Social Work Week


Social Work Week (SWW) is celebrated annually across Canada during the month of March. In Ontario, the first week of March marks the start of Social Work Week.

Activities during this time highlight the role and contribution of the profession.

Each year a theme is selected that reflects the ideals and values of social workers.

2018 Social Work Week is March 5-11.


Theme: “Social Workers on the Front Line of Real Issues”

For more on the history of social work in Ontario click here.


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."

Inspirational Leader Awards 2017

The recipients of the Inspirational Leaders Awards for 2017 are:


Dr. Peter Donahue
Dr. Peter Donahue believes that his social work training and education have provided him with the tools to successfully navigate future pathways that await him in his career: "The application and embracing of basic foundational social work skills have opened so many doors for me and created opportunities that I never would have dreamed existed when I started on my social work journey." Peter Donahue, B.Sc., B.A., MSW, Ph.D., RSW, is Director, Graduate Program Chair and Associate Professor of King's University College's School of Social Work at Western University since 2015. He is being recognized by OASW as an Inspirational Leader during Social Work Week, which is celebrated March 6-12, 2017, under the theme: "Social Workers: Real Expertise. Real Life. Real Impact."

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Joyce Hamelin
Joyce Hamelin loves life: "I love learning, I love to be busy, which is a good thing, because every social worker knows, there is never, ever enough time. I love to be able to smile, to have fun and to laugh from the bottom of my toes." Joyce Hamelin, MSW, RSW, holds a community position with the Geriatric Assessment Outreach Team at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital (Ottawa), where she has worked since 2000. She brings a social work lens to a medical model while providing in-home assessments and supportive interventions to her older adult clients and their caregivers. She is also engaged in education in a variety of teaching and facilitation roles, including the Ottawa Pastoral Care Training Program, Algonquin College Social Sciences, OASW's Online Certificate Course "Advanced Social Work with Older Adults", and presentations as an adoptive parent at adoption panels for the Children's Aid Society. She is being recognized by OASW as an Inspirational Leader during Social Work Week, which is celebrated March 6-12, 2017, under the theme: "Social Workers: Real Expertise. Real Life. Real Impact. 

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