On the first official Lincoln Alexander Day in Ontario, the province is honouring three young female leaders with a Lincoln M. Alexander Award.
The Lincoln M. Alexander Award honours youth who have demonstrated leadership in eliminating racial discrimination in Ontario. The award was first given in 1993.
Three awards are given each year: two student awards and one community award.
Recipients receive a personalized certificate as well as a $5,000 cash award.
The award is named after the late Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, who was the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, serving from 1985 – 1991. He was the first member of a minority group to serve as a Lieutenant Governor in any province in Canada.
A student award is given to a full-time student who attends a senior high school or who will be entering a postsecondary education program. Students must be nominated by their school.
A community award is open to anyone who lives in Ontario and is between 16 and 25 years old and who is nominated by a community organization or agency that works in race relations.
The deadline is May 31 each year. If May 31 falls on a weekend or holiday, nominations are accepted until 5:00 p.m. the following business day.
Nominations may be submitted at any time. Nominations received after the deadline will be considered for the following year.
A selection committee representing the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and community organizations reviews the nominations and selects each year's recipients.
Mail: Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat
Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
400 University Avenue, 4th Floor