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Social Work 50

Please join us for the 50th Anniversary of the School of Social Work - November 9 and 10, 2018 University Club of McMaster - Alumni Memorial Hall

The 50th Anniversary

The 50th Anniversary will foster connections and re-connections among alumni, students and instructors; offer a chance to talk together about current educational and research initiatives; and create opportunities for remembering, reflecting, and imagining the next decade.

We are excited to announce that on Saturday we will have a keynote presentation from the Honourable Wanda Thomas Bernard, Senator! Her presentation will focus on:

  • Renewing commitments to progressive change 
    ~ drawing on and learning from our histories   
    ~ from all our positions and identities
    ~ in this political context and time

Senator Bernard is a community activist, a researcher at the Dalhousie School of Social Work, and a founding member of the Association of Black Social Workers. The first African Nova Scotian to be appointed to the Canadian Senate, she has promoted citizen engagement and social work engagement in Canadian politics and in law-making.

A call to social workers

Senator Bernard will speak about her experiences facilitating social and institutional change: how she understands the work and what’s needed to do it well (from us as people, and in terms of change processes); how we can draw on our own personal identities and histories and from social work’s past; and what this particular political time allows and calls us to do.

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Please join us for the 50th Anniversary of the School of Social Work 
November 9 and 10, 2018
University Club of McMaster- Alumni Memorial Hall

More details, event program and registration.

Other weekend events include:

  • Performances by the School of Social Work Band and singers from Six Nations!
  • Chances to learn about current School of Social Work research, programs and initiatives
  • Campus tours organized by current students! 
  • Chance to participate in Stitch-by-Stitch: A Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report Sewing Circle & Reading Group, facilitated by Helene Vosters.
  • Come have your say at our Speaker's Corner: Share a story about your time as a student… What do you carry with you from your time here? What was the most important thing
    you learned? What advice would you give to the graduating class, or what hope or wish do you have for them?
  • ...And of course, there will be many opportunities to reconnect, mingle and chat with friends, old and new! 

Please visit the registration site for more details and to register.  We look forward to spending the weekend with you! 

Register Now!