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MSW Student Selected for Canadian Delegation to UN

June, 2018. Mr. Nikolas Harris, MSW student at Dalhousie University selected to join the Canadian Delegation, led by Minister Kirsty Duncan to the 11th session of the United Nations Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), held June 12-14, 2018 at the UN Headquarters in New York City, New York.


Dr. Peter Donahue Elected President of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW)

April, 2018. Dr. Peter Donahue, Director of the School of Social Work at King’s University College, Western University, has been elected President of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). Dr. Donahue is currently a member of the Board of Directors of CASWE-ACFTS and the Chair of the Nominating Committee, and was previously the Co-Chair of the CASWE-ACFTS Commission on Accreditation. Dr. Donahue’s contributions to leadership in social work education and to strengthening the social work profession are commendable! Please join us in congratulating Dr. Donahue! 

President and Executive Director Visit to Quebec Schools

September, 2017. At the Annual General Meeting on May 31, 2017 the Board of Directors (BOD) identified the importance of supporting and engaging with the Quebec schools of social work. As part of this commitment, the President, Susan Cadell and the Executive Director, Alexandra Wright visited four Quebec schools during the week of September 24-29 with more visits planned for November. During these visits, the President and the Executive Director had the opportunity to meet with faculty members, field coordinators, students and administrators. Read More.

Le conseil d’administration approuve la Déclaration de complicité et d’engagement envers le changement

Juin 2017. Lors de l’assemblée générale qui a eu lieu le 27 mai 2017, le conseil d’administration de CASWE-ACFTS s’est engagé à faire en sorte que la formation en travail social au Canada contribue à transformer la réalité coloniale du Canada et a appuyé la « Déclaration de complicité et d’engagement envers le changement ». « C’est une étape importante dans l’engagement de la formation en travail social dans le processus de réconciliation et le soutien aux appels à l’action de la Commission de la vérité et de la réconciliation», affirme la présidente de CASWE-ACFTS, Mme Susan Cadell, « car la déclaration reconnaît les effets négatifs des pratiques passées et présentes, exprime le regret du préjudice subi par les peuples et les communautés autochtones et s’engage à apporter des changements positifs », a-t-elle expliqué. En savoir plus.

CASWE-ACFTS Welcomes New President and Three New Board Members

May, 2017. Following its May 31st Annual General Meeting at Ryerson University during Congress, the Association welcomes Dr. Susan Cadell as President, Dr. Billie Allen as Director, Dr. Heather Peters as Director and Ms. Vina Sandher as Director. Dr. Sheri McConnell was re-elected as Vice-President. Dr. Dixon Sookraj, outgoing President, as well as the retiring Directors, Dr. Carolyn Campbell, Dr. Shelly Johnson and Ms. Sheila Sammon were thanked for their service and commitment to the Association. The Association’s new Board of Directors for 2017-2018.

Outstanding Student Proposals

May 2017 – The Canadian Association for Social Work Education – Association canadienne pour la formation en travail social (CASWE-ACFTS) aims to provide funding support to student members who have the most promising presentation submissions and who are registered to attend the Annual Conference of CASWE-ACFTS. The purpose of the award is to promote high-quality social work education and practice, and to encourage more student participants to attend and present at the Annual Conference of CASWE-ACFTS. Every year, five awards are provided for up to $500 each, with two awards to be allocated to undergraduate students, another two to master’s students, and one to a doctoral student. The 2017 winners are:

Brenda Polar,PhD candidate, York University, Conceptualizing collaboration between Indigenous racialized immigrants and Aboriginal peoples.

Kelly Isenor, BSW student, Dalhousie University, Ethical decision making in social work: An online tool for NS practitioners.

Melanie Doucet, PhD student, McGill University, Moving past the textbook to support youth leaving care in post-secondary institutions: A youth in care alumni panel discussion.

Dr. Peter Donahue 2017 OASW Recipient

March, 2017. Inspirational Leader Award.

Dr. Ginette Berteau is the IASWG 2017 International Honoree

June, 2017. Each year the International Association for Social Work with Groups Board (IASWG)  votes for one or two persons to award at the IASWG Symposium the honor of being the “IASWG International Honoree”, recognizing the person’s extensive contributions to group work and IASWG. This year the Board members voted enthusiastically and unanimously to award Dr. Ginette Berteau this special honor as the “IASWG 2017 International Honoree”.

Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard Appointed to the Senate of Canada

October, 2016. Congratulations to Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard Appointed to the Senate. For more information, please click on this link: Wanda Thomas Bernard.

Dr. Shelly Johnson Nominated Canada Research Chair

December, 2016. Congratulations to Dr. Shelly Johnson who was nominated Canada Research Chair in Indigenization in Higher Education at the Faculty of Education and Social Work at Thompson Rivers University (TRU). Dr. Johnson (Mukwa Musayett) is Saulteaux of the Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan. This is the first Research Chair in Indigenization in Higher Education. Dr. Johnson is a recognized leader in Aboriginal research methodologies and Aboriginal Leadership. She begins this position in January 2017. For more information, please click on the following link: Indigenization in Higher Education.

The 3 Pillars of Social Work sign Historic Agreement

 June, 2016 – The Canadian Association for Social Work Education – l’Association canadienne pour la formation en travail social (CASWE-ACFTS), the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators (CCSWR), and the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) met in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 12, 2016 to sign a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The purpose of the MOU is to foster communication, connection and collaboration among these three pillars of the profession.  Please view the signed agreement here.

CASWE-ACFTS President Signs on to Call for Action. Social Work for Social Action: A Call to Action

November, 2016. The U.S. Presidential Election (2016) has highlighted the complex and intersecting oppressions experienced by those who are Indigenous, racialized, LGBTTIQQ2SA*, gender nonconforming/fluid, women, those living with disabilities, migrants, and those who have non/precarious status within and across nation-states. At this critical moment in our global history, we—social work students, faculty, staff, administration and alumni across Canada— acknowledge our personal, professional, and ethical responsibility to respond to the increasing racism, colonialism, sexism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, classism, and white nationalism experienced by those who are marginalized.For more information please click on the following link: A call to action – CASWE-ACFTS.