Niagara Branch

Niagara Branch includes Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Welland and the surrounding area.

Upcoming Events

This year’s Niagara Branch Annual Conference has been cancelled due to low enrolment. 

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to greeting you at a future event. 

We will be partnering with the OASW Provincial office to plan a future event. We ask for your patience as we work with the provincial office to secure the human resources necessary to offer the quality events that you have been accustomed to participating in. 

REFUNDS: Please note that full refunds will be issued. It will take 5-7 business days for your funds to be available for use. Only primary ticket purchasers will receive a refund. 
For questions or concerns, please contact Niagara Branch directly @

Grant Application Deadline Extension: The grant application deadline has been extended to December 1, 2019. Learn more here.


The OASW Niagara Branch Board of Directors

Previous Branch Events

"Beyond Trauma 101: A Phase Model for Complex Trauma and Strategies for Managing Dissociation"
 On May 3, 2018, Annie Monaco and Ann Beckley Forest presented to participants.
OASW Niagara Branch Annual General Meeting
On September 28, 2017, Dr. Christina Harrington demystified the Psychotherapy Act  for participants.  
The Bill Lidkea Memorial Social Work Scholarship
The Bill Lidkea Memorial Social Work Scholarship for $1000 is awarded yearly at our Annual Professional Seminar in May. Niagara residents who are MSW candidates studying either full- or part-time may apply by April 7th of each year.

Bill was a long-time Niagara social worker who embodied the principles of our profession. He gave freely of himself to many community causes in addition to founding the first social workers' group private practice in this region. Bill was pivotal in our local branch, a responsible officer in the Bruce Trail Club, a speaker for the Heart & Stroke Foundation, an active NDP campaign door-knocker, and a perceptive and effective counsellor. Whatever needed to be done, Bill would do it. He put people first. Ethics was his middle name. We miss him.

For next year's scholarship, email the branch with your contact information and then mail a 500-word essay about how you see yourself contributing to the unique voice of social work in your personal and professional life, plus a professional or academic reference letter.

OASW Niagara Branch Board Seeks New Directors

The Niagara Branch Nominating Committee is looking for individuals to join the Niagara Branch Board of Directors. We are looking to for interested individuals to  fulfill two executive positions:

  • Treasurer: training will be provided by the current Treasurer until the end of November
  • Secretary: training also provided by current Executive
  • General Board Members. 

Serving on this working Branch Board is a great opportunity to hone your executive and leadership skills.  

We are also seeking members to be part of event committees.
This is a way to support the board, so that we can continue to offer the events that membership has grown accustomed to. 
You'll find all the details in the attached document, which is really dry and boring but necessary.  
Please consider joining us.

Please forward interest to

Thank-you on behalf of 
Joan Worthington & Arlene Kerr-Martin, Nominating Committee

Board Members:

Arlene Kerr-Martin: Chair
Carling Wright: Secretary 
Michelle Strazzerri: Treasurer
Nicole Loughlin: Member

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