Dispelling negative perceptions and celebrating the efforts of social workers in all walks of life is on the agenda for the upcoming Social Work Week.
“We want to bring what social workers do to the forefront,” said communications for BC Association of Social Workers Katrina Ludwig.
Ludwig says that too often people think of social workers and picture somebody barging into homes and removing children. “But that is simply not the case,” she said firmly.
Ludwig explained that social work is everything from the advocate to the volunteer and pretty much everything in between.
“We as social workers are committed to working with the community and developing links and building strong foundations,” she said. “We connect with groups and agencies – it’s all about collaboration.”
The broad scope of the social workers job description is something that Ludwig believes enables the occupation to hold endless possibilities. “This job is very eclectic and fulfilling,” she said. “Your reward is that you are able to provide opportunities to the community and individuals.”
The week dedicated to social work takes place March 21 to 24 with Thursday (today) playing host to an afternoon of information, presentations and the coveted Bridget Moran Award. “It’s open to the public and we hope everyone interested will attend,” said Ludwig. “It’s a day to get the message out and celebrate the profession.”
It all takes place at the Native Friendship Centre located at 1600 Third Avenue from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. “It’s simply a chance for social workers to reconnect and visit others in the profession and for others interested to learn more about our what we do and what we’re all about.”
For more information call Dawn Hemmingway at 960-5694, or check out the provincial web page www.bcasw.org.
“Any questions or information you may need will be provided Thursday,” said Ludwig. “And if we don’t have the answer, we’ll find you someone who does. It truly is a one-stop shop – but that’s what social work is all about.”