2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

Kathryn Anderson

Kathryn’s career began as a heritage researcher for the Town of Aurora from 1985 to 1987 and the Town of Vaughan from 1987 to 1989. Raised in Newmarket, she volunteered on its LACAC and was a key witness at a CRB hearing on the designation of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, which was opposed by the Diocese of Toronto. The CRB ruled in favour of the designation. She and her body of work has quietly made a profound and substantial contribution to heritage conservation in Ontario and protected many of the heritage properties that contribute to the history, culture and sense of place of Toronto. She has worked with the City of Toronto since 1989 upon joining the Toronto Historical Board (later known as Heritage Toronto) as a Preservation Officer. Following amalgamation, the heritage planning portfolio was transferred to City Planning where Kathryn’s position was reclassified as a Heritage Planner. For more than 30 years, Kathryn Anderson was a respected architectural historian and municipal heritage planner in the City of Toronto. Largely single-handedly, Kathryn’s work has resulted in more than 2,300 listed and or designated properties added to the City’s Heritage Register.