The Hilary M. Weston Foundation for Youth

Foundation for Youth



The Hon. Hilary M. Weston, as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (1997-2002), established a Foundation for Youth shortly after her installation in January 1997 demonstrating her commitment to Ontario’s young people. Over her five years in Office, Mrs. Weston donated her gross, federally-paid salary as Lieutenant Governor to this Foundation to support youth-related initiatives. The Foundation sponsored the First Connection program and funds other projects and organizations on a trustee-initiated basis. Some donations are directed to street youth, the homeless and organizations which serve young people most in need of help from others.

As Lieutenant Governor, Mrs. Weston launched the First Connection website with students at Jarvis Collegiate in May 1998.

First Connection

88 students from all regions of Ontario participated in the program from 1998 to 2001. During four consecutive summers, First Connection placed Grade 12 students as interns with some of Ontario’s most successful businesses. As interns, participants had opportunities rarely available to high school students. Students reported that the experience was extremely valuable in helping them to gain knowledge, experience and contacts. In fact, several continued to work for their host companies on a part-time basis and in subsequent summers. Others said their experience influenced their education and career choices for the future.

First Connection was organized in 2003 to provide career-development for at-risk youth in Toronto, London and Ottawa. The program supports 16 and 17 year olds who are in need of assistance as identified by partner community agencies.

As Lieutenant Governor, Mrs. Weston hosted a reunion in August 2001 for the students who participated in First Connection from 1998 to 2001, before she left office.

The Hilary M. Weston Foundation for Youth has limited funds. Disbursements are made on a trustee-initiated basis only. Applications for funding are not accepted.

The Office of the Hon. Hilary Weston, CM, OOnt
22 St. Clair Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario
M4T 2S3


Hon. Hilary M. Weston (biography)
Eva’s Phoenix
Yonge St. Mission
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
Lt Governor of Ontario – link to Mrs. Weston's speeches and activities