Young Human Rights Advocates Take Lincoln Alexander Awards
Ontario Honours Three Female Youth for Leading Fight against Racism
Three young women are being honoured with the 2012 Lincoln M. Alexander Awards for their work to end racial discrimination and promote social change.
The Lincoln M. Alexander Awards are presented annually to three Ontarians between the ages of 16 and 25 who have provided outstanding leadership in improving racial understanding.
This year's recipients are:
- Ashmandeep Khroad of Brampton, an advocate for equality between ethnicities.
- Christie Park of Toronto, an activist who raised awareness about violence and bullying.
- Sasha Maracle of Bradford, a voice for First Nations youth.
Ontario created the award in 1993 to celebrate the late Lincoln Alexander, the province's first black Lieutenant Governor. His legacy is a commitment to helping young people overcome social barriers.
The awards are being presented during a ceremony at Queen's Park on Dec. 14, 2012.
- Each recipient receives an award of $5,000.
- Lincoln Alexander died on Oct. 19, 2012. He was born in Toronto, and was Ontario’s first black Member of Parliament. He served as the province’s first black Lieutenant Governor from 1985 to 1991.
“These incredible young people are standing up against discrimination, as Linc did throughout his life. I am honoured to recognize the work they are accomplishing.”
The Honourable David C. Onley
“These three young women have demonstrated their passion for positive change, social justice and equity, serving as an inspiration for their peers, youth, and Ontarians of all ages. Congratulations to our award winners.”
“It makes a significant impact to recognize and value the efforts made by our youth who have dedicated their time to challenge inequality and fight against the barriers of racism. Our future leaders are the youth of today, so it is important that we support these individuals who are passionate about bringing positive change to our communities.”