Masters of Social Work student Kathleen MacLaurin is one of two graduate students who will receive the Hilary M. Weston Scholarship for her outstanding efforts in the study of mental health.

Ms. MacLaurin is a child welfare advocate who will receive the $7,500 award for her research and advocacy for “enhancing supports to children and adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and their caregivers.”

“It’s critical that we continue to support social workers’ capacities to help people experiencing mental illness, and to improve mental health service delivery,” said Hon. Hilary M. Weston, the former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario for whom the scholarship is named. “I am pleased to recognize and support Kathleen’s dedication and research in [her speciality.]”

Approximately 30 percent of people in Ontario experience a mental health or substance abuse challenge in their lifetime, with one in 40 experiencing serious mental illness.