Richard 'Dick' Splane

With sadness the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) acknowledges the passing of Richard ‘Dick’ Splane, a former CASW President from 1979-1981. Dick died peacefully at Crofton Manor in Vancouver, in his 100th year. He was the chief architect of the Canada Assistance Plan, a federal-provincial cost-sharing program that helped maintain national standards for social services, and was one of Canada's leading social workers. After two years as a teacher in a one-room school in Alberta, Dick went to McMaster University where he studied History and Political Science.

Janine Granchelli, RSW

In memory of Janine Granchelli, RSW

Prepared by Suzanne McKenna, RSW (retired) and Janine’s colleagues in the Long Term Care Unit.

On December 31st, 2013, the profession of social work in New Brunswick and Canada lost one of our own, Janine Granchelli.  Janine started her career in Cape Breton, NS but soon moved to Moncton where she was hired by the Dept of Social Development.  She was still in their employ at the time of her death although she had announced that she was to retire in 2014.

Joan Cummings

Dr. Joan E. Cummings, a highly respected social worker, educator, scholar, and social justice activist, passed away on February 6, 2012. 
I have known Joan for over 50 years because of our involvement in social work, social work education and community work.  It is impossible in a few words to do justice to the amount and quality of her work, or to her passionate commitment to equality, social justice and community, but I will sketch some highlights of her accomplishments and contributions to social work.

Gayle Gilchrist James - Social Work Loses A Great Leader

June 3, 2008

With much sadness, the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) announces the passing of Professor Gayle Gilchrist James, MSW, RSW, on May 30, 2008. Gayle and her outstanding contributions are known around the world.

Early in her academic career, Gayle invested much energy and skill into the Alberta Association of Social Workers, now the Alberta College of Social Workers, first as registrar (1974-1977) and then as president (1979-1981). She later served as CASW president from 1981 to 1983 and was a founding member of the Canadian Social Work Foundation.