Niagara Branch

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

Board Members:
Arlene Kerr-Martin: Co-Chair
Suzanne Matheson: Co-Chair 
Nicole Franklin: Secretary
Lisa Lam: Treasurer
Sarah Conolly: Board Member
Emily Pollak: Board Member
Carling Wright: Board Member

Invitation to Join Niagara Branch's Board of Directors

Our profession needs your ideas, your time, your energy. Make a difference. Help social workers impact our local community and build respect for social work's role. Offer to stand for election to the Niagara OASW Board of Directors. 

We meet monthly between Sept and May with an annual general meeting and election during the Autumn. During the year we offer special events and assist with community and professional initiatives. New thinking is welcome. 

Email  oasw.niagara@gmail.com indicating your willingness to explore the option of board membership. Attach your resume, please. We will telephone you to discuss the idea. 

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.  

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