Community Social Services Unit of THA observes World Social Work Day

Caption: Ms. Sherla Mc Kenzie, Manager, Women’s Empowerment and Technological Centre; Ms. Donnalyn Harry, Senior Social Worker DHWFD; Mr. Hanif Benjamin, former President of the Trinidad and Tobago Social Work Association (TTSWA) and President of the Centre for Human Development; Ms. Afi London, President of TTSWA (Tobago Chapter) and Social Worker at DHWFD; Mrs. Liselle Douglas, Social Worker, DHWFD and Mrs. Janelle Guy - Sampson, Medical Social Worker, TRHA.

March 24, 2017: We need to work together to improve the impact of our profession on persons in the community. This according to Mr. Hanif Benjamin, former President of the Trinidad and Tobago Social Work Association (TTSWA) and President of the Centre for Human Development. Mr. Benjamin was the Feature Speaker at a ceremony held in observance of World Social Work Day by the Community Social Services Unit (CSSU) of the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development (DHWFD) in collaboration with the Social Work Association of Trinidad and Tobago. The ceremony was held at the Lecture Room, Scarborough General Hospital on Thursday 23rd March, 2017 under the universal theme ‘Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability’. World Social Work Day is celebrated annually on 21st March.

Mr. Benjamin shared “social work is a multidisciplinary field and we need to work as a team to ensure families receive what they need”. Mr. Benjammin focussed on the need for strong collaboration amongst all the stakeholders to ensure resources are well utilized, to provide maximum impact to the vulnerable persons in our community. “We are the glue that keeps broken families together…we make the necessary referrals to persons who can help if we cannot”. Mr. Benjamin encouraged all social workers to take pride in their jobs because by the nature of their operations, it is the only job that ties in with in every other profession in some way. He further implored social workers to continually improve their social work skills by investing in furthering their education and by operating professionally or privately in the communities. He said “though text books are relevant to acquiring knowledge, the best source of knowledge as social workers will be in our communities.”

Ms. Donnalyn Harry, Senior Social Worker at CSSU in her opening remarks continued to encourage social workers to remain committed to their tasks though there are many challenges. “We work extremely hard to improve people’s lives though sometimes there is no appreciation” she said. Ms. Afi London, President of TTSWA (Tobago Chapter) and Social Worker at DHWFD in her remarks outlined the various ways social workers operate, sometimes beyond the call of duty, to touch people’s lives.

The ceremony was opened to social workers, non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations and associated professions in other Divisions of the Tobago House of Assembly. CSSU and TTSWA also observed the day by sharing information on Rise and Shine on Tobago Channel 5 and Wake up Tobago on Radio Tambrin 92.7fm on the same day.

 

 

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