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Student triumphs over challenges to win provincial volunteer award

 
2009-04-27


Bronwyn Loucks has been honoured by Queen's Park for her commitment to helping others. The second-year Fine Arts student is one of eight people to receive the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers, which is presented annually by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.


Bronwyn Loucks has been honoured by Queen's Park for her commitment to helping others. The second-year Fine Arts student is one of eight people to receive the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers, which is presented annually by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Ms. Loucks has tapped her personal experience of mental illness in her effort to eliminate stigma around mental health issues, particularly as it affects young people. She helped launch a new campaign in southeastern Ontario offering art workshops to young people (13 to 19).

Her studies in art have really helped her with this project, she says. “I love developing artistic skills that I can pass on to others, and thereby encouraging others to speak out about mental health through artistic creation.”

Ms. Loucks serves on the board of directors of Children's Mental Health Ontario, and is a member of the New Mentality, a youth-driven pilot project that aims to create and support an Ontario-wide network to promote mental health and advocate for a system that meets the needs of young people.

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