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Young Ontarians Fight Discrimination

2009 Lincoln Alexander Award To Three Human Rights Champions

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

From high school hallways and campus grounds, three 2009 Lincoln M. Alexander Award recipients are leading the fight against racism and inequality.

The recipients are:

  • Corey Sherwood of St. Edmund Campion High School from Brampton
  • Elizabeth Truong of Emily Carr Secondary School from Woodbridge
  • Heather Kere of Ryerson University from Markham

The award was presented today by the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and the Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration also attended. Today's ceremony coincides with the United Nation's Human Rights Day.

Established in 1993, the award was created in honour of Lincoln Alexander, Ontario's first black Lieutenant Governor.  Three outstanding young Ontarians are awarded annually.

Quick Facts

  • Each recipient receives $5,000.
  • This annual award is presented to three Ontarians between the ages of 16 and 25.
  • Lincoln Alexander served as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 1985 to 1991.

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“I am pleased to present this award to courageous young people who are leading change, bridging divisions and building unity among Ontarians.”

The Honourable David C. Onley

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

“These three young leaders have stood up to racism by embracing tolerance, understanding and mutual respect, writing the future of a more equitable society.”

Lincoln M. Alexander

former Ontario Lieutenant Governor

“By acknowledging the work of these young human rights advocates, we are sending a message of hope - that racism and discrimination will not be tolerated in Ontario.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

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