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McGuinty Government Honours Graduate Students In Mental Health Studies

Ontario is recognizing two outstanding graduate students with the Hilary M. Weston Scholarship.

Regine King, a doctoral student at the University of Toronto, will receive support for her research on post-genocide mental health, trauma and healing.

Hiren Rawal, a research associate and student in the Master of Social Work program at Laurentian University, will receive support for her research on enhancing mental health services for children and youth in foster care, and the interconnected issues of mental health, foster care experience and homelessness in Northern communities.

The Hilary M. Weston Scholarship was established by the Ontario government in honour of its 26th Lieutenant Governor to recognize students for outstanding efforts in the study of mental health.

In the 2011 Ontario Budget - Turning the Corner the McGuinty government reaffirmed its commitment to mental health with plans for a comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, starting with children and youth.

Quick Facts

  • Each recipient receives $7,500 to supports their research endeavours.
  • One out of five Ontarians will experience some form of mental illness.

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“I am pleased that these scholarships will help further the studies of two committed graduate students and broaden our understanding as a society of mental health.”

The Honourable Hilary M. Weston

Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

“Our government is pleased to support these scholarships. The knowledge acquired by these two recipients will have a profound effect on the health and well-being of many Ontarians.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration



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