Bringing Change to Life
22-Mar-2018 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Berwick & District Volunteer Fire Department
300 Commerical Street
Berwick, Nova Scotia B0P 1E0

Celebrate National Social Work Month (NSWM) in Berwick with your colleagues. We'll come together to hear each other's wisdom, discuss our current challenges and successes remind ourselves of the value of our profession and need for our work in our communities.

Specifically, we will focus on the role of social work in mental health and addictions within the health authority. We are hoping to come away with ideas to support role clarification, increase our voice, have a more social justice presence, and generally feel more empowered in our work.

You will hear from two incredible speakers: Alec Stratford, NSCSW Executive Director/ Registrar
and Wanda McDonald, Manager, Counselling and Wellness 
Student Services at NSCC.

Event agenda:

9:30 AM - Registration and Welcome

10:00 AM-noon - Alec Stratford

12:00-1:00 PM - Networking Lunch

1:00-3:15 PM - Wanda MacDonald

3:15-3:30 PM - Closing Remarks and Wrap-up

About Wanda McDonald:

Wanda McDonald is Manager, Counselling and Wellness at the Nova Scotia Community College. She has both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Social Work and 25 years’ experience in counselling, clinical supervision, policy development and management. Since moving from Newfoundland to Halifax in 1999, she has worked with the CHOICES Adolescent Treatment Program, the Department of Health and Wellness and the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

She has been a sessional instructor with Memorial University of Newfoundland and Dalhousie University, as well as, provided supervision to many students from both programs.  More recently, she contributed to the development of the interdisciplinary Mental Health and Addictions Certificate Program with the Dalhousie Faculty of Health Professions and co-taught the course on complex cases. 

Over the years, Wanda has volunteered with numerous boards and community groups.  Currently, she is vice-chair of the national Wisdom 2 Action Knowledge Mobilization Network. She has served on several provincial and national advisory committees and has presented at national and international conferences. She has a special interest in leadership and in developing others.

When not working, she enjoys big and small adventures with her husband and 8-year twin boys. Her boys would say she has a talent for making pancakes and blanket forts but requires much more knowledge about Star Wars.

About Alec Stratford:

Alec Stratford is the NSCSW’s Executive Director/ Registrar. He has worked as a child protection social worker, school support counselor, community organizer and as a sessional instructor. Alec has a passion and dedication for community development and believes that engaged informed communities can lead to transformative change. Alec brings a wealth of knowledge on adult and experiential learning and its connection to social change.

This professional development opportunity is $10 and includes morning refreshments and lunch. 

Deadline to register is March 20, 2018 at 4:30 PM AST.

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