International Women’s Day 2021 Honourees


For over seventy years, the Business and Professional Women’s Club has worked to improve the status of women locally. We have and continue to encourage women to participate fully in all facets of business, professions and industry. Since 1988, it has been our pleasure to publicly recognize the contributions of Sault Ste. Marie area women to the improvement and promotion of the interests of women.

Nomination criteria includes assisting other women, being a positive role model, breaking into new territory, donating time to women’s issues, work in the area of social change.

The 2021 Honourees are:

Melanie MacWilliam, Construction Supervisor / Estimator is a union member in the skilled trades with the Plumbers and Steamfitters U.A. Local 800 Sault Ste. Marie.  As the first female to hold a supervisory position in the union she is breaking ground for women.  To ease the way into the skilled trades for other young women she has been a speaker at seminars aimed at young women.  The information and experience she provides continues into the work environment mentoring apprentices in their career.

Sandra Holmberg, Legal Clerk / Farm Business Owner is working with the community to provide fresh local produce to community organizations such as Sault Ste. Marie Helping Hands.  She is politically aware having run in the 2018 Provincial Election on a platform that included many issues that involve women, such as childcare, healthcare access and equality in jobs and pay. She is also a sponsor of Rainbow Klub for LGBTQ+ youth within the city.  As a legal clerk she is detail oriented with an awareness of procedure and confidentially.  She volunteers with the Sault Ste. Marie Soup Kitchen, Sault Ste. Marie Helping Hands (Board Member) and Harvest Algoma Good Food Box initiative.