Prestigious honour for past Grey County Warden

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A prestigious award recognizes a former Grey County warden and local lawyer for commitment to the public and community service. Selwyn Hicks has been named the recipient of the 2023 Lincoln Alexander Award from the Law Society of Ontario.

Hicks was honoured after dedicating his time to public service for more than 40 years. Hicks was a social worker for 13 years, before being called to the bar in 2003. He opened a law practice in Hanover in 2004. Hicks has volunteered with several community organizations and groups including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Hanover Chamber of Commerce and the Physician Recruitment.

Hicks served on Hanover Council between 2006 and 2022. In 2015 he became Deputy Mayor of Hanover and took a seat on Grey County Council. In 2019 he was elected Grey County Warden for the first time, a position he held again in 2021 and 2022. Hicks was the first person of a visible minority to hold the office. Hicks served on various committees as well as the Bruce Grey Poverty Taskforce, the Grey County Affordable Housing Taskforce, and the Mental Health and Addictions Taskforce.

“Anyone who has had the opportunity to get to know Selwyn knows public service is his passion. Whether serving as an elected official, a board representative, or a volunteer, Selwyn has worked tirelessly to support people, especially those who are vulnerable,” said Grey County Warden Brian Milne. “On behalf of Grey County Council, I extend my congratulations to Past Warden Hicks and our sincere thanks for all the great work he does for our communities.”

The Lincoln Alexander Award was created in honour of The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander to reward his dedication to the people of Ontario and the legal community. The award is granted only to members of the Law Society of Ontario and is awarded annually.

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