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Board of Directors

The CASWE-ACFTS Board of Directors (BOD) is responsible for planning and overseeing the activities and policies of the Association and is accountable to the General Assembly of CASWE-ACFTS members. The term of office for Directors is three years and members may stand for re-election for one consecutive term for a total of six years.

The Board can have a maximum of 14 members. There are currently 13 members.


Susan Cadell
Présidente/President
Mandat / Term: 2013-2016; 2016-2019
School of Social Work, Renison University College, affiliated with University of Waterloo
scadell@uwaterloo.ca

 

Sheri McConnell
Vice-présidente/Vice-President (2014-2017)
Liaison: Comité des stages/ Field Education Committee
Mandat / Term: 2012-2015; 2015-2018
School of Social Work, Memorial University of Newfoundland
smcconne@mun.ca

 

Stéphane Grenier
Trésorier/Treasurer (2016)
Liaison : Écoles de travail social de Québec
Mandat / Term: 2015-2018
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
stephane.grenier@uqat.ca

 

Anita Vaillancourt
Liaison et Co-Présidente, Comité sur la politique sociale et de la défense des droits
Liaison and Co-Chair, Social Policy and Advocacy Committee
Mandat / Term: 2015-2018
School of Social Work and Human Services University of the Fraser Valley
Anita.Vaillancourt@ufv.ca

 

Billie Allen
Liaison: Thunderbird Circle – Indigenous Social Work Educators’ Network
Mandat / Term: 2017-2020
University of Victoria
allanb@uvic.ca

Emily Power
Liaison: Comité des étudiants/Student Committee
Mandat / Term: 2016-2019
Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
eamp40@mun.ca

Heather Peters
Director
Mandat / Term: 2017-2020
University of Northern British Columbia
Heather.Peters@unbc.ca

 

Kathy Hogarth
Liaison et Co-Présidente, Comité des affaires internationales
Liaison and Co-Chair, International Affairs Committee/Présidente, Comité de mise en candidature/Chair, Nominating Committee (2017-2019)
Mandat / Term: 2015-2018
School of Social Work, Renison University College, affiliated with University of Waterloo khogarth@uwaterloo.ca

 

Louise Carignan
Liason : Commission d’agrément/Commission on Accreditation
Mandat / Term: 2015-2018
École de travail social, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
louise_carignan@uqac.ca

 

 

Peter Donahue
Liaison: Association canadienne des doyens et directeurs des écoles de travail social
Canadian Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work
Mandat / Term: 2016-2019
School of Social Work, King’s University College
Peter.Donahue@kings.uwo.ca

 

Tuula Heinonen
Co-Présidente, Comité des affaires internationales
Co-Chair, International Affairs Committee Présidente, Comité de mise en candidature

Faculty of Social Work University of Manitoba
tuula.heinonen@ad.umanitoba.ca

 

Sébastien Savard
Liaison : Comité de travail social francophone en contexte minoritaire linguistique/Committee on Francophone Social Work in Linguistic Minority Contexts
Mandat / Term: 2016-2019
École de service social, Université d’Ottawa
Sebastien.Savard@uottawa.ca

 

Vina Sandher
Director
Mandat / Term: 2017-2020
York University
vsandher@yorku.ca


Directors of the Board act as a liaison to a variety of constituents engaged in social work education in Canada that include the following:

  • The Quebec Schools of Social Work
  • The Canadian Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work
  • Thunderbird Circle-the Indigenous Social Work Educators Network
  • The Commission on Accreditation
  • The International Affairs Committee
  • The Student Committee
  • The Field Education Committee
  • The Social Policy and Advocacy Committee
  • The Committee on Francophone Social Work in Linguistic Minority Contexts
  • The Finance Committee
  • The Educational Policy Committee
  • The Nominating Committee

The BOD’s responsibilities vary and include the following activities:

  • The development, amendment and approval of educational policy for social work education;
  • The approval of accreditation standards and procedures;
  • The promotion of advocacy and a national and international voice on social work and social work education;
  • The management the Association’s finances and accounting;
  • The provision of oversight to all of the CASWE-ACFTS Board committees, subcommittees, committees, commissions, and taskforces/working groups;
  • The creation of committees charged with the task of designing and implementing the program of conferences, and other fora, under terms of reference established by the BOD;
  • The endorsement and support (financially and/or otherwise) all groups which report to the Board of Directors annually;
  • The receipt and adjudication of accreditation appeals;
  • The approval of appointments for committee positions;
  • The hiring and evaluation of the Executive Director;
  • The collaboration with the Quebec Schools of Social Work, the Canadian Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, and Thunderbird Circle – the Indigenous Social Work Educators Network (ISWEN) in carrying out its responsibility;
  • The development of a yearly action plan in consultation with the membership.
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