Current CASW Board Members

The CASW Board of Directors determines and oversees general and financial policies. With each provincial/territorial partner organization appointing one member to the Board, a unified voice for the Canadian social work profession is assured.  The Board of Directors works from a national and, indeed, an international perspective to benefit the social work profession.
Provincial/territorial input into the deliberations of CASW is guaranteed through an Annual General Meeting between the CASW Board and Provincial/Territorial Presidents.


Jan Christianson-Wood, President
Manitoba (MCSW)

  Ms.Christianson-Wood has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba and has worked in various sectors of child welfare including Winnipeg Child and Family Services,the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the Office of the Children's Advocate. She has been employed since 2008 at the General Child and Family Services Authority at different times as a Program Specialist, Senior Manager and Differential Response Coordinator. Ms.Christianson-Wood worked as a Research Associate on the Manitoba Risk Estimation System project at the University of Manitoba and was Co-Principal Investigator of a federally funded project on child mortality data collection.She has been involved with committees at the University, taught as a sessional instructor and also presents on risk assessment in child welfare and regulation of the social work profession in Manitoba.


Ajay Pandhi, Vice-President
Alberta (ACSW)


Ajay Pandi is the Vice President of ACSW. He have been on the ACSW Council for three terms. Ajay is also the President of Alberta's Canadian Federation Clinical Hypnosis (CFCH) & President of the National Canadian federation of Clinical Hypnosis.

Ajay has around 20 years of work experience working with diverse populations across Canada and internationally.  He is a trauma specialist with experience in supporting people through life threatening illnesses, sexual/emotional/physical abuse, and environmental disasters, break down of marriages, addictions and loss of loved ones.




Joan Davis-Whelan, Treasurer
Newfoundland and Labrador (NLASW)


Joan is a graduate of Memorial University, completing her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1979, and her Bachelor of Social Work in 1981. She completed her Master of Social Work in 1992. She has certificates in Discharge Planning, Leadership Development, Quality Management and Ethics.

Well known in the Social Work community, Joan has experience in clinical practice including Adult and Child Mental Health and Addictions, Family Violence, Oncology, Palliative Care, Dermatology, Medicine, Nephrology, Surgery, Emergency/ Trauma, Women's Health and Child, Youth and Family Services. She has worked in Quality and Risk and in Human Resources –Organizational Development.

She has been involved with several community boards and committees including Canadian Mental Health Association, Addiction Treatment Services Association, PREP and ACCESS. She was a member of the provincial working group for the clinical review 2008 of Child, Youth and Family Services. Joan has presented on various topics including grief and loss, team dynamics, change management and social work practice. Her areas of interest include social work competencies and education, leadership, clinical services, ethics and evaluation.


Leya Eguchi
British Columbia (BCASW)



Leya Eguchi is a registered social worker in British Columbia, and has served on the BCASW Board since 2010, first as the treasurer and then as the Vice President since 2012. The work she has undertaken within BCASW includes Chairing the Professional Development and Conference Committee and acting as the Board Liaison to the BCASW Multicultural and Anti-Racist Committee, Indigenous Advisory Group and the Seniors Community of Practice, the latter two which she founded.

In her professional life, she is the Director of Services at Hollyburn Family Services Society, where she has been a tireless advocate, community organizer and educator championing social justice, human rights and reconciliation work.



Hazel Berg
Saskatchewan (SASW)



Hazel Berg is a longstanding and active member of SASW. In this regard she is a past member at Large on the SASW Council taking a leadership role on the Aboriginal Task Team. Hazel has also represented SASW on the CASW Aboriginal Interest Group.

Hazel is currently the Outreach Manager at North East Outreach and Support Services, a women’s shelter and Outreach Counselling Services to the surrounding area, located in Melfort, Saskatchewan.

She is a member of the Chakastaypaysin First Nation, one of three bands located near Melfort, Saskatchewan.

Hazel’s practice of social work has been mainly with Child and Family Services with the Ministry of Social Services in Saskatchewan and with the following First Nation Child Welfare Agencies: Saskatoon Tribal Council, Onion Lake Family Services, Peter Ballantyne Child and Family Services and the Lac La Ronge Indian Child and Family Services.

She is one of the founding Directors of the Saskatchewan First Nations Family and Community Institute located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 

Hazel has a BSW from the University of Regina. 


Raymond Hildebrand
Manitoba (MCSW)



Raymond currently resides in Steinbach, MB and has served on the MCSW Board since November 2015. 

In 1994 Raymond moved to Steinbach, MB from Las Palmas, Santa Cruz, Bolivia where his family were farmers by trade.  While residing in Las Palmas, Raymond volunteered extensively in humanitarian work among the indigenous peoples of Bolivia.  Raymond has volunteered at a homeless shelter in Winnipeg (2006-2009) and volunteered with many church programs (2003-2014).

In 2007 Raymond completed a Bachelor of Arts in Counselling, minoring in theological studies at Steinbach Bible College.   Raymond graduated from Booth University College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) with distinction.  While in school Raymond had the opportunity to complete an internship in the Mobile Crises Unit with WRHA.

Shortly after graduating with his BSW, Raymond obtained employment with Manitoba Family Services as a Child and Family Services Protection Worker. Raymond currently works with Children’s disABILITY Services/Community disABILITY Services programs as a Community Services Worker.


Rachel Hollingshead
Northern Canada (ASWNC)


Rachel began her post-secondary education in 1991 with an undergraduate program in psychology and sociology at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.  She worked for several years in the developmental services field, supporting individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities, in home, community and school settings.  Rachel returned to university in 2001 to complete her Master’s in Social Work at McGill University in Montreal, with a clinical specialization in grief, loss and bereavement.  

She spent 10 years working in her chosen field of hospice palliative care, in both Montreal and Toronto.  In 2012, with the encouragement of her husband, (a long time resident of The North), she made the life-changing decision to move to Baffin Island.  She has resided in Iqaluit, Nunavut since that time, where she worked at the policy level in housing and homelessness before returning to the front line work that is her passion. 

Rachel works as a Mental Health Consultant with the Government of Nunavut, providing counseling to individuals, couples and groups coping with addictions, trauma and the various challenges of day to day living in a remote northern community.   She appreciates the people, the culture, the beauty of the northern landscape and all of the rich learning experiences these have offered.


Kelly MacWilliams
Prince Edward Island (PEIASW)


Kelly has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from St. Thomas University. 

She began her involvement with the PEI Association of Social Workers in 2002 as a Social Work student, and later became Secretary, Vice President and President of the PEI ASW.

As a Social Worker, she worked in front-line Child Protection for 11 years, before moving to her current position as Family Services Supervisor for Child Protection Services, where she supervises a team of 15, providing supervised access, parenting education and life skills education to families involved with Child Protection Services. 

Kelly is passionate about Child Protection, as well as the area of Trauma, and is a Trainer in Trauma Informed Care for PEI’s Child and Family Services. 

She is an avid runner and squash player, which helps her balance her other love of decadent cheesecake and fine wine.


Debbie Reimer
Nova Scotia (NSCSW)


Debbie is the Executive Director of Kids Action Program, an innovative program that provides comprehensive supports to parents and caregivers in Nova Scotia. She is a tireless advocate for children and families, and is especially concerned with ending the stigma of poverty. She sits on numerous provincial and local Boards in addition to her role at CASW and cares passionately about her community.


Vicki Coy
New Brunswick (NBASW)


Vicki Coy, RSW is a Clinical Social Worker in Fredericton with her own private practice, Northside Counselling Services. Ms. Coy received her Masters from Dalhousie in 2006 and her BSW from St Thomas University in 1998 and has worked in various fields of practice such as the School District where she worked with students with behaviour difficulties, to Family Court as a mediator and assessor for family violence, as well as with the Canadian Forces at a Base Mental Health Clinic, and she has taught Direct Practice with the Mikmaq/Maliseet BSW programme at STU. Vicki has served in various capacities with the NBASW Fredericton Chapter and the Board of Directors. For ten years, Vicki was an active member of the Association of Social Work Boards on their many committees, committed to creating licensing exams for social workers in the US and in some Canadian provinces. Vicki received the CASW Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and was nominated for the International Federation of Social Workers Eileen McGowan Kelly Tribute Fund Scholarship in 2010. She currently volunteers for Ability NB and in her personal time can usually be found at a concert, preferably in the front row.