OASW and its School Social Work Advisory Group were pleased to welcome more than 300 registrants to the School Social Work Symposium, Affirming Identities: Tools for Student Mental Wellness in the COVID Era, on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 online. 

Panel | Identities at the Forefront: How to Put Inclusion into Action in Our Schools
We're pleased to share the recording of our Symposium panel discussion, which explored practical tips and tools to support student mental health in identity-affirming ways.

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OASW and the School Social Work Advisory Group have compiled a selection of related resources to help participants continue their learning.


9:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Opening Ceremony and Remarks from OASW and the School Social Work Advisory Group (SSWAG)

  • Tracey Grose, SSWAG Chair
  • Deepy Sur, OASW CEO
  • Tina Armstrong, Elder, Bearskin Lake First Nation

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
KEYNOTE: The Moth and the Stars: Culture, Identity, and Affirmation
Bee Quammie, Multi-Passionate Creative, Writer and Award-Winning Digital Content Creator

11:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Special Guest Presenter
Patrick Case, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Education Equity Secretariat

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
School Mental Health Ontario | Presentation on the Implementation of Right Time, Right Care
Lisa Doerksen, MSW, RSW, and Team Lead, Prevention/Early Intervention and System Collaboration

12:00 to 12:30 p.m.
Artistic Presentation
Randell Adjei, Transformational Speaker, Spoken Word Practitioner, Arts Educator and Ontario’s First Poet Laureate

12:30 to 1:15 p.m.


1:15 to 1:30 p.m.
Award Presentation and Remarks: 2022 School Social Work Achievement Award

1:30 to 3:45 p.m.
PANEL: Identities at the Forefront: How to Put Inclusion into Action in our Schools


  • Tracey Grose, SSWAG Chair and Culturally Responsive School Mental Health Practices Lead and Implementation Coach, School Mental Health Ontario
  • Toni Lauzon, Equity and Identity-Affirming Learning Consultant, School Mental Health Ontario


  • Carol Soares, RSW, Specialist, Equity Diversity and Inclusion, and CEO, Magnificent Minded Studios
  • Todd Elliott, MSW, RSW, Mental Health Resource Clinician, Special Education, Social-Emotional Learning and Well Being, Peel District School Board
  • Travonne Edwards, Assistant Professor, Toronto Metropolitan University, PhD of Social Work Candidate, M.A. Child and Youth Care, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Funke Oba, MSc., MSW, PhD, Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director, Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Tanja Steinbach, Prevention and Early Intervention Consultant - Indigenous Mental Health, School Mental Health Ontario
  • Khadijah Kanji, Youth Program Supports Associate, YouthREX 

3:45 to 4:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

  • Miguel Guayasamin, MSW, RSW, School Social Worker, Halton Catholic District School Board
  • Tina Armstrong, Elder, Bearskin Lake First Nation


Learn more about our expert speakers and the experiences they bring to the table. 


OASW and its School Social Work Advisory Group were delighted to recognize Claire Perusse with the 2022 School Social Work Achievement Award at the Symposium on November 15.

About the Award | About Claire


Thank you to all members of our School Social Work Advisory Committee for sharing your expertise and insights to help make this critical event a success:

  • Chair: Tracey Grose, School Mental Health Ontario
  • Vice-Chair: Kristi Gordon, Hamilton Wentworth District School Board
  • OASW Board Liaisons: Dr. Shelley Craig & Carol Soares
  • Andréanne Fleck Saito, School Mental Health Ontario
  • Dominique Doyle, Conseil scolaire catholique mon avenir
  • Gabriella D’Ambrosio, Halton District School Board
  • Geer Harvey, Upper Grand District School Board
  • Jenny Athanasiou-Malisa, Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board
  • Jessie Grosz, Waterloo Catholic District School Board
  • Kimberley Sherman, Peel District School Board
  • Maria Peixoto, Toronto Catholic School Board
  • Sara Mclean, District School Board of Niagara
  • Sarah Kirby, Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board
  • Shelley Phoenix, Durham Catholic District School Board
  • Shenelle Bernier, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
  • Stefanie Burosch, Trillium Lakelands District School Board
  • Toni Lauzon, Greater Essex County District School Board