Honouring Excellence in Social Work Practice
BCASW is proud to recognize the work of social workers who exemplify the best in Social Work practice.
CASW DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD (BC)
The Canadian Association of Social Workers honours a member of each partner provincial association with the CASW Distinguished Service Award during National Social Work Month.
The NW BCASW Branch was proud to present the CASW Distinguished Service Award to Melanie Abbott in recognition of her contribution to northern practice. Melanie has an eye for opportunity and recognized there were limited services for our local transgender community. She connected with TransCare BC and now attends monthly meetings via teleconference, developed and continues to facilitate a Transgender Support Group, is certified to complete hormone assessments, and is training to complete gender affirming surgery assessments. Being the only community-based clinician West of Prince George certified to do these assessments, this makes her an asset to northern practice. Terrace is lucky to have Melanie as a local professional but she reaches beyond our city limits to ensure those who need support, have the same opportunities across the north.
Congratulations to Melanie and thank you for continuing to demonstrate what it means to be a proud social worker.
Read the list of past recipients of the CASW Distinguished Service Award (BC).
INSPIRING SOCIAL WORKER OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award is co-sponsored by BCASW and the UBC School of Social Work to recognize BC social workers whose compassion and dedication to serving has inspired others.Recipients share their experiences at the Paul Cheng Memorial Lecture held during the first week of September at the UBC School of Social Work. Nominations for the 2018 award open March 19th and close on June 15th. For more information and to nominate
The recipient of the 2017 Inspiring Social Worker Award: Ilm Kassam
BRIDGET MORAN AWARD
This award is granted by the Northern Branch of BCASW. The ceremony takes place during Social Work Week. Read the backgrounder here. For more information, please contact the BCASW Northern Branch Representative.
HEART OF THE GRASSLANDS AWARD
This award is granted by the Thompson/Nicola Branch of BCASW, to a social worker who holds membership in BCASW. Nominees are evaluated on their social work service to the community and the profession and the award is given for distinguished service. The deadline to receive nominations is February. The ceremony takes place during Social Work Week. For more information, please contact the BCASW Thompson/Nicola Branch Representative.
COPPER SHIELD AWARD
This award is granted by the Northwest Branch of BCASW. The ceremony takes place during Social Work Week. Read the backgrounder here. For more information, please contact the BCASW Northwest Branch Representative.
‘A STANDING OVATION’
BCASW invites submissions to our newsmagazine, Perspectives, that highlight social workers who are exemplars of Social Work practice. We are pleased to feature them. Submissions should be 600 words or less, and can be emailed to BCASW at any time.
Celebrating Social Work
A variety of posters and promotional items are available to celebrate Social Work and promote the profession.
View them in the Publications and Resources section of our website.