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Supporting the Future of Mental Health Studies

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Supporting the Future of Mental Health Studies

Ontario Celebrates Two Graduate Students with Hilary M. Weston Scholarship

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

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

Nimo Bokore -- a doctoral student at York University -- will receive support for her research, which focuses on uncovering and recording the stories of Somali-Canadian women and the trauma they experienced while in Somalia and during the upheaval of their settlement in Canada.

A. deBie -- a doctoral student at McMaster University -- will receive support for her research, which examines the experiences and understanding of self-identified "Mad" people and those who have received care through the psychiatric system.

Investing in students whose work will contribute to improving the lives of those living with mental health disorders supports the government's plan to build Ontario up by investing in people, building modern infrastructure and supporting a dynamic and innovative business climate.

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.
  • One out of five Ontarians will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime.
  • Since the launch of Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy in 2011, more than 50,000 additional children and youth are benefitting from faster and easier access to mental health supports and services. New investments grew to $93 million annually in 2014-15 and included the hiring of more than 770 mental health workers in schools, communities and courts.

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“I am pleased to recognize the unique and important work of these two students. Their dedication to the study of mental health in Ontario will go a long way towards helping us better understand mental health issues and support those living with them.”

Hon. Hilary M. Weston

former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Michael Chan

“These two remarkable students are making a significant contribution to our province through their research and their work. It is this kind of creative thinking and exploration that will help us develop the best mental health treatment programs for Ontarians.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade

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