Council Highlights for December 1-2, 2021

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.

December 1, 2021 (10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

  • Mukesh Kowlessar, RSSW, President, provided his report to Council.
  • Lise Betteridge, RSW, Registrar and CEO, and Denitha Breau, Deputy Registrar, presented their report to Council. The report provided updates under each strategic priority in the College’s Strategic Plan and included information about the following: the College’s annual renewal for 2022; an operational update on the Registration and Equivalency; the College’s IT initiatives, including prioritizing the digitization of College processes; the Professional Practice Department’s ongoing practice support and the upcoming video resource on ethical and competent responses to anti-Indigenous racism; the College’s ongoing communication initiatives including the results of a public awareness campaign benchmark survey results and the redesign of the College’s website; the ASWB entry-to-practice exams and how they relate to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and Complaints and Discipline.
  • Council reviewed the Statement of Financial Position as of September 2021.
  • Council reviewed the Statement of Operations for September 2021.
  • Council reviewed and approved the 2022 Budget and Work Plan.
  • Council approved the appointment of Crowe Soberman LLP as the College’s auditors for the year ending December 31, 2021.
  • Council reviewed and approved proposed revisions to the Conflict of Interest Policy.
  • Reports were received from the following non-statutory committees: Standards of Practice; Election; Nominating; Finance; Governance; Corporations; and Titles and Designations.

December 2, 2021 (10:30 a.m. to 11:42 a.m.)

  • Council reviewed a list of proposed topics for upcoming Council education sessions.
  • Council reviewed and approved the revised Language Proficiency Policy, which addresses one of the requirements of the College’s registration process.
  • Council reviewed a summary of the College’s 2021 Annual Meeting and Education Day (AMED) and recommended next steps for AMED 2022.
  • Council reviewed and approved the proposed recommendations to Council from the DEI Task Group regarding the collection of race-based and other demographic data from members on a voluntary basis, as part of the College’s annual renewal process.
  • Council reviewed and approved the draft Appendix to the Practice Guidelines for Medication Practices on the administration of Naloxone recommended by the Standards of Practice Committee, subject to a final review by staff to consider the need for additional wording around documentation.
  • Council reviewed a summary report about the College’s 2021 Educational Forum.
  • Reports were received from the following statutory committees: Executive; Complaints; Discipline; Registration Appeals; and Fitness to Practise.