Understanding Social Work Leadership in Canada

Do you know a retired social worker who has distinguished themselves during their career?

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We are currently seeking nominations of social work leaders whose career experiences should be documented and preserved as part of Canada’s social work history.

Through our research project, Understanding Social Work Leadership in Canada, we will collect and curate the oral histories of 50 contemporary social workers who have had a notable impact on social work practice, social policy development and/or social justice in Canada.

Our goal is to reflect a contemporary history of social work and develop a deeper understanding of social work leadership.

The deadline for Round 1 nominations is December 31, 2022.

Shaping systems, changing lives:

Why social work legacies must live on

In an oral history interview from January 26, 1984, Helen Riesberry talks about her career as a leader in child welfare in Manitoba and an innovator in services and funding.

Watch the oral histories of some of Canada’s social work pioneers and innovators!

Rediscovering Social Work Leaders

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The project is funded by an Insight Grant from:


The project has been approved by the McMaster University Research Ethics Board, certificate #4996.

School of Social Work
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