March 15, 2021

March 15-19 Proclaimed Social Work Week in Saskatchewan

The Government of Saskatchewan has officially proclaimed March 15-19 as Social Work Week in Saskatchewan.  The theme for this year's celebration is Social Work is Essential.

"Social workers across Saskatchewan have adapted to significant challenges over the past year to ensure their clients continue to safely receive supports and services," Social Services Minister Lori Carr said.  "I want to thank all social workers for the essential work that they do in our province every day."

Across the province, social workers can be found working in public or private practice, or for community-based organizations across the health, education, justice, disability and child welfare sectors.  They may also be engaged in policy, planning or administration.

The Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (SASW) promotes and governs the profession of social work in the province, ensuring accountability of Registered Social Workers and protecting the public through recognized, ethical standards of practice.  Currently, there are more than 2,100 registered social workers in Saskatchewan.

"This global pandemic has highlighted how social workers are critical to providing essential supports and services in our communities," Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers President Erin Beckwell said.  "It has also given us an opportunity to consider how we would like our lives, our work, our communities, and our society to be."

A number of virtual Social Work Week events are planned across Saskatchewan.  For more information on Social Work Week in Saskatchewan, please visit the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers' website at www.sasw.ca or the SASW Facebook page.