CASW Distinguished Service Award Recipient for NL: Mona Romaine Elliott, MSW, RSW. This award recognizes Mona’s significant contributions to the social work profession provincially and beyond. Over the course of her 35-year career, she has contributed substantially to both management and clinical practice primarily in youth corrections, mental health/ addictions and long-term care. Mona has provided leadership within the social work professional community as a dedicated member of the NLASW Board of Directors which included the President role and as a field instructor for both MSW and BSW students at the Memorial University School of Social Work. Mona has also been active in community initiatives especially in the areas of violence prevention and youth corrections. Throughout her various capacities, Mona has always maintained a strong sense of professional identity and passion for the social work profession.
NLASW Pride in the Profession Award Recipient: Elizabeth Sheppard Hewitt, MSW, RSW. This award recognizes and celebrates Elizabeth’s commitment to advancing the social work profession and the pride she holds as an RSW. Regardless of the positions she has held over her social work career, Elizabeth takes pride every day in calling herself a social worker. Elizabeth is a leader in the social work profession having presented to provincial and national audiences highlighting the expertise of social work in enhancing the health and well-being of individuals, couples, families and groups. Elizabeth’s passion for the social work profession also extends to her community involvement which she views as an extension of her identity as a social worker.
Both awards were formally presented to the recipients during a March 13 social work month event held in St. John’s. Excerpts from their acceptance speeches will be published in the July 2019 edition of Connecting Voices.