Ottawa's Manaal Chasso is among three young leaders who are receiving the 2018 Lincoln M. Alexander Award for their leadership in trying to eliminate racial discrimination and promote inclusivity and social equality in their communities.
The Lincoln M. Alexander Award is presented each year to three young people who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in promoting positive social change. Two 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.
Chasso, 18, ran anti-black racism campaigns in her high school and created the "Stay Woke" club, which encouraged the student body to stay conscious of social issues.
Lisa Wang, 18, of North York and Fiqir Worku, 22, of Waterloo are the other award recipients.
"The Lincoln Alexander Award recognizes exceptional individuals who have taken it upon themselves to challenge systemic discrimination, acting in substantive and distinctive ways to fight racism," said Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell. "I am delighted to celebrate this year's recipients as they continue the legacy of a trailblazer whose impact we mark every year on January 21."
Dowdeswell presented the awards at a ceremony at Queen's Park in Toronto Monday, along with Vincent Ke, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
"Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Lincoln M. Alexander Award," said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. "Through their dedication, passion and ingenuity, these young leaders are making a positive difference in our province, and I'm honoured to celebrate these remarkable youths."
Nominations are now being accepted for next year's awards. The closing date is May 31.