CASW Proud to Announce Code of Ethics Revision

October 31, 2018 – The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) is proud to announce that a contract to revise the national Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Ethical Practice will be awarded to a team led by Noela Crowe-Salazar BA, MSW, RSW of Pimatisiwin Consulting and Counselling, with additional member Randy Passmore of Cathedral Consulting, and Véronique Mireault.

With a dual mandate to promote and support the profession and to pursue social justice, CASW produces the national Code of Ethics: a Code meant to inspire individual social workers and guide provincial and territorial regulators in developing their own respective Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Ethical Practice.

“The CASW Code of Ethics was last revised in 2005, and though it has served our profession well, it’s time to revisit these foundational documents as so much has changed in the last nearly fifteen years, and the social work Code of Ethics should reflect new understandings and knowledge,” said CASW President Jan Christianson-Wood. “Crucially, our new Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Ethical Practice must address social work’s special role in the journey of reconciliation with Indigenous people and communities.”

In summer 2018, CASW released a Request for Proposals, outlining a number of key factors that the successful applicants require: namely, a demonstrated ability to conduct meaningful consultations and reflect Canadians’ rich diversity.

“Thank you to all the exceptionally qualified teams who applied,” said Jan Christianson-Wood.  “And I am so proud to announce our intention of awarding this critical contract for the social work profession to Noela Crowe-Salazar, Randy Passmore, and Véronique Mireault – we are confident that this team will shoulder the weight of this responsibility with a deep commitment to social work’s brightest future,” concluded Christianson-Wood.


For further information:

Fred Phelps, MSW, RSW

CASW Executive Director

Tel: 613-729-6668



Noela Crowe-Salazar is Cree and is a member of Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan. She holds a Masters of Social Work, and undergraduate degrees in social work and geography. She is a registered social worker and has over 20 years of experience in front line roles and management with government and First Nations.

Randy Passmore has over three decades of provincial public service experience in the health, sport, recreation, disability, and social service sectors. He has led numerous public policy and public program development projects, and in 2013 he started his own consulting business Cathedral Consulting, providing human service planning, research, project leadership and program review services. 

Véronique Mireault holds a social work diploma from CEGEP du Vieux-Montreal. She was born and raised in Quebec and has a Law Certificate (in progress), and an Addiction Counselling Certificate (in progress) from the University of Montreal. She is also working towards a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Indigenous Studies, and a minor in Cree Language.