Dear Social Work Student:
Is there a voice for social workers in Ontario?
Yes, the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) advocates
on behalf of the interests and concerns of social workers in the
province. OASW is a bilingual, professional membership association,
made up of practicing social workers and students.
It is the voice for social workers in Ontario.
Visit OASW's website - www.oasw.org - and learn
more about the role of the Association.
We hope that you will have a productive academic year.
As the term begins, we wanted to highlight a few exciting OASW
- The OASW publication, Tips and Advice on Conducting
a Social Work Job Search, with topics including:
today's social work job market; how jobs can be located; what
employers want; a self-assessment; job search on the Internet,
networking; a job search tool kit; the job interview; and much
- OASW's Job Search Initiative, the goal of
which is to provide OASW members with short-term access to
Experienced Social Workers who can demystify the job search process
and provide advice and perspective on job search
- OASW's online job search site,
SocialWorkJobs.ca, which is affiliated with
Workopolis to provide a comprehensive job-networking tool. The
user-friendly website enables Association members to not only
search for social work positions but also make job applications
online and post CVs.
- A video on the differences between OASW and
OCSWSSW (Ontario College of Social Workers and
Social Service Workers) by Gillian McCloskey, Associate Executive
Director. There are two other short videos in this
section: Executive Director Joan MacKenzie Davies provides an
overview of OASW including its mandate and why students join; and Shira Moalem,
former OASW Student Director (2011-2013), talking about what
students say about the value of membership within the
Please click on the screens below to launch the
What is OASW?
What is the Association's mandate?
Why should students join OASW?
How is OASW's role separate
and distinct from OCSWSSW?
What do students have to say
about the value of OASW
OASW - What's in it for Students?
There are many benefits of becoming a member of
- Access up-to-date information about social work
- Make your voice heard by joining in collective
advocacy on important social policy and social justice
issues through the Student Director elected to the OASW Board.
- Participate in your local OASW Branch Board
- Receive discounts on conferences, webinars,
fitness memberships, insurance, etc.
- Find out about job opportunities and receive advice from
experienced social workers' on job search
- Network and engage with colleagues at the
local and provincial levels.
- Opportunity to win an educational grant
exclusively for OASW members to pursue continuing education
- Win a one-year FREE membership by applying for the OASW
Annual Student Membership Award (ASMA). Click Annual Student
Membership Award for more info.
- And so much more.
Student membership costs $99 per year. Click
Membership Application to join,
and benefit from reduced membership fees for the first two
years following graduation.
We encourage you to visit the rest of OASW's
website and learn more about the role of the Association as the
voice for social workers in Ontario. Becoming a member of OASW
strengthens the social work profession and gives social workers and
clients a stronger voice.
Ensure that social work has a strong, unified
presence. Support social work in Ontario. Join OASW.
It's your voice!
Please also visit:
Student Membership Services Flyer
Student Reasons to Join
Benefits of Membership for more
information about your professional association.
Video: Ontario Association of Social Workers -
What's in it For Students?
If you have any questions, please contact us (and follow us on
Have a great year!
OASW Student Director
Joan MacKenzie Davies, MSW, Res.Dip.S.W., RSW
To find out more about OASW, click: