Promotion of the Profession

Honouring Excellence in Social Work Practice

BCASW is proud to recognize the work of social workers who exemplify the best in Social Work practice.


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.

View the Selection Criteria for the Distinguished Service Award.

BCASW is pleased to announce that Pamela A. Miller, BA, MSW, Ph.D is awarded the BC CASW Distinguished Service Award for 2017. Dr. Miller is known as an insightful and effective leader, a strong advocate for the profession of social work, and a kind, generous, humble, and compassionate person. Her lengthy social work career focused on teaching and a scholarly interest in eLearning and use of information technology in practice, ethical decision making, community development, and leadership in human services.

Pam MillerA strong commitment to professional social work practice and the promotion of the profession led her to serve at the executive level in two provinces. Dr. Miller served as Vice President of the BCASW from 2008 to 2009, President from 2009 to 2011, and Past President from 2012 to 2016. Prior to moving to BC from Alberta in 2008, she served as an elected member of the Alberta College of Social Work Council from 2001 to 2003 and as President of the Alberta College of Social Work from 2004 to 2007. Dr. Miller’s leadership skills and recognition among her peers led her to the role of Chair, Canadian Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work from 2009 to 2012.

During her time on the BCASW Board, Dr. Miller facilitated the Association’s engagement in lobbying the Government of British Columbia to:

  • Increase housing options for people with complex health care needs
  • Restore the BC office to combat trafficking in persons
  • Include the use of social workers through WorkSafeBC
  • Increase social assistance rates
  • Heed recommendations made by the Representative for Children and Youth in BC.

Her contributions to practice are evident in the dozens of scholarly publications and delivery of professional development workshops. Her publications include an article describing the benefits of online chatting for single moms (2007), a book on ethical decision making in social work (2012), and an article on leadership in social work (2011).

Dr. Miller retired as a full professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Victoria in 2016.

Read the list of past recipients of the CASW Distinguished Service Award (BC).

The 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 2017 award open March 13th and close on June 18th. For more info and to nominate

Recipients of the 2016 Inspiring Social Worker Award: Karen Hodge, Angela Kwok, Gary Thandi.  Learn More

View the Paul Cheng Lecture on Youtube


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.


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.


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.



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.

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