OTTAWA, April 1, 2021 – Today, the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) officially rejoined the CASW national federation with the signing of the federation partnership agreement.
“Reunification was 10 years in the making and I am enormously proud to witness this remarkable moment for our profession” explains CASW President, Joan Davis-Whelan. “CASW is stronger today. Our profession is stronger today.”
As background, OASW was a partner of the CASW federation since its beginning as a provincial chapter of CASW in the 1960s. When OASW formalized in 1967, OASW became a full partner in the CASW federation. With reunification, CASW’s collective voice is strengthened by the over 7,500 OASW members – amplifying the profession on the national level.
“In this time of pandemic uncertainty the experience of inequality is growing in Canada and unifying with the national social work association provides an element of hope” notes OASW President, Dr. Peter Donahue. “It adds direct value to our members while signaling solidarity in advocating for an equitable social and economic recovery.”
With OASW reunification, CASW now represents over 27,500 social workers across Canada.
For further information:
Fred Phelps, MSW, RSW, CAE
CASW Executive Director