Baldwin Reichwein shares thoughts on the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) initiative to terminate with the CASW…
Will you allow a Western to join the dialogue about OASW wanting to terminate its affiliation with CASW, because the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) intends to do the same, OASW claiming members not getting value for money, and ACSW claiming it pays too much money to CASW. The undersigned for one does not think that the Council of ACSW serves the common good by leaving CASW, but I too question OASW’s rationale for its intended departure.
ACSW might celebrate 50 years of incorporation in 2011, an achievement that might not have happened if social workers in Alberta had not formed the Southern Alberta and Northern Alberta Branch recpectively under the banner of CASW, in 1949/50. ACSW’s Council does not speak for me in wanting to withdraw from CASW, nor do I think that Council represents the views of many of my colleagues in Alberta, and the same phenomemon seems to be taking place in Ontario.
I urge my elected colleagues who serve on the ACSW Council, and also my colleagues across Canada to prevent balkanization of the social work profession. Instead, social workers–individually and collectively–should rally and speak out and up to protect ‘our’ national organization. We claim to be problem solvers, and we believe in conflict resolution, right? Then, let’s get to work and solve value for money and fee issues, and let’s work together on this and make it a national project to revitalize CASW with active grassroots participation. Let’s put democratic principles of member participation to the test.I hereby join Ontario colleagues in protesting any provincial social work organization from terminating its affiliation with CASW. Social workers and their clients, i.e. Canadians generally, need a national voice in Ottawa more than ever before. So, stop talking about pieces of silver, and let’s on to practise our values.