Three Young Ontarians Honoured with Lincoln M. Alexander Awards
Celebrating Young Human Rights Leaders
Youth leaders from across the province were recognized today by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, for their outstanding efforts to fight racial discrimination and promote positive social change.
The Lincoln M. Alexander Awards are presented each year by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to three Ontarians between the ages of 16 and 25 who have demonstrated leadership in ending racial discrimination.
This year's recipients are:
- Zuberi Attard of Thornhill, for founding a student association that gives newcomers a forum for open, safe discussion, and helps boost their confidence and community engagement.
- Madison Goodwill of Owen Sound, for promoting Aboriginal history and culture in her school and community.
- Yosra Musa of Hamilton, for her key role in the development of McMaster University's first African and African Diaspora Studies Program.
Recognizing Ontario's youth human rights leaders is part of the government's efforts to build strong, inclusive and diverse communities.
- The Lincoln M. Alexander Awards were created in 1993 to commemorate the Honourable Lincoln Alexander, Ontario’s first black Lieutenant Governor.
- In Ontario, Lincoln Alexander Day has been celebrated each year on January 21, since the passing of the Lincoln Alexander Day Act in 2013. In December 2014, the federal Parliament passed legislation to establish Lincoln Alexander Day across Canada.
- Lincoln Alexander was Ontario’s first black Member of Parliament, and he served as the province’s 24th Lieutenant Governor from 1985 to 1991. He passed away on October 19, 2012.
“On this first nationally recognized Lincoln Alexander Day, I’m delighted to recognize these three deserving young people. Their accomplishments are a shining example of the incredible impact just one person’s actions can have on the wider community. This is an opportunity for us all to reflect on how we can contribute to ending racial discrimination, a necessary step in building just and sustainable communities in Ontario.”
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell
“Congratulations to the 2014 recipients of the Lincoln M. Alexander Award. Their efforts offer inspiration to people across the province on how to make a difference in their own communities through active citizenship. They are true role models helping to build a fair and inclusive society in Ontario.”
The Honourable Michael Chan