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CASWE-ACFTS Welcomes New President and Three New Board Members

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. 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, effective May 31st, 2017:

Susan Cadell, President – Renison University College, affiliated with University of Waterloo
Sheri McConnell, Vice-President – Liaison: Field Education Committee, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Anita Vallancourt
, Liaison – Social Policy and Advocacy Committee, University of the Fraser Valley
Billie Allen, Thunderbird Circle – Indigenous Social Work Educators’ Network, University of Victoria
Emily Power, Liaison – Student Committee, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Heather Peters
, Director – University of Northern British Columbia
Kathy Hogarth,
Liaison – International Affairs Committee, Renison University College, affiliated with University of Waterloo
Louise Carignan
, Liaison – Commission on Accreditation, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Peter Donahue, Liaison – Canadian Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, King’s University College 
Stéphane Grenier, Treasurer – Liaison: Quebec Schools of Social Work, Université du Québec en Abitibi Témiscamingue
Sébastien Savard, Liaison – Committee on Francophone Social Work in Linguistic Minority Contexts, Université d’Ottawa
Tuula Heinonen
, Liaison – International Affairs Committee, University of Manitoba

Vina Sandher, Director – York University


Outstanding Student Proposals

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.




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

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.


Dr. Ginette Berteau is the IASWG 2017 International Honoree

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”.


The Three Pillars of Social Work sign Historic Agreement

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. For more information please click on the following link: Intersectoral Committee Terms of Reference