2023 Lawson Impact Awards

What an amazing way to end the month! Last night we attended The 2023 Lawson Impact Awards. An annual event that honours research making a difference and acknowledges the unique accomplishments of scientists, staff, trainees and partners.

This year our president, Ryan Finch is the recipient of the Community Partner of the Year Award. This award was created to recognize the generosity of donors to hospital-based research.

In early June, Ryan Finch made a generous and personal commitment of $5 million to St. Joseph's Health Care London in support of mental health research. This incredible donation will be used to support transformational change by funding three areas:

  1. 1. A new research Chair in Mental Health System Transformation
  2. 2. Fully fund the second phase of a research project called the Mental Health Incubator of Disruptive Solutions (MINDS)
  3. 3. The development of future special initiatives that further mental health care system changes in London

What an incredible honour and beautiful event! We were so inspired by fellow recipients and the tremendous impact they’ve had in our London community. Thank you for a wonderful and empowering evening.