Fighting Racial Discrimination and Inequity
Mississauga youth Adam Lake became the 2017 recipient of Lincoln M. Alexander Award for fighting racial discrimination and inequity. The award was officially presented to him on February 26 at Queen’s Park in Toronto by Ontario Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell.
The Lincoln M. Alexander Award was created in 1993 to commemorate the legacy of the Honourable Lincoln Alexander, who as the first Black Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the first Black Member of Parliament, and the first Black federal Cabinet Minister.
Adam Lake has spent years volunteering with organizations dedicated to Black and LGBTQ social issues. According to his profile on youth.ca, Adam is the co-founder of “Books Breaking Barriers” and “Books Between Areas”— reading materials that focus on improving reading comprehension of inmates, which also led to the development of LGBTQ reading materials for LGBTQ inmates.
Adam has also been involved with the Youth United Black Students’ Alliance (YUBSA), educating African Canadian students on the importance of acceptance. He has been a mentor to LGBTQ youth of colour in Mississauga, and has really focused on bringing issues surrounding culture, history, equity and equality into York University.
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. For 2017, it was Sauga’s own, Adam Lake.
The other two awards went to Sabreina Dahab, of Hamilton, who has worked as a member of her school’s Muslim Student Association to combat Islamophobia and organize cultural events, and Aaron Parry, of Grimsby, who has collaborated with his high school and school board to raise awareness of Indigenous and African-Canadian social issues.
“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,” said the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 awards. The closing date is May 31, 2018. Click here to nominate your choice for the Lincoln M. Alexander Award.