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The College invites members to participate in its upcoming virtual Educational Forums on October 22 and November 4!

The Educational Forums are part of the College’s Glenda McDonald Educational Series. These half-day events are an excellent opportunity for members to stay connected with the College and gain valuable knowledge through the following agenda:

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – OCSWSSW update
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Keynote address
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Keynote Q&As

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Forums will be hosted entirely online via livestream. During the livestream events, members will be able to participate in the keynote address question period by submitting their questions into the “Call for Questions” field at the bottom of the Educational Forums webpage.

Please note that pre-registration ahead of the 2020 Educational Forums is not required. To access these events via livestream, simply visit this webpage on October 22 and November 4. Both Forums will be presented in English.

Don’t miss these educational opportunities! Following the Educational Forum, you will have access to a link to the Certificate of Participation which can be used towards your 2020 Continuing Competence Program (CCP).


October 22 Educational Forum


Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020
Time: 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Keynote Address: Beyond Positive Intentions: Providing Equitable Services for LGBTQ+ Newcomers
Speakers: Khadijah Kanji, RSW and Serena Nudel, RSW
Description: This keynote address is based on Access Alliance’s Community-based research project, Among Friends: Overcoming Systemic Discrimination and Building Positive Spaces for Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans (LGBTQ+) Newcomer Women, which investigated the experiences and needs of LGBTQ+ newcomers, with a focus on those who came to Canada through the refugee stream. In addition to project findings, this presentation will describe the broader socio-economic/historical/legal context within which LGBTQ+ newcomers/refugees arrive to, and settle in, Canada. Khadijah and Serena will share Access Alliance’s evidence-informed model of service delivery, and how they have applied the findings of their research to create safer spaces for LGBTQ+ newcomer communities.

Click here to view PowerPoint presentation. (updated as of October 21, 2020)

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November 4 Educational Forum


Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Time: 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Keynote Address: Racism at the Front Line
Speaker: Keith Adamson, RSW
Description: This keynote address presents an opportunity to describe what racism is, and what racism looks like in Canada. Keith Adamson will discuss the impact of racism on people of colour and will use this presentation to implore social workers and social service workers to take steps towards starting to remedy and promote healing within their own practice and the communities and clients they serve. Keith will share his thoughts around advocacy and what social workers and social service workers can do in order to address racism at all levels.


Call for Questions

If you would like to submit a question, please use the form below. While only a selection of the questions submitted will be answered during the Educational Forum, all questions will receive a response via email from College staff. In order to accommodate questions from as many members as possible, we would ask that you limit yourself to one question only.







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    If you have any questions regarding the Educational Forums, please contact the Communications Department by email at communications@ocswssw.org.