Young Anti-Racism Champions Recognized



    Lincoln Alexander Award Recipients Announced

    QUEEN'S PARK, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - Three young people are to receive awards for
their work to end racism, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration the
Honourable Michael Chan announced today.
    Anam Ahmed of Brantford, Kwesi Johnson of Scarborough and Yalda
Pashai-Fakhri of Toronto will each receive a Lincoln M. Alexander Award for
Leadership in Eliminating Racial Discrimination and $5,000. The awards will be
presented by the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario,
and the cheques will be presented by the Honourable Lincoln Alexander, former
Lieutenant Governor, at a ceremony in the Lieutenant Governor's suite on
December 10.
    "These young people deserve commendation for their superb contributions
to society," said Onley. "They serve as an example for other young people and
for all Ontarians."
    "In a society as diverse as Ontario, combating racism and discrimination
is vital to maintaining harmonious communities," said Chan. "These three young
people took action to improve the quality of life in Ontario and we applaud
their spirit, drive and commitment."

    Anam Ahmed, (17), of Brantford is being recognized for her creative
approaches to the discussion of racism. Her one-act play, 911/Tango was
performed at her school. She also storyboarded, wrote and gathered
participants for a video, Connected, which was judged among the top 10
submissions in a national contest, "Racism: Stop It." Ahmed also piloted an
anti-racism committee at her school.

    Kwesi Johnson, (22), of Scarborough is being awarded for his community
workshops aimed at eliminating discrimination based on race, gender, ability
and sexual orientation. He currently serves as a member of the Black Community
and Police Consultative Committee, which seeks to improve relations between
the Black community and Toronto Police Service. Johnson has volunteered in the
community from the age of 13.

    Yalda Pashai-Fakhri, (19), of Toronto is being recognized for actively
promoting tolerance and understanding at her school in London, Ontario. She
served as a member and chair of her school's Multicultural Club, organizing an
annual conference for more than 350 Grade 9 students. She has organized
separate assemblies for multiculturalism, Black History Month, genocide
awareness and the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against
Women.

    "Each and every one of us has a contribution to make in ending racism,"
said Alexander. "Each of our award winners has made an indelible mark in this
area, and Ontario is better for it."

    Established in 1993, the Lincoln M. Alexander Award recognizes Ontario
young people between the ages of 16 and 25 who have demonstrated outstanding
leadership in eliminating racial discrimination. Nominations can be submitted
by schools or community organizations that work in the field of race
relations.
    Lincoln Alexander served as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from September
1985 to December 1991. He is Ontario's first black Lieutenant Governor. Youth
and education were the hallmarks of his mandate.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Office of the Lieutenant
Governor, (416) 325-7780; Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications Branch, (416)
314-7010

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