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Our Votes & Voices Matter! - OASW 2018 Provincial Election Toolkit

News reported on April 17, 2018
The provincial election is scheduled to take place on June 7, 2018 and policy decisions made by the next Provincial Parliament will have a direct impact on the social and financial health of Ontarians. Social workers have an important role to play in not only voting, but in asking political candidates about their positions on issues of concern and in educating them on our experiences with these while suggesting solutions for change. 

With the campaign period right around the corner, OASW has developed this toolkit to assist in providing you with easy access to OASW's election priorities, sample questions for political candidates and simple ways you can get involved as an individual member, student member, Regional Branch and more. 

*Due to recent changes to the Election Finances Act, materials in this toolkit are for personal use DO NOT distribute or share.

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OASW’s Response to the 2018 Ontario Budget

News reported on March 28, 2018
OASW applauds the Government of Ontario for prioritizing mental health and addictions services in the Budget for 2018, including the expansion of access to publicly funded structured psychotherapy, a key recommendation of OASW. Additionally, we welcome expanded access to interprofessional primary care teams and Government’s commitment to income security reform. While the investments made by the Government of Ontario to increase social assistance rates in the 2018 Budget is not what OASW recommended, it is our hope that these signal a sustained and progressive approach by government to address poverty and we are committed to assisting the government in this process.
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Potential New Virtual Group for Members in Health Care Settings

News Reported on February 22, 2018
New Virtual Group for Social Workers in Front-line Health Care, email membership2@oasw.org to join.

OASW Comments on the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017

News Reported on February 22, 2018
Ontario has passed the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 (CYFSA).
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Children's Mental Health Ontario Launch Campaign

News Reported on February 22, 2018
Kids Mental Health Can't Wait
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What You Need To Know About Blizzard Driving

News Reported on February 22, 2018
Although beautiful, Canadian winters can be a real pain if you have to hit the road in snowy, blizzard-like conditions. Here are some practical precautions to take before, during, and after each winter drive this season.
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OASW’s Response to the 2018 Pre-Budget Consultations

News Reported on February 9, 2018
This year, OASW made both an oral and written submission in response to the Honourable Minister Charles Sousa’s invitation to participate in a discussion on the 2018 Ontario Budget... 
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A Moment to Celebrate - Proclamation of the controlled act of psychotherapy

News Reported on January 11, 2018
This win comes with gravitas that will benefit the profession for years to come, formalizing our services and activities in a way that builds opportunities for the profession and benefits the public. Advocacy for social work as a profession is advocacy for the clients we serve. Being recognized by the provincial government as experts, will allow us to better and more effectively advocate for the issues that matter the most to social workers and the client populations we serve. 
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Working at the Intersections of the Elder Abuse and Violence against Women Sectors Interdisciplinary Forum

News Reported on December 6, 2017
OASW participated in a day of learning and collaboration on November 21st, at the Working at the Intersections of the Elder Abuse and Violence against Women Sectors Interdisciplinary Forum. 
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Home Insurance Protects You Inside AND Outside Your Home...

News Reported on November 15, 2017
Liability Insurance Tags Along Wherever You Go...
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Parenting Coordination Webinar Recording

News Reported on November 15, 2017
Parenting Coordination co-hosted by Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO) free webinar recording now available.
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Wilfrid Laurier University: 30 in 30 Award

News Reported on October 19, 2017
Congratulations to OASW President, Dr. Keith Adamson.
A formal recognition ceremony took place on November 9, 2017 @ Wilfrid Laurier University. 
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OASW Welcomes a New Student Director!

News Reported on October 19, 2017
David Knezevic, an MSW student at King's University College (Western University, London), has been elected by acclamation to the position of OASW Student Director for a 2-year term. The Student Director provides a student voice on the Provincial Board of Directors.
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OASW Member Appreciation Event 2017

News Reported on September 19, 2017
On Friday, November 3, 2017, OASW held its bi annual Appreciation Event @ Twenty Toronto Street Conferences & Events in Toronto. Lisa Taylor, President of Challenge Factory and the Centre for Career Innovation, highlighted five key trends that are shaping the future of work.  Lisa Taylor is the author of "Retain and Gain: Career Management for Small
Management for Small Business", as well as a second book to be published in 2018 with a working title of "The Talent Revolution," Lisa is a sought-after expert, speaker and columnist - the go-to resource for helping companies recognize and adapt to changing career timelines and demographic composition. 
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New Member Benefit

News Reported on September 19, 2017
One-Stop Shopping for all your Insurance & Health Benefit Needs
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Non-profit Law 101 - Free Legal Resources

News Reported on September 19, 2017
A brand new, free legal resource led by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO-EJCO), can help non-profit groups and individuals:
• Decide how to structure themselves
• Keep records
• Handle governance issues
• Hold annual members meetings and board meetings
• And much much more!
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NEW Partnership with Global Alliance

News Reported on September 19, 2017
OASW and the Global Alliance for Behavioural Health and Social Justice (formerly the American Orthopsychiatric Association) share a commitment to developing and promoting policies and practices to strengthen opportunities for persons with mental health and substance abuse disorders to lead healthier and fuller lives. We have entered into a partnership to give you the benefits of the Global Alliance at a reduced rate!  
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OASW Responds to Toronto Sun Article 

News Reported on August 1, 2017
We applaud your desire to shine a light on public interest stories including your recent article: "Social Workers failing Toronto's homeless", – since edited to read "Welfare Workers failing Toronto's homeless" – followed by the subsequent editorial on Toronto's response and offers to assist.  At the same time, we believe, and trust you agree that editorial, including that which looks at issues with a critical lens, is that much more valuable to the reader when accurate. 
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OASW Inspirational Leader Awards 2017

News Reported on March 9, 2017
A regular feature of Social Work Week every year has been the identification, interviewing and profiling of Inspirational Leaders on the Association's website. The individuals selected represent a positive role model to social workers and social work students and exemplify OASW's theme for Social Work Week March 6-12, 2017.
The theme for Social Work Week 2017 is: "Social Workers: Real Expertise. Real Life. Real Impact."

The recipients of the Inspirational Leaders Awards for 2017 are: Dr. Peter Donahue (bio) & Joyce Hamelin (bio)

Social Work Week: March 6-12, 2017 

Theme: "Social Workers. Real Expertise. Real Life. Real Impact." 
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Social Workers Applaud Tireless Champions of First Nations Children’s Human Rights

News Reported on November 22, 2016  
The Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) announces the inaugural recipients of OASW’s Champion of Social Change and Human Rights Award - Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada, and lawyers Sarah Pentney and Daniel Poulin from the Canadian Human Rights Commission. 
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Annual General Meeting 2016 – Such a Success!

News Reported on May 26, 2016
Guest Speaker: Linda Jackson
Special Award Presented to Dr. Dan Andreae
100+ OASW members and guests attended this years Annual General Meeting. 
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OASW Membership Appreciation Event 2015: A Tremendous Success!

News Reported on December 18, 2015
On Friday, November 6, 2015, OASW held its second Appreciation Event @ the Courtyard Marriott in Toronto. The guest speaker Dr. Nasreen Khatri, talked about "Your Brain on Speed: How the Brain Responds to the Rush Hour of Life"
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OASW Virtual Groups May 2015 - Newly Launched 

News Reported on May 29, 2015
Virtual Networking Group: Social Workers in the Northern Region
Moderator: Allyson Shpirko
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