The 2009 Lincoln M. Alexander Awards Recipients
The Lincoln M. Alexander Award recognizes three outstanding young Ontarians for their leadership in challenging discrimination.
Two awards go to full-time students who are in high school or a post-secondary program. One award goes to an individual working in a community setting.
The student award recipients are:
Corey Sherwood of Brampton. He introduced the Harmony Movement at St. Edmund Campion, one of the Ontario's largest high schools. This program has been incorporated into school curriculums across Canada to promote diversity and combat discrimination. He speaks at elementary schools about cultural relevance and not giving in to stereotypes. The $5,000 Lincoln Alexander Award will help him to fulfill his dream to study business and economics at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Elizabeth Truong of Woodbridge. She founded the Gay Straight Alliance at Emily Carr Secondary School to educate her peers on issues of race, gender, sexual orientation and bullying. Under her leadership, her school organized the Day of Silence, Wear Pink Day and Pride Week, to promote diversity and inclusiveness. She also promoted the heritage and culture of people in the Vaughan community during Human Rights Week and Asian Heritage Month.
The community award recipient is:
Heather Kere of Markham. The anti-racism advocate was instrumental in creating the Task Force on Anti-Racism at Ryerson University which helps students deal with issues such as harassment on campus. She played a fundamental role in organizing the 2009 National African Canadian Policy Conference and Forum on Anti-Black Hate, held in Ottawa to voice concerns about racial discrimination and exchange ideas between young people and their elders. She is also a member of the Ryerson Student Union and a Senate representative, using these positions to help change the way Ryerson University deals with discrimination.