The First Hilary M. Weston Scholarship Awarded



    Ontario Government Supports Graduate Students In Mental Health Studies

    TORONTO, July 23 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Two social work students are receiving the first Hilary M. Weston
Scholarship for outstanding academic achievements in mental health studies at
the graduate level.
    Alan McLuckie of Newcastle, a PhD student at the University of Toronto
specializing in children's mental health and Bharati Sethi of Brantford, a
Master of Social Work student at Wilfrid Laurier University researching the
mental health issues of immigrant women, will each receive a $7,500
scholarship.
    The Honourable David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Minister
of Citizenship and Immigration Michael Chan will join former Lieutenant
Governor Hilary Weston to present the awards today at 4 p.m. at Queen's Park.
    The McGuinty government is pleased to support this important program in
honour of Mrs. Weston's term as Ontario's 26th Lieutenant Governor.

    QUOTES

    "Through their many community and academic achievements, these two
outstanding students are helping to de-stigmatize mental illness," said
Ontario Lieutenant Governor David Onley. "Their deep concern for individuals
and families affected by mental health issues and their service to others
continue to change the lives of so many people."
    "Helping students succeed is a part of the Ontario government's plan to
strengthen our economy. It also enables capable students to make a significant
contribution to society and our healthcare system," said Minister of
Citizenship and Immigration, Michael Chan.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   One in five people in Ontario will experience a mental illness at
        some point in his or her lifetime.
    -   Mental illness affects people of all ages, in all kinds of jobs and
        at all educational levels.

    LEARN MORE

    Apply for the Hilary M. Weston Scholarship:
www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/honours/hwa/,
www.ontario.ca/honoursandawards
    For more information about mental health, visit the Canadian Mental Health
Association: www.cmha.ca.

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    BACKGROUNDER
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                         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. Weston

    Hilary 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.

    
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    Coralie D'Souza                          www.ontario.ca/citizenship-news
    Minister's Office, 416-325-6204                   Disponible en français
    Michel Payen-Dumont
    Communications Branch, 416-314-7010
    




For further information:

For further information: Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Office of the Lieutenant
Governor, (416) 325-7781; Michel Payen-Dumont, Ministry of Citizenship and
Immigration, (416) 314-7010

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