Ontario's 2015 Lincoln M. Alexander Award Recipients
The Lincoln M. Alexander Award recognizes young people who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in ending racial discrimination and promoting positive social change.
Community Award Recipient
Darian Baskatawang of Whitesand First Nation, age 19
- Darian is a member of the Premier's Council on Youth Opportunities, where he helps develop provincial strategies, initiatives and policies to help at-risk youth. Darian uses this and other platforms to raise awareness by sharing the experiences of youth who face racial discrimination. He also volunteers with Queen's University's Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program, which he co-founded, and is a key figure with the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre on campus.
Student Award Recipients
Najma Malaq of Mississauga, age 18
- Najma served as a key student advisor on her school's Climate for Learning and Working Committee, where she advocated on behalf of her peers for a more inclusive school community. She organized school assemblies and Black History Month events, including an educational presentation about Nelson Mandela. Najma also prepared and delivered educational presentations to elementary school students about famous African Canadians and members of the African diaspora.
Shailene Panylo of Oshawa, age 18
- Shailene created an awareness project promoting the beauty of textured hair during Black History Month. Shailene also participated in the Durham Black Educators' Network's "And Still We Rise" student ambassador program, where she helped organize a full-day conference. She also organized a conference session for elementary school students, providing them a chance to discuss the issues they face.