Highlights from the College Council meetings are published on the College website and in the Perspective newsletter.

All Council meetings are held at:
OCSWSSW
250 Bloor Street East, Suite 1000
Toronto ON M4W 1E6

Seating at Council meetings is limited. To reserve a place, please fax your request to the College at 416-972-1512 or email Monique Guibert.


2017 Council Meetings

Tuesday May 9, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m – Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

May 9, 2017

  • Beatrice Traub-Werner, RSW, President, presented her report to Council including the resignation (due to relocation outside of the province) of public Council member Sharmaarke Abdullahi.
  • Lise Betteridge, RSW, Registrar, and Laura Sheehan, Deputy Registrar, presented their report to Council. The report provided updates on communications and social media; the 2017 Annual Meeting and Education Day (AMED); media relations; stakeholder outreach; upcoming Council elections in District No. 3; the database upgrade; registration and membership; the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee report and College operations.
  • Council reviewed the Statement of Financial Position as of March 2017.
  • Council reviewed the Statement of Operations as of March 2017.
  • Council reviewed the 2016 audited financial statements approved by the Executive Committee.
  • Council reviewed recommendations from the Finance Committee regarding membership fees for 2018; these recommendations were approved by Council.
  • Council reviewed and approved the “Pathway” tool for members of Discipline panels who are elected to the Executive Committee.
  • The Registrar reported on the College’s social service work recruitment and retention initiatives.
  • Council reviewed and approved an application from the Addiction and Mental Health Worker Program at Centennial College to be approved as equivalent to a Social Service Work Program offered in Ontario at a College of Applied Arts and Technology.
  • The Registrar provided an update regarding the College’s submissions on Bill 89, Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act.
  • Reports were received from the following statutory committees: Executive; Complaints; Discipline; Registration Appeals; and Fitness to Practise.
  • Council reviewed and approved revisions made to Policy B-005, Policy B-012, Policy B-020, Policy B-022, Policy B-025, Policy B-029, proposed by the Governance Committee.
  • Council reviewed and approved draft Bylaw No. 101, which amends Bylaw No. 21 (“Chair for Election of Executive Committee”).
  • Council reviewed and approved a risk management strategy.

May 10, 2017

  • Council participated in an educational session presented by Dwight Hymans from the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), which provided information about the ASWB’s entry-to-practice exam.
  • Council discussed the issue of an entry-to-practice exam and approved a motion to remove this objective from Priority #2 of the College’s Strategic Plan.
  • Debbie Tarshis from WeirFoulds provided an overview of the amendments to the Registration Regulation.
  • Council approved the draft amendments to the Registration Regulation, which will be moving forward subject to approval of the government.
  • Council approved the draft French translation of the Professional Misconduct Regulation.
  • Reports were received from the following non-statutory committees: Standards of Practice; Election; Nominating; Finance; Governance; Corporations; and Titles and Designations.

Friday March 10, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

March 10, 2017

  • Council participated in an educational session presented by Debbie Tarshis from WeirFoulds, which covered transparency in the regulatory sector.
  • Beatrice Traub-Werner, RSW, President, presented her report to Council.
  • Lise Betteridge, RSW, Registrar, and Laura Sheehan, Deputy Registrar, presented their report to Council. The report provided updates on registration and membership; communications and social media; stakeholder outreach and member recruitment; the revised Continuing Competence Program (CCP); upcoming elections; the posting of the Registration Regulation; the database upgrade; and College operations.
  • Council reviewed the Statement of Financial Position as of January 2017.
  • Council reviewed the Statement of Operations as of January 2017.
  • Council reviewed and approved draft Bylaw No. 100, which revokes Bylaw No. 44 (“Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Discipline Committee”).
  • The Registrar provided an update on proclamation of the controlled act of psychotherapy.
  • Reports were received from the following statutory committees: Executive; Complaints; Discipline; Registration Appeals; and Fitness to Practise.
  • Council approved a motion to amend Bylaw No. 21 (“Statutory Committees”), Schedule 1.
  • Reports were received from the following non-statutory committees: Standards of Practice; Election; Nominating; Finance; Governance; Corporations; and Titles and Designations.

 

2016 Council Meetings

Friday December 9, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

December 9, 2016

  • Council welcomed new Council members, Amanda Bettencourt, RSSW, and Sue-Ellen Merritt, RSSW.
  • Lise Betteridge, RSW, Registrar, and Laura Sheehan, Deputy Registrar, presented their report to Council. The report provided updates on registration and membership statistics;  upcoming change to the format of the Perspective newsletter; the Educational Forums; the website and social media; employer outreach; Professional Practice; the Registration Regulation; the meeting of Canadian Social Work Registrars; and College operations, including staffing updates, the Complaints and Discipline satisfaction survey and the database upgrade.
  • Council reviewed the Statement of Financial Position for October 2016.
  • Council reviewed the Statement of Operations for October 2016.
  • Council reviewed and approved proposed revisions to the Continuing Competence Program (CCP), which were developed by the Standards of Practice Committee following consideration of the CCP Evaluation Report. Council approved a motion to post the new CCP documents and Evaluation Report on the College website.
  • Reports were received from the following statutory committees: Executive; Complaints; Discipline; Registration Appeals; and Fitness to Practise.
  • The Registrar provided an update regarding the controlled act of psychotherapy.
  • Council reviewed and approved five appointments to fill committee vacancies.
  • Council reviewed and approved a proposed definition for the term “culture of diversity.”
  • Reports were received from the following non-statutory committees: Standards of Practice; Election; Nominating; Finance; Governance; Corporations; and Titles and Designations.
  • Council member Sharmaarke Abdullahi presented his professional development report on board member training provided by ASWB.

Thursday September 8, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m – Friday September 9, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Highlights

September 8, 2016

  • The following Council members were elected by Council to the Executive Committee:
    • Beatrice Traub-Werner, RSW – President
    • Greg Clarke, RSSW – Vice-President
    • David Hodgson, Public Member – Vice-President
    • Shelley Hale, RSSW – Executive Member
    • Thomas Horn, RSW – Executive Member
    • Déirdre Smith, Public Member – Executive Member
  • Council reviewed a report from past President Bob Thompson, RSW.
  • Council received training from Crowe Soberman LLP regarding financial reports and Council responsibilities.

September 9, 2016

  • Council approved the recommendations of the Nominating Committee respecting the composition and chairmanship of statutory and non-statutory committees.
  • Lise Betteridge, RSW, Registrar, and Laura Sheehan, Deputy Registrar, presented their report to Council. The report provided updates on registration and membership statistics; the 2015 Annual Report; the upcoming Educational Forums; public awareness and stakeholder outreach; the 2016-19 Strategic Plan; the database upgrade; staff changes; and College priorities.
  • The Registrar announced the hiring of new Director of Professional Practice Christina Van Sickle, RSW.
  • Council reviewed the Statement of Financial Position as of July 2016.
  • Council reviewed the Statement of Operations for July 2016.
  • Council reviewed and approved in principle the 2017 Budget and Workplan.
  • Council reviewed and approved Bylaw 98, amending Bylaw 1.
  • Council reviewed and approved Bylaw 99, amending Bylaw 2.
  • The Registrar provided an update on Bill 119.
  • Council reviewed and approved in principle a consensus document regarding the controlled act of psychotherapy.
  • Council reviewed the evaluation results from the 2016 Annual Meeting and Education Day.
  • Jim Dunsdon presented his Council Evaluation Report to Council.
  • Reports were received from the following statutory committees: Executive; Complaints; Discipline; Registration Appeals; and Fitness to Practise.
  • Council reviewed and approved a motion to create a plan for the development and implementation of a risk management strategy at the College.
  • The Registrar provided an update on Council vacancies.
  • Reports were received from the following non-statutory committees: Standards of Practice; Election; Nominating; Finance; Governance; Corporations; and Titles and Designations.

Thursday May 5, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m – Friday May 6, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Highlights

May 5, 2016

  • Bob Thompson, RSW, President, presented his report to Council. The report addressed a variety of matters including Council vacancies and future meetings with College stakeholders.
  • Lise Betteridge, RSW, Registrar, and Laura Sheehan, Deputy Registrar, presented their report to Council. The report provided updates on registration renewals; the 2016 Annual Meeting and Education Day (AMED); upcoming Council elections in Electoral District Nos. 1, 2 and 5; College operations; the controlled act of psychotherapy; media relations and recent developments; and recent meetings with the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) to discuss concerns related to Bill 119 (Health Information Protection Act, 2016).
  • The Registrar announced that Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of the MCSS, will deliver opening remarks at AMED 2016.
  • Guest Erik Lockhart presented the OCSWSSW strategic planning report. Council approved the report’s recommendations with revisions and discussed a communication plan.
  • Council reviewed the financial statements as of March 31, 2016.
  • Council reviewed the statement of operations as of March 31, 2016.
  • Council reviewed the 2015 audited financial statements approved by the Executive Committee.
  • The Registrar provided an update on amendments made to the Registration Regulation.
  • Council reviewed recommendations by the Finance Committee to set membership fees for 2017, which were approved by Council.
  • Council reviewed and approved an application from the Native Child and Family Services Program at Confederation College to be regarded as equivalent to a social service work program offered in an Ontario college of applied arts and technology.
  • Council reviewed legal comments made to the French translation of the Registration Regulation and the Professional Misconduct Regulation. Council agreed to forward these comments to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Reports were received from the following statutory committees: Executive; Complaints; Discipline; Registration Appeals; and Fitness to Practise.
  • Council reviewed and approved revisions made to Policy B-009 and Policy B-015, proposed by the Governance Committee.
  • The Registrar discussed the College’s procurement policy, including the need for a legal review.

May 6, 2016

  • Council participated in an educational session presented by Alexandra Wilbee from WeirFoulds, LLP, which covered the topic of title protection.
  • Lise Betteridge, RSW, Registrar, informed Council of the resignations of Council members Jennifer Hamilton, RSSW, and Mary Long, RSSW. Elections will be held to fill in Electoral District No. 4 to fill these vacancies.
  • The Registrar informed Council of upcoming Council member evaluations.
  • Reports were received from the following non-statutory committees: Standards of Practice; Election; Nominating; Finance; Governance; Corporations; and Titles and Designations.
  • Professional development reports were received from Bob Thompson, RSW, President, who attended a WeirFoulds, LLP educational event; and Shelley Hale, RSSW, and Donald Panton, RSW, who attended an Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) board member training event.

Thursday March 10, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Friday March 11, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Highlights

  • Bob Thompson, RSW, President, presented his report to Council. The report touched upon the College’s meetings with the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) and the 2015 audit.
  • Lise Betteridge, RSW, Registrar, and Laura Sheehan, Deputy Registrar, presented their report to Council, which highlighted ongoing College processes such as registration renewals, website updates and the upcoming database upgrade.
  • Council reviewed the Statement of Financial Position as of January 2016.
  • Council reviewed the Statement of Operations for January 2016.
  • Council reviewed proposed amendments to the Registration Regulation regarding the elimination of the Provisional Class of Registration and the creation of a new Retired Class.
  • Council reviewed proposed amendments to the Registration Regulation that would require registered members to obtain professional liability insurance and undergo a criminal background check. Neither of the proposed amendments was approved by Council.
  • The Registrar gave an update regarding Bill 119, and in particular the College’s response to the provisions related to the provider registry for the shared Electronic Health Record (EHR).
  • Council reviewed and approved use of Decision Matrix and Decision Tree documents, so that Council decisions will always favour public protection over all other interests.
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Executive; Complaints; Discipline; Registration Appeals; Fitness to Practise; Standards of Practice; Election; Nominating; Finance; Governance; Corporations; and Titles and Designations.

 

2015 Council Meetings

Thursday December 3, 2015 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – Friday December 4, 2015 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights

  • Bob Thompson, RSW, President, presented his report to Council. The report touched on a number of topics, including: orientation and training for committee chairs; the upcoming strategic planning process; the appointment of the Deputy Registrar; as well as the occasions at which the President represented the College and Council at meetings and events.
  • Lise Betteridge, RSW, Registrar, presented her report to Council and outlined the College’s progress on a number of identified priorities, including online member cards and tax receipts, the CCP evaluation, and new Council Member Orientation. She also shared statistics on membership and renewals and gave updates related to operations, practice and regulatory leadership.
  • The Registrar announced that Laura Sheehan will be joining the College as Deputy Registrar, effective January 11, 2016.
  • The Annual Meeting and Education Day, as well as the Educational Forums, will now be presented as part of the Glenda McDonald Educational Series.
  • Council reviewed and approved the Financial Statements as of October 2015.
  • Council reviewed and approved the Statement of Operations for October 2015.
  • Council went in camera to discuss the 2016 Budget, as well as an update on a confidential legal matter
  • Proposed amendments to the Registration Regulation concerning the elimination of the Provisional Class and the creation of a new Retired Class of Registration were discussed. These changes were approved in principle by Council.
  • Other proposed amendments to the Registration Regulation, which related to Professional Liability Insurance and Criminal Record Checks, were also discussed. Council will consider further information at its next meeting before deciding how to proceed with these proposed amendments.
  • Lisa Foster, public member, was appointed to Council on October 21, 2015 for a three year term. Lisa was appointed to the Standards of Practice, Corporations and Titles and Designations Committees by the Executive Committee at its November 17, 2015 meeting. Gary Cockman, RSSW, was appointed as her mentor.
  • Council discussed the evaluation summary of the New Council Member Orientation and Mentorship Program. The responses indicated that the New Council Member Orientation, and in particular the mentorship program, was working well to date.
  • Council reviewed the Executive Committee’s suggested topics and speakers for Council professional development.
  • Council reviewed and discussed the Strategic Planning Update presented by the Registrar. The Strategic Planning session will take place during one day of the March 10 and 11, 2016 Council meeting.
  • Council approved revisions to Policy B-007 (Committee Description: Executive) presented by Thomas Horn, RSW, Chair of the Governance Committee. Council also approved as amended Policy B-011 (Role Description: Non-Council Committee members).
  • Bob Thompson, RSW, President, presented his Professional Development Report which summarized his attendance at the Association of Social Work Boards’ Annual Meeting of the Delegate Assembly.
  • Council participated in an educational session presented by Marc Spector and Cathi Mietkiewicz from Steinecke Maciura Leblanc – Hottest Trends in Regulation and Regulation Gone Wild.
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Executive, Complaints, Discipline, Fitness to Practise, Registration Appeals, Standards of Practice, Election, Nominating, Finance, Corporations, Titles and Designations, and Governance
  • The next Council meeting dates were changed to March 10 and 11, 2016.

Thursday September 10, 2015 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – Friday September 11, 2015 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights

  • The following Council members were elected by Council to the Executive Committee:
    • Bob Thompson, RSW – President
    • David Hodgson, Public Member – First Vice-President
    • Greg Clarke, RSSW – Second Vice-President
    • Beatrice Traub-Werner, RSW – 4th Executive Member
    • Gary Cockman, RSSW – 5th Executive Member
    • Lily Oddie, Public Member – 6th Executive Member
  • Finance training was provided to Council by Soberman LLP
  • Council received an educational presentation on the role of the Executive Committee
  • The Registrar presented her report to Council, including current registration numbers and details regarding the Educational Forums, the CCP and membership and renewals
  • Beatrice Traub-Werner, past President of Council, presented the President’s report
  • Council reviewed the evaluation results from the 2015 Annual Meeting and Education Day (AMED)
  • Council approved a recommendation to name the Education Day portion of AMED and the regional Educational Forums in memory of Glenda McDonald, the College’s first Registrar
  • Council received an update on the public awareness campaign
  • Council approved the recommendations of the Nominating Committee respecting the composition and chairmanship of statutory and non-statutory committees
  • Council discussed the mandatory training for Council members, as well as the appointment of mentors
  • Council received an update on the Professional Development Fund
  • Council reviewed and approved Draft Bylaw 97 – amending Bylaw 1
  • Council approved the amendments to the Governance policy Item B – 023
  • Proposed schedule of Council meeting dates was approved for 2015-2016
  • Council reviewed the financial reports as of July 31, 2015
  • Council reviewed the 2016 Budget – Draft Workplan
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Complaints, Discipline, Registration Appeals, Fitness to Practise, Standards of Practice, Election, Nominating, Finance, Corporations, Titles and Designations, and Governance.

Wednesday May 6, 2015 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – Thursday May 7, 2015 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights

  • Council reviewed the Statement of Financial Position as of March 2015, as well as the Statement of Operations for January to March 2015 and the memo regarding the Audited Financial Statements approved by the Executive Committee
  • Council approved draft Bylaw No. 93, amending Bylaw No. 2 (Fees)
  • Council approved draft Bylaw No. 94, amending Bylaw No. 66 (Standards of Practice)
  • Council approved draft Bylaw No. 95, amending Bylaw No. 1 (psychotherapy services)
  • Council discussed the proposed Complaint Form and Complaints Brochure, and approved draft amendments to Article 24, College Bylaw No. 1
  • Council discussed the Council Evaluation Policy
  • Council discussed the possibility of conducting a regulatory performance review; it was decided that Council may revisit this option as part of the strategic planning process
  • After some discussion, Council decided to pursue amendments to the Registration Regulation which would create a retired social worker and retired social service worker category of membership
  • Council approved amendments to the Language Proficiency Policy
  • Council discussed and approved funding the Ontario Social Service Worker Educator Association Conference
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Complaints, Discipline, Fitness to Practise, Registration Appeals, Standards of Practice, Election, Nominating, Finance, Corporations, Titles and Designations, and Governance
  • Council discussed and approved the Policy B-019 (Evaluation Policy)
  • Council was updated on progress to date with respect to the task group on social work equivalency
  • Council discussed the Professional Development Fund Pilot Project
  • Professional development reports were shared by Judy Gardner, RSSW and Déirdre Smith, Public Member

Friday March 6, 2015 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights

  • Council reviewed and discussed the Deputy Registrar’s report
  • Council reviewed the Statement of Financial Position as of December 2014, as well as the Statement of Operations as of December 2014
  • Council discussed and approved the Proposed Amendment to the Standards or Practice – Record Storage and Transfer
  • Council discussed the ASWB Model Regulatory Standards for Technology and Social Work Practice
  • Council approved the Reserve Funds Projections
  • Council reviewed changes to the Investment Policies
  • Council discussed and approved the Fee Increase memo
  • Council discussed committee vacancies created by Council member, Carole Levéillé, RSSW’s, resignation in February 2015
  • Harry Cummings presented to Council on the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) evaluation
  • Council approved recommendations from the Governance Committee regarding retiring items 1.6 and 1.7 in Strategic Priority #3 in the 2012-2015 Strategic Plan, and item 4C in the Good
  • Governance Recommendations as no further action is required
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Complaints, Discipline, Fitness to Practise, Registration Appeals, Standards of Practice, Election, Nominating, Finance, Corporations, Titles and Designations, and Governance

2014 Council Meetings

Thursday December 4, 2014 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights

  • Council welcomed Brian “Darren” Madahbee, newly elected RSSW from electoral district 1
  • Council received the President, Registrar and Deputy Registrar’s reports
  • The Financial Statements as of September 30, 2014, as well as the Statement of Operations for September 2014 were approved by Council
  • Council approved amendments to the Conflict of Interest policy, the Code of Conduct, and By-Law #92
  • Council reviewed a discussion paper regarding an entry to practice exam. After careful review, Council decided to take no further action at this time, and review the matter in 2016
  • Council discussed the Strategic Plan
  • Council approved the Procurement policy
  • Council approved the 2015 Budget and Workplan
  • Council discussed and approved Policy B-010 – Description of Committee Chair Darren Madahbee, RSSW, was nominated to the Discipline Committee, the Fitness to Practise Committee, the Standards of Practise Committee and the Governance Committee for the remainder of the term
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Complaints, Discipline, Fitness to Practise, Registration Appeals, Standards of Practice, Election, Nominating, Finance, Governance, Corporations, and Titles and Designations
  • Professional development reports were shared by Thomas Horn, RSW, David Hodgson, Public Member and Gary Cockman, RSSW
  • Council received an overview presentation from the Executive Committee

Monday September 8, 2014 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – Tuesday September 9, 2014 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights

The following Council members were elected by Council to the Executive Committee:

Beatrice Traub-Werner, RSW – President
Greg Clarke, RSSW – First Vice-President
David Hodgson – Second Vice-President
Bob Thompson, RSW – 4th Executive Member
Irene Comfort, RSSW – 5th Executive Member
Lily Oddie, Public Member – 6th Executive Member

  • Finance Training was provided to Council by Soberman LLP
  • The Deputy Registrar presented the evaluation results from the 2014 Annual Meeting and Education Day. Overall, the event was a great success and the College received a number of suggestions for next year’s event which will take place on June 15, 2015
  • Council approved the recommendations of the Nominating Committee respecting the composition and chairmanship of Statutory and Non-Statutory Committees
  • Council received an update on Public Member Appointments
  • Council reviewed and approved Draft By-Law #90 – Amendment to By-Law #1 – Respecting the increase per-diem for the elected Council members and other committee members; Draft By-Law #91 – Amendment to By-Law #2 – Respecting the increase to the member’s fee and annual fee to $275, effective January 1, 2015 and the increase in the application fee to $100, also effective January 1, 2015; Registration Regulation amendment – Re: Provisional Certificates; and Conflict of Interest Policy
  • Council approved the amendments to the following Governance policies: B-020, Governance Policy Model; Governance Policy – Council Meeting Agenda Development Policy; and Governance Policy – Council Member Attendance at Conferences and Workshops
  • Council approved the retirement of the following policies: B-021 – Professional Development Policy; Policy on Policy Development Process; and B-001 – Policy Template – Proposed Revisions
  • Council appointed the President as the College’s delegate at the ASWB AGM – November 13-15, 2014
  • Council discussed and approved the attendance of Council members to the OASW Provincial Conference – November 14-15, 2014
  • The Registrar provided an update to Council on the new office space
  • Council reviewed the financial reports as of June 2014
  • Council reviewed the 2015 Budget – Draft Workplan
  • Proposed schedule of Council meeting dates was approved for 2014-2015
  • Reports were received from the Registrar and the Deputy Registrar with regard to current College developments and achievements
  • Council participated in a tutorial on the New Expenses and Per Diem Forms
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Complaints, Discipline, Registration Appeals, Fitness to Practise, Standards of Practice, Election, Nominating, Finance, Corporations, Titles and Designations and Governance. A report was also received from the Annual Meeting and Education Day Planning Group

Tuesday May 13, 2014 – 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Highlights

  • The President provided a report to Council on recent events and accomplishments
  • Council received an update on the College premises expansion
  • Council revised the Expense and Per Diem Policy
  • Council approved an amendment to the Business plan
  • Council approved, in principle, the 2015 member fee recommendations
  • Council discussed the public appointment processes
  • Council approved the draft By –Law No. 89 Amending the Election By-Law
  • The Registrar informed Council of the OASW 2014 Provincial Conference sponsorship
  • Council approved the Council Evaluation Policy
  • Council approved the Financial Statements as of March 31, 2014 and reviewed the Audited Financial Statements for 2013
  • Council reviewed and discussed the Registrar and Deputy Registrar’s reports
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Complaints, Discipline, Fitness to Practise, Registration Appeals, Standards of Practice, Election, Nominating, Finance, and Governance

Tuesday March 4, 2014 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights

  • Council received an update on the College premises expansion
  • Council received an update about the Per Diem Policy
  • Council received an update regarding the 2015 membership fee recommendations
  • Council discussed the OCSWSSW’s appointment options for the board of the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators
  • Council approved draft By-Law 88, amending By-Law No. 1
  • Council reviewed and approved the draft Policy for Council Representation on External Committees/ Organizations
  • Council approved the revisions to Policy B-014 Council/ Registrar Relations Policy
  • The President informed Council about the March 3, 2014 meeting with Minister Ted McMeekin
  • Council approved the Financial Statements as of December 2013
  • Council reviewed and discussed the Registrar’s and Deputy Registrar’s reports
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Complaints, Discipline, Fitness to Practise, Registration Appeals, Standards of Practice, Election, Nominating, Finance, and Governance
  • Council viewed the English videos for the general public, members, employers and students and new graduates

2013 Council Meetings

Wednesday December 11, 2013 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights

  • Council approved the 2014 Draft Budget and the Draft Compensation Model Policy
  • Council received an update on the College premises expansion
  • Council passed a motion regarding the appointment of auditors for the year ending December 31, 2013
  • Council approved Draft By-Law 85, amending By-Law No. 1; Draft By-Law No. 86, amending By-Law No. 66; and Draft By-Law No. 87, amending By-Law No. 44
  • Council received the Professional Development Reports submitted by Council members Bob Thompson, RSW and Linda Danson, RSW
  • The Deputy Registrar presented the English General Public Video, part of the Public Awareness Campaign
  • Council received an update regarding the enforcement of the title protection section of the legislation
  • Council approved the Financial Statements as of October 2013
  • The Deputy Registrar updated Council on the activities and accomplishments of the Membership, Communication and Professional Practice departments
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Complaints, Discipline, Fitness to Practise, Registration Appeals, Standards of Practice, Election, Nominating, Finance, Governance, Corporations, Titles and Designations, the Registration Policy task group and the Annual Meeting and Education Day task group

Monday September 9, 2013 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – Tuesday September 10, 2013 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights

The following Council members were elected by Council to the Executive Committee:

Beatrice Traub-Werner – President
Lily Oddie, Public Member – First Vice-President
Greg Clarke, RSSW– Second Vice-President
Bob Thompson, RSW – 4th Executive Member
Irene Comfort, RSSW – 5th Executive Member
David Hodgson, Public Member – 6th Executive Member

  • Finance Training was provided to Council by Soberman LLP
  • Council reviewed the College’s Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policy which all Council members must adhere to
  • The Deputy Registrar reviewed the evaluation results from the 2013 Annual Meeting and Education Day. Overall, the event was a great success and the College received a number of suggestions for next year’s event which will take place on June 19, 2014
  • Council approved the recommendations of the Nominating Committee respecting the composition and chairmanship of Statutory and Non-Statutory Committees
  • Council reviewed the 2014 Budget Process, presented by the Finance Committee Chair, Bob Thompson
  • Council appointed the President as the College’s delegate at the ASWB Delegate Assembly
  • Various Council members submitted their reports from professional development programs they recently attended
  • Proposed schedule of Council meeting dates was approved for 2013-2014
  • Council reviewed the College Premises Update document
  • Council approved the revision to Policy B-012, Communications Policy
  • Council approved draft Policy B-024, Committees and Task Groups Policy
  • Council approved the retirement of the following policies: B-004, Terms of Reference/Committee and Task Groups; B-008, Delegation Policy; B-016, Role of Committees/Task Group; and B-017, Selection/Appointment of Non-Council Members to Non-Statutory Committees and Task Groups
  • The Registrar reviewed the financial reports as of June 30, 2013
  • Reports were received from the Registrar and the Deputy Registrar with regards to current College developments and achievements
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Complaints, Discipline, Registration Appeals, Fitness to Practise, Standards of Practice, Election, Nominating, Finance, Corporations, Titles and Designations and Governance. A report was also received from the Annual Meeting and Education Day Planning Group

Friday May 10, 2013 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights

  • Council received an update on the Deputy Registrar recruitment process
  • Council reviewed the 2012 audited financial statements
  • Council approved the amendments to the following Governance policies: B-023, Committee Reports to Council; B-005, Agenda Development; and B-006, Role of President and Vice-President
  • Council approved the request to form a registration policy task group
  • The Registrar informed Council about a recent meeting with the President of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education
  • Council discussed next steps regarding a registration policy on social work programs offered in Canada
  • Council reviewed the Financial Statements as of March 2013
  • The Registrar reported to Council regarding strengthening stakeholder and public awareness; government relations; operations and regulatory leadership
  • The Deputy Registrar updated Council on the activities and accomplishments of the Membership, Communications and Professional Practice departments
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Complaints, Discipline, Fitness to Practise, Registration Appeals, Standards of Practice, Election, Nominating, Finance, Governance, Corporations, Titles and Designations, and the Annual Meeting and Education Day task group

Friday March 1, 2013 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights

  • The Registrar provided an update on the 2012-2015 Strategic Plan
  • Council reviewed and discussed the Video Conferencing Report
  • Council approved the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators’ report Entry-Level Competency Profile for the Social Work Profession in Canada
  • Council discussed the College’s regulatory cautions
  • Council reviewed and discussed modifications to the Mentorship Program
  • Council reviewed the Finance Committee Budget Process Recommendations
  • Council approved the Response to Stakeholder Consultation of the transitional Council of the College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario
  • Council reviewed the Financial Statements as of December 2012
  • The Registrar reported to Council regarding strengthening stakeholder and public awareness; government relations; and regulatory leadership
  • The Deputy Registrar updated Council on the activities and accomplishments of the Membership, Communication and Professional Practice departments
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Complaints, Discipline, Fitness to Practise, Registration Appeals, Standards of Practice, Election, Nominating, Finance, Corporations, Titles and Designations, and the Annual Meeting and Education Day task group

2012 Council Meetings

Thursday December 13, 2012 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – Friday December 14, 2012 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights

  • Council welcomed new public member, David Hodgson and congratulated public members Anita Gupta and Sophia Ruddock on their reappointments
  • Council approved the 2013 Draft Budget
  • The Registrar provided an update on the 2012-2015 Strategic Plan
  • Council reviewed the Summary of the Assessment of Registration Practices and Recommendations conducted by the Office of the Fairness Commissioner and the Action Plans submitted to the College
  • The Registrar updated Council on the activities of the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators
  • Council discussed the evaluations from the 2012 Educational Forums in Kingston and North Bay
  • Council reviewed the Professional Development Reports submitted by Council members Lily Oddie, Mukesh Kowlessar, Ann-Marie O’Brien, Norman MacLeod and Diane Dumais
  • Council passed a motion regarding the appointment of auditors for the year ending December 31, 2012
  • Council reviewed and discussed correspondence between the College and the Canadian Association for Social Work Education
  • Council approved By-Law No. 83, amending Election By-Law No. 36
  • Council approved the Financial Statements as of September 2012
  • The Registrar reported to Council on membership, member education and stakeholder engagement
  • The Deputy Registrar updated Council on the activities and accomplishments of the Membership, Communication and Professional Practice departments
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Complaints, Discipline, Fitness to Practise, Registration Appeals, Election, Nominating, Finance, Corporations, Titles and Designations, the LeSage Report task group and the Annual Meeting and Education Day task group
  • Council reviewed the Process for the Registrar’s Performance Review
  • Council discussed in-person meeting frequency
  • Argyle Communications presented public awareness campaign next steps
  • Rachel Birnbaum, president of the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators, and the Registrar presented the Entry –Level Competency Profile for the Social Work Profession in Canada
  • Reports were received from the following non-statutory committees: Governance and Standards of Practice Committee

Thursday September 13, 2012 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – Friday September 14, 2012 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights

The following Council members were elected by Council to the Executive Committee:

Mukesh Kowlessar, RSSW – President
Lily Oddie, Public Member – First Vice-President
Beatrice Traub-Werner, RSW– Second Vice-President
Greg Clarke, RSSW – 4th Executive Member
Bob Thompson, RSW – 5th Executive Member
Sophia Ruddock, Public Member – 6th Executive Member

  • Finance Training was provided to Council by Soberman LLP
  • Council reviewed the College’s Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies which all Council members must adhere to
  • The Deputy Registrar reviewed the evaluation results from the 2012 Annual Meeting and Education Day.  Overall, the event was a great success and the College received a number of suggestions for next year’s event which will take place on June 13, 2013
  • Council approved the Strategic Plan 2012-2015
  • The Registrar provided Council with an update from the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators
  • Council appointed the President as the College’s voting delegate at the ASWB Annual Meeting
  • Various Council members submitted their reports from professional development programs they recently attended
  • Proposed schedule of Council meeting dates was approved for 2012-2013
  • Council approved draft By-Law No. 80, Election By-Law Amendment
  • Council approved draft By-Law No. 81, Fees By-Law
  • Council approved draft By-Law No. 82, On-Line Register
  • Council approved the proposed Registration Regulation Amendment from the Ministry
  • Council approved the recommendations of the Nominating Committee respecting the composition and chairmanship of Statutory and Non-Statutory Committees
  • The Registrar reviewed the financial statements to date
  • The Registrar reported on registration statistics, the action plan for the Ontario Fairness Commissioner’s assessment report, stakeholder relations, and gave a staffing update
  • The Deputy Registrar reported on membership statistics, online renewals, and Professional Practice and Communications department activities
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Complaints, Discipline, Registration Appeals, Fitness to Practise, Standards of Practice, Election, Nominating, Finance, Corporations, Titles and Designations and Governance.  A report was also received from the Annual Meeting and Education Day Planning Group

Friday May 11, 2012 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights

  • The Registrar updated Council on the current activities of the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators
  • Rachel Birnbaum was approved as the reappointed representative to the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators
  • Council discussed and approved the new Council Member Orientation and Mentorship Program Policy
  • Council reviewed the Ontario Association of Social Workers Event Sponsorship
  • Council members Sophia Ruddock and Hendrik Van Dooren presented their Professional Development Report to Council
  • Council discussed and approved the On-line Register Work plan
  • Council amended and approved the Governance Policy B-001
  • The Registrar reported to Council with information regarding membership, stakeholder relations and government relations
  • The Deputy Registrar updated Council on the progress of the Professional Practice, Membership, Registration and Communications departments
  • The Deputy Registrar updated Council on the public awareness campaign with Argyle Communications, including the printing of updated brochures and the receipt of the International Association of Business Communicators Award of Excellence for the College’s accomplished branding and communications work
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Complaints, Discipline, Fitness to Practise, Registration Appeals, Standards of Practice, Election, Nominating, Finance, Governance, Corporations, Titles and Designations, and the Annual Meeting and Education Day task group

Friday March 23, 2012 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights

  • The Registrar updated Council on the activities of the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators
  • The Deputy Registrar updated Council on the public awareness campaign and the 2012 strategic communications next steps
  • Council reviewed and approved the Good Governance Session Report brought forth by the Governance Committee
  • The Registrar updated Council on the upcoming 2012 Strategic Planning Session
  • Council reviewed the 2011 Audited Financial Statements and approved the Non-Profit Status memo
  • Council approved the Ontario Association of Social Workers request for sponsorship for the 2012 OASW provincial conference
  • The Registrar updated Council on the activities of the Registration department, stakeholder relations and the completion and submission of the annual Fair Registration Practices Report for both professions to the Office of the Fairness Commissioner.
  • The Deputy Registrar updated Council on the activities and accomplishments of the Membership, Communication and Professional Practice departments.
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Complaints, Discipline, Fitness to Practise, Registration Appeals, Standards of Practice, Election, Nominating, Finance, Governance, Corporations, Titles and Designations, and the Annual Meeting and Education Day task group

Friday January 27, 2012 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights

  • Council reviewed a summary on the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulator’s activities
  • The Deputy Registrar updated Council on the public awareness campaign, as well as the progress with Argyle Communications, including the public opinion survey results and next steps for strategic communications
  • Council reviewed, amended and approved recommendations regarding the Regulation of Psychotherapy
  • Council discussed the Good Governance Session Report presented by the Governance Committee
  • Council appointed auditors to conduct the audit of the College’s financial position for the fiscal year which ended December 31, 2011
  • Council reviewed the Financial Statements as of November 30, 2011
  • The Deputy Registrar updated Council on the activities and accomplishments of the Registration, Membership, Communication and Professional Practice departments.
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Complaints, Discipline, Fitness to Practise, Registration Appeals, Standards of Practice, Election, Nominating, Finance, Governance, Corporations, Titles and Designations, and the Annual Meeting and Education Day task group

 

2011 Council Meetings

Thursday December 13, 2012 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – Friday December 14, 2012 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights

  • Council welcomed new public member, David Hodgson and congratulated public members Anita Gupta and Sophia Ruddock on their reappointments
  • Council approved the 2013 Draft Budget
  • The Registrar provided an update on the 2012-2015 Strategic Plan
  • Council reviewed the Summary of the Assessment of Registration Practices and Recommendations conducted by the Office of the Fairness Commissioner and the Action Plans submitted to the College
  • The Registrar updated Council on the activities of the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators
  • Council discussed the evaluations from the 2012 Educational Forums in Kingston and North Bay
  • Council reviewed the Professional Development Reports submitted by Council members Lily Oddie, Mukesh Kowlessar, Ann-Marie O’Brien, Norman MacLeod and Diane Dumais
  • Council passed a motion regarding the appointment of auditors for the year ending December 31, 2012
  • Council reviewed and discussed correspondence between the College and the Canadian Association for Social Work Education
  • Council approved By-Law No. 83, amending Election By-Law No. 36
  • Council approved the Financial Statements as of September 2012
  • The Registrar reported to Council on membership, member education and stakeholder engagement
  • The Deputy Registrar updated Council on the activities and accomplishments of the Membership, Communication and Professional Practice departments
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Complaints, Discipline, Fitness to Practise, Registration Appeals, Election, Nominating, Finance, Corporations, Titles and Designations, the LeSage Report task group and the Annual Meeting and Education Day task group
  • Council reviewed the Process for the Registrar’s Performance Review
  • Council discussed in-person meeting frequency
  • Argyle Communications presented public awareness campaign next steps
  • Rachel Birnbaum, president of the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators, and the Registrar presented the Entry –Level Competency Profile for the Social Work Profession in Canada
  • Reports were received from the following non-statutory committees: Governance and Standards of Practice Committee

Thursday September 13, 2012 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – Friday September 14, 2012 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights

The following Council members were elected by Council to the Executive Committee:

Mukesh Kowlessar, RSSW – President
Lily Oddie, Public Member – First Vice-President
Beatrice Traub-Werner, RSW– Second Vice-President
Greg Clarke, RSSW – 4th Executive Member
Bob Thompson, RSW – 5th Executive Member
Sophia Ruddock, Public Member – 6th Executive Member

  • Finance Training was provided to Council by Soberman LLP
  • Council reviewed the College’s Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies which all Council members must adhere to
  • The Deputy Registrar reviewed the evaluation results from the 2012 Annual Meeting and Education Day.  Overall, the event was a great success and the College received a number of suggestions for next year’s event which will take place on June 13, 2013
  • Council approved the Strategic Plan 2012-2015
  • The Registrar provided Council with an update from the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators
  • Council appointed the President as the College’s voting delegate at the ASWB Annual Meeting
  • Various Council members submitted their reports from professional development programs they recently attended
  • Proposed schedule of Council meeting dates was approved for 2012-2013
  • Council approved draft By-Law No. 80, Election By-Law Amendment
  • Council approved draft By-Law No. 81, Fees By-Law
  • Council approved draft By-Law No. 82, On-Line Register
  • Council approved the proposed Registration Regulation Amendment from the Ministry
  • Council approved the recommendations of the Nominating Committee respecting the composition and chairmanship of Statutory and Non-Statutory Committees
  • The Registrar reviewed the financial statements to date
  • The Registrar reported on registration statistics, the action plan for the Ontario Fairness Commissioner’s assessment report, stakeholder relations, and gave a staffing update
  • The Deputy Registrar reported on membership statistics, online renewals, and Professional Practice and Communications department activities
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Complaints, Discipline, Registration Appeals, Fitness to Practise, Standards of Practice, Election, Nominating, Finance, Corporations, Titles and Designations and Governance.  A report was also received from the Annual Meeting and Education Day Planning Group

Friday May 11, 2012 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights

  • The Registrar updated Council on the current activities of the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators
  • Rachel Birnbaum was approved as the reappointed representative to the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators
  • Council discussed and approved the new Council Member Orientation and Mentorship Program Policy
  • Council reviewed the Ontario Association of Social Workers Event Sponsorship
  • Council members Sophia Ruddock and Hendrik Van Dooren presented their Professional Development Report to Council
  • Council discussed and approved the On-line Register Work plan
  • Council amended and approved the Governance Policy B-001
  • The Registrar reported to Council with information regarding membership, stakeholder relations and government relations
  • The Deputy Registrar updated Council on the progress of the Professional Practice, Membership, Registration and Communications departments
  • The Deputy Registrar updated Council on the public awareness campaign with Argyle Communications, including the printing of updated brochures and the receipt of the International Association of Business Communicators Award of Excellence for the College’s accomplished branding and communications work
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Complaints, Discipline, Fitness to Practise, Registration Appeals, Standards of Practice, Election, Nominating, Finance, Governance, Corporations, Titles and Designations, and the Annual Meeting and Education Day task group

Friday March 23, 2012 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights

  • The Registrar updated Council on the activities of the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators
  • The Deputy Registrar updated Council on the public awareness campaign and the 2012 strategic communications next steps
  • Council reviewed and approved the Good Governance Session Report brought forth by the Governance Committee
  • The Registrar updated Council on the upcoming 2012 Strategic Planning Session
  • Council reviewed the 2011 Audited Financial Statements and approved the Non-Profit Status memo
  • Council approved the Ontario Association of Social Workers request for sponsorship for the 2012 OASW provincial conference
  • The Registrar updated Council on the activities of the Registration department, stakeholder relations and the completion and submission of the annual Fair Registration Practices Report for both professions to the Office of the Fairness Commissioner.
  • The Deputy Registrar updated Council on the activities and accomplishments of the Membership, Communication and Professional Practice departments.
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Complaints, Discipline, Fitness to Practise, Registration Appeals, Standards of Practice, Election, Nominating, Finance, Governance, Corporations, Titles and Designations, and the Annual Meeting and Education Day task group.

Friday January 27, 2012 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights

  • Council reviewed a summary on the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulator’s activities
  • The Deputy Registrar updated Council on the public awareness campaign, as well as the progress with Argyle Communications, including the public opinion survey results and next steps for strategic communications
  • Council reviewed, amended and approved recommendations regarding the Regulation of Psychotherapy
  • Council discussed the Good Governance Session Report presented by the Governance Committee
  • Council appointed auditors to conduct the audit of the College’s financial position for the fiscal year which ended December 31, 2011
  • Council reviewed the Financial Statements as of November 30, 2011
  • The Deputy Registrar updated Council on the activities and accomplishments of the Registration, Membership, Communication and Professional Practice departments.
  • Reports were received from the following statutory and non-statutory committees: Complaints, Discipline, Fitness to Practise, Registration Appeals, Standards of Practice, Election, Nominating, Finance, Governance, Corporations, Titles and Designations, and the Annual Meeting and Education Day task group