I am pleased to share with you information about four kinds of financial awards coordinated by the CMHA-BC that support the pursuit/continuation of post-secondary education for people who have experienced mental health or substance use challenges. Income and education are two of the most important social determinants of health and we know that the cost of post-secondary education is both a barrier to higher education and a significant source of stress for many who attend. To learn more about each of the awards, download promotional materials and to access the online application form, please follow the links below.
Lorne Fraser, the fund's founder and namesake, is committed to increasing opportunities for people with a mental illness. He has lived with bipolar disorder for many years and recognizes the importance of education to personal well-being. Since 1982, the Lorne Fraser Educational Fund has helped more than 150 British Columbians pursue their educational dreams. The Lorne Fraser Educational Fund supports both bursaries and scholarships for British Columbia residents who are at least 19 years of age enrolled or thinking of enrolling in post-secondary education.
About the LGM Continuous Learning Bursary
LGM is a dealer development company and leading supplier of automotive warranty, insurance and finance products. LGM recognizes the importance of health and wellness in the workplace. The LGM Continuous Learning Bursary launched in 2014 in order to help empower those with mental health issues and are passionate about continuous learning. One bursary worth $800 will be awarded annually to an individual living in British Columbia with mental illness or coming back from crisis.
The Janice Lee Blue Wave bursary honours the legacy of Janice Lee, an 18-year-old who struggled with depression and anxiety for six years and took her own life in 2006. The following year, Blue Wave was created by her family to help break the silence around mental illness in teens and to provide support earlier. The vision of the Janice Lee Blue Wave bursary program is to invest in the resilience, wisdom and potential of young people and to reduce some of barriers during the major transition from high school to higher education.
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If applicable, it would be greatly appreciated if you could share brochures (available online) and posters (available by clicking on the photos above) in relevant locations and share information about the awards with your networks. Please encourage anyone who is eligible and interested in applying for one of the awards to complete an online application.
If you have any questions about the awards please call 1-800-555-8222 or email: