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The Lincoln Alexander Award

The Lincoln Alexander Award was established in 2002 and is awarded annually in recognition of an Ontario lawyer who has demonstrated long-standing interest and commitment to the public and to the pursuit of community service on behalf of residents of Ontario. The award was created in honour of The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, PC, CC, OOnt, CD, QC, LSM, to reward his dedication to the people of Ontario and the legal community.

The honour is granted only to members of the Law Society of Ontario or in recognition of service given while a member of the Law Society.

2020 recipient

John E. Valeriote is the 2020 Lincoln Alexander Award recipient.

Called to the Bar in 1968, John Valeriote has been an integral part of the Guelph legal community for more than 50 years. He has committed his life to numerous community causes and countless fundraising initiatives in support of community programs. His community service has been recognized with the Confederation Medal in 1992 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Past recipients

Yasir Naqvi, 2019
Jim Cimba, 2018
Thora H. Espinet, 2017
Mary Lou Dingle, 2016
Paul Le Vay, 2015
Nigel G. Gilby, 2014
Frank E. Walwyn, 2013
Keith J.F. Jobbitt, 2012
Stanley M. Tick, QC, 2011
Aly N. Alibhai, 2010
Sandra Thomas, 2009
Morley Wolfe, QC, 2008
Roger Rowe, 2007
Patricia DeGuire, F.C.I.P., LLM, 2006
Keith M. Landy, 2005
Keith C. Norton, QC, 2004
David Lepofsky, 2003
Jean Teillet, 2002

About The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander

lincoln alexander awardBorn in Toronto, Ont., in 1922, Lincoln MacCauley Alexander graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., in 1949 and Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto in 1953.

He practised law in Hamilton and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1965. In 1968, only a few years after going into politics, Mr. Alexander was elected a Member of Parliament representing Hamilton West, thus becoming the first Black MP in Canada. He was re-elected in 1972, 1974, 1979 and 1980.

In 1985, he was appointed the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, becoming the first person of colour in Canada to be named to the viceregal position.

Mr. Alexander was made an honorary bencher of the Law Society of Ontario in 1992 and he received the Law Society Medal in 2002.

He received countless honours and awards over his lifetime. In 1992, he was appointed both an Officer of the Order of Ontario and a Companion of the Order of Canada. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers in 1997 and has been awarded honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from five universities.

Lincoln Alexander died on October 19, 2012, in Hamilton, at the age of 90.

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