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OASW Inspirational Leader Awards

News Reported on March 7, 2016


Each year, two inspirational leaders from the profession in Ontario are profiled during Social Work Week. The individuals selected represent a positive role model to social workers and social work students and exemplify OASW's theme for Social Work Week. The theme for Social Work Week 2016 is "Social Workers Help Turn Issues Into Answers"

The recipients of the Inspirational Leaders Awards for 2016 are: 
Holly Earl-McCubbin, MSW, RSW, is a mental health therapist with the Chatham-Kent Mental Health and Addictions Program and Family Service Kent. For Holly, the major achievement of her work has been helping trauma survivors to move forward in their lives, discovering abilities and talents they were not even aware of, feeling stronger and better about themselves: "And it's been rewarding to see increased awareness within the mental health system and the beginnings of a ripple effect spreading to other areas." To read more, click: http://www.oasw.org/Public/Awards_Folder/Inspirational_Leaders/Holly_Earl-McCubbin.aspx.

Kathy Stiell, MSW, RSW, is the co-founder of the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa and Director of Family Support. It is apparent to Kathy Stiell that a focus and expertise in human relationships has been one of social work's strongest assets and may be even more so in the future: "This is a very exciting and proud time in history to be a social worker." To read more, click: http://www.oasw.org/Public/Awards_Folder/Inspirational_Leaders/Kathy_Stiell.aspx.

During Social Work Week, March 7-13, 2016, and throughout the year, take the time to acknowledge social workers who make a difference.