Thank you to all those who joined us for OASW’s Annual General Meeting and Joan MacKenzie Davies Lecture on Friday, May 5, 2023 online. Attendees received the Annual Report of Association activities and the 2022 audited financial statements, and voted to ratify the proposed slate of candidates to OASW's Board of Directors. Members also had the opportunity to celebrate and hear from the social work leaders being honoured with OASW’s 2023 Inspirational Leader Award and Beverley Antle Leadership Award, followed by our 4th annual Joan MacKenzie Davies Lecture featuring Dr. David Goldbloom on innovation and collaboration in mental health care.

Joan MacKenzie Davies Lecture
Doing Better, Together: Innovation and Collaboration to Improve Mental Health Access and Care

Dr. David Goldbloom
Former Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Former Senior Medical Advisor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto


There will never be enough psychiatrists to provide needed mental health care in Canada or Ontario – nor should there be. The mental health needs of our communities are ably addressed by a variety of well-trained professionals, including social workers with special skills in understanding the context in which people live. Innovations to improve access and care need to be embraced by all people working in mental health, and advocacy at the individual and systemic level is a core skill. In this keynote address, Dr. David Goldbloom will explore what it will take to advance mental health care together and build a better and brighter future for people and communities in need. 

With an unexpected mix of humour and pop culture references, Dr. David Goldbloom offers an insightful look into modern mental health care, and the hope that comes when people can access the support they need. An award-winning educator, David has shared his insights through two bestselling books, How Can I Help? A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist and 2021’s We Can Do Better: Urgent Innovations to Improve Mental Health Access and Care. Dr. Goldbloom has twice been named ‘most outstanding teacher’ by the graduating medical class of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto where he continues his role as a Professor of Psychiatry. He served as Vice Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada from its inception in 2007 and Chair from 2012-2015. Dr. Goldbloom was also the founding Physician-in-Chief at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and subsequently Senior Medical Advisor there until his retirement from clinical practice in 2022. He has served on the boards of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation and, and continues to serve on the boards of The Graham Boeckh Foundation and the Daymark Foundation. Dr. Goldbloom is also an Officer of the Order of Canada.


The video recording of OASW’s 2023 Annual General Meeting and Joan MacKenzie Davies Lecture is now available to members in OASW’s members portal.

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2023 AGM Agenda
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2022 Annual Report
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Minutes of 2022 AGM
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