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Ontario celebrates three young women in the fight against racism

On the first official Lincoln Alexander Day in Ontario, the province honoured three young female leaders with Lincoln M. Alexander Award.

Each year, the awards are presented to three young people between the ages of 16 and 25, who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in promoting positive social change.

This year’s recipients are:
Saba Oji of Waterloo, for promoting the inclusion of English as a Second Language (ESL) students into school activities;
Talisha Ramsaroop of Toronto, for her work as a mentor for students battling racial stereotypes in Toronto’s urban core;
Nathalie Restoule of the Dokis First Nation, for her activism in addressing issues of racism among First Nations youth.

January 21 of each year is marked as Lincoln Alexander Day in Ontario. The awards were created in 1993 to celebrate the late Lincoln Alexander, the province’s first black Lieutenant Governor.

“I’m honoured to recognize the outstanding contributions that these three young leaders have made in eliminating racial discrimination,” said David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. 

“By creating conversations and using innovative ways to shine a light on the prejudices that hold us back as a society, they are keeping alive Mr. Alexander’s legacy of helping young people overcome social barriers.”

Michael Coteau, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, congratulated the recipients. “These three young women embody what it means to be an active citizen here in Ontario,” he said. “They show leadership by helping to build a fair and just society for all Ontarians.”

Posted: Mar 5, 2014

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