Students are a valued component of OASW membership.

The following provides information on current initiatives & services geared directly to student members:

OASW Annual Student Membership Award (ASMA)

Every year, OASW presents the OASW Annual Student Membership Award (ASMA), which offers one free one-year OASW membership to a student in each of Ontario's schools of social work. The aim is to encourage student engagement and involvement with the profession and with OASW. Information about applying is circulated in early fall annually. 

Overview Student Director Position
  • The Student Director sits on the Board of Directors for a period of two years.*
  • The Student Director is elected prior to the fall Board meeting bi-annually.
  • The Student Director provides a student voice on the Provincial Board of Directors.
  • The Student Director attends three Board meetings annually and fulfills the duties of a Director of the organization along with the other Directors, such as identifying the organizational directions and priorities, formulating policies, voting on motions, receiving committee and staff reports, etc. In her/his capacity as a Director of the corporation, the Student Director represents not only students but also the interests of the profession and organization as a whole.
  • The Student Director is responsible for facilitating open communication with the Student Members and student representatives of all branches.
  • The Student Director advises staff and provides input on mechanisms of communication with students (e.g., newsletter, email bulletins, etc.).
  • The Student Director provides input to staff on the development of services and in the development and distribution of recruitment and retention initiatives related to student membership in tandem with the Board and the Vice-President, Branch Affairs on the Executive Committee.
  • The Student Director is part of the Vice-President, Branch Affairs portfolio on the Executive Committee.
  • Student Members who are in a one-year program or in the last year of their program can apply for the position and provide additional information in their nomination statement.

Learn more about the current Student Director: Daniel Pugh.​

A Message from the Student Director - Daniel Pugh

Dear Social Work Student:
Congratulations on choosing social work as your profession. A career in social work provides a diverse range of exciting opportunities in which to apply the knowledge and skills you will be acquiring in your social work program.

We hope that you will have a productive academic year. As the term begins, we wanted to highlight a few exciting OASW membership benefits/resources: 

  • The OASW publication, Tips and Advice on Conducting a Social Work Job Search, with topics including: today's social work job market; how jobs can be located; what employers want; a self-assessment; job search on the Internet, networking; a job search tool kit; the job interview; and much more. 
  • OASW's Job Search Initiative, the goal of which is to provide OASW members with short-term access to Experienced Social Workers who can demystify the job search process and provide advice and perspective on job search strategies. 
  • OASW's online job search site, SocialWorkJobs.ca, which is affiliated with Workopolis to provide a comprehensive job-networking tool. The user-friendly website enables Association members to not only search for social work positions but also make job applications online and post CVs. 
  • We encourage you to watch the 3 following videos below:
    • Differences between OASW and OCSWSSW (Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers) Gillian McCloskey, Associate Executive Director;
    • Why students join OASW, Joan MacKenzie Davies; and
    • Shira Moalem, former OASW Student Director (2011-2013), talking about what students say about the value of membership with the Association. 


There are many benefits of becoming a member of OASW: 

  • Stay current and save time with critical information.
  • Make your voice heard by joining in collective advocacy to benefit society and social work clients.
  • Ensure that decision-makers recognize the contribution of social workers.
  • Network and engage with colleagues at the local and provincial levels. And so much more.

Student membership costs $99 annually. Join now and benefit from reduced membership fees for the first two years following graduation.

Explore the rest of OASW's website and learn more about the role of the Association as the voice for social workers in Ontario

Becoming a member of OASW strengthens the social work profession and gives social workers and clients a stronger voice.

Ensure that social work has a strong, unified presence. Support social work in Ontario. Join OASW. It's your voice!

Please also visit: 

Video: Ontario Association of Social Workers - What's in it For Students?

If you have any questions, contact us!

Have a great year!

Daniel Pugh
OASW Student Director


Joan MacKenzie Davies, MSW, Res.Dip.S.W., RSW
Executive Director

www.oasw.org info@oasw.org
www.socialworkjobs.ca www.findasocialworker.ca

Overview of Services:

  • Find a job on the members-only job posting site, SocialWorkJobs.ca.
  • Be matched with an experienced social worker who can help you with your résumé and cover letter through the Job Search Initiative.
  • Free download of Tips and Advice on Conducting a Social Work Job Search. 
  • Win exclusive educational grants provided to current OASW members to pursue continuing educational opportunities.
  • Enter a draw to win a free student OASW membership (ASMA Award).
  • Access up-to-date information about social work practice.
  • Participate in advocacy that positively impacts professional practice.
  • Ensure that decision-makers recognize the contribution of social workers.
  • Network and engage with colleagues at the local & provincial levels in person & online.
  • Save up to 40% on highly relevant Professional Development activities & resources (Conferences, Webinars and other Workshop/Seminars).
  • Make your voice heard by joining in collective advocacy to benefit society.
  • Save $1000 or more on highly desirable products and services, including comprehensive professional liability insurance, legal advice, home/auto insurance, Cineplex, Sports Events, GoodLife Fitness & much more.
  • Celebrate Social Work Week and increase the profile and value of your work with your colleagues and your clients.
  • Polish your leadership skills and help shape the future of the profession.
Student Application Form
(Adobe PDF File)