Statement by the Lieutenant Governor on the eve of the anniversary of Lincoln Alexander’s 100th birthday

Col. Colonel the Hon. Lincoln M. Alexander

Each year on January 21, Ontarians and Canadians celebrate Lincoln Alexander, Ontario’s 24th Lieutenant Governor.

A man of noble character, kindness, and moral strength, he used his platform in the service of others. He was devoted to seeking justice for all, in particular by focussing on education and youth.

He possessed a unique power to make everyone he met feel seen.

In my travels across the province, I am often stopped by individuals who recall vividly what it was like as a young person to have Lincoln Alexander pause to shake their hands, look them in the eye, and celebrate their potential.

It is this determination and clear-eyed understanding of service that made him such an extraordinary leader. I have no doubt that he would be proud of the response of so many Ontarians during this time of great difficulty and challenge. Ontarians are demonstrating service in many vital ways: communities extending hands to help their neighbours, teachers and librarians who have taken the extra step to support a student in need, and young people across the province who continue to face the unknown with bravery.

Today, we remain inspired by Lincoln Alexander’s legacy. In his honour, let us stand tall and act with courage and conviction for the betterment of all for the next 100 years.

– The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

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