The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) is pleased to announce Joan Churley, BSW, RSW, as the recipient of the 2024 Glenn Drover Award for Outstanding Service.
“Joan Churley’s dedication and commitment to the social work profession is apparent from her years of service” said CASW President Joan Davis-Whelan. “First, in frontline positions with Manitoba Justice, to teaching and leadership roles in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba where she has impacted the lives of students across the province and Canada.”
“Joan is an example of how one person’s passion for the social work profession and social work education can make a difference”’ said MCSW President Jennifer Meixner. “She has left a lasting impression on both the students and the staff she leads.”
After graduating from the University of Manitoba in 1980, Joan began her social work career as a frontline justice social worker. Joan continues to have a passion for this area of social work practice and has been dedicated to supporting students who seek justice as their preferred practice area.
Joan has been teaching at the Faculty of Social Work at the University Manitoba for over 20 years. Joan was instrumental in setting up the various cohort programs that make up the distance delivery program. These cohort programs were designed to meet the need for accessible social work education opportunities for rural agencies, communities, and First Nations communities.
Joan has worked tirelessly to develop new and innovative ways to conduct field practicums by connecting with others across the country and attending international conferences. While serving on the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) Field Education Committee, Joan led the creation of an online recording and tracking system, ensuring that graduating students had a comprehensive, guided learning and evaluation process in their field placements. Students are better prepared, supported and evaluated because of her dedication to the program.
As Coordinator of the distance delivery social work program, Joan has built a cohesive team that works with over 400 students each year. Both staff and students appreciate her compassion and support. The program has flourished under her leadership.