Nipissing Branch

Nipissing Branch includes North Bay and area.

Currently, Nipissing Branch is trying to become active again.


Nipissing Branch Revitalization

It is our hope to revitalize the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) - Nipissing Branch. The Branches support the work of OASW locally and support Social Workers in the Nipissing area. 

The Nipissing Branch can be reactivated if at least 3 OASW members volunteer to form a Working Group/Board to assume the role and responsibilities of: Branch President/Chair of the Board or Working Group, or “contact” person for the Branch; Branch Treasurer; and Secretary. We are also hoping to have a student representative. 

If you are interested, please email me at indicating that you would like to assume or stand for election in any of the vacant positions or otherwise support the Nipissing Branch.

Learn more about the different roles of the board on the OASW website.

Jennifer Taun 

Previous Branch Activities:

Nipissing Networking Event in North Bay 

On November 22, 2018 OASW Northern Branch hosted a networking event in North Bay with a special presentation by Dr. Diana Coholic. Dr. Diana Coholic, RSW is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Laurentian University, and has been a clinical social worker for over 20 years. For the past 10 years, her research has investigated the effectiveness of arts-based mindfulness group work for the improvement of resilience and self-concept. Through this research, she and her team have developed and tested a 12-week arts-based mindfulness group program called Holistic Arts-Based Program (HAP). Currently, her team is facilitating HAP with youths aged 11-17 years who are experiencing challenges with schooling. Her latest book is titled Facilitating Mindfulness: A Guide for Human Service Professionals (available for purchase from Northrose Educational Resources: Additional information about her work (including publications and links to videos) can be found at: Diana's interactive presentation provided an overview of mindfulness practices and concepts with examples of exercises to be used for personal and professional benefit. She also discussed facilitating mindfulness by way of arts-based methods which is a highly engaging, accessible, and enjoyable strengths-based approach.