Western Branch

Western Branch includes London, St. Thomas, Woodstock, Sarnia and the Counties of Middlesex, Oxford, Elgin and Lambton.

Board Members:
Tammie Ross, President and Chair-Advocacy and Executive 
Dr. Anne Toth, Vice President & Sarnia Chapter Representative
Alice Kirk, Secretary
Derek Conliffe, Treasurer and Chair-Finance
Len Kushnier, Chair-Social Events & Professional Development 
Kylene Dube, King’s University College School of Social Work Representative and Chair-Social Work Week
Gary Davies, Past President and Chair-Nominating
Dr. Gahad Hamed
Tosha Densky
Candace Hanna, Southwestern Region OASW Director (ex officio)
Martha McDougall, BSW 4th Year Student Representative
Shelby Douglas, BSW 3rd Year BSW Student Representative
Nicole Schwendinger, Advanced Year MSW Student Representative
Natalie Whitney, Foundation Year MSW Student Representative

Upcoming Branch Events

Art Exhibit in Collaboration with the London Intercommunity Health Centre: "Voices from the Front Line" 
An exhibition of poetry, stories and photos featuring members of the London community who are often silent, along with information about the cost and consequences of poverty for all Londoners. 
Location: Spriet Learning Commons in the King Student Life Centre at King’s
Date: March 6, 2018
Time: 9:30AM – 4:00PM

Professional Development Day - Keynote Scot Cooper, followed by a panel of Community Agencies 
Location: Kenny Theatre at King’s College
Date: March 7, 2018 
9:00AM – 12:00PM

RSVP here.

Ignite Social Work - ten presenters will talk about issues that matter to our community.

Presentations will be delivered in the increasingly popular Ignite style: each will be five minutes - no more, no less. 
Call for speakers!

Date: March 7, 2018
Time: Starts at 6:30PM
Location: Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St. East

Light refreshments will be served. 
This is a FREE event open to everyone in celebration of SOCIAL WORK WEEK!

Annual General Meeting
Date: Friday, May 11, 2018
Time: Starts at 9:00AM
Location: King’s University College

The AGM will be followed by a workshop on the Continuing Competency Program, led by representatives from the Ontario College of Social Workers & Social Service Workers. 

Previous Events

Celebrating Advocacy: The 35th anniversary of the founding of Ontario social work's first regulatory college—October 21, 2017
Members of the Western Branch of the Ontario Association of Social Workers and graduates of social work programs at King’s University College celebrated one of our Association's greatest advocacy efforts: the achievement of legislation to govern social work practice and the founding of our first college of social workers, an important milestone along the way to that achievement. 

Dr. Dan Andreae, Past President of OASW (1993-2000, 2006-8), Director of Project Legislation (1989-93) and a major driving force behind the lengthy campaign to achieve legislation, was the guest speaker.
He and Branch President Tammie Ross unveiled a new commemorative plaque, now located in the offices of the School of Social Work at King’s.

Single Session Therapy workshop with Scot Cooper was hosted by Daya Counselling Centre on June 26th & 27th.
The two day workshop provided both an introduction to single session conversations and  covered advanced practice related to addressing the experience of trauma in a single session.  

On July 30, 2017 OASW Western Branch joined the PRIDE parade. 
Together they demonstrated their LGBTQ2+ pride & allegiance. 

Committee Members Needed

Email OASW.Western@gmail.com to get started.  

Committee work is a great way to get involved in furthering our profession.  

We'd love to hear from you.  

Social Advocacy and Action - Help our Branch identify and work on issues that are relevant to Social Workers in Western Ontario. 

Communications and Membership - If you feel that you have skills in social media, communication, marketing, and recruitment, contact us to join this group and help make our Branch voice stronger! 

Social Events, Professional Development, Social Work Week - Do you have ideas for events or Professional Development opportunities relevant to Social Workers?  Contact us to express your interest in helping with this group. 

Too busy to join but have ideas? Just email us at OASW.Western@gmail.com with your input. 

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Branch Publications:
2016 Spring Newsletter
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2014 AGM Report
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Fall 2015 Newsletter
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2012 Spring Newsletter
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Newsletter March 2017 Social Work Week Edition