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OASW London & Area: Black Excellence in Social Work
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When

Thursday, February 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM ET

Where

Garron Learning Centre, King’s University College (266 Epworth Ave, London, ON N6A 2M3)

Event Description

Join OASW London & Area, and King's University College's Social Work Student Association and Social Work Equity and Diversity Student Committee for this panel discussion with three local Black Social Workers to conclude Black History Month! Panelists Colette Greaves, Fon Gwananji, and Dr. Akin Taiwo will share their journeys, challenges, and how they have navigated the same. This event will be an opportunity to get to know the panelists and a celebration of their achievements!

The discussion will be held at the Garron Learning Centre at King’s University College. Light food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided free of charge.

This event is open to OASW Members, King's University College Social Work Students and Non-Members.

Please Note:  Your contact information may be shared with the Ambassador or event organizer for the process of day of coordination

Presenter Bios:

Colette Chapman is a Clinical Social Worker in London, Ontario, where she has her own counseling practice. She has worked in the field of Child Welfare for the past 23 years. She is currently the Supervisor of School Counselors and Social Workers for Thames Valley District School Board. She is the past president of the Congress of Black Women, and past President of the African Caribbean Soccer Club in London, Ontario. 

Ms. Chapman is a member the Black London Network and a fierce advocate for the rights of Black children in the child welfare system. She operates from an Anti-Black Racism perspective and engages in deliberate conversations about anti-black racism.

Dr. Akin Taiwo is an Associate Professor of Social Work at King’s University College at Western University in Ontario, Canada. His area of research is on issues of race, privilege, oppression, and social work practice with marginalized populations.  A Black male qualitative researcher, Dr. Taiwo was an Adjunct Professor both at the University of Windsor, Canada and University of Detroit Mercy, USA. More recently, he was the Academic Director for the Youth Research & Evaluation Exchange (YouthREX) for the Windsor-Essex Community Hub. He is a board member of the Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work, USA and an advisor for the British Journal of Social Work.

Fon Gwananji ( BA, MA, MSW, RSW):  I am a dedicated Social Worker with a strong commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of individuals and communities. I hold a master’s degree in social work from King’s University College and a master’s degree in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in the United States of America. Additionally, I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Buea in Cameroon and am honored to be a World Bank Scholar, having been awarded the Joint Japan/World Bank graduate scholarship in 2014.

Throughout my career, I have undertaken diverse roles in System Navigation, child welfare, and healthcare. I previously served as a System Navigator for Rural Community Development Organization in Cameroon, a Child Protection Officer, and Community Service Worker with the Government of Nunavut. Currently, I hold the position of Social Worker and Attendance Counsellor at Thames Valley District School Board. Additionally, I am a proud member of the Board of Directors of Faith Builders International Foundations in Belgium, an NGO dedicated to improving the lives of the underprivileged in developing countries.

Beyond my professional roles, I actively participate in community initiatives and advocacy efforts. I have volunteered with organizations dedicated to youth empowerment, anti-racism, and advocating for men, aiming to address systemic issues and promote positive change.

My journey in social work is driven by a dedication to social justice, equity, and empowerment. I focus on serving diverse populations and approach my practice with an intersectional lens, recognizing the unique experiences and challenges faced by individuals from marginalized communities.

Let's embark on a journey of empowerment, advocacy, and resilience together!

Health and Safety

Participants should remain up-to-date on information from government and public health authorities regarding attending in-person events outside. Public Health Ontario prevention and management measures.

Any participants showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are recommended to remain home. For more information, please follow the direct guidance from the Ontario Ministry of HealthPublic Health Ontario and your local public health authority.

*Please RSVP to ensure you are updated about the status of the event. Further, if you have registered and are unable to make it, please let us know.*

NOTE ABOUT REGISTRATION QUESTIONS:

OASW is committed to inclusion and promoting a diverse range of identities, experiences, perspectives, and voices across all areas of the Association. As such, the registration contains some optional questions that are intended to assist us to better understand our social work community and ensure that our work is reflective of the diverse membership of OASW and our profession.

 Details
Date & Time: Feb 29, 2024 05:30 PM to
Feb 29, 2024 07:30 PM
[America/Toronto UTC -5]

 

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Location: King's University College
Garron Learning Centre
266 Epworth Ave
London Ontario
Canada
N6A2M3
 

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Registration Closes: Feb 28, 2024 04:30 PM

Event Coordinator:

Breanne Lemaitre
breanne@oasw.org
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