Ellen Sue Mesbur, Vice-President, Social and Professional Advocacy (2015-2017)


Ellen Sue Mesbur, MSW, Ed.D, is a group work consultant for organizations, community agencies and businesses. She provides consultation on organizational leadership and development, group work training, program evaluation and program development.

Ellen Sue is a long-time member of OASW, since 1970. Her work includes: Representative of the Ontario Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, Public Relations Advisory Committee (2006-2012) and Chair of the Steering Committee for the 2008 CASW/CASSW Conference: Human Rights in a Diverse Community. Ellen Sue was elected to the OASW Board as Vice-President, Social and Professional Advocacy in May, 2013 and May, 2015. She chairs the Nominating Committee, is a member of the Executive Committee and chaired the past two OASW Provincial Conferences: Resilience & Renewal: Envisioning the Future in Social Work Practice, Research and Education in 2014 and Social Work for the 22nd Century: Accelerators and Innovators in 2016. Ellen Sue served as Project Director for OASW's first online course offering: Advanced Social Work with Older Adults, and continues as Project Director for the 2017 offering of the course.

Retired Professor in 2013 from the School of Social Work, Renison University College, University of Waterloo, Ellen Sue served as Director for ten years. Under her leadership the school established a Part-Time BSW program to allow for greater access to professional education through online and on campus offerings. She led the development of the first MSW program in Canada with a focus on health, offered primarily online with some on-campus requirements. 

Prior to her ten years at Renison, Ellen Sue was on faculty at the School of Social Work, Ryerson University in Toronto and served as Director for nine years. She has published, presented and taught in the areas of: social work with groups; the history of social group work in Canada; online teaching; field education; social work with older adults; interpersonal skills; and leadership. 

Ellen Sue's professional volunteer work includes: Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE), International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG), and OASW. In 2008, she was honoured with an OASW Lifetime Membership Award. In 2012 she was recognized by CASWE for her contributions to social work education in Canada and was the 2012 International Honouree of the IASWG for her contributions to social group work education and scholarship.

Ellen Sue is strongly committed to advancing the social work profession and the scope of practice. She is proud of OASW's advocacy initiatives, the focus on strategic leadership, outreach to students, professional development and research.