January 21st was Lincoln Alexander Day and Durham District School Board’s Lincoln Alexander PS celebrated its namesake with a special visit and presentation from Patrick Case. Case is the Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education; Supporting Student Potential Secretariat and he was also a close friend and colleague of the Honourable Lincoln Alexander.
“He would always stand up when things weren’t right,” shares Case. Case described his friend as a man with great principles who often inspired him and others to be better human beings.
Alexander and Case worked together on human rights and equity initiatives in Ontario and Canada. Case also had the honour of following in Alexander’s footsteps when he became the second Chair of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.
“The legacy of Lincoln Alexander inspires all of us to reach our fullest potential,” explains Kara Trumbley-Novak, Principal at Lincoln Alexander PS. “We focus on his core values: determination, hope, courage and perseverance every day. We recognize that we will continue to learn and grow and develop these traits to support our own goals and work in the community.”
Case spoke to an engaged group of Grade 6 to 8 students, DDSB administrators and staff. They were surrounded by student artwork that spoke to the core values of the school, including equity and diversity. After his presentation, students presented him with a gift before he led a professional development session with administrators and staff.
It was a great day and everyone loved hearing about the great legacy of the Honourable Lincoln Alexander.
Case emphasized to the DDSB team the importance of the work the Board is doing within the equity portfolio and to continue to do what is right for our school communities.