Three Pillar Proclamation – National Social Work Month 2019: Real People. Real Impact.

Three Pillar Proclamation – National Social Work Month 2019
Real People. Real Impact.


At the heart of every therapeutic relationship, advocacy initiative, or consciousness raising effort are the same key elements: reciprocity, respect, and the importance of lived experience.

While we often think to celebrate the role that social workers play in creating change, it’s equally important to recognize the incredible impacts made by the people and communities we have the honour to walk with, work with, and learn from.

To celebrate the special helping relationships created by social workers, and the amazing people and communities with whom they help co-create change, the theme Real People. Real Impact. has been selected for National Social Work Month 2019.

National Social Work Month, marked in March of each year, is a time to celebrate the profession, reflect on the work that remains to be done to join together and work for a better world – and this year, to celebrate the impacts made by the people and communities with whom social workers have the honour to work and walk alongside.

This year’s message is two-fold: social workers are ordinary but committed people, constantly striving to have an extraordinary impact on people and their communities – and those with whom we work are varied, complex, and accomplished: experts in their own journeys of change.


Jan Christianson-Wood, MSW, RSW

President, CASW

Susan Cadell, PhD

President, CASWE-ACFTS

Lynn Labrecque King, MSW, RSW

President, CCSWR



Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators (CCSWR) represents provincial/territorial social work regulatory authorities in Canada.

The Canadian Association for Social Work Education – L’Association canadienne pour la formation en travail social (CASWE-ACFTS) is a bilingual, Canadian association with a social justice focus that promotes excellence in social work education, practice and scholarly activities. It does this through the enrichment of social work education, the accreditation of social work educational programs in Canada, advocacy, research, publication, consultation and collaboration at both Canadian and international levels.

The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) is the national professional association. CASW promotes and strengthens the profession, supports its members, and advances issues of social justice.