The Alberta legislature has been lit Magenta today for Social Work Week and the occasion has been marked locally as well.
Both the towns of Bonnyville and St. Paul have made proclamations recognizing the week, which seeks to bring attention to the difficult and important work the province’s social workers perform.
“Social workers devote their lives to making a difference for those who need it most. I continue to be inspired by their dedication and I am thankful for their commitment to making life better for thousands of children in our province,” says Minister of Children’s Services Danielle Larivee.
Minister of Community and Social Services Irfan Sabir adds, “Social workers deserve appreciation for the work they do to ensure families in Alberta are supported to live safe, healthy lives in strong communities. By helping us through life’s challenges and empowering us in our daily lives, social workers make life better for everyday Albertans with compassion, professionalism and a commitment to helping others.”
More than 7,300 social workers are registered in the province of Alberta. Approximately 1,600 of them work for the provincial government.
Both Mayor Gene Sobolewski of Bonnyville and Mayor Glenn Anderson of St. Paul made the following statement at their respective council meetings:
“Whereas Social Workers provide assistance to individuals, families and groups during times of special need, and;
“Whereas the Alberta College of Social Workers is committed to the ongoing professional development of its members, and;
Whereas, special activities will raise awareness of the significant role social workers play in the healthy development of our community;
Therefore, I do hereby proclaim March 5, 207 – March 11m 2017 “Social Work Week in _________ in recognition of the professional Registered Social Workers.”