The Voice of Social Work in Ontario
OASW and its School Social Work Advisory Group are pleased to present the School Social Work Symposium, Affirming Identities: Tools for Student Mental Wellness in the COVID Era, happening Tuesday, November 15, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. online.
The 35th annual Symposium will explore how we can provide appropriate and safe support for students with varied and diverse identities, with a keynote address from Bee Quammie, a multi-passionate creative, writer and award-winning digital content creator who shares stories and connects with others on mental and brain health, resilience, diversity and pop culture. Bee’s keynote will centre on the stories that often aren’t told, providing space where the audiences can learn, be empowered, and find a relatable voice.
Randell Adjei is an entrepreneur, speaker and spoken word practitioner who was recently appointed Ontario’s first Poet Laureate. Randell is the founder of one of Toronto's largest youth led initiatives, Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (R.I.S.E Edutainment). Randell is the author of “I am Not my struggles,” a powerful anthology released in 2018. Randell was also named CBC’s Metro Morning’s Torontonian of the Year in 2015 and NOW Magazine’s Local Hero in May 2017. In 2020, Randell opened for President Barack Obama at the Economic Club of Canada.
9:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Opening Ceremony and Remarks from OASW and the School Social Work Advisory Group (SSWAG)
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Bee Quammie, Multi-Passionate Creative, Writer and Award-Winning Digital Content Creator
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Special Guest Presenters
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
1:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Randell Adjei, Transformational Speaker, Spoken Word Practitioner, Arts Educator and Ontario’s First Poet Laureate
1:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Award Presentation and Remarks: 2022 School Social Work Achievement Award
1:45 to 3:45 p.m.
PANEL: Identities at the Forefront: How to Put Inclusion into Action in our Schools
Panelists to be confirmed
3:45 to 4:00 p.m.
Note: Program is subject to change. Additional program details will be added as they are confirmed.
Live simultaneous French translation and closed captioning will be available during the event.
OASW and its School Social Work Advisory Group are inviting nominations for the 2022 School Social Work Achievement Award. Consider nominating a School Social Worker who has exceeded your expectations by September 30, 2022.
Learn More and Download the Nomination Form
Your support of this critical inter-professional event will help to build equitable access to culturally responsive care for our students, by advancing dialogue on the intersections between race, culture, identity, and mental health, and providing the practical tools needed to support student wellness. Consider supporting the Symposium by helping us reach as many school social workers and allied education professionals as possible.
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Thank you to all members of our School Social Work Advisory Committee for sharing your expertise and insights to help make this critical event a success:
Questions can be directed to [email protected].
OASW has been working to keep student wellbeing and mental health top-of-mind as children and youth return to schools this fall. Our proactive engagement with media has highlighted the critical role that school social workers play in providing early intervention and connecting students to the care they need to thrive.
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