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Ontario Honouring Two Graduate Students with Hilary M. Weston Scholarship

Ontario is recognizing two graduate students with the Hilary M. Weston Scholarship for their outstanding efforts and commitment to studying in the area of mental health.

Halina Haag of Kitchener, a doctoral student at Wilfrid Laurier University, will receive support for her research on the barriers experienced by people living with mental health disorders caused by mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injury.

Robyn Henderson of Orono will receive assistance to begin her Master of Social Work Program at Carleton University this September. The scholarship will support her interests in marginalized individuals who suffer from concurrent mental health disorders.

Supporting students whose work will contribute to improving the lives of those living with mental health disorders is part of the new Ontario government's plan to help people with their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario government created the scholarships in honour of Hilary M. Weston, the province's 26th Lieutenant Governor.
  • Two students, enrolled full-time at a publicly-funded Ontario university, are awarded the Hilary M. Weston scholarship annually and receive $7,500 each to support their research.
  • The new Ontario government reaffirmed its commitment to providing improved Access to High-Quality Public Services for those facing mental health and addiction challenges in the 2013 Ontario Budget – A Prosperous and Fair Ontario.
  • One out of five Ontarians will experience some form of mental illness.
  • Mental Health Week (May 6 to 12, 2013) is an annual national event during the first week in May.

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“The interest and commitment of these two students and their dedication to furthering the study of mental health make them worthy recipients of this year’s scholarship.”

Hilary M. Weston

former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

“Our government is pleased to support the work of these students. The knowledge gained through Halina and Robyn’s research on mental health will have a vital impact on the development of better mental health treatment programs in Ontario. Congratulations to two outstanding students.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

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