Young Anti-Racism Champions Recognized

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Young Anti-Racism Champions Recognized

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Lincoln Alexander Award Recipients Announced QUEEN'S PARK, Dec. 4 - Three young people are to receive awards for their work to end racism, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration the Honourable Michael Chan announced today. Anam Ahmed of Brantford, Kwesi Johnson of Scarborough and Yalda Pashai-Fakhri of Toronto will each receive a Lincoln M. Alexander Award for Leadership in Eliminating Racial Discrimination and $5,000. The awards will be presented by the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and the cheques will be presented by the Honourable Lincoln Alexander, former Lieutenant Governor, at a ceremony in the Lieutenant Governor's suite on December 10. "These young people deserve commendation for their superb contributions to society," said Onley. "They serve as an example for other young people and for all Ontarians." "In a society as diverse as Ontario, combating racism and discrimination is vital to maintaining harmonious communities," said Chan. "These three young people took action to improve the quality of life in Ontario and we applaud their spirit, drive and commitment." Anam Ahmed, (17), of Brantford is being recognized for her creative approaches to the discussion of racism. Her one-act play, 911/Tango was performed at her school. She also storyboarded, wrote and gathered participants for a video, Connected, which was judged among the top 10 submissions in a national contest, "Racism: Stop It." Ahmed also piloted an anti-racism committee at her school. Kwesi Johnson, (22), of Scarborough is being awarded for his community workshops aimed at eliminating discrimination based on race, gender, ability and sexual orientation. He currently serves as a member of the Black Community and Police Consultative Committee, which seeks to improve relations between the Black community and Toronto Police Service. Johnson has volunteered in the community from the age of 13. Yalda Pashai-Fakhri, (19), of Toronto is being recognized for actively promoting tolerance and understanding at her school in London, Ontario. She served as a member and chair of her school's Multicultural Club, organizing an annual conference for more than 350 Grade 9 students. She has organized separate assemblies for multiculturalism, Black History Month, genocide awareness and the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. "Each and every one of us has a contribution to make in ending racism," said Alexander. "Each of our award winners has made an indelible mark in this area, and Ontario is better for it." Established in 1993, the Lincoln M. Alexander Award recognizes Ontario young people between the ages of 16 and 25 who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in eliminating racial discrimination. Nominations can be submitted by schools or community organizations that work in the field of race relations. Lincoln Alexander served as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from September 1985 to December 1991. He is Ontario's first black Lieutenant Governor. Youth and education were the hallmarks of his mandate. Disponible en français www.citizenship.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, (416) 325-7780; Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7010 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, (416) 325-7780; Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7010