Colleen Lundy (Carleton School of Social Work) in an email encourages the OASW board to recognize the impacts of its decision to withdraw from CASW
…As you know I and a growing number of others continue to be strongly opposed to the decision to suspend and perhaps withdraw membership. Either decision will contribute to a weakened national social work voice and visibility. OASW will lose members as a result.
As far as the survey – it was seriously flawed in its methodology and questions. As well, anyone could respond and could do so as many times as they wished. Therefore the findings will not be meaningful and cannot be used to justify any decisions. For these reasons I did not respond to the survey.
The Board of Directors may want to read a book recently published by Therese Jennissen and myself on 100 years in Canadian Social Work (by Wilfred Laurier University Press). We also wrote an opinion piece in the current Eastern Ontario Bulletin. Perhaps being fully informed about the immense contributions of CASW along with the many struggles would lead to a more rationale decision by OASW.
By the way Canadian Social Work journal by CASW has an extra issue ready for publication on immigration and refugee settlement – the authors are from across the country and the journal was financially supported by the Federal government.