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Working Group: Commitment to Change

September, 2018. The Commitment to Change working group has been tasked by the Board of Directors to advise and facilitate the CASWE-ACFTS in identifying and implementing the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the CASWE-ACFTS Statement of Complicity and Commitment to Change. The working group will also provide relevant resources to assist the Association including its constituency groups and members in working together towards reconciliation. CASWE-ACFTS is in the process of collecting resources regarding decolonization and reconciliation, which are available at https://caswe-acfts.ca/reconciliation/. If you have articles or other resources you would like to see added, or for more information on the working group, please contact Sheri McConnell.

Open Letter on Ending Child and Family Detention in Canada and the USA

July, 2018. CASWE-ACFTS and all educators across Canada join the voices that stand up against the detention of children and families in the United States. this open letter is addressed to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Mr. Ahmed d. Hussen. Learn more.

AGM 2018: Elections Results

June, 2018. During the 2018 Annual General Assembly, the following Directors were re-elected to the Board of Directors: Dr. Kathy Hogarth, Renison University College, affiliated with the University of Waterloo, Dr. Stéphane Grenier, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Dr. Anita Vaillancourt, from the University of the Fraser Valley. We are pleased to welcome newly elected members to the Board of Directors: Dr. Jessica Ayala, from the University of Calgary, Mr. François Luu from the Université de Montréal, Dr. Patricia MacKenzie from the University of Victoria, and Dr. Judy White, University of Regina. Dr. Hogarth is the new Vice-President of the Association and Dr. Grenier will assume the role of Treasurer.For a complete list of Board members, please go to: https://caswe-acfts.ca/about-us/bod/.

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.



EPAS2019: Documents to Review!

April, 2018. We encourage all members to read these documents prior to the spring conference in Regina and to then take part in at least one of the multiple consultations sessions that will happen during the conference.  Continue reading.


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! 


The Board of Directors Endorses Justice for Colten Open Letter from Indigenous Faculty and Allies

February, 2018. Board of Directors (BOD) of CASWE-ACFTS endorses Open Letter from Indigenous Faculty and Allies. Continue reading.

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.

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.