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Social Service Worker program celebrates 45 years of caring

April 17, 2015

Close to 200 alumni, faculty, former faculty, students and community organizations gathered to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Sheridan’s Social Service Worker (SSW) program last month. The largest in Ontario, the SSW program counts more than 950 organizations within its network of community partners.

Many graduates work with these social service partners as settlement workers, crisis intervention counsellors, intake workers, and volunteer coordinators in a variety of settings such as shelters, newcomer centres, ethno-specific agencies, employment centres and other community based settings.

“We are so proud of our graduates and for their contributions to creating healthier, safer and more inclusive communities,” said Nicole Johnson, SSW Program Coordinator, pictured with Jeniece Nelson (2013).

Alumni are just as proud of their association with the program, offering many testimonials to the role that their Sheridan education has played in their life. “Sheridan’s SSW program introduced me to myself; I learned about the issues I face as I wear my many different hats in life. It also opened up the doors to endless possibilities, said Primrose Maniwa (SSW Immigration and Refugee Stream, 2014).

Among the evening’s highlights were heartfelt remarks from Louisa Ianacci (SSW, 2010), an Art Therapist who holds a Master of Arts in Creative Arts Therapy from Concordia University, Susan Pratten (SSW Program Professor) and Nicole Johnson.

Music played a part in the event’s festivities with Paula Laing, Student Success and Transitional Advisor, Aboriginal Initiatives Office at Sheridan opening the evening with a traditional drumming ceremony. To close the anniversary celebrations, Michael Adeniyi, a music producer as well as a social service worker, played a “Talking Drum” which originated in Nigeria. Michael is a 2013 graduate of the SSW Gerontology program which is holding a reunion on May 5 in honour of its 20th anniversary. Find out more  here.

See more photos here.

More about Sheridan’s Social Service Worker program.

SSW Reunion
Michael Adeniyi (2013)