Dear Alumni and Friends
It’s been a while since you’ve received a Connections newsletter from the Faculty of Social Work. It has been a year filled with changes, including a new Acting Dean (see below for an introduction of Susan Cadell) and a new Coordinator, Professional Development and Alumni Relations.
I’d like to take few minutes to introduce myself. I completed my BA (Honours) in sociology from McMaster University in 1996 and then did a one year post-degree diploma in journalism at Conestoga College. My career from that point has been in the field of marketing communications, including five years at The Economical Insurance Group and two-and-a-half years at Research in Motion. I joined the Faculty of Social Work in December and have been warmly welcomed by faculty, staff, alumni and community members.
I’ve had an opportunity to connect with a few of you either in person or through email over the past few months and I’m looking forward to meeting many more of our alumni at various Faculty of Social Work workshops and events.
Professional Development Program
While my role involves a variety of responsibilities, my primary focus – at least in the short term – will be on growing and developing the Faculty of Social Work’s Professional Development program (formerly called Continuing Education). I’ve started by taking a look at what’s currently available in terms of training and education and what’s needed in the social services sector. I’d like to thank everyone who completed the Professional Development survey we distributed in February. The feedback and suggestions we received were fantastic and will be used in developing new programs. A summary of the survey results will be made available to you in the next few weeks. We’ve also created an Advisory Committee, consisting of faculty, staff, alumni and an OASW representative, to help guide and direct the program.
Over the next year we’ll have a variety of new seminars, programs and workshops available to help keep you current in your career. We’ll do our best to make sure our alumni hear about what we’re doing but please check out website regularly for updates (www.wlu.ca/fsw).
Congratulations to 2010 Graduates
On another note… the 2010 graduating class is preparing for spring convocation on June 7. We’d like to congratulate them on their success and welcome them as new Faculty of Social Work alumni.
We’d Love to Hear from You
If you’d like to share your social work success stories, offer suggestions for our professional development program, have an idea for the Connections newsletter, put together a class reunion or find out more about what’s happening in the faculty, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-884-0710 ext. 5265.
Coordinator, Professional Development and Alumni Relations