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2011 Lincoln M. Alexander Awards Celebrate Youth Activism

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Three young Ontarians have earned a 2011 Lincoln M. Alexander Award for their efforts to end racial discrimination and promote social change in their communities. 

The recipients are Nancy Shipman of Walpole Island First Nation, Alexandra Zuniga of Sarnia, and Jerome Morgan of Toronto.

The Government of Ontario created the award in 1993 to celebrate the Honourable Lincoln Alexander, Ontario's first black Lieutenant Governor and his advocacy of equal rights. His legacy award is a commitment to helping youth overcome social barriers.

Quick Facts

  • The Lincoln M. Alexander Awards are presented to three Ontarians between the ages of 16 and 25 who have provided outstanding leadership in improving racial understanding.
  • Lincoln Alexander was born in Toronto, and was Ontario's first black Member of Parliament, in addition to being the first black Lieutenant Governor.
  • Each recipient receives an award of $5,000.

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“It is paramount that we as a society continually seek, recognize and encourage young people who have the courage to live out the highest ideals and whose efforts provide all Ontarians with inspiration and hope for the future.”

The Honourable David C. Onley

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

“These young people are fighting racial discrimination so that others may more easily accomplish their goals. They are role models for people of all ages.”

Lincoln M. Alexander

Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

“These recipients are change makers. We as Ontarians celebrate their commitment to fighting discrimination. Their examples inspire us all to be better citizens.”

Charles Sousa

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

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