Ontario Association of Social Workers president describes efforts to dialogue with the Canadian Association of Social Workers

President Adamson’s memo informs of a OASW and CASW luncheon.

The voice of social work in Ontario La voix du travail social en Ontario

January 2017
Memo to: OASW Branch Presidents
Cc: OASW Board of Directors

Dear Colleagues:
As a follow-up to our November meetings at the OASW Provincial Conference, I wanted to provide you
with an update on CASW.

Joan MacKenzie Davies, OASW Executive Director, and I met with CASW’s new President,
Jan Christianson-Wood, and Executive Director, Fred Phelps, on October 5, 2016. While
OASW had proposed meetings with CASW previously during visits to Ottawa in October 2014, and to
coincide with our attendance at the Eastern Branch 80th Anniversary and Gala on March 23, 2016, the
previous President, Morel Caissie, was unavailable to meet with us on those occasions. The October
2016 meeting came about as the result of a follow-up by the new President to our earlier
correspondence.

The agenda for our meeting consisted of an exchange of information, a sharing of strategic directions,
and getting to know one another. The hour and a half luncheon meeting was cordial and constructive.
Initially, we talked about the future of social work practice as reflected in emerging trends in
government policy and social work practice, as well as emergent challenges and opportunities facing the
profession.

Overall, the meeting served the significant purpose of finding out what issues were of uppermost
importance to the respective organizations. There was an alignment around raising the profile of the
profession (CASW has started its own marketing campaign) and Indigenous issues. No specific
commitments were made in regard to next steps, but there was agreement to keep the lines of
communication open.

Please do not hesitate to be in contact with Joan or your Regional Director if you have any further
questions or concerns.
Sincerely,
Keith Adamson, PhD, RSW
President

from Eastern Branch Spring 2017 newsletter found here: https://www.oasw.org/Public/About_OASW/Eastern_Branch.aspx

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2 comments

  1. Bill Dare

    OASW 2017 inspirational leader Dr. Peter Donahue calls for Social Work profession to collaborate within itself.

    “If he could be granted one wish, Peter indicates: “It would be that social work, as a profession, was able to achieve the same level of unity, respect, and power as many other professions have such as nursing, medicine, and teaching. While generally as a profession we do an excellent job of advocating with and on behalf of our clients, we aren’t very good at doing that when it comes to ourselves and our profession. Thankfully we have organizations that work towards achieving this, such as OASW, but there is a much stronger role for all of us who proudly carry the title of social worker to play in this regard.”

    see here: https://www.oasw.org/Public/Awards_Folder/Inspirational_Leaders/Dr%20Peter_Donahue.aspx

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