Message from the Registrar and CEO: Acknowledging the Rise in Anti-Semitism and the College’s Role as Regulator

As Registrar and CEO of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College), I would like to provide an update on a recent communication received by the College in relation to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion and the College’s role, mandate and communications. As the College has noted previously, societal expectations change and evolve, and long overdue discussions and upheaval are taking place, rightfully challenging systems of oppression. For the…

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Acknowledging Recent Anti-Muslim Hate Crime and the College’s Role as Regulator

As we are confronted with further horrifying evidence of racism in Canada, the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) would like to acknowledge the anti-Muslim hate crime which just took place in London, Ontario. As President of the College Council and on behalf of the College, I condemn this horrific act of racism and violence, which took place in my city. We continue to consider our role as regulator very…

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Message from the Registrar and CEO: Honouring 215 Indigenous Children and Reflecting Upon the College’s Role as Regulator

With the horrific news about the remains of 215 Indigenous children being found at a former residential school on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, British Columbia, all Canadians must face further heartbreaking evidence of the profound harm and ongoing impact of colonization and systemic racism in our country; the College and its members must also recognize the shameful role that the social work and social service work professions have played in perpetuating this…

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Message from the Registrar and CEO: Recognizing Anti-Asian Racism and the College’s Role as Regulator

As Registrar and CEO for the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College), I would like to take this opportunity to respond to recent tragic events as well as the shameful rise in anti-Asian racism and violence in Canada and the United States. Last week, the mass shooting in Atlanta, Georgia took the lives of eight individuals – six of whom were women from the Asian community. Sadly, anti-Asian racism is…

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Message from the Registrar and CEO: Systemic Racism, Mental Health Checks and the College’s Regulatory Role

As Registrar and CEO for the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College), I would like to take this opportunity to provide an update with respect to recent College communications on issues related to anti-Black, anti-Indigenous and other forms of systemic racism while clarifying our regulatory role and public protection mandate. In light of recent events, we must first recognize and communicate our shared concern about incidents involving police use of…

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Message from the Registrar and CEO: Important Updates for College Members and Other Stakeholders

As Registrar and CEO for the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College), I would like to take this opportunity to connect and provide you with a couple of updates. Marking the College’s 20th Anniversary This year, the College has reached an important milestone – its 20th anniversary. I must say that in the midst of a global pandemic, worldwide mobilization against anti-Black racism, and the incredibly important and ongoing dialogue…

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Strategic Plan 2020-2023: An Overview of the Process and the College’s New Guiding Priorities

At the end of 2019, the Council of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) embarked on a strategic planning process to identify the future direction and priorities for the College for the next four years. The result of this process was the newly approved Strategic Plan 2020-2023. In this communication, we are pleased to share: the Strategic Plan, including key priorities and objectives;a Strategy Map, showing the Strategic Plan…

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Message from the Registrar and CEO: Recognizing and Reflecting Upon Anti-Black Racism

Also in this message: Ongoing Impact of COVID-19Security Considerations for Electronic Practice As Registrar and CEO for the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College), I wanted to take this opportunity to recognize the worldwide mobilization against anti-Black racism following the recent and horrifying events in the United States and Canada. A dialogue around these social justice issues is not only essential but long overdue. The College recognizes that profound societal,…

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