Lincoln Alexander Awards
Three youth leaders between the ages of 16 and 26 will receive the Lincoln M. Alexander Award. The award recognizes young people who are leading the fight to end racial discrimination in their schools and their communities.
Student Award Recipients
Ashmandeep Khroad of Brampton
Ashmandeep is a 17-year-old advocate for equality between different ethnicities at Sandalwood Heights Secondary School. The school has many students of South Asian background. As the president of the Multicultural Club, she introduced Culture-Fest, an event to celebrate the other nine cultures represented at her high school. Ashmandeep promotes cultural awareness by organizing multicultural celebrations such as Chinese New Year, Diwali and Vaisakhi, and leads the Asian Heritage Month events. She was the first non-African student to sign up for the African Heritage Club to motivate her peers to promote diversity, by joining the club and learning about the contributions of people of African descent.
Christie Park of Toronto
Upset by the lack of acceptance among different social groups at her school, 17-year-old Christie Park organized an Anti-Bullying Assembly at William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute. The Assembly educated students about bullying, discrimination and homophobia. Christie also created the Students Uniting for Peace Arts Night, an event to raise awareness of violence and bullying in schools across Toronto. She is the co-president of the Harmony Club at her school and a representative of the SuperCouncil, a forum where students voice their opinions on equity, student success and engagement, homework policy, safety, environment, healthy eating, and other issues.
Community Award Recipient
Sasha Maracle of Brantford
Sasha is a member of the Mohawk Nation of the Six Nations of the Grand River, and a political voice for First Nations youth. She serves as youth representative for the Independent First Nations and as the Ontario female youth representative on the Assembly of First Nation National Youth Council. An advocate for equality and social justice, she works on violence prevention, child welfare, education, youth leadership development, and is a youth facilitator for HIV/AIDS awareness. Sasha has brought youth issues to the national political stage and mentors other youth to get involved in the political process.