Ontario's 2016 Lincoln M. Alexander Award Recipients
The Honourable Lincoln Alexander was Ontario's 24th Lieutenant Governor who served from 1985 to 1991. He was the first Black Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the first Black Member of Parliament and the first Black federal Cabinet Minister. The Honourable Lincoln Alexander passed away on October 19, 2012.
In Ontario, Lincoln Alexander Day has been celebrated on January 21 since the passing of the Lincoln Alexander Day Act in 2013. In December 2014, federal legislation was passed to establish Lincoln Alexander Day across Canada.
The Lincoln M. Alexander Award was created in 1993 to commemorate Mr. Alexander's legacy. The Lincoln M. Alexander Award is presented each year to three young people in Ontario between the ages of 16 and 25 who have shown leadership in ending racial discrimination and promoting positive social change.
Community Award Recipient
Alexis Kimiko Spieldenner of Niagara-on-the-Lake, age 25
- Alexis founded the North Star Festival in 2015. Endorsed by the UNESCO Slave Route Project, the biennial festival celebrates and commemorates the experiences and contributions of people of African descent in the Niagara region. She also co-founded Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts, which uses the arts to raise awareness of the region's history and foster cross-cultural understanding.
Student Award Recipients
Jordan Gray of Mississauga, age 18
- In 2012, Jordan founded the Mississauga-Malton Youth Association to empower diverse youth to be active participants in society. Under his leadership, the group grew to include 65 members from 15 countries who speak 11 different languages. Jordan also served as a student advisor on the Minister of Education's Student Advisory Council where he worked to make schools more inclusive.
Tia John of Caledon, age 18
- Tia created learning and social opportunities for diverse students of varying abilities in her school's Planning for Independence Program. Tia also coordinated school events to break down social barriers, raise awareness of racial discrimination and promote inclusiveness. She played a key role in her school's annual CultureFest event to celebrate multiculturalism and diversity, which attracted more than 400 participants.