NEWS/ SOCIAL ISSUES — Kamloops social workers will celebrate National Social Work Week (March 9-15) with a lunch Friday.
The B.C. Association of Social Workers chose the theme Social Workers Promoting Equity for a Stronger British Columbia this year to reflect the growing concern at the rising social, economic, and health inequities in Canada.
“Once a year we gather over lunch to celebrate the achievements of the women and men, both past and present, who have spent their lifetimes fighting to move our communities progressively forward towards a more inclusive society” said local BCASW branch board member Michael Crawford.
“Many indicators, including the unacceptable high child poverty rate in B.C., show us we are moving away from fairness and away from investments in families and communities” he added.
This year’s guest is Michelle Mungall, MLA for Nelson-Creston and Opposition Critic for Social Development, who will speak on the way communities can work together to promote equity.
Mary Widmer, a Thompson Rivers University graduate and a social worker providing counselling, education, and practical support for individuals and families experiencing loss, will receive the Heart of the Grasslands Award for her service to the community.
The luncheon will be at the Chief Louis Centre Assembly Hall.