Congrats to the newly elected Board Members! See a full list of the BCCSW Board HERE.
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.
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.
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.
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!