I am delighted to address you in the fall issue of Perspective as the incoming Registrar and CEO at the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College). 

As I move into this new role, I want to reaffirm the College’s commitment to listening to registrants and ensuring that College decisions are guided by registrants’ lived experiences. The College strives to foster a two-way dialogue with registrants that ensures that we remain responsive to supporting professional practice and ethical care across the province. 

Recently, registrants had several occasions to engage with the College, including the opportunity to participate in consultations on the revised Standards of Practice and to submit interest for a non-Council Committee Member position. The feedback received informed further revisions to practice resources and assisted the College in addressing challenges more effectively. 

We look forward to embarking on future engagement opportunities with you, including connecting with registrants during the upcoming Educational Forum on November 30, 2023. In early 2024, registrants will have a chance to participate in an important consultation process as the College begins work on its new Strategic Plan. Stay tuned for more information as well as additional ways to connect with the College as it strives to support registrants through the development of additional practice resources. 

I am also excited to share that the College has made significant enhancements to the registrant database as part of our ongoing efforts to leverage technology and make online services more accessible to you, our registrants. As part of the upgraded database, the College will be launching its Equity and Inclusion Data Initiative. In the upcoming renewal period, you will have the opportunity to participate in the Initiative by sharing your voluntary demographic information with the College. You can find more information on the Equity and Inclusion Data Initiative in the FAQ article in this issue of Perspective

By engaging with our registrant base through the Equity and Inclusion Data Initiative, the College aims to address systemic barriers and inform equity initiatives to better serve the Ontario public while advancing our commitment to public protection. Thank you to all registrants who provided their insights as part of the development of the Initiative — your feedback helped ensure we are making decisions that are informed by authentic representation. Following the renewal period, the College will reach out again to get your thoughts and comments on the Initiative, which will assist in determining if further changes or additions are required. 

Ongoing engagement with registrants is key to achieving our shared goals and allows the College to make well-informed decisions that serve the public interest and protect clients and communities throughout the province. The College remains committed to maintaining a connection with registrants as we foster an environment of continuous improvement. We look forward to engaging with you, our registrants, in meaningful ways to further support the crucial role that you play in providing services and care to Ontarians. 

Denitha Breau, RN, MSN, MBA
Registrar and CEO
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers