Celebrating the profession 

Every March we celebrate National Social Work Month (NSWM) in recognition of the contributions of social workers to society. The theme adopted by the CASW Board for the 2018 National Social Work Month celebrations is Bringing Change to Life.


Social Work Month Events 

Join your College for a two-hour professional development opportunity as we come together to celebrate 2018 National Social Work Month (NSWM). NSWM celebrates social workers as they bring change to life in communities across Canada. The College is bringing change to the profession in Nova Scotia as our Strategic Plan goals aim to create a visible, vibrant, and vocal social work community.

Our five-year Strategic Plan will lay the foundation to help guide the profession of social work in Nova Scotia and strengthen the College’s voice for social workers and social justice. We need your feedback on our draft goals as we finalize this plan! Connect with colleagues in your community and gain insight into the goals we’ve set.

This professional development opportunity is FREE. 

Questions? Contact Annemieke Vink at annemieke.vink@nscsw.org

Join us in the following communities:

March 5th from 5:00-7:00 PM

Register and details here

New Minas
March 5th from 12:00-2:00 PM
Register & details here

Port Hawkesbury
March 7th from 12:00-2:00 PM
Register & details here

March 7th from 6:30-8:30 PM
Register & details here

March 22nd from 5:00-7:00 PM
Register & details here

Additional locations TBA. Stay tuned!

Social workers are invited together to celebrate National Social Work Month in Amherst with a dinner and presentation with Rene Ross from the Cumberland Sexual Health Centre.

Through this session, we will explore current trends in online technology and the growing availability of pornography and sexually explicit materials in online spaces. We will discuss the impact these trends have on our community, the individuals we serve and implications across sectors including the fields of child protection, education, health, mental health and justice. Rene will also provide an overview of work that the Sexual Health Centre is embarking on in this area.

This professional development opportunity is $10 and includes dinner

Deadline to register is March 2, 2018 at 4:30 PM AST.

Questions? Contact social worker Susie Vokey at Susie.Vokey@nshealth.ca.

March 5, 2018
5:30-7:30 PM

117 Victoria Street
Amherst, NS

Cost is $10.00 and includes dinner. 

Celebrate National Social Work Month (NSWM) in Dartmouth! Connect with your colleagues and be part of a conversation with Senator Thomas Wanda Bernard & Senator Nancy Hartling.

Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard is a highly regarded social worker, educator, researcher, community activist and advocate of social change. In 2016, she was appointed Special Advisor on Diversity and Inclusiveness at Dalhousie University and is the first African Nova Scotian to hold a tenure track position.

Senator Bernard is a founding member of the Association of Black Social Workers who has also served as an expert witness in human rights cases and has received many honours for her work, including the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada. Senator Bernard is a member of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (AGFO), and the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights (RIDR). She is also Vice-Chair of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association.

Senator Nancy Hartling has played a prominent role in promoting social change and is one of New Brunswick’s most dedicated advocates on issues affecting women. With a career focused on families and social issues, she is well versed in matters of mental health, poverty, violence against women and economic development.

This professional development opportunity is $8 and includes lunch.

Deadline to register is March 7, 2018 at 4:30 PM AST.

Questions? Contact Annemieke Vink at annemieke.vink@nscsw.org.

March 9, 2018
12:00-1:30 PM

North Woodside Community Centre
230 Pleasant Street
Dartmouth, NS

Cost is $8.00 and includes lunch

Celebrate National Social Work Month (NSWM) in Berwick with your colleagues. We’ll come together to hear each other’s wisdom, discuss our current challenges and successes remind ourselves of the value of our profession and need for our work in our communities.

Specifically, we will focus on the role of social work in mental health and addictions within the health authority. We are hoping to come away with ideas to support role clarification, increase our voice, have a more social justice presence, and generally feel more empowered in our work.

You will hear from two incredible speakers: Alec Stratford, NSCSW Executive Director/ Registrar
and Wanda MacDonald, Manager, Counselling and Wellness
Student Services at NSCC.


About Wanda MacDonald:

Wanda McDonald is Manager, Counselling and Wellness at the Nova Scotia Community College. She has both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Social Work and 25 years’ experience in counselling, clinical supervision, policy development and management. Since moving from Newfoundland to Halifax in 1999, she has worked with the CHOICES Adolescent Treatment Program, the Department of Health and Wellness and the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

She has been a sessional instructor with Memorial University of Newfoundland and Dalhousie University, as well as, provided supervision to many students from both programs.  More recently, she contributed to the development of the interdisciplinary Mental Health and Addictions Certificate Program with the Dalhousie Faculty of Health Professions and co-taught the course on complex cases.

Over the years, Wanda has volunteered with numerous boards and community groups.  Currently, she is vice-chair of the national Wisdom 2 Action Knowledge Mobilization Network. She has served on several provincial and national advisory committees and has presented at national and international conferences. She has a special interest in leadership and in developing others.

When not working, she enjoys big and small adventures with her husband and 8-year twin boys. Her boys would say she has a talent for making pancakes and blanket forts but requires much more knowledge about Star Wars.

About Alec Stratford:

Alec Stratford is the NSCSW’s Executive Director/ Registrar. He has worked as a child protection social worker, school support counselor, community organizer and as a sessional instructor. Alec has a passion and dedication for community development and believes that engaged informed communities can lead to transformative change. Alec brings a wealth of knowledge on adult and experiential learning and its connection to social change.

This professional development opportunity is $10 and includes morning refreshments and lunch. 

Deadline to register is March 20, 2018 at 4:30 PM AST.

March 22, 2018
9:30 AM-3:30 PM

Berwick & District Volunteer Fire Department
300 Commerical Street
Berwick, NS

Event agenda:

9:30 AM – Registration and Welcome
10:00 AM-noon – Alec Stratford
12:00-1:00 PM – Networking Lunch
1:00-3:15 PM – Wanda MacDonald
3:15-3:30 PM – Closing Remarks and Wrap-up