Lincoln M. Alexander

Lincoln M. Alexander Award

The Lincoln M. Alexander Award commemorates the legacy of Ontario’s 24th Lieutenant Governor by recognizing three young people who have shown strong leadership in eliminating racial discrimination. Two recipients in the Student category and one recipient in the Community category will each receive a $5,000 cash award.

View the recorded Award Ceremony for 2019 and 2020 recipients

Eligibility

Student Award

Only accredited provincial secondary schools can nominate a student for this award.

The person you nominate (the nominee) must be:

  • a grade 12 student at an Ontario high school
  • planning to attend a post-secondary institution as a full-time student
  • a resident of Ontario

You cannot nominate:

  • yourself
  • someone who has passed away

Community Award

Only a community organization or agency that works extensively in the area of race relations can nominate someone for this award.

The person you nominate (nominee) must be:

  • between the ages of 16 and 25
  • a resident of Ontario

You cannot nominate:

  • yourself
  • someone who has passed away
  • an elected federal, provincial or municipal politician currently in office
  • a public appointee currently in office

Required information

To submit a nomination, you will need to provide:

  • The school or community organization’s name, phone number and address.
  • The nominee’s first name, last name, phone number and email address.
  • The nominator’s first name, last name, phone number and email address.
  • A detailed description of your nominee’s achievements.
  • A minimum of two signed testimonial letters on letterhead. The letters must be from two different individuals who are not the nominator. An electronic signature or scanned copy of the signed letters are acceptable. The testimonial writers should:
    • know the nominee
    • be able to explain the value and impact of the nominee’s achievements
    • support the nomination
  • The testimonial writers’ first name, last name, phone number and email address.

Additional information

You may include additional materials if they give more insight into your nominee’s accomplishments, such as:

  • supplementary testimonials
  • publications
  • media stories and news articles

Volunteer activities in other areas and academic performance are not taken into consideration.

Deadline

The deadline is May 31 of each year.

How to nominate someone

  1. Gather the required information.
  2. Create an account (or sign in for returning users) on the Ontario Honours and Awards Portal.
  3. Submit your nomination on the portal.

Read our guide for tips on writing and submitting a nomination.

Selection process

An independent selection committee appointed by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration reviews each nomination and recommends the candidates that should receive the award.

Award presentation

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite at Queen’s Park on or around January 21 (Lincoln M. Alexander Day). Each recipient receives a $5,000 cash award and a certificate.

Previous recipients

Read about the previous recipients of this award.


David C. Onley

David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility

This award commemorates the legacy of Ontario’s 28th Lieutenant Governor by recognizing Ontarians who have gone above and beyond to improve accessibility for people with disabilities.

There are four categories:

  • Employee Engagement: this category recognizes an employee or volunteer who creates opportunities and breaks down barriers for fellow employees or volunteers with disabilities. The recipient receives a $5,000 cash award and a certificate.
  • Role Model: this category recognizes an individual who advocates for positive change, inspires others and makes significant contributions to improving the overall quality of life for people with disabilities. The recipient receives a $5,000 cash award and a certificate.
  • Youth Leadership: this category recognizes a young person, between 16 and 24 years old, who shows leadership and commitment to developing the potential of people with disabilities. The recipient receives a $5,000 cash award and a certificate.
  • Honour Roll: this category recognizes an organization that shows leadership in integrating and providing barrier-free working conditions for people with disabilities that goes beyond the compliance of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Each recipient receives a certificate.

Eligibility

The person you nominate (the nominee) must be:

  • a resident of Ontario (for individuals)
  • registered in Ontario (for companies and organizations)

You cannot nominate:

  • yourself
  • someone who has passed away
  • an elected federal, provincial or municipal politician currently in office

Required information

To submit a nomination, you will need to provide:

  • The nominee’s first name, last name, email address and phone number.
  • The nominator’s first name, last name, email address and phone number.
  • A brief summary of the work and initiatives in one of the four categories.
  • A detailed description of the nominee’s work and initiatives in one of the four categories.
  • At least two signed testimonial letters (this is not required for the Honour Roll category). The letters must be from two different people who are not the nominator. An electronic signature or scanned copy of the signed letters are acceptable. The testimonial writers should:
    • know the nominee
    • be able to explain the nominee’s work and its impacts
    • support the nomination
    • The testimonial writers’ first name, last name, email address and phone number.
  • The testimonial writers' first name, last name, email address and phone number.

Additional information

You may include additional materials if they give more insight into your nominee’s accomplishments, such as:

  • news articles
  • community and not-for-profit organization profiles

Deadline

The deadline is December 3 of each year.

Please note: the December 3, 2021 deadline has been extended to February 15, 2022.

How to nominate someone

  1. Gather the required information.
  2. Create an account (or sign in for returning users) on the Ontario Honours and Awards Portal.
  3. Submit your nomination on the portal.

Read our guide for tips on writing and submitting a nomination.

Selection process

An independent selection committee reviews each nomination in the three individual awards categories (Employee Engagement, Role Model, Youth Leadership), and recommends who should receive them.

The Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility determines the eligibility of applicants for Honour Roll category, and one or more recipients are selected if they meet the requirements.

Award presentation

The awards are presented during a ceremony by the Lieutenant Governor, the Hon. David C. Onley and the Minister for Seniors and Accessibility.

Learn about our recipients

Read about the recipients of this award.

About David C. Onley

David C. Onley served as the 28th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 2007 to 2014 and was the first with a physical disability.


Champion of Diversity Award

Champion of Diversity Award

This award recognizes individuals, groups and employers who help promote immigrant success, economic growth, and inclusion in Ontario.

There are three categories – Inclusion and Diversity, Cross-Cultural Understanding, and Business Leadership in Immigrant Employment.

  • Inclusion and Diversity: this category recognizes individuals or groups who embrace inclusion and diversity and ensure immigrants and refugees have access to social services.
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding: this category recognizes individuals or groups who make contributions toward preserving cultural heritage and supporting employees from different cultures.
  • Business Leadership in Immigrant Employment: this category recognizes the efforts of an organization to hire and promote immigrants at a level equal to their global skills, education and experience.

Eligibility

The person you nominate (the nominee) must be:

  • a resident of Ontario
  • an organization operating in Ontario

You cannot nominate:

  • yourself
  • someone who has passed away
  • an elected federal, provincial or municipal politician currently in office

Required information

To submit a nomination, you will need to provide:

  • The nominee’s first name, last name, email address and phone number.
  • The nominator’s first name, last name, email address and phone number.
  • A brief summary of your nominee’s achievement.
  • A detailed description of your nominee’s achievement.
  • At least two signed testimonial letters on letterhead. The letters must be from two different people who are not the nominator. An electronic signature or scanned copy of the signed letters are acceptable. The testimonial writers should:
    • know the nominee
    • be able to explain the nominee’s value and impact of their achievements
    • support the nomination
  • The testimonial writers’ first name, last name, email address and phone number.

Additional information

You may include additional materials if they give more insight into your nominee’s accomplishments, such as:

  • supplementary testimonials
  • publications
  • media stories and news articles

Deadline

The deadline is May 15 of each year.

How to nominate someone

  1. Gather the required information.
  2. Create an account (or sign in for returning users) on the Ontario Honours and Awards Portal.
  3. Submit your nomination on the portal.

Read our guide for tips on writing and submitting a nomination.

Selection process

An independent selection committee reviews all nominations and recommends recipients for the award.

Award presentation

The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration presents the award at a recognition ceremony in September.