Alberta College of Social Workers


Council is the governing body of the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW). Council has responsibilities that are defined in the Health Professions Act (HPA) and specified in the Regulations and By-laws (Sept. 2014) of the ACSW.

Council is comprised of 15 members (10 elected, 4 public members and 1 Chair of Indigenous Social Work Committee).  The Executive Director & Registrar is an ex-officio member of Council.

Council meets approximately 6 - 8 times per year.


ACSW Council governs the work of the College in accordance with the Health Professions Act (HPA) regulations and bylaws. (HPA) regulations and bylaws.

The Annual General Meeting of the Alberta College of Social Workers will take place on Friday,March 31, 2017 at the BMO Centre, Calgary, Alberta. The AGM provides an opportunity to report on the events of the past year, meet newly elected members of ACSW Council and understand the business of the college.

Time will also be available at the AGM to discuss resolutions. If you wish to submit a resolution please review the format for submitting resolutions below:

All resolutions must be submitted to the ACSW office by Firday, January 27, 2017.

Please click on Meeting Minutes below to view the Annual General Meeting Minutes

For instructions and timelines for submitting resolutions for the 2017 Annual General Meeting please open the document below:

Process for Resolutions for 2017 AGM

Current Resolutions:
  (March 31, 2017 - Annual General Meeting)

Please review the attached Special Resolution regarding Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services Edmonton (AMSISE) which is to be heard at the Annual General Meeting on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the BMO Centre (Mustang Room) in Calgary, Alberta.

Special Resolution


Previous Resolutions:

A Resolution pertaining to Assured Annual Income was heard and supported in principle by ACSW Council at their February 2016 meeting.  The Resolution is being posted on line to provide opportunity for member feedback.  Feedback will be reviewed at the meeting of ACSW Council on May 6, 2016.  Recommendation was made to support the resolution with the replacement of "lobbying" with "advocating" as advocacy more closely fits with what the ACSW does and is about the public good.  The motion before Council was as follows:


That the motion "Alberta College of Social Workers actively promote and support the development of an assured annual income that is consistent with the principles of the CASW proposed Social Care Act, universal in its application and ensuring the means for a modest life style by formally advocating with the Alberta Government;" is supported in principle by Council and that the resolution be posted on line for member feedback.

This motion was carried unanimously at the February 2016 meeting by the ACSW Council.

Please view the Resolution and Background Information by clicking on the links below.  

Assured Annual Income   & Background 

Election 2017

Run for ACSW Council! Share your knowledge, expertise and time and help promote excellence in the profession of Social Work in Alberta!

Positions (2 year terms) that are available for 2017 elections are:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • 3 Council Members

Election Procedure and Important Dates

  • Call for Nominations - November 30, 2016
  • Completed Nomination forms signed by two RSW nominators and biographies must be submitted to ACSW by January 27, 2017
  • List of candidates and biographies will be posted on website by February 6, 2017.
  • Voting conducted online February 10 - March 15, 2017 (4:30 pm). (Paper ballots will be available by request from )

Elected candidates will be determined by a majority of votes cast. Single candidates for 2017 positions will be declared elected by acclamation.

Election results will be officially declared at the ACSW Annual General Meeting in Edmonton on March 31, 2017.

Nomination forms are available for downloading by clicking Council Nomination form.

The positions on the ACSW Council that are up for election in 2017 are:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Council Members (3)

Following are the individuals who have been nominated for election in these positions. Please click on their name to review their individual bios.

We are happy to provide the ability for you to ask, any of the candidates running for election, questions that you may have of them from February 6 - March 4, 2017. Please send an email with your question to Noreen Majek at with the name of the candidate and the position they are running for included in your email subject line, for example, "Question for John Doe, President". We will respond to your question within 3 days and post all questions and answers below!

Questions for the Candidates : (click on question to view answers)

The Alberta College of Social Workers is authorized by the Health Professions Act (HPA) to conduct the activities of a professional regulatory body which involves:

  • carrying out activities and governing regulated members in a manner that protects and serves the public interest,
  • providing direction to and regulating the practice of social work,
  • establishing, maintaining and enforcing a code of ethics and standards for registration, continuing competence and standards of practice.

The ACSW also serves as the professional association that promotes best practices in social work, supports membership activities that strengthen the profession and advocates for public policies that support competent social work practice.

The Council of ACSW is comprised of elected and appointed members who are responsible for conducting the affairs of the ACSW in accordance with the Health Professions Act  (HPA). The membership elects ten (10) registered social workers to serve on Council. Four (4) public members, who are not social workers, are appointed to serve on Council by the Alberta government. The Chair of the Indigenous Social Work Committee also is appointed as a member of Council.

Serving on ACSW Council is a challenging commitment. Registered social workers seeking election for a position on Council should be willing to:

  • become well informed about the role of the ACSW and its legislative obligations,
  • commit to serve in the best interests of the ACSW and the social work profession,
  • discuss diverse perspectives on a variety of complex topics,
  • commit time and energy to the activities of the ACSW,
  • face challenges and opportunities related to implementing the legislative requirements of the Health Professions Act ,
  • deal professionally with conflict of interest situations and confidential matters,
  • be part of a team that holds a broad view of issues and challenges facing the profession,
  • represent, engage and mobilize the membership on professional issues,
  • recognize and represent the diversity of professional interests.

Council members meet 6 - 8 times per year including the Annual General Meeting held in conjunction with the annual provincial conference. Members in executive positions attend additional meetings. Council members are expected to be involved in legislative committees as a Council liaison and Council subcommittees. They may also become involved in Member Interest committees and other activities that require additional time commitments. Council members serve without remuneration and costs associated with council meetings and activities are reimbursed to council members.