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Ontario Honouring Young Leaders with Lincoln M. Alexander Award

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Ontario Honouring Young Leaders with Lincoln M. Alexander Award

Award Recognizes Youth Fighting Racial Discrimination and Inequity

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario is recognizing three young leaders with the 2017 Lincoln M. Alexander Award for their strong leadership in working to eliminate racial discrimination and promoting inclusivity and social equality.

This year's recipients are:

Adam Lake, of Mississauga, who has spent years volunteering with organizations dedicated to Black and LGBTQ social issues.

Sabreina Dahab, of Hamilton, who has worked as a member of her school's Muslim Student Association to combat Islamophobia and organize cultural events.

Aaron Parry, of Grimsby, who has collaborated with his high school and school board to raise awareness of Indigenous and African-Canadian social issues.

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, presented the awards at a ceremony at Queen's Park in Toronto today, along with the Honourable Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and the Honourable Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Quick Facts

  • The Lincoln M. Alexander Award was created in 1993 to commemorate the legacy of the Honourable Lincoln Alexander, who served from 1985-1991 as Ontario’s 24th Lieutenant Governor.
  • Three Lincoln M. Alexander Awards are presented each year. Two student awards are given to exceptional Ontario high school students, and one community award is given to an outstanding young member of an organization that works to promote diversity and inclusion, while combating racism, discrimination and inequity.
  • The late Lincoln Alexander was the first Black Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the first Black Member of Parliament and the first Black federal Cabinet Minister. He passed away on October 19, 2012.
  • Nominations are now being accepted for next year’s awards. The closing date is May 31, 2018.

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“I happily congratulate these three outstanding young leaders who have courageously worked to eliminate racial discrimination in their schools and communities. They serve as an example for us all as we strive to be a compassionate society where all belong.”

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

“This year’s Lincoln M. Alexander Award recipients exemplify how empathy and mutual understanding can help people overcome barriers and improve their communities. Congratulations to the exceptional young leaders who are being recognized for their dedication to promoting respect, inclusion and equality.”

Laura Albanese

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

“These young people have shown tremendous leadership in standing up to discrimination and fighting for a future where everyone can achieve their full potential. Their dedication to social justice is an inspiration to us all. Congratulations to each of this year’s recipients of the Lincoln M. Alexander Award.”

Michael Coteau

Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism

“I am so proud of the young people receiving this prestigious award today. It is no small feat to be a leader of social change — whether it’s at school or in their communities. These young people exemplify what it takes to build inclusive communities, work towards eliminating barriers and battle discrimination of all kinds.”

Indira Naidoo-Harris

Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care

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