We are a member-based, voluntary, non-profit organization developed to honour, empower and support social service work students and graduates throughout Ontario.

Unlike the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, we are not a regulatory body. Our goal is to truly support social service workers and students in their pursuit towards social justice by offering comprehensive resources and establishing a unified voice.

  • Mission – To honour, empower and support the field of social service work at the level of individuals, organizations and communities.

  • Vision – We aim to elevate the profile of social service work in Ontario to assist those in pursuit of social justice


  • Unify – We facilitate a unified provincial voice amongst social service workers

  • Social Justice – We support social service workers in their promotion and efforts towards social justice for all

  • Advocacy – We promote advocacy on critical issues through membership dialogue and mobilization

  • Continuous Learning – We encourage continuous learning by informing members of opportunities for professional development

  • Responsibility and Accountability – We foster responsibility and accountability in social service work practice by honouring and promoting the OCSWSSW’s Code of Ethics


  • Create Hub – To establish a comprehensive resource hub for social service workers and SSW students

  • Up-To-Date Info –To offer our members up-to-date information on employment opportunities, legislation changes, workshops, ssw programs, events and more

  • Support – To foster direct support for members with our Regional Contacts

  • Connectivity – To increase inter-professional connections amongst members

  • Opportunities – To work towards greater benefit and discount opportunities for social service workers

Meet Our Executive

We work hard to ensure our social service workers across Ontario have the supports that they need.

Barb Baker
Barb BakerPresident
Barb is full-time professor in the SSW Program at Georgian College. She has over 18 years experience in the field.
Chantal Teraberry
Chantal TeraberryVice President
Chantal graduated from the Georgian College, SSW program in 2015. An advocate for social change and justice
Janelle Anderson
Janelle AndersonResearch Director
Janelle is a gender-based specialist focusing in research, advocacy, community development and counselling.

Meet Our Regional Reps and Ambassadors

Regional Reps are direct contacts for members in their regions. They offer support and information specific to social service work practice. Their aim is to connect members in the same region together, update members in their region about employment/volunteer opportunities and stay abreast of pertinent information.

Ambassadors aid in the promotion and outreach of OSSWA. They connect with social service worker students and graduates and direct them to supports that they may need.

Gerry WentzallRegional Rep
Margaret ShellyRegional Rep
Barb SaundersRegional Rep
Kathy DemarceRegional Rep
Devon TimbrellAmbassador
Dorothy CoadAmbassador

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”


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We are a member-based, voluntary, non-profit organization developed to honour, empower and support social service work students and graduates throughout Ontario

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