Celebration of Research: MSW Student Research Symposium

School of Social Work and Human Services

Skqu’ls te Mesti’qexw-Syo’:s qas te Smomiyehlhtel

On April 8th, 2016 the School of Social Work and Human Services celebrated the research of this year’s graduating Master of Social Work class. The all-day event provided an opportunity for twenty students from the 2016 cohort to highlight the major findings of their research along with family, friends and faculty.

The presentations covered a broad range of Social Work research focusing on clinical work, policy analysis, community development, refugee and settlement issues, trauma recovery, diversity and aboriginal social work practice.  

The students opened the day with a traditional blessing, and an honouring of the teaching faculty who have guided them on their learning journey. The work of the students was recognized by both the University and members of the professional community, and provided the opportunity to present the winners of this year’s awards to:

  • Suzanne Sterling - Patsy & Crissy George Endowment Scholarship
  • Roxanne Hughes - Children & Families Research Award for Master of Social Work

In addition to the above, each student presenter was provided with a financial award under RBC’s ‘from classroom to community’ Grant.


This year’s Research Symposium marks the completion of the third Master of Social Work cohort at UFV. With over sixty graduates, these UFV alumni are having an increasing influence on practice both locally and internationally. The leadership roles they have assumed are helping shape new and innovative approaches to practice, which are providing significant and measurable benefits for the populations and communities they serve.

The reputation of the program has grown, with competitive applications for the fourth cohort almost doubling from previous intakes. The School of Social Work and Human Services looks forward to continuing to prepare the graduates of the MSW program for advanced practice and leadership roles that will continue to make a difference in our local and international communities. 

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