Promotion of the Profession

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. BCASW is pleased to announce that Kimberly Azyan, MSW is the recipient of the award for 2019.

View the Selection Criteria for the Distinguished Service Award.

Honouring Excellence in Social Work Practice

Kimberly Azyan has practiced social work for nearly 30 years and is recognized from within and beyond the social work profession as a distinguished, humble, visionary leader gifted with the ability to practice at all levels individual, team, community, policy, and legislatively – simultaneously to best serve the interests and enhance quality of life with and for people in vulnerable circumstances. She is recognized as a relentless champion for the rights of adults with intellectual disabilities in BC. She was involved in the downsizing of Woodlands School and the move of residents to community. She led the Woodlands Class Action Project at the Public Guardian and Trustee where she has been a manager and Executive Director of Services to Adults since 1994. She is steadfastly committed to ensuring redress and quality of life for people served by the PGT for whom PGT is committee of estate, litigation guardian, and most recently in relation to the ex-gratia payments as bare trustee guided by the voices of those who cannot speak for themselves and social work ethics and values.

Kimberly played an integral role in the implementation of BCs Adult Guardianship legislation and has trained and consulted on this legislation internally, throughout the province and nationally. She is well known for infusing the implementation of the law with a social workers commitment to personhood, citizenship, and social justice.

Kimberly served the profession of social work well as a Board member of the BC Association of Social Workers from 2007 2010. In addition, in 2004 Kimberly received the UBC Alumni Achievement Blythe Eagles Award for volunteer leadership in recognition of her work as President of the Alumni Board of the UBC School of Social Work from 1997-2008.

Congratulations Kimberly!

Kimberly will be honored at the RBD Social Work Week Celebration Event, March 11, 2019.

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

View this year’s poster which can be downloaded and printed.


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

The recipient of the 2018 Inspiring Social Worker Award: Sital Kaur


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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