Last night marked the culmination of our 2023 Press Start CoLab Program, as we celebrated the remarkable achievements of our young social change champions. Over the course of the summer, 50 talented youth from across Canada dedicated their time and creativity to conceive and develop innovative social enterprises aimed at tackling the Mental Health Crisis in Canada. Today’s press release proudly announces the deserving recipients of the nine grants awarded in partnership with Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our exceptional mentors: Cheesan Chew, Patrick Glinski, Emma Jo Aiken-Klar, Jonathan Friedman, Keosha Love, Faduma Mohamed, Jonny Morris, Katie Fenn, Krysta Hajovic Clark, Cher Peng, Jessie Brar, and our inspirational guest speakers: Kwame Osei, Dr. Susan Biali Haas, Anthony Johnson, Larissa Crawford, Guy Felicella, Teddy Syrette, and Dr. James Makokis.

A resounding applause goes out to our extraordinary team who worked tirelessly to bring this program to life: Laura Osborne, our dedicated program leader; Lia Critchley, our Creative Director; Alessia Zeppieri, our Graphic Designer; and Dolena Matthews, our Event Coordinator.

With this amazing group, the future is undeniably brighter. Thank you all for your outstanding efforts and contributions.

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