Lincoln Alexander award recipients
Created in 1993 to honour former Ontario Lieutenant Governor Lincoln M. Alexander's commitment to youth and promoting racial harmony, these annual awards are presented to three Ontarians between the ages of 16 and 25 who have provided outstanding leadership in improving racial understanding. Two of the awards are presented to full-time students who attend high school or who are going on to a post-secondary education program. One award is presented to an individual who is working in a community setting.
Student award candidates are usually nominated by a faculty member at their school and community award nominees can be nominated by a community organization or agency. An independent selection committee reviews all nominations and selects the recipients.Student Award Recipients
Ms. Chris-Ann Manning (18), of Ajax is being awarded for creating awareness of socio-economic, health, cultural and racial issues. Under her leadership, forty students of diverse backgrounds joined together at her high school to write, produce, and present a play called, "We are the Change." The script traced the history of the blacks who migrated from Africa and settled in Canada. She also created a pen pal program between Kenyan orphans and Canadian children between the ages of 8 and 13.
Mr. Femi Doyle-Marshall (19), of Scarborough is being recognized for being a driving force behind school activities and community projects. At Senator O'Connor College School, he was a leader of the African Heritage Committee and coordinated the "Involve Youth 2008 Art Expo, Anti-Oppression Through Expression." In his senior year, he was instrumental in co-ordinating activities for Black History Month.Community Award Recipient
Ms. Muna Ali (21), of Peterborough, is being honoured for her work against discrimination, and for social justice and the environment. She developed anti-racist education materials in a variety of settings, including the University of Trent, the Community Race Relations Committee of Peterborough, the Kawartha World Issues Centre, the Women's Centre, and the Ontario Public Interest Research Group. Recently, she led a small group of students in organizing a conference called, "Why Green Isn't Enough: An Anti-Racist, Anti-Colonial Environmentalism Conference."