Niagara Branch

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

Board Members:
Co-Chair: Suzanne Matheson 
Co-Chair: Janice Ferguson 
Treasurer: Sarah Philbrick-Djerfi 
Secretary: Andrea Walker
Board Members: Arlene Kerr Martin, Sarah Connolly, Nicole Franklin, Lisa Lam
Committee Member: Joan Worthington

Upcoming Branch Events

Announcing OASW Niagara Branch Annual General Meeting, September 28th – see attached flyer for details. 

Register on-line @https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/demystifyingthe-psychotherapy-act-what-is-it-andwhy-should-we-care-tickets-37848837893   

Questions? oasw.niagara@gmail.com

See PDF for full details.

AGM Flyer
(Adobe PDF File)

Invitation to Join Niagara Branch's Board of Directors
A window of opportunity is opening to participate in a vibrant and productive group which is pivotal to the health and welfare of our profession and contributes to the broader life of the local community. The OASW Branch welcomes you to consider joining the Board of Directors starting at the Annual General Meeting this Autumn. The group currently meets monthly between September and May. In recent years, we offered three events: the autumn Annual General Meeting, Social Work Week events at the start of March, and an all-day educational event in May which is open to both members and non-members from near and far. Of course, new members may have new ideas. 

Interested candidates may E-mail OASW.Niagara@gmail.com with an attached copy of your résumé. Questions? See our website: www.oaswniagara.org.

Previous Branch Events

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, e-mail the address below with your name and contact information. 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.

Contact Information:
Branch E-mail: oasw.niagara@gmail.com