives of others – particularly women. Kay built a reputation as a passionate community leader with an unparalleled commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Kay immigrated to Canada in 1976 and began at the Emily Stowe Shelter for Woman. She was instrumental in establishing the Shirley Samaroo House – the first shelter of its kind focusing on services for immigrant victims of abuse.

In 1988, Kay began work at Community MicroSkills Development Centre (Microskills) as its Executive Director – a position she would hold for 28 years.

Kay Blair

Under Kay’s leadership, Microskills would grow from a small women’s employment organization to a highly successful community agency serving thousands of immigrants, women and youth.
Kay served as the Chair of the Board of Governors at Centennial College and was Chair of William Osler Health System’s Board of Directors. In 2013, Kay was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. On September 26 2016, Kay passed away at the age of 62. She will live forever in the hearts of all those she helped throughout her life.

Our Story

OUR NAMESAKE: KAY BLAIR

Kay will always be remembered as a phenomenal  woman.

Kay Blair

Kay Blair was a tireless advocate for social justice and committed her life to improving the lives of others – particularly women. Kay built a reputation as a passionate community leader with an unparalleled commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Kay immigrated to Canada in 1976 and began at the Emily Stowe Shelter for Woman. She was instrumental in establishing the Shirley Samaroo House – the first shelter of its kind focusing on services for immigrant victims of abuse.

In 1988, Kay began work at Community MicroSkills Development Centre (Microskills) as its Executive Director – a position she would hold for 28 years.

Under Kay’s leadership, Microskills would grow from a small women’s employment organization to a highly successful community agency serving thousands of immigrants, women and youth.
Kay served as the Chair of the Board of Governors at Centennial College and was Chair of William Osler Health System’s Board of Directors. In 2013, Kay was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. On September 26 2016, Kay passed away at the age of 62. She will live forever in the hearts of all those she helped throughout her life.