26 Sep 2018

OCSWSSW Council Election Results, Bylaw Amendments Approved

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) is pleased to announce the re-election of Council President Shelley Hale, RSSW, and the election of the Council Executive Committee for 2018/19.

“I am honoured to be re-elected as President of the College Council,” says Shelley, who was re-elected on September 6, 2018. “I look forward to working alongside my fellow Council members in the continuing implementation of the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan as we fulfill our important mandate of serving and protecting the public.”

Shelley was first elected to Council in 2001. She has previously served on the College’s Registration Appeals, Discipline, Standards of Practice, Titles and Designations, Election, Fitness to Practise, and Nominating Committees. She has served as Chair on the Standards of Practice Committee for seven years.

“I’m very proud of the work that Council does in the name of public protection,” says Shelley. “We support the operations of the College to ensure that employers recognize and value the importance of hiring registered social workers and registered social service workers and the public is protected from unqualified, incompetent and unfit practitioners.”

The College would also like to welcome the newly elected Executive Committee members of Council for 2018/19:

  • Shelley Hale, RSSW – President
  • Lisa Seburn, RSW – Vice-President
  • Déirdre Smith, Public Member – Vice-President
  • Toula Kourgiantakis, RSW – Executive Member
  • Mukesh Kowlessar, RSSW – Executive Member
  • Rick Lamb, Public Member – Executive Member

The Council is the 21-member governing body and board of directors that manages and administers the College’s affairs. Council oversees the policy direction of the College as it fulfills its mandate to protect the public interest. The Executive Committee is a statutory committee of Council. It provides leadership to Council and facilitates its efficient and effective functioning.

College Council approves bylaw amendments

Council continues to strive for regulatory excellence, in part through the approval of bylaw amendments that increase transparency and good governance, manage risk and minimize any perceptions of conflict of interest.

At the September 6, 2018 meeting, Council approved amendments to Bylaw 110 that will require members to provide information to the College about their membership in other professional regulatory bodies, in Ontario and other jurisdictions.

Council also approved amendments to Bylaw 111 that will affect those running (or interested in running) as a candidate for election to Council. The amendments to Bylaw 111 include:

  • a “cooling off” period of one year for candidates for election to Council who are members of the executive of either an association or a collective bargaining unit; and
  • required training which will help to ensure that prospective candidates understand their role on Council.

Council also reviewed and approved in principle a Support Person Program which will provide arm’s length support to clients who have made allegations of sexual abuse by a member of the College. Subject to Council’s approval of this item in the 2019 budget, it is anticipated that the Support Person Program will be launched by the College early in 2019.

To learn more about the Council, including member biographies, visit the OCSWSSW Council Members webpage.