As we enter our ninth decade of preparing students for professional social work practice, the School continues to emphasize critical, transformative knowledge. We invite you to build your knowledge and skills on our foundational values of social justice and a caring society. Founded in 1929, we are the oldest social work education program in British Columbia and the third oldest in Canada...More
Verna Splane passed away Saturday the 10th of January at the age of 100. She passed away as she had lived, peacefully with great dignity and grace. Verna was a pioneer in Canadian and international nursing, she served as Canada’s Chief Nursing Officer until 1973 at which point she joined her new husband Dr. Richard Splane in Vancouver where he had been appointed as Professor in the School of Social Work. She received three honorary Doctorates, the last of which in 1996 was the first joint degree awarded by UBC to her and her husband Richard Splane in recognition of their joint work in the international health field. The same year she was admitted as a member of the Order of Canada. In 2000 she was awarded an honorary professorship by UBC . Verna was a strong supporter of the School and is best remembered at the School through the annual Splane lectures, named in honour of her husband’s outstanding contribution to social policy, though it has always been viewed as recognition for both Richard and Verna. She always took a keen interest in the lecture, attending and hosting the speaker for dinner at their home. Even on her 98 birthday where illness had kept her from the lecture, she was concerned about the hosting of the lecturer and offering her home for the reception and dinner. Verna Splane epitomized what it means to live a life of commitment, humility and the pursuit of social justice. She will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Our condolences to Richard and the family.
On September 3rd 2013 the School unveiled its new logo at the Musqueam Indian Band as part of our student orientation day. The Coast Salish logo design was chosen from submissions by Indigenous artists. They were asked to submit Coast Salish designs with a transformation theme to reflect School’s vision of ‘Building upon a foundation of social justice and an ethic of care, we are a community of learners actively engaged in the development of critical, transformative knowledge for social work practice’. The School logo recognizes our location on the unceded territory of the Musqueam people and we are pleased that the winning artist, Ray Sim, is a member of the Musqueam Indian Band. We thank the Musqueam people for their support in selecting the logo and their warm hospitality during our orientation. We thank Ray Sim for his outstanding design.
The design depicts Raven transforming into a human child. Raven all along the coast is seen to be the most magical of beings with the ability to shapeshift into anything at will. The most frequent form s/he takes is that of a human. Through Ravens adventures s/he creates much of what we have around us land, sea mountains, lakes, and rivers. Mankind learns much and acquires knowledge of life and living through learning the morals associated with Raven’s adventures and misadventures for s/he also inadvertently has created much by making mistakes as well as intentionally.
Ray Sim is a member of the Musqueam Salish Nation of Vancouver, BC. He also has close familial ties to the Gitksan through his grandfather, who is from the Gitanmaax Band. His first exposure to Northwest Cost Art came at age 11, when he attended art classes taught by Ron Hamilton. He has received two years formal training from 1992 to 1994, first with Vernon Stephans and then with Ken Mowatt at the Kitanmaax School in Hazelton. He feels his time spent at ‘Ksan learning from these instructors has been an invaluable experience.
Also, in 2001, Ray participated in an Advanced Design Workshop given by Robert Davidson. Ray says that this has been a very enriching educational experience, and that what he has learned in these workshops will help to elevate his work to come to a higher level of accomplishment. He feels that all of his experiences with Northwest Coast art and artists have been very inspirational as they continue to enrich his life.
He has taught art at both the Ha-ho-payuk School and the Friendship Centre as well as various schools in Port Alberni. Ray is an artist dedicated to his work, and he is continually striving to further his understanding of Northwest coast art.
Liz is well known to anyone who has passed through the doors of the UBC School of Social Work as an exceptional, passionate and dedicated teacher. This award comes as no surprise to former students, and is a well-deserved recognition of many years of teaching excellence. The Killam Teachning Prize is the highest honour that UBC awards for teaching.
The UBC School of Social Work Distinguished Service Award recognizes a Social Worker in British Columbia who has exemplified the core values of the School and the profession with their commitment to social justice and an ethic of care.
The award was presented for the first time in 2013. Recipients are selected by the faculty of the School with input from students, alumni and members of the profession. In addition to recognizing exceptional individuals we hope that the award will help to highlight the many ways the profession contributes to a more just and caring society.
Cheryl Jolliffe is the 2014 recipient of UBC School of Social Work’s Distinguished Service Award.
Pauktuutit, UBC, team up to document impacts of Meadowbank mine on women and families in Nunavut.
Students and faculty of the UBC School of Social Work sent a message of solidarity to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) Russians living under that country's anti-gay policies and practices. The solidarity stand was part of Outweek at UBC (February 8-14, 2014).
The School would like to congratulate Professor Frank Tester and his colleagues who were among the recipients of the first Artic Inspiration Award for their project INUIT QUJIMAJATUQANGIT.