Council Member Podcast Series – Pamela Murphy, Public Member


The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers was pleased to interview Pamela Murphy for its Council podcast series. Pam is a public member of the College Council who was appointed by the government of Ontario to Council in 2020. She currently serves on Council’s Executive, Complaints and Standards of Practice committees.

On Thursday, May 26, 2022, the College will hold an election for registered social workers and registered social service workers in the following electoral districts:

  • Electoral District No. 1
  • Electoral District No. 2
  • Electoral District No. 5

The College invites all members eligible to vote in Electoral District Nos. 1, 2 and 5 to put their names forward as candidates for election to the College Council. The due date for receipt of completed and signed nomination forms is 5 p.m. (EST) on Friday, February 25, 2022.

For more information on Council elections and how to apply, please click here. If you have questions, please email us at elections@ocswssw.org.


Podcast transcript

OCSWSSW: The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers is pleased to interview Pamela Murphy for its Council podcast series. Pam is a public member of the College Council who was appointed by the government of Ontario to Council in 2020. She currently serves on Council’s Executive, Complaints and Standards of Practice committees. Thank you for joining us, Pam.

PAM MURPHY: I’m happy to be here.

OCSWSSW: Can you begin by telling us why you wanted to become a Council member?

PAM MURPHY: Certainly. I had retired recently and felt that I had the time to commit to becoming a Council member and contributing to the mandate of the College to serve the public interest and regulate members to be accountable and accessible to the community.

OCSWSSW: What do you enjoy most about being a Council member?

PAM MURPHY: I really enjoy meeting the other Council members. I sit on statutory and non-statutory committees and the Executive Committee, and I’ve really come to appreciate and respect the role the College plays in protecting our public interests. I also enjoy the role of participating in governance and understanding our fiduciary responsibility and as a public member, appreciate setting policy through the public protection lens in all our discussions and decisions.

OCSWSSW: You briefly touched upon your background in my first question, but can you tell us a bit more about your professional journey and background?

PAM MURPHY: Yes. As I said, I recently retired, and it was as manager of housing services in the community and human service department of Hastings County. I’ve worked for more than 25 years in this social service field. First as executive director for Prince Edward County Childcare Services. And then in social housing, where I worked on site as a nonprofit housing provider. I joined Hastings County Housing Services as a supervisor of nonprofit housing. And as I stated, retired as manager of housing services. During that time, I sat on a number of provincial housing committees and really enjoyed being involved in the bigger picture of housing through provincial committees.

OCSWSSW: In your opinion, what do you see as some of the challenges facing regulators such as the College?

PAM MURPHY: Well, definitely the COVID-19 pandemic was a huge challenge. The College quickly had to adapt to operating virtually and supporting as many members as possible through the impact of COVID-19. Other challenges are upholding professional practice and providing practice consultations and continue to strengthen our stakeholder engagement and government relations. Certainly, our challenge for the role for the College is to increase diversity, equity and inclusion. And, they have established a task group in diversity, equity and inclusion this year to help facilitate that role.

OCSWSSW: What do you think are the top two to three things that individuals interested in joining the College Council should know?

PAM MURPHY: First of all, it’s a privilege to sit on Council. Council members, we participate in the governance and managing the affairs of the College. Public members, as I said earlier, bring their perspective to College Council discussions, and also the College promotes an excellent professional development, and has a mentorship program for new members for one year. And I really enjoyed that program and felt it very helpful. Also, the Council has under the CEO and Registrar is supported strongly, and they’re very extremely competent and helpful to all committees and members.

OCSWSSW: That concludes our interview. Thank you for joining us today, Pam.

PAM MURPHY: Thank you.

OCSWSSW: If you are a registered social worker or registered social service worker and our interested in joining the College Council, please visit our website where you’ll find information on the Council elections, including eligibility requirements and required training.