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One of Peterborough's own talented, smart, African-descendant young men, Zuberi Attard, received the Lincoln M. Alexander award on Jan. 21.
The award is named after the late Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, who was the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, serving from 1985-1991. He was the first member of African descent to serve as a Lieutenant Governor in any province in Canada.
The Lincoln M. Alexander Award honours youth, such as Zuberi Attard, who have demonstrated leadership in community work and eliminating racial discrimination in Ontario. Zuberi Attard was born in Toronto in 1995 and moved to Peterborough in 1999. He was home schooled for nine years by his mother, Cheryl Edwards, who provided him with a pro-Afrocentric education. This Afrocentric education made Zuberi proud to be of African descent. Zuberi attended RJ Downey elementary school, where he earned an award in English, Adam Scott intermediate school, and both Kenner CVI (for the IB program) and St. Peter's Secondary school (where he admirably starred as Scrooge in a play during his graduating year).
Partly based on his positive social experiences in Peterborough, Zuberi's journey of social activism blossomed into a diversified environment when he was at Central Toronto Academy. One of Zuberi's first activist actions was at the school where he initiated a student petition to have the school library open during class time. This was a success. He then went on to join the multicultural club at the school where he helped to break cultural barriers.
Zuberi's motto then and now is; In our community it doesn't matter who you are, or where you're from, it just matters what you do to improve the lives of others. Zuberi's long list of accomplishments include; peer leader for a Young Men's Group at Central Toronto Academy -- a group for older teens to release their tension, achieve empowerment and liberate each other through their differences; creating a Student Activist Association -- a group focusing on making a difference in the community internally and externally; joining a Policy Leadership lab where they discuss the economic inequalities in Toronto and conjure best solutions; being elected by the staff at Central Toronto Academy to represent the school and to speak at the Urban Priority High Schools conference; peer educator at St. Stephen's Community House where he worked to facilitate and develop workshops about harm reduction for youth from various ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Zuberi ran a successful clothing drive for homeless youth in Toronto, and a textbook drive to ship barrels of books to Jamaican schools. His ability to work with other community leaders enabled his endeavours to be successful.
Zuberi believes that bringing people together is the only way to eradicate social discrepancies. He is passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion, safe neighbourhoods, as well as initiatives that value and celebrate differences including gender, ability, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and religious beliefs.
He is a trailblazer for other youths to follow his example of building community and making a difference in improving the lives of others that are from all walks of life.