Social Work Week


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Social Work Week 

Social Work Week (SWW) is celebrated annually across Canada during the month of March. In Ontario, the first week of March marks the start of SWW. Activities that occur during this time highlight the role and contribution of the profession in providing services to the public. Each year a theme is selected that reflects the ideals and values of social workers. 

For more information, click Social Work Week Themes.

2015Poster -EN-Small2015 Theme: Social Workers: Mobilizing Strengths in Individuals & Communities

OASW's theme of the upcoming Social Work Week 2015, which is being celebrated during March 2-8, is: "Social Workers: Mobilizing Strengths in Individuals & Communities".    

This theme was selected to highlight the significant role that social workers play in helping people improve the quality of their lives and achieve their goals. Dr. Betsy Clark, the former Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers in the United States (NASW), observed that: "The foundation for growth and change in any individual, family or community is existing strengths. Understanding and utilizing these strengths are essential to improving the emotional health and well-being of society. Social workers look for inherent strengths that can be used as a starting point for future growth".  

Social workers recognize that people are experts about their own lives, and that the changes that they and their communities seek may take many forms. Essentially, social workers help people find solutions that are tailored to meet their unique needs and concerns.  

Social Work Week provides an opportunity each year for social workers to promote and celebrate their profession and the life-changing work that they champion in every community.  

As social workers in Ontario prepare for Social Work Week 2015, OASW encourages you to: 

  • reflect on the ways you and/or your agency/organization help to mobilize strengths in individuals and communities and make a difference in the lives of the client populations you serve
  • identify ways to tell this story, and
  • let others know that when client groups need help, social work interventions can provide a catalyst for growth and change.  

Mobilizing strengths is a major tenet of social work practice and helps to empower individuals and communities to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals!  

"Social Workers: Mobilizing Strengths in Individuals & Communities".  

As in previous years, a wide variety of materials are available to order, including colourful posters, bookmarks, backpacks, notepads, T-shirts, mugs, USB 4-port hubs, and desktop mobile phone holders, etc. (Visit Shop OASW online to see photos of all these items.)

Two easy ways to order:

Please note that HST is payable on both the order sub-total and the shipping/handling charges.

Orders for multiple individuals can be combined to save on postage, but individual handling charges will apply (minimum handling charge: $12 for OASW members/$16 for non-members + $5 per additional individual). This applies to pick-up orders as well.

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If you need help:

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In the Toronto area, dial "211" or visit