Reminder – Join Us for the October 22 Educational Forum!

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers would like to remind you to participate in its upcoming virtual Educational Forum on Thursday, October 22, 2020!

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

9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – OCSWSSW update

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Keynote address

10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. – Keynote Q&A period

Keynote address

The Educational Forum on October 22 will include a keynote presentation by Khadijah Kanji, RSW and Serena Nudel, RSW, entitled “Beyond Positive Intentions: Providing Equitable Services for LGBTQ+ Newcomers.” Members can now access the keynote address PowerPoint presentation here.

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.

How to participate

Please note that pre-registration ahead of the 2020 Educational Forums is not required. To access the Forum via livestream, simply visit the College website on October 22. The Educational Forum will be presented in English.

During the livestream, members will be able to participate by asking questions and/or making comments. Participants will be able to submit their questions and/or comments by entering their questions into the “Call for Questions” field at the bottom of the Educational Forums webpage.

Don’t miss this relevant and informative opportunity! 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).

If you have any questions regarding the Educational Forums, please contact the Communications Department by email at

We hope you will join us!