Northwestern Branch

Northwestern Branch includes Thunder Bay, Kenora, Sioux Lookout and Northwestern Ontario. Also included are members from White River to the Manitoba border and members from the US border to James Bay. 

Upcoming Branch Activities:

Annual General Meeting, April 30, 2018

Hello Northwestern Branch Members: 

Attached below you will find a poster announcing details for our upcoming Annual General Meeting to be held on April 30, 2018. We will be providing a light dinner prior to the AGM followed by guest speaker Carrie Nyitrai. Carrie will be sharing on compassion fatigue and has offered to incorporate a fun activity involving creating your own mandala.  

Please encourage others to join for the presentation and activity after the AGM. There is no cost to members and a minimal fee for non-members.  

Look forward to seeing you there.  
(Adobe PDF File)

Previous Branch Activities

Annual General Meeting
On May 8, 2017 OASW's Northwestern Branch held their Annual General Meeting. Speaker Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Ph.D. Chair on Truth & Reconciliation @ Lakehead University spoke on the theme of "Truth and Reconciliation: 94 Calls to Action."

Annual General Meeting
On April 19, 2016, our Annual General Meeting was held at the Sister Margaret Smith Centre.  Following the meeting, a local social worker, Mari Lukkaroinen presented on Human Trafficking.  The presentation included consideration to current definitions, how people are inducted into and maintained in the trafficking network, signs/indicators an individual might be involved in trafficking, and, how to effectively support individuals identified.  Thank you to Mari for a very informative and awareness raising presentation and to those who came out to participate.

Social Work Week 
On March 8th, Northwestern Branch held an event with guest speakers Amanda Orr (Complexity Theory & LTC (research); Laurel Vescio (Addictions & Triggers (research); and Joey Wark (Narrative Therapy with Families & Youth) during Social Work Week, the theme of which was "Social Workers Help Turn Issues into Answers".

Northwestern Branch Special Event
On October 19th, Northwestern Branch held a special event featuring Joan MacKenzie Davies, Executive Director, OASW. Attendees learned about a marketing campaign designed to increase the profile of social work with the public; research to build evidence that demonstrates the value of social work; an online certificate course for social workers working with older adults; leadership skills training workshops; a new professional development fund to assist social workers with continuing education needs.  

Board Members:

The Board meets the fourth Monday of the month.

Executive Members:  
Tracy Randall, President
Melissa Berry, Treasurer
Natalia Lysy-Trist, Secretary

Board Members:
Mark Halabecki
Carrie Nyitrai
Allyson Shpirko

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Committees & Projects

Lakehead University Liaison Committee  Tracy Randall, Chair 
Ongoing committee that is working on continuing to build the Branch's relationship and connection with the Social Work Department of LU. 
Update: On March 10, 2016, this Committee held its first ever joint reception with the Social Work Department of LU for graduating social work students.  

Nominating Committee

Pirjo Smith, Chair
This Committee works through the year to maintain a full slate of Officers, 11 positions exist. 
Currently, there are 6 vacancies.