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CASWE-ACFTS Committees

Nominating Committee

 logo_57The Nominating Committee is responsible for the presentation of a list of candidates for election at the Annual General Assembly. Current members of the nominating Committee are Dr. Dora Tam (Chair), Dr. Jackie Sieppert (Member) and Dr. Rose Cameron (Member).

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Educational Policy Committee


The Educational Policy Committee reviews established educational policies and recommends amendments to the Board of Directors. The Committee also acts as a liaison between various constituencies and the Board of Directors.

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International Affairs Committee

 logo_57The International Affairs Committee (IAC) acts on international issues facilitating cooperation and networking with social work educators and programmes. Established in 1988 the Committee provides linkages with the International Association of Schools of Social Work and other international associations and provides a clearinghouse role for the international activities of the school of social work members and individual social work educators. 

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Student Committee

 logo_57The mission of the Student Committee is to enhance educational experiences within CASWE-ACFTS accredited schools of social work across Canada. The goal of this committee is to promote student involvement in relevant activities of CASWE-ACFTS and thereby participate in the development of social work knowledge and practice to prepare students for competent, ethical practice. 

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Field Education Committee

 logo_57The Field Education Committee is a national network of Field Education Coordinators and Directors from all CASWE Social Work programs. 

We meet at the CASWE conference each spring, by video/tele-conference each fall, and stay connected throughout the year.  We share information and resources, discuss common concerns, strategize for change, offer support to new and existing Field Education Coordinators and Directors, and encourage research, publication, and presentations addressing field education.


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Social Policy and Advocacy Committee

 logo_57The Social Policy and Advocacy Committee (SPAC) is a consultative body for CASWE-ACFTS policy that facilitates the development and dissemination of social policy and advocacy positions and actions. Under the direction of the CASWE Board of Directors, the SPAC seeks to raise the profile and voice of CASWE on national and international policy issues. The Committee has two co-chairs, Heather Peters, the Board of Directors’ representative and Anita Vaillancourt.

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Committee on Francophone Social Work in Linguistic Minority Contexts

 logo_57The Committee on Francophone Social Work in Linguistic Minority Contexts represents the interests, preoccupations and needs of social work schools in Canada where French language programs are offered in official language minority communities. The Committee facilitates exchanges, support and collaboration between schools that offer these programs; publicizes these programs through their promotion and facilitate discussions between these programs and other social work programs in Canada. The Chair of the Committee is Léna Diamé Ndiaye and the representative to the Board of Directors is Marc Molgat

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Working Groups

Working Groups - presentation

CASWE-ACFTS currently has 3 active working groups and the BOD members and staff are active in multiple other initiatives. These are described below and the members of each group are listed. If you have thoughts about any of these topics please contact one of the working group members, a board member, or a staff person.

Mission and Purpose Working Group

Mission and Purpose Working Group: The members in this group are reviewing the current statements of purpose and mission for the organization. They will then be developing a process for soliciting feedback from the membership to help clarify our focus and to inform the work of the Constitution and By-Laws Working Group.

Sue-Ann MacDonald (co-chair), Tuula Heinonen (co-chair), Carolyn Campbell, Susan Manitowabi, Jackie Sieppert, Beth Kuhn, Dawn Hemingway, Barbara Heron, Brenda LeFrançois, Donna Jeffery and Alex Wright.

Please contact Sue-Ann MacDonald or Tuula Heinonen for further information: sueann.macdonald@umontreal.ca, Tuula.Heinonen@ad.umanitoba.ca.

Constitution and By-Laws Working Group

Constitution and By-Laws Working Group: Our current by-laws are not in compliance with new legislation related to non-profit organizations so require some changes. We also want to honour our commitment to ensuring equity related concerns are reflected within our governance structure. Therefore a group is building on the work of the previous Governance Task Force to ensure that we meet the legislative requirements and have a governance structure that supports our values and our Mission.

Dora Tam, Heather Peters, Irene Carter, Rachael Crowder, Ross Klein and Alex Wright.

Please contact Alex Wright for further information: awright@caswe-acfts.ca.

Monitoring the Accreditation Standards and Procedures Working Group

Monitoring the Accreditation Standards and Procedures Working Group: New Standards and Procedures were introduced in 2012. Members of this working group are developing procedures for gathering feedback on these Standards and Procedures that can inform the next round of revisions. 

Dixon Sookraj, Raven Sinclair and Alex Wright.

Please contact Alex Wright for further information: awright@caswe-acfts.ca.

Other Board Members

Other Board Members are involved in a variety of initiatives to advance the 2015/2016 Action Plan. People are working on conference planning for 2016, various educational policy issues, supporting student engagement in CASWE-ACFTS, exploring opportunities of inter-sectorial activities, and addressing pressing concerns related to Field Education within social work curricula. The National Office staff continues to liaise with Schools, enhance the web site, ensure financial accountability, and carry out the multitude of tasks required to keep the organization running smoothly and efficiently.


Queer Caucus

logo_57The Queer Caucus is made up of and open to queer (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, two-spirit, intersex, queer and questioning) identified social work faculty and students and their allies in Canada. The Queer Caucus provides an opportunity for queer members of CASWE-ACFTS to have a voice regarding queer issues, needs and concerns in the work of the CASWE-ACFTS. Further to this, the Queer Caucus creates space for information sharing, ongoing dialogue and networking among social work students and faculty across Canada.

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(dis)Ability Caucus

logo_57Judy Macdonald and Irene Carter are Co-Chairs of the (dis)Ability caucus.

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Women’s Caucus

logo_57The CASWE-ACFTS Women’s Caucus acts as an advisory body to the CASWE-ACFTS Executive and general membership by providing an inclusive space for social work educators and students to discuss and respond to gendered social justice issues within and beyond the academy.The Caucus was founded in 1977, during the wider societal Women’s Movement, in response to the Task Force Report on the Status of Women in Social Work Education (Walker, cited in Clarke et al.) 

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Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Issues Caucus


Kathy Hogarth and Dave Sangha are Co-Chairs of the Race, Ethnic, and Cultural Issues caucus. 

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Collaborative relationships

The Canadian Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (CADDSSW)

logo_57Motion carried unanimously at the CASWE-ACFTS Annual General Meeting, June 05, 2013
Dr. Jane Aronson, Chair of the Canadian Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work


  1. Canadian university social work programs have a long and rich history of leadership in the education of social workers for practice.
  2. Canadian social work programs are subject to a longstanding and democratically developed accreditation process that respects principles of academic freedom and is recognized throughout Canada and the U.S.
  3. Schools of Social Work are confident that their programs prepare graduates well to engage in social work practice.
  4. Canadian Schools of Social Work are mandated to develop, preserve and communicate knowledge and scholarship.

We re-affirm the autonomy of university social work programs to determine the content and delivery of their curricula and the recruitment, qualifications and responsibilities of their faculty. 

We request the support of CASWE for this motion.

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The Thunderbird Circle – Indigenous Social Work Educators Network

logo_57The Thunderbird Circle is a group of Indigenous social work academics from across Canada with representation at the CASWE-ACFTS Board of Directors. The main function of having representation at the Board of Directors is to ensure Indigenous academics have a voice in policy planning and development at that level. The Thunderbird Circle meets in person each year preceding the annual CAWSE-ACFTS conference and during the remainder of the year communication occurs through group emails and on the Thunderbird Circle Facebook page. Membership for the Thunderbird Circle is open to all Indigenous social work academics from across Canada. The Board representative is renewed every three years through selection by the membership and all members are encouraged to participate in the selection of the representative and to forward to the Board of Directors any items for discussion through their representative.

Please note that Shelly Johnson is the Board of Directors representative from the Thunderbird Circle – Indigenous Social Work Educators Network.

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