About OSSWA

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

Values

  • 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

Objectives

  • 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. Peer Support Worker in the Mental Health and Addictions field. A passionate activist for human rights, women, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ Communities.
Janelle Anderson
Janelle AndersonResearch Director
Janelle is a gender-based specialist focusing on research, advocacy, community development and counselling. *Currently Unavailable

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 Wentzall
Gerry WentzallRegional Rep
Kathy Demarce
Kathy DemarceRegional Rep
Matthew Carrol
Matthew CarrolRegional Rep
Devon Timbrell
Devon TimbrellAmbassador
Alexandria BennettSSW Placement Student & Student Member
Alexandria is in her final semester of the SSW program at Georgian College and will be continuing her studies in Social Work at Lakehead in Fall 2021. She is passionate about social justice and women and human rights and has experience volunteering with youth.
Janna GriffioenSSW Placement Student & Student Member
Janna is in her final semester of the SSW program at Georgian College and has been volunteering with youth since she graduated high school. She has a passion for mentoring and supporting teenagers by providing them with safe places for growth.
Holly EbdellSSW Placement Student & Student Member
Holly is a Georgian College social service worker student collaborating on Community Agency Project 3. Holly is an active member in her communities. Her love for accountability and learning pairs with her pursuit of unity and mercy and supports her academic, personal, and professional pursuits.
Molly BoonSSW Placement Student & Student Member
Molly is in her last semester of social service work at Georgian College. She enjoys working with youth and will be continuing in September with the community and justice program at Georgian College.
Haidyn ParkerSSW Placement Student & Student Member
Haidyn is currently enrolled in her last semester in the Social Service Worker program at the Orillia, ON campus. Haidyn has also started to volunteer with Muskoka Parry Sound’s Sexual Assault Hotline. After her program, Haidyn hopes to continue on with her education and is looking forward to attending Ryerson University, to obtain a full Bachelors of Social Work.
Carly OosterhuisSSW Placement Student & Student Member
Carley is in her final semester of Georgian’s Social Service Worker program. She comes to us with a background in Indigenous Studies and a passion for community development. Following the completion of the program, Carley plans on furthering her education. She hopes to use her diplomas to create sustainable programs for her community.

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

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