Council Meeting Highlights for May 8, 2019

The Council is the 21-member governing body and board of directors that manages and administers College affairs. The policies developed by Council provide direction to the College and to staff.

May 8, 2019

  • Council participated in an educational session provided by Michael Salvatori, CEO and Registrar of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), regarding the OCT’s governance review and recent legislative changes.
  • President Shelley Hale, RSSW, provided her report to Council.
  • Registrar and CEO Lise Betteridge, MSW, RSW and Deputy Registrar Laura Sheehan presented their report to Council, which included updates on:
    • membership and registration;
    • College operations;
    • digital communications;
    • the public awareness campaign;
    • recent publications, including Perspective and the Employer Communiqué;
    • professional practice support and resources;
    • Council elections in District Nos. 1, 2 and 5;
    • complaints and discipline; and
    • media and government relations.
  • Council received the Statement of Financial Position as of March 2019.
  • Council received the Statement of Operations as of March 2019.
  • Council received the 2018 audited financial statements, as approved by the Executive Committee.
  • Reports were received from the following statutory committees: Executive; Complaints; Discipline; Fitness to Practise; and Registration Appeals.
  • Council made the following regulatory decisions:
    • To approve the proposed $30 fee increase to the general registration and membership fees in 2020, with corresponding increases in other categories, and to communicate this information in Council Meeting Highlights.
    • To refer the issue of delegation of the administration of naloxone to the Standards of Practice Committee.
  • Reports were received from the following non-statutory committees: Standards of Practice; Election; Nominating; Finance; Governance; Corporations; and Titles and Designations.
  • Council made the following governance decisions:
    • To approve the Finance Committee’s proposed revisions to the College’s Long-Term Investment Policy which address ethical investing.
  • Council members Vinita Puri, RSW and Lisa Seburn, RSW presented their professional development reports on board member training provided by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).