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CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS THE POWER TO EMPOWER

2017 ANNUAL REPORT


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2016-2017 Board of Directors

THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS (CASW) is a federation of provincial and territorial social work organizations with its national office located in Ottawa. By joining the appropriate provincial/territorial organization, social workers automatically become affiliated with CASW. CASW was founded in 1926 and has completed 90 years of service to social workers and to the Canadian public. The Board consists of a President and one representative from each member organization. For one year immediately following her/his term of office, the Past President will also be a member of the Board of Directors.

Officers President Vice-president Treasurer Past President

Jan Christianson-Wood Margaret Kennedy Joan Davis-Whelan Morel Caissie

Board Members British Columbia Alberta Saskatchewan Manitoba New Brunswick Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia Newfoundland/Labrador Northern Canada

Phyllis Nash Linda Golding Ray Pekrul Ray Hildebrand Karine Levesque Margaret Kennedy James Gouthro Joan Davis-Whelan Rachel Hollingshead

CASW Staff Executive Director Membership Coordinator Administrative Coordinator Director of Policy & Strategy

Fred Phelps Sandra Veilleux Kate Hudson Sally Guy

CASW marks Bell Let’s Talk

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PROVINCIAL/TERRITORIAL PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

Association of Social Workers              In  Northern  Canada  

Association of Social Workers in Northern Canada

British Columbia Association of Social Workers

President Cassandra Yantha Executive Director Lesley Carberry www.socialworknorth.com

President Michael Crawford Executive Director Dianne Heath www.bcasw.com

Alberta College of Social Workers

Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers

President Richard Gregory Executive Director and Registrar Lynn Labrecque King www.acsw.ab.ca

President Ryan Labatt Executive Director and Registrar Karen Wasylenka www.sasw.ca

Manitoba College of Social Workers President Richard De La Ronde Executive Director and Registrar Barbara Temmerman www.mcsw.ca 4 | CASW Annual Report | 2017


CASW Federation in Winnipeg, Manitoba in June 2016

New Brunswick Association of Social Workers

Nova Scotia College of Social Workers

President Claude Savoie Executive Director Miguel Leblanc Registrar Martine Paquet www.nbasw-antsnb.ca

President Ezra Wexler Executive Director Alec Stratford www.nscsw.org

Newfoundland & Labrador Association of Social Workers

Prince Edward Island Association of Social Workers

President Glenda Webber Executive Director and Registrar Lisa Crockwell www.nlasw.ca

President Bruce Davison www.peiasw.ca

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE 2017 The past year has been a busy one for the CASW staff, the Board and the Federation, and has been remarkable in a number of ways. First, the return of Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) to the CASW federation means a great deal to all of us. Their return is thanks, in large part, to the leadership of the ACSW Council and their membership as well as the culmination of efforts of two past CASW Presidents, Darlene Macdonald and Morel Caissie and our Federation partners. Special thanks to the CASW Board and staff that have worked hard to revitalize CASW. To everyone who contributed to ACSW’s return, we are thankful for your efforts and the outcome. For my first report as CASW President, I have selected some highlights of this past year. The success in having social workers included and protected in the Criminal Code of Canada on the issue of Medical Assistance in Dying is the culmination of CASW advocacy at the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and the CASW discussion paper on MAiD, and guaran-tees our involvement in this important dialogue moving forward. On October 6, CASW’s Board fanned out across Parliament Hill to meet with MPs across the political spectrum on CASW’s Social Care Act, as well as advocacy for reconciliation with Indigenous people, a basic income for seniors, a plan for child care, mental health funding increases, improved

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health funding to the provinces and territories and social investment. CASW’s position paper, The True Cost of Capital: A Social Work Perspective on Social Investment in Canada, was circulated as part of CASW’s ‘ask’ on social finance. Given the ongoing challenges in child welfare practice, CASW has undertaken a second Child Welfare Project following our successful project in 2003. In response to the Request for Proposal, a contract was awarded to Barnes Management Group, who will deliver their findings about the needs of social workers in child welfare and proposed directions for future advocacy, in late 2017.

“This has been a banner year in advocacy ‘wins’ with the new Liberal government in Ottawa”


National Social Work Month marked a significant increase in the number of Continuing Education/Competence webinars delivered. Two earlier webinars from the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence, and the 10 webinars of March 2017 created 12 opportunities for personal growth and continuing education! Topics included ethics, indigenous perspectives and social work, youth and marijuana, the importance of liability insurance and Medical Assistance in Dying. Another mark of progress was the reboot and refresh of our website, both in presentation and content. This is a joint effort of CASW staffers, Sally Guy and Kate Hudson, and CASW’s IT contractor. I’m sure that members will agree that easier access to CASW’s own resources is another benefit of this change. CASW President, Jan Christianson-Wood

This has been a banner year in advocacy ‘wins’ with the new Liberal government in Ottawa. CASW continues to advocate for adoption of our proposed Social Care Act as legislation but we are encouraged that the general direction of our proposal is reflected in federal plans for poverty reduction, child care, improved mental health services and increased funding for health to the provinces and territories. The renewed interest in “mincome” to provide a baseline income for all Canadians is encouraging as are the trial projects underway. The federal government has shared its plans for improvements to the daily lives of Canadians, and CASW will continue to monitor and advocate for sustainable change. I want to express my gratitude to the CASW Federation and the Board of Directors for their support this past year. To the Directors whose terms have ended or are retiring, your participation on the Board will be missed. Special thanks go to the Board’s Executive Committee; Morel Caissie, Past President, Margaret Kennedy, Vice President, and Joan Davis-Whelan, Treasurer, for sharing their knowledge and expertise, in social work and in CASW operations.

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STATEMENT OF REVENUE AND EXPENSES for the year ended March 31, 2017

Revenue

Membership Fees 468,852 FTSW assessment fees 35,839 Advertising 35,605 AON awards 16,917 Interest income 13,414 CSW Journal 12,731 Other Income 11,698 $595,056

Expenses

Salaries and related benefits 229,961 Travel 62,679 Rent 51,186 Fees to other organizations 38,698 Office 20,769 CSW Journal 17,117 AON scholarships 16,917 Continuing education - webinars 14,268 Professional fees and contracts 14,251 Translation 12,106 Interest Groups 11,377 FTSW assessment fees 11,375 Website development 6,611 Telephone and utilities 5,783 Insurance 4,837 Miscellaneous 3,207 Amortization 2,455 Advertising $523,597 Excess (Deficiency) of Revenue over Expenses

$71,459

This information has been extracted from the financial statements reviewed by Andrea Poole, CA. A complete financial statement is circulated to all member organizations.

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SOCIAL WORK -

THE POWER TO EM Pillar 1: Promoting the Profession

AT A GLANCE CASW launched a large-scale Child Welfare project, analyzing deprofessionalization and other issues facing social workers in child welfare, to be released in late 2017. This project will help CASW advocate for you better, and create better outcomes for children and families. CASW’s new website, and National Social Work Month The Power to Empower social media campaign saw record engagement, securing social work as an engaged and modern profession.


MPOWER

Just one element of The Power to Empower campaign

National Social Work Month To launch NSWM, for the first time ever, CASW, the Canadian Association for Social Work Education, and the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators issued a joint statement on this year’s theme: The Power to Empower. This three pillar proclamation explored the importance of social work’s power to empower in the context of growing political and social unrest which finds many feeling unsafe and overlooked. CASW launched its 2017 NSWM Posters, and with support from BMS Group who generously provided prizes, designed a social media campaign asking social workers to reflect on what The Power to Empower meant to them. The campaign garnered nearly 400 entries from all federation partners, record social media engagement, and encouraged submissions of new content types – such as video vignettes – to secure CASW’s reputation as a modern organization.

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VIDEO?

Another element of The Power to Empower campaign

During the month of March alone, CASW grew by nearly 200 likes on Facebook, and enjoyed 77 mentions with 42.4k impressions on Twitter. With an average of 29 new Twitter followers per month, CASW more than doubled regular engagement with 61 new followers during the month of March.

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2017 CASW Distinguished Service Award In collaboration with CASW federation partner organizations, the 2017 CASW Distinguished Service Award winners were announced in during NSWM. Each 2017 CASW Distinguished Service Award recipient has provided exceptional service to the populations they serve as well as upholding and exemplifying the best of our profession.

Pamela Miller, British Columbia

Andrea Reid, New Brunswick

Fred Nelson & Megan McLeod, Manitoba

Geoff Hood, Nova Scotia

Ian Shortall, Newfoundland and Labrador

Vanessa Rankin, Northern Canada

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Social Media CASW’s Facebook presence has exploded in 2016-2017, growing from 8250 likes to 9,350 in the calendar year. CASW’s Twitter (@casw_acts) has also grown in the past year from 860 to 1290 followers. CASW’s YouTube Channel saw significant growth as well, from 12 suscribers to 53, and from 1520 views to 4151. The culture of CASW’s social media presence continues to reflect our priorities of promoting and strengthening the profession, and addressing issues of social justice. CASW continues to strengthen its online library of continuing education and short promotional and informational videos across all platforms.

Facebook

1100 likes

Youtube

2631 views 41 new subscribers

Twitter

430 new followers

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CASW Website Throughout 2106, CASW undertook a full content gap analysis as well as major work on the website’s navigation and login systems to launch a simpler, clearer, and refreshed website. In February 2017, CASW was pleased to launch the first phase of the website rejuvenation process by implementing a new, modern look and pulling out areas of interest revealed through analytics for expedient access. This large scale overhaul of the website will continue into 2017, with better and more accessible content, a continually streamlined appearance, and new user interface features. CASW’s new website design has afforded a 15% increase in mobile users from 103989 to 119560. Overall, casw-acts.ca has seen a 13% increase in sessions from 317,713 to 356,717, and a nearly 10% increase of users from 240,586 to 262,875.

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Pillar 2: Pursuit of Social Justice

AT A GLANCE 2016-17 was an incredible year for CASW advocacy, seeing many of our long-term asks realized in the 2017 federal budget and bilateral agreements: gender-based, long-term, and coordinated investments in child care, family leave, mental health, homecare, and affordable housing. The next phase for CASW will be in working with this government to implement investments in a timely and responsible way. CASW was successful in having the profession of social work explicitly included in the new legislation legalizing medical assistance in dying: Bill C-14. After years of advocating for harm reduction policies that support health as opposed to criminalization, CASW was thrilled to see Bill C-37 introduced in December: new legislation that appears to confirm the importance of harm reduction and will facilitate the opening of new safe injection sites. CASW was also hugely supportive of the concurrent announcement that the responsibility of federal drug policy was moved under the purview of the Minister of Health. CASW Director of Policy and Strategy Presenting to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on the topic of Bill C-14.

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CASW Social Policy Highlights: Medical Assistance in Dying – A Timeline • CASW released a Statement of Principles on Medical Assistance in Dying inform the profession as to broad principles and concerns. • CASW released a discussion paper on Medical Assistance in Dying to begin shaping response to emerging legislation and act as a broad base of information for social workers. • CASW presented to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights concerning Bill C-14. • CASW was successful in having social work named for explicit protection in the Criminal Code of Canada with regards to MAiD. Social Investments CASW released The True Cost of Capital: A Social Work Perspective on the Potential of Social Investments in Canada in September. The paper highlights the potential dangers of pay-for-performance social finance tools, recommends alternatives, and demystifies the various types of social investments being proposed nationally and within federal-provincial-territorial partnerships.

CASW in the News CASW interviewed for Healthy Debate, “From Alzheimer’s to heart attacks, loneliness in seniors has serious health effects.”(October) CASW interviewed for Metro News, “Liberal MP hopes to close ‘loophole’ in hate crime-related property damage.” (November) CASW wrote a letter to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and issued a press release on the potential closure of the Aurora College Social Work Program. CASW’s position was featured in MyYellowKnifeNow, “SOCIAL WORKERS CALLING ON FEDS TO LEVERAGE FUNDS FOR AURORA,” and in the Northern News Service, “National group urges feds to save social work program.” (March)

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CASW Advocacy Highlights

• CASW Executive Director met with senior Policy Director for Minister Duclos to discuss social work advocacy asks. • CASW attended Health Action Lobby Event to discuss the Federal Government’s Role in healthcare.

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• CASW Vice President, Margaret Kennedy, attended Violence Evidence Guidance Action (VEGA PROJECT) National Guidance and Implementation Committee Meeting. The VEGA Project is the first project funded under the Canadian Government’s 10-year, $100 million investment to support victims of violence and their children. CASW is proud to add the social work perspective to this important project. CASW Director of Policy and Strategy with Liberal MP Julie Dabrusin

• CASW Vice President, Margaret Kennedy, attended a Criminal Justice System Review (CJSR) Roundtable co-chaired by the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. The roundtable was an opportunity for stakeholders to present their views regarding the Criminal Justice System Review. CASW Vice President with Director of Policy and Strategy at VEGA meeting in Ottawa 18 | CASW Annual Report | 2017


• CASW lent its support to the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity and their letter of solidarity for Bill C-16. Bill C-16 will update the Human Rights Act and Criminal Code to now include gender identity and gender expression, ensuring protection and safety for all trans people. • CASW presented its Pre-Budget submission at the Standing Committee on Finance with three main recommendations: 1) Implement a new Social Care Act for Canada, 2) Put children first with a basic income for families and an accessible, affordable national plan for child care; 3) Make targeted investments to support Canada’s evolving needs.

ive Director presenting to the Standing Committee on Finance

CASW Executive Director on panel alongside Linda Silas, President, Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU), Bill Tholl, President & CEO, Healthcare CAN, and Moderator Kim Furlong, Amgen & Canada 2020 Advisory Board

• CASW Executive Director participated in expert panel at the Health Summit – A New Health Accord for All Canadians – coordinated by Canada 2020 and Canadian Medical Association. • CASW Director of Policy and Strategy presented to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities as a witness for the committee’s Poverty Reduction Study. 2017 | CASW Annual Report | 19


Parliament Hill Advocacy Day

CASW Executive with the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

CASW had a successful Board Parliament Hill Advocacy Day, meeting with 19 MPs from all parties on CASW priorities and advocacy, including the Social Care Act, Social Investments, and the potential of a basic income.

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CASW Board Members with Liberal MP Larry Bagnell


CASW Board Members with NDP MP Jenny Kwan

CASW Executive with Liberal MP Dr. Doug Eyolfson

CASW Board Members with Liberal MP John Oliver

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• CASW attended Budget 2017 on Parliament Hill in lock-up. CASW was invited to provide immediate response on the Canadian Medical Association’s Facebook Live panel, the recording of which has since garnered 41,000 views in both languages. • CASW also developed a news release: Budget 2017 - Delivering the Promise of a More Equitable Canada, recognizing the gender-based, long-term, and coordinated investments such as those in child care, family leave, mental health, homecare, and affordable housing. • CASW contributed to the dialogue on the importance of supporting refugees by issuing a statement on the Refugee Crisis.

CASW Director of Policy and Strategy providing budget response on CMA’s Facebook Live Panel alongside Sayward Montague, Director of Advocacy for the National Association Federal Retirees.

• CASW sent letters to each Premier requesting that an Order in Council be passed immediately to support full, transparent, and open communication with the national MMIW inquiry Commissioners and relevant federal officials. CASW received 8 letters back referencing support. • CASW issued a release on National Child Day (November 20) calling for the repeal of section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada, which allows corporal punishment of children by parents and teachers, as called for in the TRC recommendations. • CASW President, Jan Christianson-Wood, joined Accreditation Canada’s Child Welfare Standards Working Group to help revise existing standards.

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CASW stood in solidarity with Muslim Communities after the Quebec Mosque Attack in February 2017, condemning not only this act of terrorism, but also the broader climate of prejudice permeating certain political discussions in 2016-17. CASW’s press release on the issue stated: “The public has been hearing a lot about the defense of ‘Canadian values’ as a way to justify hatred against certain groups,” began CASW President Jan Christianson-Wood, “but social workers across Canada know that diversity is the thread that unites us all.” ”CASW is proud to stand with Muslim Communities and commits to acting as an ally against prejudice,” concluded Christianson-Wood.

Canadian social workers stood in solidarity with the thousands on Parliament Hill at the Quebec Mosque Attack vigil against hatred

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CANADIAN ALLIANCE ON

MENTAL ILLNESS AND MENTAL HEAL CAMIMH is a non-profit organization comprised of health care providers as well as organizations which represent individuals with lived experience of mental illness. CASW is deeply involved in CAMIMH’s leadership – supporting the development of the seminal consensus paper- Mental Health Now! that had huge influence on the bi-lateral agreements established prior to Budget 2017. Further, Budget 2017 announced commits $5 billion over the next 10 years to mental health care for Canadians, as part of a renewed health accord, responding directly to CAMIMH’s demand for sustained mental health funding.

Champions and Faces of Mental Health CASW is proudly the current Chair of CAMIMH’s two signature events, Champions and Faces of Mental Health. CAMIMH held the Champions of Mental Health Awards as part of Mental Health Week held each May. Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston attended the 14th Champions of Mental Health Awards Gala, with an award named in her Excellency’s honour. During Mental Illness Awareness Week, held in October of each year, CAMIMH members held a Parliament Hill day alongside the inspiring 2016 Faces of Mental Illness, meeting with MPs and Ministers to push for better mental health services in Canada and put an end to stigma.

CASW ED with the The Honourable Patricia A. Hajdu

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CASW ED with her Excellency Mrs. Sharon Johnston and Curtis Bishop, Champion in the Individual Category


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CASW ED presenting award to Erin Anderssen, Champion in the Media category.

CASW ED with Mary Deacon, Bell Let’s Talk Campaign Chair, and 2016 Face of Mental Illness Stéphanie Fontaine

CASW Director of Policy and Strategy with Chris Summerville, CEO of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada, and Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada

CASW ED with Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, and 2016 Faces of Mental Illness, L-R, Stéphanie Fontaine, Dexter Nyuurnibe, and Samuel Breau


CASW COALITION HIGHLIGHTS: SUCCESS AND PROGRESS CASW is a proud member of many national coalitions; lending a social work perspective to advocacy initiatives and projects while leveraging the skills and expertise of the broader health and social justice community.

Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century (CCPH21) CASW was proud to collaborate with CCPH21 on a December 2016 report title “Childhood Education and Care,” which highlighted the growing need for affordable and high quality child care. CCPH21 also endorsed the Canadian Public Health Association’s Position Statement on the opioid Crisis in Canada, which called for the federal government to repeal or substantially amend the Respect for Communities Act to provide quicker, more inclusive approaches to establishing safer consumption facilities. It also called for initiatives that address the causes and determinants of problematic substance use.

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Budget 2017 committed $7 billion over the next decade on child care, which could mean the creation of up to 40,000 new subsidized childcare spaces in the next three years alone. Bill C-37 was introduced in December: new legislation that appears to confirm the importance of harm reduction and will facilitate the opening of new safe injection sites. At the same time, it was announced that the responsibility of federal drug policy was moved away from Justice, to exist now under the purview of the Minister of Health.

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Health Action Lobby (HEAL) Don’t Tax my Benefits! Prior to Budget 2017, the Government of Canada signalled intention to move to tax health benefits as a revenue generating measure. As a consequence the Don’t Tax my Benefits!campaign was launched to ensure Canadian’s health and dental benefits-which often include social work services -- were not taxed.

In February 2017, the Prime Minister publicly committed to not taxing these benefits.

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) In 2016, CASW became a member of CHRA: the national voice for the full range of affordable housing and homelessness issues and solutions.

Budget 2017 announced $11.2 billion over 11 years in affordable housing.

Coalition Memberships • Canadian Harm Reduction Network • National Association Active in Criminal Justice • Child Welfare League of Canada • Adoption Council of Canada • Campaign 2000 • Canadian Housing and Renewal Association • Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health • Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange • Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives • Canadians for Tax Fairness • Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century • Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children • Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health • Canadian Harm Reduction Network • Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada • Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-Free Canada • Egale Canada • Group of 8 Health Professions • Health Action Lobby • International Social Services • National Alliance for Children and Youth • National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (A National Centre of Excellence) • Partners for Mental Health • Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet) • Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition • Up For Debate 2017 | CASW Annual Report | 27


Pillars 3 & 4: Strengthening the Profession & Association

AT A GLANCE In 2016-17, CASW welcomed the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) officially back into the federation. ACSW reunification was a federation accomplishment with all Partner Organizations supporting a new fee formula and building an inclusive culture that upholds the mandate of CASW. CASW signed a memorandum of understanding with the Canadian Association for Social Work Education and the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators to officially forge the Intersectoral Committee. This historic agreement means these three pillars of the profession will work together on issues of shared concern.

CASW Past President, Morel Caissie, signing new Partnership Agreement with ACSW President, Richard Gregory and Executive Director, Lynn Labrecque King

In 2016-17 CASW offered 12 webinars which saw nearly 5000 social workers register across Canada. Most regulatory bodies require 40 hours of continuing education per year, meaning CASW’s 12 hours of live webinars could account for 30% of members’ education needs. CASW changed insurance brokers, selecting BMS Group for the provision of Professional Liability Insurance to guarantee members enjoy the best possible service and coverage. BMS specializes in the coverage of many national professional associations, and this experience and expertise means they are more responsive to member needs and offer more specialized services including free legal advice for plan members. CASW continued to support social work education by supervising two practicum students in the 2016-17 year.

CASW MSW Practicum Student Meaghan Bailey with Clara Hughes

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Continuing Education - Webinars In 2016-17 CASW offered a total of 12 webinars that saw nearly 5000 social workers register across Canada. Ten webinars were held during National Social Work Month, with over 4300 social workers registering. In a survey completed after the webinars that asked “How could CASW improve its continuing education offerings?,� an impressive 77% of attendees responded by asking for more frequent webinar such as those already offered. CASW will continue to heed this demand and build our continuing education library.

UPDATE: The Canadian Social Work Foundation (CSWF) came to a close on April 1, 2016. CASW was pleased to announce a Memorandum of Understanding with the Fergusson Foundation to provide ongoing continuing educational opportunities to the social work profession through the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research (MMFC). In 2016-2017, this partnership helped deliver three continuing education opportunities on Preventing and Eliminating Cyberviolence against Young Women and Girls, and on Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence.

Strengthening ties within the federation, and with community partners: CASW partnered with the Manitoba College of Social Workers to deliver very successful webinar series on ethics and Indigenous Perspectives in social work. CASW hopes to continue collaborating with partner organizations to lift up outstanding learning opportunities to the national scene. CASW was asked to speak on MAiD at Nova Scotia College of Social Workers annual conference, which formed the basis of a nation-wide webinar during NSWM on the same topic. Finally, in partnership with its new national liability insurance carrier, BMS Group, CASW presented a webinar on Understanding Professional Liability Insurance.

CASW Director of Policy and Strategy presenting to NSCSW Members

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Benefits of Membership and Services CASW moved to a new national liability insurance carrier, BMS Group, to ensure that members receive the best plan and the best service. New benefits of this change include a reliable and easy-to-use online transaction tool, LiveChat, and access to specialized legal services including free legal advice for professional liability issues via a specific hotline to Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, one of Canada’s leading medical and professional defence law firms. CASW Reporter circulates to nearly 19,000 providing updates and national resources. In early 2017, the format was refreshed to provide a more mobile friendly experience. CASW’s Media Monitoring Service – a daily e-mail service of national news relevant to the social work profession – is received by nearly 1200 individuals and policy decision makers. CASW provides a national representation on coalitions and sustained lobbying to the Parliament of Canada. In 2016-17 CASW issued 21 releases on issues that impact the profession and people we serve.

CASW completed 104 individual assessments of applicants from 30 different countries seeking equivalency of their internationally obtained social work education to Canadian standards. This CASW service is recognized by all provincial and social work regulatory bodies in Canada with the exception of Québec and British Columbia.

Co-Editors:

Canadian Social Work Journal published by

CASW in October of each year and available to federation members on the CASW Members Site and on-line to subscribers. For subscribers, EBSCO carries the CSW Journal in searchable full-text. In 2016, CSW received over 2300 hits through EBSCO, and while institutional subscriptions remain relatively stable, submissions to the Journal continue to increase.

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Glen Schmidt & Nuelle Novik Editorial Board • Caroline Corbin (Manitoba) • Donna Ronan (Newfoundland & Labrador) • Géraldine Poirier Baiani (New Brunswick) • Isabel Lanteigne (Francophone Representative) • Kelly Cooper (Northern Canada) • Selvi Roy (Prince Edward Island) • TBA (Nova Scotia) • Jan Christianson-Wood, CASW President (ex-officio) • Fred Phelps, CASW Executive Director (ex-officio)


This resource is available on CASW’s Website or through EBSCO


INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS REPORT The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) is a global organization striving for social justice, human rights and social development through the promotion of social work, best practice models and the facilitation of international cooperation. IFSW is a global voice for its member countries. It has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). IFSW also works with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). CASW participates in IFSW affairs mainly via email and Skype conferences as do all members. There are regular meetings of the Regional Presidents to conduct business in person. This year’s Executive meeting will take place July 7-9 in Basel, Switzerland at IFSW Head Office. At that time, the location for the 2020 Joint International Conference on Social Work and Social Development will be discussed. The conference takes place every four years under a joint agreement of the International Association of Schools of Social Work, the International Council on Social Welfare and IFSW. The chosen theme is Promoting Human Relationships. IFSW actively monitors events impacting human rights around the world. On February 2, 2017, IFSW issued a statement titled Trump’s Interference with Human and Social Rights. The statement focuses on

the so-called travel ban or “Muslim ban” issued as an Executive Order early in the Trump Presidency. IFSW’s primary concern is that the policies of President Trump “visibly violate human and social rights that have been achieved in recent years.”1 Of the world’s 195 countries, 116 (at last count) are IFSW members. Recently, two new countries, Malawi and the Netherlands, were proposed and accepted for membership. Slovakia and El Salvador have applied for membership also. Ongoing challenges for some of IFSW’s member countries include meeting the cost of membership. This resulted in an appeal from the Executive for other members to sponsor fees for these countries, allowing them a vote as paid-up members. CASW’s Board has budgeted funds to sponsor three member countries; CASW had asked IFSW to select the recipients. As our own IFSW fees decreased due to a new fee formula, the modest cost of assisting other members is not expected to impact CASW activities. A members’ survey for the Theme 3 Report of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development, Promoting Environmental and Community Sustainability, is nearing completion and will be sent to Federation Partners and available on the CASW website on its release. As a Federation of social work organizations in a country with unique environmental issues, participation from Canadian social workers across all practice areas will be valued. With climate change impacting communities through extreme weather events, social workers are involved in responding http://ifsw.org/news/trumps-interference-with-humanand-social-rights/ 1

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to displacement of people during disasters and advocating for interdisciplinary partnerships to protect the natural environment. The full statement for the Global Agenda Observatory can be found on the CASW website. Information with examples of impacts on social and natural environments, disproportionately affected populations and involved social domains will be included with copies of the survey. As CASW’s representative to the International Federation of Social Workers, I follow Past President Morel Caissie whose time on the IFSW Executive Committee spanned five years. His commitment to IFSW resulted in CASW becoming more involved in IFSW affairs including the Global Agenda and constitutional reviews. As member-at-large for North America and Regional Deputy President for North America on the IFSW Executive Committee, my hope is for CASW to remain internationally active and connected.

Please follow IFSW affairs on its website; IFSW.org, or sign up there for regular news releases. CASW members can also join IFSW Connect to ‘meet’ social workers across IFSW’s Regions. Information on CASW’s involvement with IFSW will continue to be posted on the CASW website. Respectfully submitted,

Jan Christianson-Wood, MSW, RSW

SEOUL, KOREA: IFSW GENERAL MEETING CASW Past President Morel Caissie and CASW ED attended IFSW Annual General Meeting to ensure institutional memory and continuity as new CASW President transitions into leadership.

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