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Congratulations Louisa Drost

Louisa Drost, Director Student Wellness Initiatives at Mohawk College was honoured at last night's YWCA 2019 Women of Distinction Awards in the Health category. 

Louisa has made Mohawk College a healthier place for both students and employees by vastly expanding access to, and improving the quality of, mental health and wellness services. This includes Mental Health in Motion, a peer-led mental health group that reaches more than 4,700 students per year.

Louisa has served on community boards and is the co-founder of Strides2Wellness, an organization dedicated to helping people find wellness through movement. Last year, Strides2Wellness raised funds for a naturalized playground and healing garden for Pathstone Mental Health, a children's mental health group in Niagara.

Under Louisa's leadership, the conversation at Mohawk College has shifted from mental illness to mental wellness. Louisa has spearheaded programs and initiatives that are making a difference in other areas as well, including more awareness and education around sexualized violence.

Louisa has also previously served a three-year term on board of directors at the Grand River Community Health Centre (2014–2017).