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BC Social Workers Celebrate BC Social Worker Week

BC Social Workers Celebrate BC Social Worker Week

March 15, 2021 at 4:50 pm  BC

(Kamloops) This week, BC social workers will gather online to celebrate their accomplishments over the last year and to reflect on their service in the Thompson Nicola region.

March 14-20, 2021 was declared BC Social Work Week by Minister of Children and Family Development Mitzi Dean and celebrations will be held across the province.

“The Covid pandemic changed everything about the way social workers respond to community needs and presented significant challenges” said Lorry-Ann Austin, Thompson Nicola Branch Chair. “Social workers in every sector have innovated and created new ways of providing essential services particularly to those made vulnerable by the pandemic.”

This year’s theme is “Social work is essential” and emphasizes that social workers are –

  • Essential to meeting the immediate needs of those carrying the pain of loss.
  • Essential to those navigating overwhelming uncertainty imposed on peoples’ lives.
  • Essential to addressing the profound systemic racism thrust into the spotlight by the pandemic, and
  • Essential to advocating to reconcile the economic, health and social inequalities glaringly exposed by not only COVID-19, but efforts to flatten the curve as well

“We have several opportunities this week for social workers to come together online and one drive-thru appreciation event” said Austin. “It’s time to pause, recognize the immense efforts that social workers have made over the last year, and to honour their commitment and dedication.”

The Thompson Nicola Heart of the Grasslands Award for distinguished service will be presented to the ASK Wellness Society for their outstanding effort to continue providing services at the frontlines of the Covid pandemic.(Kamloops) This week, BC social workers will gather online to celebrate their accomplishments over the last year and to reflect on their service in the Thompson Nicola region.

March 14-20, 2021 was declared BC Social Work Week by Minister of Children and Family Development Mitzi Dean and celebrations will be held across the province.

“The Covid pandemic changed everything about the way social workers respond to community needs and presented significant challenges” said Lorry-Ann Austin, Thompson Nicola Branch Chair. “Social workers in every sector have innovated and created new ways of providing essential services particularly to those made vulnerable by the pandemic.”

This year’s theme is “Social work is essential” and emphasizes that social workers are –

  • Essential to meeting the immediate needs of those carrying the pain of loss.
  • Essential to those navigating overwhelming uncertainty imposed on peoples’ lives.
  • Essential to addressing the profound systemic racism thrust into the spotlight by the pandemic, and
  • Essential to advocating to reconcile the economic, health and social inequalities glaringly exposed by not only COVID-19, but efforts to flatten the curve as well

“We have several opportunities this week for social workers to come together online and one drive-thru appreciation event” said Austin. “It’s time to pause, recognize the immense efforts that social workers have made over the last year, and to honour their commitment and dedication.”

The Thompson Nicola Heart of the Grasslands Award for distinguished service will be presented to the ASK Wellness Society for their outstanding effort to continue providing services at the frontlines of the Covid pandemic.

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