The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, CC, O.Ont., CD, QC, was born in 1922
to West Indian immigrants. He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during
the Second World War. Educated at McMaster University and Osgoode Hall, in
1965 he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel and was a partner in a Hamilton law
firm from 1963–79. Elected as a Member of Parliament in 1968, he served in
the House of Commons until 1985. He was also Federal Minister of Labour in 1979.
In 1985 he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Mr. Alexander was the
first member of a minority group to serve as a Lieutenant Governor in Canada,
a post he held until 1991. Youth and education were hallmarks of his mandate.
To commemorate his term as Lieutenant Governor, the Province of Ontario established
the Lincoln M. Alexander Award in 1993.
Since 1993, the Lincoln M. Alexander Award has recognized young people who have demonstrated exemplary
leadership in eliminating racial discrimination. In 2003, the number of awards was permanently increased from
two to three awards annually: two student awards and one community award. The award value was also increased so that each of
three young people receive an award of $5,000, as well as a framed scroll.
Past recipients of the STUDENT AWARD include: a high school student who led anti–racism youth training groups
through the local board of education; an 18–year–old who was one of 10 students selected fromacross Canada to participate in
the production of Nobody’s Born a Racist, a national youth guide and video; and, a 16–year–old who was an innovator in race
relations training and wrote an award-winning essay on the Holocaust.
Previous recipients of the COMMUNITY AWARD are between the ages of 16 and 25 and include: a young educator who worked
actively for 10 years to increase public awareness about racial discrimination and to teach children, teens and adults how to change
behaviour patterns; a 22–year–old who launched a clothing line with messages about “unlearning” racial discrimination; and a teenager
who made significant contributions to his community’s race relations advisory committee.
Any secondary school student attendingan accredited provincial secondary school and planning to enter a post–secondary institution
as a full–time student who is nominated by his/her school is eligible for the award.
Any resident of Ontario, between the ages of 16 and 25, nominated by a community organization or agency that works extensively in
the area of race relations is eligible for the award.
The awards will be presented at a special ceremony held in Queen’s Park in early fall. The three award recipients and their
nominators will be notified by telephone in advance of the awards ceremony.
Nomination forms may be submitted at any time. The deadline is May 31 of each year. All nominations received after this date will be considered for the following year.
A nominee must have made a significant contribution towards eliminating racial prejudice or discrimination.
The contribution should be sustained and innovative, demonstrating leadership and the promise of long–term improvement,
greater public awareness or viable change.
A selection committee with representatives from the educational sector and community organizations will consider the nominations
and select the award recipients.
Please do not include academic records, as scholastic performance is not taken into consideration. Also, volunteer activities
in other areas are not taken into consideration. For information about Ontario’s volunteer recognition programs, please call
the Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat at 416 314–7526.
1. A completed nomination form.
2. Detailed description of the nominee and his/her achievements.
3. Letters of reference from at least two persons who can attest to the value and impact of the achievements of the nominee.
4. Additional material:
Include any other material in support of this nomination (i.e., additional letters of reference, publications, media stories,
artwork, essays, etc.). Please limit this material for review by the Selection Committee to items that will provide new information
and insight into who the nominee is and the nature of his/her contributions towards eliminating racial prejudice or discrimination.
Please list all material enclosed to support this nomination. Please submit materials in 8.5" x 11" format. Please do not send
originals of important or official documents as they will not be returned.
Lincoln M. Alexander Award
Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat
Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
400 University Avenue, 4th Floor
Toronto ON M7A 2R9
Additional information and nomination forms may be obtained by contacting the Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat at the
address listed on this page.
We can also be reached at:
Telephone: 416 314–7526
Fax: 416 314–7743
Or visit our website at http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca.
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(The candidate must be a secondary school student attending an accredited provincial secondary school and planning to enter a post–secondary
institution as a full–time student.)
(The candidate must be a resident of Ontario, between the ages of 16 and 25 and nominated by a community organization or agency that works extensively in
the area of race relations.)
Contact for the organization:
Completed nomination form
Letter of nomination with appropriate signature
Letters of reference (at least 2)
Documentation and materials outlining the achievement
of the nominee (optional)
DEADLINE: May 31
Personal information on this form is collected under the
authority of the Ministry of Citizenship and Culture Act,
R.S.O. 1990. cM.18, s.4 and will be used to determine
eligibility and notify recipients of the Lincoln M. Alexander
For further information, please contact the
Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat, 400 University Avenue,
Toronto ON M7A 2R9, Tel. 416 314–7526.
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