Martine Surprenant, Francophone Director (2016-2018) 


Martine is an Ontario francophone, living in the small city of Casselman, located 45 minutes outside of Ottawa. She graduated from the School of Social Work at the University of Ottawa in 2004. During her university years, she was very involved in the School of Social Work as a representative on the school's board of directors, as well as a representative on the program committee. This experience allowed her to become even more involved in the decision-making process and to better understand how the school of social work functions. 

Since 2004, Martine has been a full-time social worker on the transition unit at Ottawa Hospital's General Campus. Her role is to provide support to patients and their families during their stay in the hospital and to develop a discharge plan with them. Additionally, for the past 10 years, she has been the lead for the social service work program in gerontology at Cité collégiale, as well as for the minor program in Gerontology at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Social Sciences. Also, she has had the chance to teach at the high school level, with future students enrolled in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa. In addition, she is actively involved with several committees at the University of Ottawa. Teaching allows Martine to share her theoretical and practical knowledge with students at various levels. Her fields of interest are mainly related to gerontology and francophone communities. 

From 2010 to 2014, Martine was the Francophone representative on the OASW Board of Directors. Her role was to represent the francophone voice on the Board and to express its interests and concerns. During her mandate, Martine had the chance to rub shoulders with various stakeholders, professionals and students who are working in a francophone setting, in education and health and social services, for example; the University of Ottawa, Laurentian University, RIFSSSO, etc. These meetings allowed her to develop new contacts with the francophone community and social work. Her objectives are to promote OASW within the profession and the importance of the French language.

Also, Martine is actively involved within her community by participating in community activities as well as volunteering on Wednesday evenings at the Casselman Crysler St-Albert food bank, since 2006. It is her way of giving back to her small francophone community.