Social Work Celebrations Across Ontario!

Social Work Week and Month is a time to get together and connect with social workers in your community. Take time to celebrate by attending an event in a community near you, hosted by OASW’s Local Engagement Networks across the province. 

Social Work Appreciation Dinner
York Region & Area

Thursday, March 2 | 6 to 8 p.m.
Mandarin Restaurant
7660 Woodbine Avenue, Markham

Celebrate Social Work Month and join fellow social workers in OASW York Region & Area for a dinner and social at Mandarin.

Celebrating Social Workers
Toronto & Area

Wednesday, March 8 | 12:30 to 3 p.m.
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave, Toronto

Join your social work colleagues from Toronto and area for a social gathering with fun activities such as a door prize raffle, colouring activities, dog therapy, and casual networking to celebrate Social Work Week.

A Morning with Horses
Kenora & Area

Thursday, March 9 | 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kenora Chiefs Advisory
371 Strecker Road, Kenora

Join us during Social Work Week to visit KCA equine program. The group will assist in grooming, meeting the animals, learning about their programming, enjoy a guided trail ride, and a demonstration.

Meet a Social Worker
Windsor & Area

Thursday, March 9 | 6 to 8 p.m.
University Of Windsor School of Social Work, 167 Ferry St, Windsor

Social Work students are welcome and encouraged to attend this event where we anticipate having 30+ 'seasoned' social workers from various fields of practice. Much like "speed dating", students will have opportunities to ask questions of each of the professionals about their role, practice, experience in the field and more!

Celebrating You! Social Workers Dinner and Social
Barrie & Area

Thursday, March 9 | 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Donaleigh's Irish Public House, 28 Dunlop St. E, Barrie

Join us for an evening celebrating the work you do and getting to know other social workers in the Barrie area. There will be casual live entertainment from 7 to 8 p.m. by the local Sun Down Drivers, and dinner will be provided FREE of charge for OASW members, excluding alcoholic beverages. Meet your social work friends, make new connections, and celebrate you!

Celebrating You! Social Work Week Professional Headshots
Ottawa & Area

Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12 | 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.  
Healing Steps Psychotherapy, 1673 Carling Ave, Ottawa

Join your colleagues to recognize Social Work Week by having professional headshots taken. It will also be a valuable chance to network, and you’ll have a chance to win tickets to the upcoming Writer’s Festival event.

Vision Boards: Creating Your 2023 On Purpose
Guelph & Area

Monday, March 20 | 1 to 3 p.m.
Ignatius Jesuit Centre, 5420 Hwy 6, Guelph

Create a visual map for your most amazing year yet, 2023. Starting with a guided meditation, gain clarity on your purpose and vision. Using pictures and words, you will be guided through creating a vision board and tool to bring your dreams into reality. No art experience needed.

Self Defense Class
Windsor & Area

Tuesday, March 21 | 6 to 8 p.m.
Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre, 401 Pitt Street West, Windsor

Celebrate with your social work colleagues in Windsor & Area while learning and enhancing key self defense skills! This training course covers a variety of topics including practical self defense techniques, use of force continuum, aligning skills for greater effectiveness, hold reversals, blocks, checks, pressure point controls and stuns.

Celebrate Social Work Month with Dinner at State & Main

Tuesday, March 21 | 6 to 8:30 p.m.
State & Main, 578 Weber St. N, Unit L01, Waterloo

Join fellow social workers for a dinner and social at Waterloo’s State & Main. This will be a fun and relaxing opportunity to connect with peers over dinner and celebrate our profession. Meals and non-alcoholic drinks will be covered, with free SWAG such as pens, sticky notes, stickers, magnets and more! 

OASW Niagara & Area Celebrates Social Work Month! Niagara & Area

Thursday, March 23 | 5 to 8 p.m.
St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre, 1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St. Catharines

Join us for an evening celebrating the work you do with fellow social workers at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Center, for dinner catered by Antipastos. This will be a great opportunity to socialize and get to know other local social workers, with some relaxing activities and social work month SWAG provided on a "first come, first served" basis.

Yoga and Social in Kincardine
Grey-Bruce Huron Perth

Friday, March 24 | 2 to 5 p.m.
The Creative Collective Studio
325 Durham Market St N, Kincardine

Natalie Nowkawalk, your Local Engagement Ambassador for Grey Bruce-Huron-Perth and Area Local Engagement Network, invites you to the network’s first in-person event. A welcome and yoga class will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m., followed by a social gathering and chance to network and meet other social workers in the area.

Social Work Month Celebration
Halton Region

Friday, March 24 | 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Pepe and Lela's Eatery, 1893 Appleby Line, Burlington

Join colleagues in Halton Region and the surrounding area for a delicious Mexican dinner at Pepe and Lela’s Eatery, Burlington. This would be a great opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals while celebrating the impact you and other social workers have on our communities. 

Social Work Appreciation Dinner
Peel Region & Area

Friday, March 24 | 6 to 8 p.m.
Xaymaca Restaurant, 30 Kennedy Road South, Brampton

Come celebrate National Social Work Month and join local social workers in Peel Region for dinner, conversation and connection. Your new Local Engagement Ambassador Karlene Grant is looking forward to hosting you at Xaymaca Restaurant, where dinner and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided free of charge for OASW members!

“So-Chill” Gathering:
A Casual Social for SSM & Area Social Workers

Sault Ste. Marie & Area

Friday, March 24 | 7 to 9 p.m.
North 82 Steak & Seafood Co.
82 Great Northern Rd., Sault Ste. Marie

Celebrate with your colleagues in Sault Ste. Marie and area over delicious appetizers including garlic bread, spinach dip, cake and coffee. This is a great opportunity to have fun while getting to know other social workers in the area!

Paint Night at Raven and Republic with Marianne Vander Dussen
North Bay & Area

Friday, March 24 | 7 to 9 p.m.
Raven & Republic, 246 1st Avenue West, North Bay

Come enjoy a fun and creative night of painting with your fellow social workers! Marianne Vander Dussen will be facilitating this free paint night at the Raven & Republic. All paint supplies (brushes, canvas, paint, smock, etc.) will be provided and it is recommended that attendees dress appropriately, as you may get paint on your clothing.

Axe Throwing & Appys
Kawarthas & Area

Friday, March 24 | 5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Peterborough Axe Club, 280 Perry St #1, Peterborough

Join local Kawarthas & Area OASW members for a rel-axe-ing evening of celebrating Social Work Month with axe-throwing fun! Sharpen your social connections, carve into an array of appetizers and wield away your worries! Let us give you some axe of kindness for all you do for others!

KAIROS Blanket Exercise and Guided Meditation with Traditional Drumming
Renfrew County & Area

Saturday, March 25 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Victoria Centre, 84 Isabella St., Unit 10, Pembroke

Join colleagues and members of the Mashkiwizii Manido Foundation for a KAIROS Blanket Exercise and Guided Meditation with Traditional Anishinaabe Drumming. This experiential exercise will be a chance for essential conversations about social work's role in reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and communities.

Lunch and Learn Celebrating Social Workers
Kingston & Area

Saturday, March 25 | 12 to 2 p.m.
Milestones, 27 Princess St., Kingston

The Kingston and Area Local Engagement Network cordially invites you to a lunch and learn at Milestones in honour of social workers. This will be a great opportunity to socialize and network, but also to learn. Lunch will be provided FREE of charge for OASW members, excluding alcoholic beverages. We will be joined by Kathleen Pratt to talk about Somatic Practices for Social Workers, and Shane Joseph on Culturally Safe Practices.