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Lincoln M. Alexander

Lincoln M. Alexander (Linc)  was born in Toronto, Ontario, on January 21,1922, to West Indian immigrants.  He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II.  Linc received a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.  He went on to attend Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario.  Linc was called to the bar in 1953; from 1963 to 1979, he was a partner in a Toronto law firm.  In 1965 he was appointed a member of the Queen's Counsel and in 1968, Lincoln Alexander became the first black member of Parliament, serving Hamilton constituents until 1985.


In 1985, Lincoln Alexander was appointed as Ontario's 24th Lieutenant Governor, the first member of a visible minority to serve as such in Canada.  During his term in office, which ended in 1991, Linc gave education and youth-related issues his full attention.  He then accepted a position as Chancellor of the University of Guelph from 1991 to 2007.  In 1992, Linc became a Companion of the Order of Canada and also of the Order of Ontario.  In 1996, he was asked to chair the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.  He was also made the Honorary Commissioner for the International Year of Older Persons Ontario celebrations.


Lincoln Alexander has been rewarded for his work throughout his career. In 1969, he was the recipient of the St. Ursula Award.  In 1982, the Ethnic Press Council of Canada named him their Man of the Year.  In 1988, he was awarded the Boy Scouts of Canada Silver Acorn by the Governor General.  The following year, he won the Outstanding Citizen Award and Mel Osborne Fellow from the Kiwanis Foundation, as well as the first-ever Canadian Unity Award.  Finally, Linc was granted the Canada 125 Medal in 1992.


Reflective of the pioneering work Linc has engaged in throughout his career, an award was established in his name to recognize young people, between 16 and 25, who have demonstrated leadership in eliminating racial discrimination.  Two awards are given annually to recognize the work of a student and that of a community participant











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