Board Members:

~Jenney Josipovic, President

~Diane Gushue, Vice-President

~Secretary - Vacant

~Treasurer - Vacant

~Janice Chaplin, McMaster Faculty Representative

~Jennifer Dunlop, Wilfrid Laurier University Representative

~Bibi Baksh

~Liz Lamb

~Mary Marjanovic

~Karen Bridgman-Acker

~Marlene Dei-Amoah

~Student Representative - Vacant

Contact Information:
To communicate with the Hamilton Branch Board of Directors, contact infooaswhamilton@gmail.com
OASW Hamilton-Niagara Regional Representative: Christina Harrington

Contact Number: 905-974-1721

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Hamilton Branch

Hamilton Branch includes Hamilton, Brantford, Burlington, Oakville and Paris.

Upcoming Events:

Call for Nominations

Hamilton Branch is seeking a Secretary and a Treasurer. Deadline to apply: May 14th. Please see the Call for Nominations Flyer below for more details.
Call for Nominations
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Winter 2018
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Previous Branch Events:

Speaker panel & networking event held at McMaster University

A focus on social work employment in a variety of sectors including corrections, education, mental health, child welfare, health care, palliative care and social planning, held on Monday, March 6, 2017.
2016 Annual General Meeting
The AGM - Hamilton Branch was held on November 30, 2016. 

The Social Action Committee (SAC)
Chair: Sally Palmer
This Committee continues to be very active and is involved in the pilot project approved by the local municipality about the Good Food 2 Go Project, a supply of fresh fruits and vegetables to single recipients on Social Assistance. Other projects include a video created and distributed to the local government about the plight of single folks on Social Assistance, advocating a monthly increase of $100.00 a month, to which the government responded with a $20.00 increase.

Be a part of your Local Link

You, our valued members, have your chance to contribute to your Local Link.

We are accepting submissions from members who wish to highlight stories on:
• Profiling an impactful Social Worker
• Special Projects in the Community
• Captivating Workshops
• Innovative Research in Social Work

Submissions can be made through infooaswhamilton@gmail.com. All submissions will be reviewed by, and must be approved by the Hamilton and Area Branch Board Executive before being published. Deadlines for the Local Link are April 30th for Spring Edition, September 30th for Fall Edition and December 31st for Winter Edition.

Want to become more involved?
Have a great idea or want to share feedback?
We are always seeking new members for our local Board, subcommittees, and submissions to our Local Link.
If you would like to become more involved or share your ideas please contact us by phone or email.

OASW Hamilton Branch
Remembers Kathryn Stachyra

1980– 2017

OASW Hamilton and Area Branch Treasurer

It is with heartbreaking sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the sudden and tragic passing of our colleague Kathryn Stachyra on February 11, 2017.

 Our community grieves the loss of an extraordinary human being that has left an imprint on the lives of so many. Kathryn was an active and well known social worker in Hamilton, and dedicated herself to her profession, by helping others in need in many ways.

This past year, Kathryn took on the role of treasurer for the OASW Hamilton Branch Board of Directors, at a time when our Board experienced a time of instability. Despite this, with her confidence and dedication, she agreed to forge ahead with us, always reminding us that there was no project or task that was too small or large. While working on our Board, she demon-strated true leadership, compassion for others, and positivity even in the toughest of times. Her high energy and contagious laugh always filled the room, often breaking up a mundane and serious conversation and bringing it back to the here and now.

As we reflect on her life, we recognize that she truly lived in the moment and never looked back. While we have lost a truly remarkable person in this life, we have solace in knowing that she has touched the lives of many. May we look to her as an example in our lives and remember to live our lives to the fullest as she had. She will be sorely missed by her colleagues both personally and professionally. We extend our deepest condolences to Kathryn's family and friends, offering our support and love just as she did to others. 

I leave you with these final thoughts written by Kathryn a few years ago. This excerpt embodies who she was, and how we should remember her. Full of life, full of potential, full of hope.

"My thought for the day: 

Life is so delicate and we have so much potential. 
What is potential without even a flinter of hope? 
Words cannot describe 
even when it is gone... 
The amazing gift of hope is, it can always come back. 
There lies the endless cycle of hope and potential. 
Wishing each of you hope, belief in your own potential, and the courage and foundation to follow it through. "

- Kathryn Stachyra September 3, 2014

The Local Link News:
The Local Link Fall 2017
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Spring 2017
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Winter 2017
(Adobe PDF File)
Winter 2015
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Spring 2015
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