2024 Award Recipients

Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) Distinguished Service Award Recipient for NL: Kimberley (Kim) Kelly

This national award is presented yearly by the CASW during National Social Work Month, to an individual or group of individuals selected by each CASW member organization. The 2024 award recognizes Kim’s sustained level of contribution to the social work profession.

Throughout the past 20 years, Kim has made substantial contributions to the field of education. During her time as Student Services Co-ordinator with the Memorial University School of Social Work, Kim focused on providing quality services to enhance and support the overall educational experiences of students. Kim was also active in social justice initiatives throughout her career at Memorial University including co-creating the Memorial University Community Garden, co-chairing a Habitat for Humanity build and creating a program called ‘Make Midterm Matter” which continues to provide valuable opportunities for university students to engage in social action initiatives. Kim has also served as a dedicated volunteer for over 12 years with the NLCSW. Throughout her various capacities, Kim has always maintained a strong sense of professional identity and passion for the social work profession.

NL College of Social Workers (NLCSW) Pride in the Profession Award Recipient
Deanne O’Brien BA, MSW, RSW

The NLCSW Pride in the Profession Award is presented annually to a registered social worker who promotes the advancement of social work in Newfoundland and Labrador and demonstrates outstanding pride in the profession.

Deanne has been a registered social worker for 23 years and as noted in her nomination, has always been proud of this professional designation – “Deanne consistently identifies as a registered social worker and takes part in events to promote the profession”. In her current role as a Policy and Program Development Specialist with the Department of Children, Seniors, and Social Development, Deanne brings a social work lens to her work, with a focus on improving client service delivery. Deanne’s passion for the social work profession is evident in her commitment to ongoing professional development, having just completed a Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation as well as DBT training. Her passion also shines through in her ongoing involvement with various NLCSW committees.  

Both awards were formally presented to the recipients during a virtual ceremony held on March 13. Excerpts from their acceptance speeches will be published in the July 2024 edition of Connecting Voices

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