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The Board of Directors Endorses Statement of Complicity and Commitment to Change

June, 2017. “This is an important step in engaging social work education in the reconciliation process and supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action” affirms CASWE-ACFTS President, Dr. Susan Cadell “as the statement acknowledges the negative effects of past and present practices, expresses regret for harm experienced by Indigenous peoples and communities, and commits to making positive change” she further explained. Dr. Cadell notes that the Board has tasked a working group “to help shift ways of thinking, to identify activities and make recommendations regarding ways of working with the Statement in order to begin the reconciliation process”. President Cadell also emphasized that there was broad membership support for the Statement as members responded with a standing ovation. During the Association’s Annual General Meeting held on May 31st, the student committee formally endorsed the Statement. 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 candidate, McGill University, Moving past the textbook to support youth leaving care in post-secondary institutions: A youth in care alumni panel discussion.




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”.



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.