Hilary M. Weston Scholarship
The Government of Ontario created the Hilary M. Weston Scholarship to commemorate the province's 26th Lieutenant Governor, who served from 1997 to 2002.
The Hilary M. Weston Scholarship is granted each year to two students enrolled in a full-time graduate level social work program at a publicly funded Ontario university. Applicants must have demonstrated interest in and commitment to mental health issues, as well as outstanding academic achievement. Each successful applicant will receive a one-time award of $7,500.
Hilary M. Weston Scholarship Recipients
Alan McLuckie of Newcastle specializes in children's mental health. The PhD student at the University of Toronto has worked in family and children's mental health programs across Canada - from Calgary, Alberta to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to Durham Region, Ontario. He has conducted therapy groups for parents with autistic children, and teaches child and adolescent social work at the University of Toronto. His doctoral research is investigating the relationships between attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) symptoms, function impairments and parenting stress.
Bharati Sethi of Brantford has used her personal experiences as an immigrant to advocate for newcomer women experiencing mental health problems. The Master of Social Work student at Waterloo's Wilfrid Laurier University has researched the mental health risks faced by immigrant and refugee women from India, due to factors such as shifting gender roles, lack of social network and accessibility of services. Her master's thesis will examine the correlation between immigrant women and their employment issues.
The Honorable Hilary M. WestonHilary Weston has had a longstanding interest in mental health issues and requested that the scholarship in her name be in the field of mental health. Through her volunteer and philanthropic work, Mrs. Weston has supported numerous other projects including cultural initiatives, research in breast cancer and AIDS. In 1998, she created the Lieutenant Governor's Community Volunteer Award to honour unsung heroes in community groups she visited. She expanded the program in 2000 to recognize a student in each Ontario secondary school.