Notice of 2018 Board Election

The BC College of Social Workers holds elections for new Board members in the fall of each year. In accordance with College Bylaws, this Notice of Election is distributed to all registrants 90 days prior to the election date in order that all eligible voters and potential candidates be informed of the election process and relevant timelines.

Important Dates

 Call for nominations/Notice of election  Monday, July 23
 Nominations close  Thursday, August 23
 Ballots delivered to registrants  Monday, September 24
 Deadline to submit paper ballots  Monday, October 8
 Election day  Monday, October 22
 Results announced  Friday, November 2
 Next board meeting  Saturday, November 24


BCCSW is accepting nominations for four vacant positions on the College’s board. Only registrants in the Full or Clinical classes of registration with the College may be nominated; registrants may nominate up to two other registrants. Nominees must be nominated and must consent to the nomination. All nominees must declare that they will abide by the Act and election procedures to be eligible for nomination. Nomination and Nomination Consent forms must be received in the College office by mail, fax or scan/email by August 23, 2018.


Balloting will begin on September 24, 2018 and end on October 8, 2018. The four persons with the most votes will each be elected to a two-year term beginning January 2019. The elected candidates must swear the Oath of Office no more than 45 days after the election date.


For registrants with email accounts, voting will take place over a secure website. Paper ballots will be mailed to registrants who do not have email addresses listed with the College.



Sonia Bilkhu

My name is Sonia Andhi Bilkhu. I grew up in India and moved to Canada in 1987.

I hold a BSW from UVic and an MSW from UBC. My social work practise has included working at transition houses and with teenage offenders. I currently work with families of young children at Family Services of Greater Vancouver.  I am also a social worker and mental health liaison worker at Delta Hospital.

I am the founder of Shakti Society and Shakti Awards. We celebrate marginalized women, especially South Asian, through an annual award ceremony that showcases their achievements. I have worked on various research projects with the UBC Schools of Nursing and Social Work and Pacific Post Partum Society. I am a past board member of Surrey Women’s Centre and chair the media committee of the Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships, a body of over 50 agencies.

I am running for this election because I would like to enhance the diversity lens of the college, in terms of recognition of various practises and how they guide our work. The requirements through CPDs and the College’s commitment to regulate our profession support us in our practice. I would like to increase awareness among registrants of the various standards of practice  and legislations as they are great resources. The BCCSW has increased the profile of social workers and if elected, I would like to regularly evaluate our competence standards so that we can continue to evolve as the needs of our clientele change.

Sarah Huebert

I am proud to be a social worker and I decided to pursue a position with the Board of the BC College of Social Workers to contribute further to the profession I love.

I graduated with my BSW from the University of Manitoba in 2015 and started my career as a Permanent Ward Social Worker for Metis Child and Family Services in Winnipeg, MB. In 2017, I moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver to complete my MSW at the University of British Columbia. I finished the program this June and I currently work as Researcher at the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) where my role consists of social planning, community development, research and evaluation.

Throughout my career, I have also had the opportunity to sit on several councils including the Winnipeg South Centre Youth Council as a Youth Representative and most recently on the UBC School of Social Work Council as the Advanced MSW Student Representative.

I initially became passionate about regulation and registration working in child welfare. I realized that regulation ensures professional accountability, credibility and ethical social work practice. As a Registered Social Worker, I also believe regulation and registration encourages us to take pride in the work we do. If elected, I hope to bring my passion and energy to the BCCSW and give back to the social work community in BC.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee, hiking and listening to podcasts.

Connie Kaweesi

Connie Kaweesi is a Registered Clinical Social Worker with the BC College of Social Workers as well as the Alberta College of Social Workers. Connie completed her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria and a Master of Social Work from the University of Northern British Columbia and has been a Registered Social Worker since 1995 and a clinical social worker since 2009. In addition, Connie holds a membership with the National Organization of Forensic Social Work. Connie has built a successful private practice in Fort St. John, where she continues to practice individual counselling, group facilitation, as well as continuing to work with the University of Northern British Columbia as a sessional lecturer.

Connie has a diverse background in social work practice. Connie recently retired from her position with Northern Lights College, where she was the Senior Instructor for the Social Service Worker Diploma Program for 16 years and was an active member of the Social Service Worker Diploma Articulation Committee. Connie’s prior professional experience includes the position of Regional Manager for Forensic Psychiatric Services and Youth Court Services in Prince George, as well as experience working in Indigenous Child Welfare. Connie is culturally sensitive.

Connie is a member of the BCASW Northern Branch and the recipient of the Bridgit Moran Award for social work advocacy in the Northern British Columbia. She was a Member at Large on the BCASW Board and understands the relationship between BCASW and the BCCSW. Connie is interested in becoming a Board Member more specifically with BCCSW because of her commitment to social work continuing professional development for registrants and the licence to practice exam for new social work graduates.

Vinita Puri

My name is Vinita Puri. I am a highly skilled clinician that co-owns and operates Relationship Boutique Inc. This is a multi service organization that provides high quality counselling, coaching/consulting and alternative dispute resolution services to individuals, couples and familes. www.relationshipboutique.com

In my role as Clinical Director, I am responsible for implementing quality standards through policy development and human resource management.

Relationship Boutique Inc. is in the process of expanding its services in Vancouver within the next few years. These services will include parent coordination, family mediation and public workshops/training in the areas of managing relationship conflict; enhancing intimacy and improving communication, etc.

At the present time, I am working as a Social Worker in the Hospitalist Medicine Department with  Vancouver General Hospital. I possess a Masters in Social Work; a Masters in Criminological Research and a Masters in Ayurvedic Medicine.  I have considerable experience in strategic planning, policy development, risk management and promoting diversity, inquiry and accessibility within organizations.  In addition, I have served as an Elected Council Member for the OCSWSSW and as a Committee Member for the Standards of Practice Committee with the BCCSW (2016).

In sum, it would be an honour to serve as a Council Member with the BCCSW. I have always been a strong advocate for professional regulation. Regulation ensures that all Members adhere to a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. This strengthens the integrity of our professions and protects the public from unqualified, incompetent or unfit practitioners.

Jenny Morgan

My name is Jenny Morgan, I am from the Gitxsan First Nation. I was born in Terrace, grew up in Prince George, and been residing in Vancouver since 2001. I moved to the lower mainland to pursue my bachelors degree in social work at UBC, graduating in 2003. I then attended UVic and obtained my masters in social work in 2014. Currently, I am enrolled in the doctor of education program at UWO, with the end date of late 2018.

I previously served on the BCCSW board from 2017-2018. It was a great experience, and since then I have remained a member of their Indigenous committee in support of the work the college is focusing on with reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and communities.

My practice experience has included child protection social work, working in non-profit programs and management, and working in health care. More recently I have moved into leadership as the director for Indigenous health at the BC Women’s and Children’s hospitals, and teaching as a sessional instructor at the UBC School of Social Work.

My interest in regulation is partly based on my past experience as a board member, and a strong interest to return with a passion to support the work and role of regulation, and the protection of the public. I also would like to bring skills that can support the ongoing work of building trusting and meaningful relationships to all those who are partners/stakeholders, and members of the public, with the college.

 Kriparaj (Bobby) Kunnath

I strongly believe that the identity of the profession is largely depending upon the professional competence, fair practice as well as awareness, acceptance, and trust of the people who we serve. I am committed to collaboratively engage with public and also committed to abide by the law of the college and perform my duties according to the standards. I will act in good faith to protect the public interest.

Currently I work as a Family Service Social Worker with Ministry of Children and Family Development, and my office located in Lower mainland. I have experience with Child Protection Investigation and Family service. I worked as a Contract Faculty at Centre for Research and Education for Social Transformation in India, my responsibilities included conducting self-enrichment workshops for aboriginal students in the remote locations. I have worked as Program Officer for National activities aimed at developing student’s personality and capacity building through community services. On occasion I have done Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Projects of Government of India. I have involved in Livelihood Improvement Project and worked for women self-help groups in rural area for reducing poverty and enhancing the quality of life. I hold my Social Work degrees from accredited Universities in India. I have experience in teaching and have a passion for Aboriginal Family and Child Welfare research.

My interest in the College Board is to actively participate in all the initiatives to the College and strengthen the Profession. I intend to creatively contribute my personal as well as professional transferable skills to support the College in it’s efforts to strengthen the role of the Social Work Profession and the quality of practice in British Columbia. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely, Kriparaj Bobby Kunnath

Christina Rodrigues

Hello Fellow Social Workers:

My name is Christina Rodrigues and I have been a proud social worker for 26 years! I graduated with a BSW from the University of Victoria in 1992. After 10 years of practice, I returned to school and in 2005, I graduated with a MSW from the University of Northern British Columbia. My work experience includes Riverview Hospital, the Correctional Service of Canada, Forensic Psychiatric Services, and for the past 19 years, I have held a number of positions with the Mental Health and Substance Use program at Fraser Health and Substance Use program at Fraser Health. Given that social workers are entrusted to work with the most vulnerable and marginalized people in our communities. I believe it is essential that we are regulated and held to the highest ethical and practice standards. On a regular basis, I encourage and support other social workers. I have served as the Fraser River Branch President for the BC Association of Social Workers (BCASW), as well as being a Representative for the branch on the provincial board of the BCASW. I have also served as a member of the Registration Appeals Committee for the BC College of Social Workers (BCCSW) and I am currently on the Social Work Advisory for the University of the Fraser Valley. I am proud to be a social worker, passionate about social work practice, honoured to be a nominee, and I would be delighted to serve as a board member for BCCSW for 2018-2020. Please consider voting for me!

 Andrew Brown

lmmediately after arriving in B.C. and starting my new job at the Abbotsford Mental Health Center in 1996, I began the process of Registration. I believed that Registration offered several important and tangible benefits to my profession and my career. Since registering, I have observed the College evolve and grow as both a regulating body, a source of information and a portal to education. The College has provided a foundation for the profession to increase its influence with key decision makers in government, academia and the communities we serve.

My social work career in B.C. has included geriatric psychiatry, mental health and addictions, supportive housing, assisted living and residential complex care. I have worked with two Health Authorities and five non-profit agencies in clinical and managerial roles during my 33 year career.

As interim Executive Director of the British Columbia Association of Social Workers (2017-2018) I had the opportunity to connect with social workers across the province and to liaise with regulators and associations across the nation. As the result of this experience I have developed a better understanding of how the profession benefits from both regulation and profession advocacy. I believe that regulation has provided structure, quality oversight and increased accountability for the profession and I am proud to have RSW behind my name.

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