Director at Large (2019-2021)
Candice Hanna, BSW, MSW, attained her Bachelor of Social Work Degree with Distinction from the University of Windsor in 2007 and was awarded the Board of Governor’s Medal for obtaining the highest academic average. She has dedicated the past 10 years of her Social Work career to the field of child welfare. She is currently a Child Protection Worker in the Family Services Department at the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society and also has experience in both the Children’s Services and Intake Departments. In addition to child protection, Candice is also employed at Family Respite Services where she provided support to at risk youth. Candice attained her Master’s of Social Work Degree in 2013 at the University of Windsor and focused her research on youth in care transitioning to independence. Candice was the recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Resource Council (SSHRC) for her research proposal. Further, she worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Windsor on a research proposal on youth’s perception of trust, distrust, and trustworthiness. In 2017, Candice obtained her yoga teaching certification so that she could utilize her knowledge of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation to teach youth in care.
Candice has been an active and dedicated member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers since 2004. She has served on the Southwestern Branch Board of Directors in various positions including: Student Representative, Director, Vice President, and President. She has extensive experience chairing committees such as Membership and Recruitment, Advocacy, Professional Development, and Social Work Week. In addition, she was actively involved in the development of the OASW Provincial marketing campaign in order to raise the profile of the Social Work Profession. Candice is dedicated to ensuring that Social Work maintains a strong voice and presence in the community. She is a passionate member of OASW and committed to supporting the Branches within the region with successfully achieving their goals.