Webinar event date: 
May 28, 2020 3:00 pm EDT
Webinar Presenters: 

The Honourable Wanda Thomas Bernard

PhD, C.M., O.N.S.

Senator—Nova Scotia (East Preston)

Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard is the first African Nova Scotian woman to be appointed to the Senate of Canada, representing the province of Nova Scotia and her hometown of East Preston. Senator Bernard champions issues impacting African Canadians and people living with disabilities. She is particularly invested in human rights, employment equity, and mental health. Through her involvement in community projects, her social work career, her time with Dalhousie School of Social Work, and now her work in the Senate, Senator Bernard has maintained a deep dedication to social justice and racial justice. Senator Bernard advocates for reparations for the historic and continued anti-Black racism impacting the lives of African Canadians in her work.


Dr. Deepy Sur


Chief Executive Officer, OASW

Dr. Deepy Sur is the new Chief Executive Officer of Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). She is an innovative and collaborative leader with diverse social work expertise, including, clinical social work experience in private and hospital settings, health promotion experience within public health, various leadership roles (within the Strategy Management Office, Ambulatory Care and Collaborative Learning) during her 12 year tenure at Trillium Health Partners and, over the past two years, within government, as Director, Integration and Planning for West Toronto at the Toronto Central Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN). Deepy has also been an Assistant and Adjunct Clinical Professor at McMaster University. In addition, Deepy is a Faculty Instructor and Curriculum designer for the Medical Psychiatry Alliance - Collaborative Care Certificate Program. She has specialized training in several other areas, including child trauma, DBT, trauma assessment, PTSD, EMDR, and suicide, crisis and cultural competency.


Deepy holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University, a Master of Social Work from York University and PhD in Social Work Administration from Walden University, where her research focused on interprofessional teamwork and empathy.


The key objective is to deepen participants’ understanding of the impact COVID-19 is having on African Canadians. Senator Bernard aims to inspire participants to explore intersectionality and race equity in policy analysis and beyond.