Ontario Government Recognizes Kathryn “Kathy” McAuley Yukich


Kathryn “Kathy” McAuley Yukich received a prestigious Leading Women Building Communities Award yesterday, Friday April 11th, at the Sault Ste. Marie Civic Centre. MPP David Orazietti presented the award on behalf of the Ontario Government in recognition of Kathy’s long-term Community involvement and dedication to volunteerism in our Naturally Gifted Community.

Photo: Sault Ste. Marie MP Bryan Hayes, Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Debbie Amaroso, Sault Ste. Marie Historic Sites Board Chair Kathryn McAuley Yukich and Constituency Assistant Cindy Ellen Crawford on behalf of Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti at the new Heritage Discovery Centre Ground-Breaking.

Congratulations on your award Kathy and thanks for being a great inspiration in our Naturally Gifted Community!!!

Official Release

The province is recognizing Sault Ste. Marie resident Kathryn “Kathy” McAuley Yukich for her long-term community involvement and dedication to volunteerism with a prestigious Leading Women Building Communities Award, David Orazietti MPP announced today.

“I am pleased to have the honour of presenting Kathy McAuley Yukich with an award that recognizes her unwavering commitment in preserving the cultural heritage of our community,” said Orazietti. “I believe it is important to recognize the achievements of outstanding women, such as Kathy, both as a role model and to encourage others who might be interested in volunteering in our community.”

Established in 2006, Ontario’s Leading Women Building Communities Award recognizes women whose exceptional leadership has improved the lives of others in their communities.

“International Women’s Week invites us to recognize the achievements of women and girls around the world. The women and girls we honour this year have made positive differences in their communities through action and leadership, inspiring others and making communities in Ontario stronger,” said Teresa Piruzza, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues.

Kathy was nominated by MPP David Orazietti for this award. Kathy has volunteered in Sault Ste. Marie for over 30 years working towards the preservation of Sault Ste. Marie’s cultural heritage. During this time, she has been a volunteer at the Ermatinger●Clergue National Historic Site, with over 20 years on the City of Sault Ste. Marie’s Historic Sites Board, of which she is currently the Chair.

Kathy also assists with the promotion and development of other cultural and historical groups associated with local heritage including the Sault Ste. Marie Museum, Algoma Art Gallery and the Canadian Heritage Bushplane Museum. Since 2006, Kathy has led the planning, advocacy and development of the Heritage Discovery Centre which, when completed this summer, will boost local tourism and provide year-round educational programming for students.

“I would like to accept this honour on behalf of all women who, in their own quiet way, contribute so much to family and community… Women, like my daughters, who continually amaze me,” said Kathy McAuley Yukich.

Celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women across the province supports the government’s plan to work together as One Ontario, to build a successful, vital province where everyone has the opportunity to connect, contribute and achieve their goals.

Quick Facts

  • Since the launch of the Leading Women/Leading Girls, Building Communities Awards in 2006, Ontario has recognized over 400 women and girls province-wide.
  • March 8 has been recognized as International Women’s Day around the world since 1977. The annual celebration highlights women’s economic, political and social achievements.

Learn more about International Women’s Week around the world.