Children, Seniors and Social Development
March 14, 2019

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development:

Social Work Month Celebrates Real People Who Make a Real Impact

Mr. Speaker, today I rise to pay tribute to our province’s 1,500 social workers during National Social Work Month.

This year, the Canadian Association of Social Workers has chosen the theme “Real People. Real Impact.”

This theme reminds us that social workers, who are dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities, are also our neighbours, friends and family members, and are committed to working with people and communities to make the world a better place.

“Real People. Real Impact.” also refers to the individuals that social workers interact with on a daily basis – people who are diverse, complex, and accomplished through their lived experience. It helps us remember that they are more than clients - they are valued members of society.

Mr. Speaker, throughout Newfoundland and Labrador social workers can be found in a variety of settings including hospitals, community centres, government departments, universities and private practice. They work in a variety of practice areas such as adult and youth corrections, child welfare, addictions, and mental health. Social workers may also be engaged in community development, policy development, education, and many other paths.

In my own department, I witness the commitment and dedication of social workers on a daily basis, and am so very grateful for and appreciative of the valuable work they do. I also extend my appreciation to the many community partners who work alongside us in the field of social work, some of whom are here with us today.

Mr. Speaker, I encourage all social workers to participate in the many activities taking place during Social Work Month, and I ask all Honourable members to join me in recognizing our many social workers for their ongoing service to society.

Thank you.

2019 03 14                              2:05 p.m.