DEI Task Group Meeting Highlights – July 14, 2022

Natasha Young, RSW, reflected on the land acknowledgement, as an Indigenous member of the Task Group.Task Group member Sandra Southwind, RSW, set the intention for the meeting.Co-chair Sanjay Govindaraj, RSW, welcomed Task Group members to the meeting.The minutes from the May 9, 2022 meeting of the Task Group were reviewed.The Task Group engaged in a debrief with guest Karen Mock on the facilitated discussion on anti-Semitism held at the May 9, 2022 meeting.The Task Group…

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Watch the 2022 AMED Videos Online!

The College held its 2022 Annual Meeting and Education Day (AMED) virtually on June 10, 2022 with over 2,200 registered attendees. There were more than 1,400 attendees who tuned in live on our virtual portal and many more viewing the presentations on-demand afterwards, making this year’s AMED a tremendous success!   We invite members to watch the videos of the AMED sessions — the theme of which was Learning and Unlearning in a Changing Landscape…

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Meeting Highlights, Joint Meeting of the DEI Task Group and the Standards of Practice Committee – June 20, 2022

Lise Betteridge, Registrar and CEO, welcomed the Task Group and Standards of Practice Committee members to the joint meeting.Task Group member Sandra Southwind, RSW, set the intention for the meeting.Lise Betteridge provided some background regarding the Association of Social Work Board’s (ASWB) Social Work Workforce Coalition and its connection to Council’s decision to implement entry-to-practice exams.Task Group and Committee members provided input into the Social Work Census as requested by the Coalition. The Census is…

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DEI Task Group Meeting Highlights – May 9, 2022

Task Group Co-Chair, Brian Seng-Low, RSW, read a Land Acknowledgement and shared some of his reflections on his own learning and experiences with respect to Reconciliation and the land.Co-Chair, Brian Seng-Low, RSW, welcomed Task Group members to the meeting, including its newest member, Chisanga Chekwe, Public Member.The minutes from the April 11, 2022 meeting of the Task Group were reviewed.Karen Mock, a human rights advocate and consultant and a guest at the meeting, facilitated a…

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Message from the Registrar and CEO: Information on the Masking Mandates in Ontario

As noted in its recent announcement, effective June 11, 2022, the Ontario government is lifting most masking mandates. With the exception of long-term care homes and retirement homes, masks will no longer be required. Masking continues to be recommended in higher-risk congregate living settings, such as shelters and group homes. The Ministry of Health will issue guidance for health care workers and organizations on when masks should be worn in hospitals and other health care…

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Professional Practice Update: New FAQs on the Administration of Naloxone and Other Announcements

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is pleased to share the following updates and resources to support members’ practice and protect the public interest. New FAQs on the Administration of Naloxone The College’s Professional Practice Department continues to receive many inquiries related to the administration of Naloxone. We have developed frequently asked questions to offer guidance on this topic and support members who may need to provide life-saving care…

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The College’s 2022 Annual Meeting and Education Day – Virtual Portal Now Open

This year’s virtual Annual Meeting and Education Day (AMED) is quickly approaching on Friday, June 10, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. EST. Are you already registered? Watch out for a welcome email! For College members who have already registered to attend AMED, we have now opened the AMED 2022 Virtual Portal for you to access. Please be on the lookout for a welcome email in the coming days with information inviting you to log in and get familiar with the conference…

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View the College’s 2021 Annual Report Online

The College’s 2021 Annual Report is now available on the College website. The theme of the 2021 Annual Report is Learning and Unlearning. The 2021 Annual Report highlights the College’s activities over the past year and includes the following: Joint message from the President and the Registrar & CEOAn article about the College’s 2021 activities, “Embracing Change”Statistics and graphicsThe independent auditor’s report, including financial statementsAnd more Read the 2021 Annual Report: PDF | Web version…

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Council Highlights for May 5-6, 2022

May 5, 2022 (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) Governance consultants Harry Cayton and Deanna Williams, engaged by the College to conduct governance training and a governance review, presented their final report to Council.Council approved a motion to accept the governance report, release the report publicly and develop an action plan for Council’s consideration. May 6, 2022 (9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) Mukesh Kowlessar, RSSW, President, provided his report to Council.Lise Betteridge, RSW, Registrar and CEO,…

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Update from the Registrar and CEO: Registration and Membership Fees for 2023 and a Reminder about AMED Registration

As Registrar and CEO for the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College), I would like to provide you with a few updates: REGISTRATION AND MEMBER FEES FOR 2023 During its meeting on Friday, May 6, College Council approved the recommendation of the Finance Committee that there be no increase to the registration and member fees in 2023. In making this decision, Council considered the College’s operating costs and resource needs and…

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Register Now for the College’s 2022 Annual Meeting and Education Day!

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) invites you to attend its Annual Meeting and Education Day (AMED) on Friday, June 10, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. AMED is part of the Glenda McDonald Educational Series. This year’s theme is Learning and Unlearning in a Changing Landscape. The College is pleased to have a keynote address titled Supporting First Nations Rights to Mental Wellness – What is…

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