Eastern Branch

Eastern Branch includes Ottawa, Cornwall, and the Eastern Ontario region.

Upcoming Branch Events

Upcoming Activities of Interest to Branch Members

Eastern Branch 82nd Anniversary
Meet & Greet, Spring Gala & Annual General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 
Time: 5 :00 PM– 8:30 PM
Location: St. Elias Centre 750 Ridgewood Ave. (across from Mooney’s Bay & off Riverside Drive), Ottawa

5:00 PM - Meet & greet (bring your business cards to exchange and network)
5:30 PM - Presentation of Joan Gullen Awards for Media Excellence
6:00 PM - Spring Gala begins
8:15 PM - Annual General Meeting portion

Speaker: Nancy Smith, MSW/RSW
Theme: “Impact of Porn on Adult Relationships”
Presentation with be followed by Spoken Word Performer, Kelsey Rideout & the 2018 OASW-EB Bessie Touzel Award presentation.

Cost of the dinner: $35.00 for members, $25.00 for students/first year graduates, & $50.00 for non-members.

Please confirm and pay for registration by calling 613-238-8406, or by email at oasw.east@gmail.com by April 20, 2018.

(Payments will be accepted by mail at OASW - Eastern Branch, 404 McArthur Avenue, Ottawa Ontario, K1K 1G8). 
(You may also register through PayPal at oasw.eb.board@gmail.com). If you choose PayPal, please add $1.25 to cover PayPal’s administrative fee).
(Payments will also be accepted at the event).

1. If you are reserving for a group, please include the required number.
2. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, please let us know.
3. Cash bar on premises.
4. No scent makes good sense!  

A 100% cancellation fee will be charged after April 20, 2018.

Please note donations will be accepted for the University bursaries/scholarships.

Free parking l Wheelchair accessible l Please contact the office in the event you require transportation as carpooling may be provided.

Coffee & a Walk

Join some fellow social workers for a coffee followed by a walk, weather permitting! 

Date: Sunday, May 27, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM
RSVP: Send an email to leandracarino@gmail.com any time leading up to event to let us know you’re coming.

Meet @ 9:00 AM at the Starbucks on Preston Street (Preston Square). 

HOPE Volleyball

July 14th- Outreach and Networking Committee is gauging interest in entering a HOPE Volleyball team. This is an annual fundraiser that raises money for a variety of causes in Ottawa.

Date: July 14, 2018
Time: All Day Event! 

Please send an email to: leandracarino@gmail.com if you are interested in receiving emails specific to this event. 

OASW-EB will be putting a team together for this awesome event.

You can find more details about HOPE Volleyball here.

Suggestions & Recommendations for Events?
Email: oasw.east@gmail.com or connect through Facebook.

The Pioneers of Ontario Association of Social Workers Eastern Branch 

Evelyn Weger Introduction   Part 1
Allan Moscovitch                  Part 2
Barbara Merriam                 Part 3
Beverlee McIntosh               Part 4
Graeme Roderick                 Part 5
Joan Gullen                          Part 6
Joyce Turnbull                       Part 7
Katherine Ferguson              Part 8
Marg Nelson                       Part 9
Mary Sinclair                       Part 10  
Roland Lecomte                   Part 11
Ruth Brown                           Part 12
Sheila Baslow                      Part 13

Contact Information:


Mailing Address:   
212-404 MacArthur Avenue 
Ottawa, Ontario, K1K 1G8

Branch Telephone:  613 238 8406
Branch Fax Number: 613 238 5913

Branch President: Evelyn Weger
Provincial/Regional Director: Bonnie Schroeder

Branch Executive & Directors:   

Evelyn Weger, President
Barbara Merriam, Past President
Elizabeth Fennelly, Treasurer
Stephanie Chretien-Gaudreau, Secretary
Beverlee McIntosh, Membership and SWAG
Leandra Carino, Networking and Outreach Committee
Jordan McLaren, Networking and Outreach Committee
Krystal Latouche, Carleton University Student Representative
Ian Ford, Member at Large
vacant, University of Ottawa Student Representative

Volunteer opportunity
Eastern Branch Social Justice Committee
The OASW Eastern Branch Social Justice Committee is seeking new members. If you are interested in writing briefs, lobbying politicians and advocating for marginalized individuals please contact Lynn Sherwood at oasw.eb@gmail.com.  

Social Justice Committee - Mission Statement
Learn more here.

Commitment to Best Practice
Through Professional Networking & Education
Social Workers in Aging & Gerontology (SWAG) in Ottawa is a professional networking and educational model, easily transferable to any area of social work practice where sharing information will enhance and empower your professional interventions. This innovative network, in its 26th year, was started by Ottawa social workers with the support of OASW Eastern Branch. Please click flyer for more details.

Eastern Branch Bulletin Committee Members:

Deborah Davidson, Editor

Bulletin Committee Members:
Graeme Roderick
Virginia Lafond
Tiffany Dugas
Elser Lee Archer
Barbara Merriam

Eastern Branch E-Bulletins:
2017 Fall Bulletin
(Adobe PDF File)
Summer 2017
(Adobe PDF File)
Spring 2017
(Adobe PDF File)
Fall 2016
(Adobe PDF File)
Summer 2016
(Adobe PDF File)
Spring 2016
(Adobe PDF File)
Fall 2015
(Adobe PDF File)
Spring 2015
(Adobe PDF File)
Summer 2015
(Adobe PDF File)

Bessie Touzel Award

(Nominations are now closed).

The Bessie Touzel Award recognizes the achievement of social workers who demonstrate leadership, vision and dedication in the practice of social work and who have made significant contributions to the social work profession.  Areas of social work practice taken into consideration may include: direct service, management, community development, public policy, education, advocacy and research.
Past Bessie Touzel Recipients: 
Rebecca Fromowitz       2018
Bernard Bouchard   2017
Geneviève Côté           2016
Karen Nelson           2015
Lynn Bloom                   2014
Kathy Stiell                      2013
Martha Wiebe           2012
Lynn Sherwood           2011
Evariste Theriault           2010
Roland Lecomte           2009
Madeleine Dubois   2008
Ruth Brown                   2007
Reuel Amdur                   2006
Marian Balla                   2005
Helen Saravanamuttoo  2004
Frank Turner           2003
Joyce Ireland                   2003
Barbara Burns           2002
Richard Splane               2002
Dorothy Hodgson   2001
Virginia Lafond           2000
Beverlee McIntosh   1999
Graeme Roderick           1998
Mary Sinclaire           1997
Margaret Nelson           1996
Joyce Turnbull           1995
Terry O’Brien           1994
Helen Levine                   1993
Norman Knight           1992
Sylvia Goldblatt           1991
Mary McLean           1990
Carl Birchard                   1989
Pierre Lelonde            1988
Joan Gullen                    1987
Evelyn McCorquodale   1986
Bessie Touzel           1985

Eastern Branch 81st Spring Gala & AGM