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Hilary M. Weston Scholarship Recipients

McGuinty Government Supports Students In Mental Health Studies

A PhD candidate and a master's student, with outstanding academic achievements, and who have demonstrated a commitment to mental health issues, are this year's recipients of the Hilary M. Weston Scholarship.

Michelle Skop-Dror of Toronto is in her first year of doctoral studies at Wilfrid Laurier University's Faculty of Social Work. Michelle plans to research depression and anxiety in women who suffer from fibromyalgia, a chronic condition of the muscles, ligaments and tendons, and joints.

Maaria Blackwell-Moxam of Lively, Ontario, is a master's student at Laurentian University. She plans to research the needs of women with post-partum depression.

Each student will receive a $7,500 scholarship to continue their studies. The Ontario government created the scholarships in honour of Hilary M. Weston, the province's 26th Lieutenant Governor, to recognize students who have demonstrated academic excellence in the field of mental health.

Quick Facts

  • One in five people in Ontario will experience a mental illness at some point in his or her lifetime.
  • Seventy percent of mental health problems and illnesses have their onset during childhood or adolescence.
  • Mental illness is the number one cause of disability in Canada, accounting for nearly 30 per cent of disability claims.

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“Mental illness affects people of all ages, education, income levels, and cultures. The interest, commitment and dedication that these two students have to helping those with mental health problems make them outstanding choices for this year's award. It is my pleasure to award them the Hilary M. Weston Scholarship.”

The Honourable Hilary M. Weston

Ontario's 26th Lieutenant Governor

“Supporting post-graduate education is part of our government's 'Open Ontario' plan to build a stronger economy. Their research will help put Ontario in a better position to understand mental health issues and create better, and more accessible programs to address these complex issues.”

The Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

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