Southwestern Branch


Southwestern Branch includes Windsor, Chatham and the surrounding areas.

Upcoming Events

OASW Southwestern Branch Fall Networking Event 2018 


Meditation & Mindfulness with Dr. Bill Gayner

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: New UWindsor Social Work Building, 167 Ferry Street, Windsor, ON, N9A 4M5,
RSVP here. $5 for OASW Members - $10 for all other General Admission
*Registration Closes: November 8th, 2018 11:59 PM
**Light Food Included


This workshop will introduce people to meditation and to a mindfulness practice that is gentle and open from the outset, as well as support experienced meditators in developing more compassion and empathy for their inner world and experience.

Where most forms of mindfulness focus on the breath and other bodily sensations, emotion-focused mindfulness therapy emphasizes mindfulness of embodied emotional experiencing. Rather than feeling better, the emphasis is on getting better at feeling, so that our feelings help us better navigate our lives.

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We hope you can join us, and please feel free to bring along family, friends, and colleagues! 

Past Branch Activities


Annual General Meeting: March 9, 2017
On Thursday, March 9, 2017 the OASW Southwestern Branch's held it's Annual General Meeting and Networking Event.  
Shelley Gilbert, Director of Social Work Services at Legal Assistance of Windsor, delivered a keynote presentation on the groundbreaking work she has been doing in the area of human trafficking through WEFiGHT.

Annual General Meeting: March 10, 2016
The OASW Southwestern Branch Board of Directors invited members to its Annual General Meeting (AGM) during Social Work Week.It was an evening of dinner, awards, and celebration with local community social workers and students. 

Interactive Social Work Networking Event & Dinner
On November 19, 2015, Keynote speaker, Dr. Keith Adamson, spoke on the Future of Social Work in Ontario. It was an interactive evening of networking with local community social workers and students. 

Faculty Research Presentation
Phi Alpha Honour Society for Social Work Students delivered their Faculty Research Presentation on October 22, 2015 in Windsor, Ontario. This was a wonderful opportunity to network with other social work professionals. Some presenters included: Dr. Connie Kvarfordt, Dr. Debra Hernandez Jozefowicz and Dr. Kimberly Calderwood. 

OASW Freida McAvoy Memorial Scholarship
Southwestern Branch supports and encourages social work education through its OASW Freida McAvoy Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate Social Work Student who is in year 3 or 4 at the University of Windsor, has a minimum cumulative average of 83%, and has financial need. 

Social Justice Workshop
On October 2, 2015, students, faculty and community members joined together at the "Charity is Good, Justice is Better" Workshop and explored how the community can strengthen local efforts to fight poverty. 
2018 Annual Report
(Adobe PDF File)

Board Members:

Matthew Dunlop, President
Michelle Ao, Vice-President
Deborah Cady, Treasurer
Morena Gjecovik, Secretary

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