It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of former Director of the School of Social Work, David Edward Woodsworth. Please see below his orbituary from the Montreal Gazette.
WOODSWORTH, David Edward (1918 - 2010) Emeritus professor of Social Work, McGill University Peacefully at St. Mary's Hospital, Montreal, on August 13, 2010, David Edward Woodsworth, aged ninety-one years, beloved husband of Sheila (Wallace). Dear father of Andrew (Nelly Herscheid) of Victoria, Patrick (Lana Seabrooke) of Montreal, Mary (Harry Wagner) of Edmonton and Eric (Pamela Anthony) of Saskatoon. Adored grandfather of ten and great-grandfather of two.
Visitation on Thursday, August 19 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Private funeral followed by interment at Cataraqui Cemetery, Kingston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary's Hospital Foundation.
For more information, please see recent articles published from The Senior Times and The McGill Reporter.
CONGRATULATIONS TO DENISE DOUCET, MSW 1 & ARIANE DUPLESSIS, UI
RECIPIENTS OF THE 2010 FACULTY OF ARTS INTERNSHIP AWARDS .
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Internship Award Recipients 2010 [.pdf]
ABORIGINAL FIELD COURSE OFFERS CULTURAL IMMERSION, ENHANCED UNDERSTANDING
The above photo shows Kahnawake Faith Keeper Darrell Thomson (left, in white) sharing knowledge passed down over generations while leading a Medicine Walk (photo courtesy of Nicole Ives).
To read more, please see the following article in the McGill Reporter.
LOCAL ACTIVIST GOLDBLOOM RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE
Long-time Montreal social worker and community activist Sheila Barshay Goldbloom received an honorary doctorate from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., Sunday. "The honour which my alma mater is bestowing on me ... is the most special one I have ever received," Goldbloom, who graduated from the institution in 1947, said in her commencement address. Her experience on campus "also instilled in me a profound sense of the value of a liberal arts education," said Goldbloom, who for more than 50 years has dedicated her time to organizations like Centraide, the Red Feather Foundation, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Meals on Wheels. In addition to her volunteer work, she was a social worker and an associate professor at the McGill School of Social Work. To read more, visit The Montreal Gazette.
BEN-GURION U LAUNCHES FIRST PROGRAM TO TRAIN JORDANIAN PARAMEDICS IN ISRAEL
An unprecedented collaborative program is underway at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) to train Jordanian and Israeli paramedics side by side in emergency medicine. The Israeli-Jordanian Academic Emergency Medicine Collaboration, taught in Arabic and English, enables approximately 15 Jordanian students to obtain the same emergency medicine training as Israeli students. [...] The idea for the collaboration took shape years ago through a program called Partnerships in Peace based at McGill University in Montreal. Three participants got to know each other -- Dr. Mohammed al-Hadid of Jordan, Prof. James Torczyner, Director of the McGill Middle East Program in Civil Society and Peace Building and Prof. Jimmy Weinblatt, rector at BGU. Read full article on the Medical News Today website.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ÉMILIE RAYMOND, TRUDEAU SCHOLARSHIP WINNER!
Why aren't seniors' voices heard more when public bodies make decisions? That's the question Émilie Raymond, a PhD student in Social Work at McGill University, will try to answer in research that has earned a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholarship - one of Canada's largest and most prestigious doctoral awards. To read more visit this link or the Trudeau Foundation website.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EDWARD LEE & ALEXANDRA RICARD-GUAY, RECIPIENTS OF THE VANIER CANADA GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP!
The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, officially announced the 2010 recipients of Canada's most prestigious scholarship for doctoral students—the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Amongst this year's Vanier scholars are Edward Lee and Alexandra Ricard-Guay of the McGill School of Social Work.
Alexandra Ricard says: "It is such an honor to receive Vanier Scholarship! It is both a great recognition and support for my PhD research project, involving international research on a very sensitive issue: human trafficking. With this research, I hope to contribute to better knowledge on this phenomenon, giving voices to those who have been trafficked."
Alexandra Ricard is a PhD candidate at McGill University, School of social work. Her research areas are gender and migration, gender-based violence in armed conflict, and human trafficking. Her doctoral research focuses on human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation in post-conflict contexts. This project explores the social reintegration of female survivors, giving voice to women's experiences in the aftermath of being trafficked and looking at how psychosocial interventions can best support them in this process.
Alexandra Ricard earned her B.A. and M.A. in Political Science, International Relations at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). For her master thesis, she worked on the issue of displaced women by armed conflict in Colombia, where she realized her fieldwork in 2005. This study addressed empowerment projects with displaced women and their experiences within community organizations. After graduating, she also did an internship in Cambodia with a local NGO, and worked in the area of women's rights and gender-based violence.
Then, during three years, she worked in international cooperation in Latin America, in the area of human rights, women rights and indigenous education. Thus, she worked in various countries, where she coordinated interamerican networks involving academics, NGO's, international organizations and government institutions accross the continent.
To read more visit the following link.
CONGRATULATIONS TO BILL RYAN ON TWO EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Bill Ryan was awarded the Martin Luther King Legacy Award for 2010 in recognition of his work in advancing human rights. This award is given every year someone who has contributed to advancing the social justice vision of Dr. King and is meant to inaugurate Martin Luther King Day celebrations. It will be delivered to him at a celebration on Monday January 18th at Montréal City Hall.
Bill Ryan, a well known social worker, academic and researcher was named Person of the Year at the 6th edition of the Gala Arc-en-Ciel organized by the Conseil québécois des gais et lesbiennes (CQGL), last October 19. This award emphasizes Bill's exceptional lifelong contribution to LGBT community organizations in Quebec but also across Canada and Europe in teaching, research, advocacy and policy development.