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 Dubé, King’s University College School of Social Work Representative and Chair-Social Work Week
Gary Davies, Past President and Chair-Nominating
John Pretti
Candice Hanna, Southwestern Region OASW Director (ex officio)
Martha McDougall, BSW 4th Year Student Representative
Shelby Douglas, BSW 3rd Year Student Representative
Nicole Schwendinger, Advanced Year MSW Student Representative
Natalie Whitney, Foundation Year MSW Student Representative

London Pride Parade

If you haven't heard yet, the London Pride Parade is being held on Sunday, July 29th at 12:30 p.m. 

We would love to have a large group of Social Workers present to show our commitment to inclusion. 

If you would like to join us, please send an RSVP to Tammie Ross at tammie@ihsolutions.ca

We are meeting at 11:30 a.m. at the Western Fair Grounds in order to be ready for the 12:30 p.m. start. 

Oh - and did I mention you get a free T-shirt as well?

I hope to hear from you!

Tammie Ross, MSW, RSW, CPCC, CIP
OASW Western Branch President

 

Previous Events

Annual General Meeting

The AGM was held on May 11, 2018, and was followed by a workshop on the Continuing Competency Program, led by representatives from the Ontario College of Social Workers & Social Service Workers. The Annual Report presented at the AGM is available as a downloadable file below.
Annual Report 2017
(Adobe PDF File)


Congratulations to Dr. Anne Toth, OASW Inspirational Leader Award recipient. Anne is Past President of the OASW Western Branch Board of Directors and the Sarnia Chapter representative. The award was presented at King’s University College during Social Work Week by Gary Davies, Chair of the OASW Western Branch Nominating Committee.










  









Anne was congratulated by Mayor Matt Brown and academic leaders at King’s University College  
Front Row: Dr. Anne Toth and Mayor Matt Brown
Back Row: Left to Right: Dr. Peter Donahue (Director of the School of Social Work and last year’s recipient of the OASW Inspirational Leader Award); Gary Davies (OASW Western Branch); Dr. David Sylvester (Prin
cipal, King’s University College)

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 26 & 27.

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. 


Anne was congratulated by Mayor Matt Brown and academic leaders at King’s University College  
Anne was congratulated by Mayor Matt Brown and academic leaders at King’s University College  
Anne was congratulated by Mayor Matt Brown and academic leaders at King’s University College  
Anne was congratulated by Mayor Matt Brown and academic leaders at King’s University College  
Anne was congratulated by Mayor Matt Brown and academic leaders at King’s University College  
Anne was congratulated by Mayor Matt Brown and academic leaders at King’s University College  

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

Communications & 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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Email: OASW.Western@gmail.com

Branch Publications:

Newsletter March 2017 Social Work Week Edition

2016 Spring Newsletter
(Adobe PDF File)
Fall 2015 Newsletter
(Adobe PDF File)
2014 AGM Report
(Adobe PDF File)
2012 Spring Newsletter
(Adobe PDF File)