February 25th, 2021

Michele McCleave-Kennedy chosen to be the NDP candidate in Sault Ste. Marie

SAULT STE. MARIE — New Democrats in Sault Ste. Marie have nominated local educator and community advocate Michele McCleave-Kennedy as their NDP candidate for the 2022 provincial election. McCleave-Kennedy currently works with kids with special needs at the Algoma District School Board and serves as Sault Ste. Marie District Labour Council President, the Ontario Federation of Labour vice president, and provincial committee member of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation.


Michael Mantha, MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin
“As an experienced community advocate and leader, Michele is an awesome addition to the team of New Democrat candidates in Northern Ontario, and I know she’s going to be a fantastic MPP, who can really champion the unique needs of our region. With Andrea Horwath leading the way, our NDP government will finally invest in access to broadband, improve winter road maintenance, and champion the creation of good jobs in our communities – the kinds of jobs you can raise a family on. We’ll implement our plans to fix long-term care and home care – giving every Sault family the help they need to age at home, find a high-quality long-term care bed right in their own community when they’re ready, and maintain a great quality of life as they age.”

Michele McCleave-Kennedy, NDP candidate for Sault Ste. Marie
“I’m passionate about making sure our kids and grandkids have good job opportunities right here in Sault Ste. Marie — I think of my own grandkids, one at Algoma University and one in Grade 8. As an advocate, community activist, and small business owner, I know how important investing in health care, education, and economic recovery after the pandemic will be to building a great future for our community. Andrea Horwath’s New Democrats are the only party with a plan to give local families more help and hope, and make sure Northern Ontario gets its fair share, and I’m delighted to be part of the team fighting for better health care, better seniors care, and more homes people can afford.”


  • McCleave-Kennedy is a graduate of Algoma University and is currently employed by the Algoma District School Board working with students with special needs
  • In addition to her labour and union roles, McCleave-Kennedy is a committee member on the Immigration Partnership, and a member of the Future SSM project
  • A devoted volunteer, McCleave-Kennedy has participated in United Way, Rotary Club, Kiwanis, St. Vincent’s Place and Pauline’s Place projects
  • McCleave-Kennedy is an active member of the community who has coached baseball and figure skating for the past 25 years