This week is a week to recognize social workers for the important work they do every day.
National Social Work Month was established by the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) in 1990. This year, Saskatchewan has declared the week of March 14-18 as Social Work Week for the province. The week marks a time to recognize social workers and their contributions to society, and communicate the role of social work to the public.
“Recognizing social workers, their contributions and their commitment to improving the lives of others, is very important and I thank you for this opportunity to do so.”
–Donna Harpauer, Minister of Social Services
This year’s theme for Social Work Month has been declared ‘Social Work Month: Profession of Choice.’ Individuals who find their way into the profession of social work are often led as a result of personal or professional experiences in their lives. Perhaps they have seen gaps in services and a need for advocacy and change. They may have also seen links between an individual’s personal struggles to larger societal issues and want to make a change. The social work values in the Code of Ethics will often tightly coincide with an individual’s personal values that enter into the social work profession.
During the week of March 14-17, the social work practicum students in the Community Service Village and the YWCA have collaborated to plan a number of events to celebrate social workers, especially the dedicated staff who work within the building. All are welcome to attend these events as the intent is to celebrate social workers, consider areas for change or growth in the field, and raise awareness about the profession. Below is a list of the events that will be taking place during the week. Please join us in the celebration of social work week!
Monday March 14 – $2 pizza lunch and presentation by the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers
Tuesday March 15 – Restorative yoga at noon with tea and treats to follow
Wednesday March 16 – Noon hour Metal Health presentation. Bring your lunch!
Thursday March 17 – Free pancake breakfast from 8am-9am and Village Coffee party from 2:30-3pm.
There will be door prizes at each event!!! Raffle tickets available on a beautiful basket with proceeds going to Journey Home. Stay tuned for posters and event sign-up sheets!
By: Kerri Sperling, Social Work Practicum Student