March is social work month in Newfoundland and Labrador. The national theme this year is Bringing change to life. This theme captures the difference social workers make in the lives of people, families, and communities across the country.
In celebration of Social Work Month, NLASW President, Glenda Webber, M.S.W., R.S.W., released the following message:
March is National Social Work Month. The social work profession in Newfoundland and Labrador continues to grow with over 1500 registered social workers employed in diverse areas of practice. This year’s theme for Social Work Month is Bringing Change to Life. This theme captures the difference social workers make using their knowledge, skills, and expertise to assist individuals, families, groups and communities in bringing about positive change.
Registered social workers are committed to providing the highest quality social work services to the people of this province. Social workers inform and advance policies and programs that promote health and social well-being. Social workers support client self-determination and decision-making and embrace opportunities to promote equality, inclusion and fairness. Social workers advocate for culturally competent services and programs. Social workers embrace continued learning; and social workers carry out their work with diligence, dedication, integrity, and professionalism. I have been a witness to this work and I take great pride in our social work profession and the work that we continue to do at the community, provincial, national and international levels.
As social workers, we do make a difference and help facilitate positive changes in the lives of those with whom we work. During Social Work Month, we need to take time to celebrate and showcase our pride and our accomplishments. Tell your colleagues what makes them a great social worker, embrace opportunities to come together and continue to support each other. It is through our collective voice that we will continue to promote and advance the social work profession.
As President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers, I am proud to say that I am a Registered Social Worker and that I am part of this wonderful and diverse profession.
Happy Social Work Month!
A range of professional development and networking events will be occurring throughout the month. An event flyer was forwarded by email to all NLASW members on February 16. Event details have also been added to the event listing section of our website.
Take a moment to check out the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) social work month webpage - https://casw-acts.ca/en/March2018. Here you will find a printable version of the social work month poster, a promotional video and details regarding a national social work month raffle.