Jamie Hubley was a shooting star. An adored son and brother. Fierce friend. Saucy singing sensation. Forceful figure skater. And, he was courageous beyond words.

Jamie also struggled with depression, loneliness, and bullying. Established in his memory, annual post-secondary scholarships are awarded to residents of Ottawa.

The Hubley family believes in supporting the increase of skilled professionals working in the field of mental health care. They also understand the value individuals with lived experience navigating a mental health issue can bring to the community and their area of study and career.

The Jamie Hubley Memorial Scholarship is for individuals with lived experience with a mental health issue who are pursuing post-secondary education, and/or for those training or studying at a post-secondary level in the field of mental health.
Two recipients will be awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,000 each. We encourage you to apply!

Eligibility Criteria:
• Ottawa resident
• Educational and vocational goals related to the field of mental health AND/OR experience of coping with a mental health challenge
• Demonstrated need for financial assistance
• Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a recognized educational institute

Selection Procedure: A Selection Committee convened by the Hubley family will review each application and select the scholarship recipients.

Click Here to download the application form.

Mail or email the completed Application Form to:
YSB Foundation
c/o Scholarship Committee
2675 Queensview Drive
Ottawa, ON K2B 8K
ysbfoundation@ysb.ca
Deadlines: Applications are due by April 22nd, 2022 and scholarship recipients will be announced during Mental Health Week.

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Milo's Story

Every year when I was little, I’d think “this will be the year that everything will be okay”. And every year, I’d be crushed. By the time I was 18 I couldn’t take my dad’s drinking or my mom’s crying anymore, so I packed a knapsack with the warmest clothes I had and I left. It was freezing cold, and I was alone…but I was free.

The next few months were rough and at times very scary. I spent nights in parks, doorways and even under bridges all with just an old sleeping bag a friend had given me. One night it was so cold that I walked until the sun came up, afraid that I would freeze to death if I slept.

It took me awhile to get over the embarrassment to start asking people for money. But, it was swallow my pride or stay cold and hungry. After two weeks of doing this I learned about YSB. I didn’t know it then but, in that moment, my life changed for the better. I got connected to YSB’s Young Men’s Emergency Shelter and my first night in the shelter I slept 11 hours. I felt so safe and secure. I remember that moment clearly and I felt so hopeful I now have my own apartment in one of YSB’s long-term housing buildings, am attending college to become a graphic designer, and am working part-time to support myself.

“For the first time I can remember, I’m really excited about my future. Growing up I just thought about getting by one day at a time.” I hope my story conveys just how life changing it was for me to be able to access YSB’s shelter during a really difficult time in my life. The team at YSB supported me every step of the way, and I’m grateful they were by my side. I hope you’ll consider taking the opportunity to transform the life of another young person like me today.

Milo*

*While Milo’s story is real his name has been changed to protect his privacy