OCSWSSW Invites Employers in Thunder Bay and Dryden to its Virtual Employer Roundtable

ATTENTION EMPLOYERS IN THUNDER BAY AND DRYDEN On March 2, 2023, the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) is hosting a virtual event for employers in Thunder Bay and Dryden. We invite your organization to participate in this virtual Employer Roundtable, which will take place from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 2. The event will provide employers of social workers and social service workers with an interactive opportunity…

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ASWB Seeks Registered Social Workers to Join a Community Conversation to Share Experiences in Their Social Work Journeys

The following message is sent on behalf of the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). The ASWB is a non-profit organization composed of and owned by the social worker regulatory boards and colleges of all 50 U.S. states and all 10 Canadian provinces, including the College. Message from the ASWB The ASWB is seeking registered social workers to join an online community conversation on Thursday, April 20, 2023, 6:00-9:00 p.m. EDT. As part of the ASWB’s ongoing efforts to listen…

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Message from the OCSWSSW Council Chair – Announcement of the Registrar and CEO’s Retirement

Dear College stakeholder: It is with mixed emotions that I share the news that Lise Betteridge, the College’s Registrar and CEO, has informed College Council of her decision to retire at the end of July 2023. Lise was appointed Registrar and CEO of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers in 2015, after serving previously as Director of Professional Practice, Deputy Registrar and Acting Registrar. Prior to joining the College in 2010,…

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2023 Council Election – Call for Nominations

On Thursday, May 25, 2023, the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) will hold an election for registered social workers and registered social service workers in Electoral District No. 3. The College invites all registrants eligible to vote in Electoral District No. 3 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)…

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Invitation: Inclusivity Assessment Consultations

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is working in collaboration with AndHumanity, an inclusive marketing agency, to assess our overall communication initiatives. Your insights will help inform and support us in identifying opportunities and actions to be more inclusive of both service users and registrants. We recognize that all of our registrants bring different lenses, perspectives, and lived experiences. At this time, we are specifically seeking feedback from Indigenous…

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Names registrants must use while practising

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) has received a number of inquiries about registrants practising under a name that is different from the one they used to register with the College. The following information is intended to clarify what name a registrant must practise under, and how registrants can change or update their name(s) with the College. Requirement to practise using the name you used to register with the…

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OCSWSSW Renewals Now Open!

You can now renew your registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) for 2023. The deadline to complete your renewal and payment for the year 2023 is December 31, 2022. Keeping your registration with the College is important. Only professionals registered with the College are allowed to use the titles “social worker,” “registered social worker,” “social service worker” or “registered social service worker.” RENEW YOUR REGISTRATION! New registrants…

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Election Results RE: Council Vacancy in District No. 2 – Social Service Work Category

On Friday, October 28, the elected members of Council voted to fill the Council vacancy for the social service work category in Electoral District No. 2. The following registrant is the candidate who received the greatest number of votes: Sandra Sidsworth, RSSW Sandra will join Council for the remainder of the term, which is until the first Council meeting after the next election in District 2, scheduled for May 2025. Role of Council members Council…

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Coming Soon: Member Renewals 2023

As a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, you must pay your membership fees annually, by December 31. Keeping your membership current is important. It demonstrates your commitment to professional, ethical, qualified and accountable practice. It also says something important about the professions of social work and social service work as a whole, and about you as an individual practitioner. The renewal season will commence in mid November 2022.…

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Call for Expressions of Interest: Inclusive Communications Assessment

Attention service users and the Ontario public: The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is working in collaboration with AndHumanity, an inclusive marketing agency, to assess its overall marketing and communication initiatives and identify opportunities to be more inclusive of service users. If you are interested in participating, please complete the screening questions at the following link: Call-out to the public form  We are specifically seeking feedback from those who…

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OCSWSSW Invites Employers in St. Catharines and Barrie to its Virtual Employer Roundtable

Attention Employers in St. Catharines and Barrie: The College would like to invite your organization to participate in the College’s virtual Employer Roundtable, which is being held on Thursday, November 10, from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. The event will provide employers of social workers and social service workers with an interactive opportunity to: learn about the College’s public protection mandate;discuss the importance of registration; andexplore some of the challenges that face employers today in…

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