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Ontario Honours Achievements of Emerging Mental Health Leaders

The Ontario government is recognizing two graduate students with the Hilary M. Weston Scholarship for their outstanding work and contributions in the field of mental health. The $7,500 scholarship is awarded annually to two graduate students enrolled in full-time social work programs at a publicly funded Ontario university.

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, was joined virtually by Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, and the Honourable Hilary M. Weston to present the awards to this year’s recipients Calvin Prowse and Tin Vo.

“COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the mental health of Ontarians and our government is committed to supporting mental health and addictions services,” said Minister MacLeod. “The Hilary M. Weston Scholarship encourages continued work and contributions in the study of mental health. I want to sincerely congratulate Calvin Prowse and Tin Vo for their outstanding efforts to support those living with mental health challenges.”

Calvin Prowse, a Master of Social Work student at McMaster University, will receive the award for their desire to transform the lives of individuals living with disabilities by understanding the mind and body through their research and ultimately building a more inclusive world for all.

Tin Vo, a PhD student in the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University, will receive the award for his research on mental health and the social well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people within LGBTQ community centres and other spaces, helping to provide a more fluid, integrated and effective services network for everyone.

“The new and more complex challenges we are facing due to the impacts of COVID-19 have created a surge in demand for mental health supports across Ontario,” said Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “The Hilary M. Weston Scholarship is an incredible partner in helping to ensure we can deliver higher-quality mental health care for Ontarians of all ages. I extend a heartfelt congratulations to Calvin Prowse and Tin Vo for their recent recognition, and I wish them the very best of success in their efforts to provide patient-centered mental health care.”

“With the mental health field constantly evolving, we must look to passionate and creative scholars like Tin and Calvin to not only serve their communities, but also to seize the opportunity to fill the painful gaps that occurred throughout the pandemic, in learning and education” said the Honourable Hilary M. Weston.

The Government of Ontario established the scholarships in honour of Hilary M. Weston, the province’s 26th Lieutenant Governor. It recognizes her legacy and contributions in the area of mental health.