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Our Children Our Way Society – Celebrating Social Workers

Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) Territory

In recognition of British Columbia’s Social Work Week, the Our Children Our Way Society joins communities across the province in celebrating the profound impact of social workers and their unwavering support for our children, youth, families, and communities.

National Social Work Month, observed annually during March, celebrates those courageous ones who have dedicated their lives to better the world.

Through their tireless efforts, social workers empower and walk alongside individuals and communities to overcome challenges, navigate complex systems, and access essential resources. Whether providing counseling to individuals struggling with mental health issues, advocating for vulnerable youth, or coordinating vital services for families in crisis, social workers embody the principles of compassion, empathy, and social justice in their daily work.

You are in your role not by chance but by choice. The Creator has chosen you because of your unique skills, keen intellect, unrelenting patience, calm discernment, compassionate heart, and strong spirit. Thank you so much for sharing the gifts the Creator has bestowed upon you with our children and families,” says Mary Teegee, Chair of the Our Children Our Way Society.

Amidst a persisting opioid crisis that has stolen the lives and spirits of 2,539 individuals in BC in 2023 alone (BC Coroners Services, ‘Unregulated drug deaths and death rates’, 2023), we see social workers facing this stark reality in their day to day lives  – be that in their front line work, in their own families and communities, and through the challenging of harmful stereotypes and policies that further compound the crisis. Social workers’ commitment to justice and equity, to nurturing good relationships and embracing the complexities of the people whom they serve is unparalleled.

While courageously addressing socio-economic impacts of a world profoundly impacted by toxic drug deaths and navigating through unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID pandemic, social workers have been called to further lean into their practice of ‘heart-work’; to empower families in these heightened levels of stress and uncertainty; to demonstrate resilience, innovation, and a steadfast commitment to serving those in need.

Every day, and especially in this week of acknowledgement, we hold our hands in gratitude and appreciation for your dedication to improving the lives of Indigenous children, youth, families, and communities. Huy ch q’u siem for caring for our most precious gifts – xe’ xe’ smun’een  – our sacred children.

Our hearts are full.

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For further comment, please contact: Mary Teegee, Chair, Our Children Our Way Society, Phone: 250-612-8710