On behalf of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board it is my pleasure to officially declare today, February 12, 2007, as Lincoln Alexander Day.
From this moment onwards, every second Monday in February will be recognized by our Board as Lincoln Alexander Day. This is our way of honouring a local legend and a fine role model for all our students.
As we embrace Character Education in our Board, it is fitting that we recognize a person who exemplifies what it means to have great character. Also, by honouring Mr. Alexander within the context of Black History Month will reinforce for our students the positive contribution that Black Canadians have made to make this nation the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous country we enjoy today.
Today, and every second Monday in February, we pay tribute to a great Hamilton man who holds a profound interest in youth and education. Mr. Alexander came from humble beginnings but not so humble were his dreams and aspirations and he overcame many obstacles to serve the interests of Hamilton and his community through his many years of public service. Recognizing Mr. Alexander with the declaration of an annual day named in his honour gives us the opportunity to say thank you.
There is a saying that Mr. Alexander likes to recite when addressing school children to encourage them to pursue education and their dreams. I'd like to share those words with you and have you repeat them out loud in your classrooms: "He did it. I can. I will."
Have a great Lincoln Alexander Day.
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