Kay Blair was a tireless advocate for social justice and committed her life to improving the lives of others, particularly women. She immigrated to Canada in 1976 and began working at the Emily Stowe Shelter for Women, and was instrumental in establishing the Shirley Samaroo House, the first shelter for abused immigrant women. In 1988, Blair began work at Community MicroSkills Development Centre, serving as Executive Director, a position she would hold for 28 years. Blair built a reputation as a passionate community leader with an unparalleled commitment to diversity and inclusion. From 1997 -2008 she served as President of the National Visible Minority Council on Labour Force Development.
Blair was the recipient of numerous awards, including Canada's Most Powerful Women Top 100 - Trailblazer Award and Champions Award, YWCA Women of Distinction - Community Leadership, The Premier's Award - Community and Social Services, Innovation Canada - Entrepreneur of the year Award, Frances Lankin Community Service Award, OCASI - Award of Excellence, United Way Spirit Award, Province of Ontario - Recipient of the Golden Jubilee medal, and the Outstanding Achievement Award - Jamaican Canadian Association. Blair will be forever remembered for her compassion, guidance and kindness, along with her ability to quickly build deep connections with everyone she met.