Promotion of the Profession

Short Video Contest

Want to help promote your professional social work association? Create a short video that shows your pride in being a member of the BCASW. We will send three lucky winners a great shirt from Messages of Hope Tees and use the best videos on social media to promote awareness of the BCASW and encourage membership. The contest ends July 2nd so start filming right away!

Read Contest Rules here

Celebrating Social Work Week

BCASW wishes you a Happy Social Work Week! – Messages from the BCASW Board Staff and Volunteers
Happy Social Work Week from MCFD Minister Mitzi Dean – A message from Minister Mitzi Dean

BC CASW Distinguished Service Award 2021 is awarded to BC Social Workers in Healthcare

Social Work Week in British Columbia celebrates the accomplishments of social workers. The provincial government has declared March 14-20, 2021 Social Work Week in British Columbia. Social workers throughout BC plan activities that will highlight their essential contribution to the health and well-being of British Columbians. The theme for 2021 is Social Work is Essential.

COVID-19 has spotlighted inequities in our society and social workers have stepped up to respond to the pandemic with essential services. Nowhere has this been more evident than in healthcare where social workers work with limited resources and often in risky environments. The BC Association of Social Workers is proud to present the BC Canadian Association of Social Workers Distinguished Service Award to BC social workers in healthcare who are at the frontlines of the struggle to contain the pandemic. In their many roles, we know that they are working hard to ensure that individuals, families, and communities have the resources they need to manage and that they are providing comfort to critically ill patients and their families.

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

Honouring Excellence in Social Work Practice


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. For more information and to nominate


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.

Diversity Quilted Wall Art Project

The 2020 theme for the profession of social work in BC is United by Diversity. Strengthened by Inclusion. In honour of our theme for 2020 we are renaming the quilt a diversity quilt. As we work to bring diverse parts of ourselves and society together, we seek to build thoughtful intersections with inclusion being paramount. Each quilt square can be a visual reminder of this goal.
For more information

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