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Social Work Week in Saskatchewan

Released on March 20, 2017

The government has proclaimed March 19-25 as Social Work Week in Saskatchewan.

“Social Work Week is a wonderful opportunity to recognize and thank the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers and its membership for sharing their skills, commitment and passion for helping others in communities across Saskatchewan,” Social Services Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor said.  “Social work is a valuable profession, and it’s important we highlight the role social workers play and the work they do for the people of our province.”

Social Work Week was established by the Canadian Association of Social Workers in March 1990 to recognize the contribution of social workers across the country.  Each year, a different theme is selected to serve as a focus for activities within the profession and promotion of the role of social work with the public.  This year's theme is, “Social Work: The Power to Empower”.

“Social workers can be found in public and private practice, health, education, community-based organizations, policy, planning and administration,” Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers President Ryan Labatt said.  “Social Work Week helps us to highlight just how diverse and fulfilling a profession social work is and to recognize the efforts of our membership in improving the lives of the people we serve.”

A number of special events are being planned by Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (SASW) branches across the province, including a luncheon in Regina featuring Advocate for Children and Youth Corey O’Soup as guest speaker.

The SASW was established in October 1962, as the regulatory and professional organization for social workers in Saskatchewan, and grew from an active membership of 83 to more than 1,700 members.  In order to use the title of social worker, registration with SASW is required.

For more information on Social Work Week in Saskatchewan, please visit SASW website at


For more information, contact:

Leya Moore
Social Services
Phone: 306-787-3610

Karen Wasylenka
Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers
Phone: 306-545-9155

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