Advocate-MagazineThe Advocate
is the official publication of the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and is published quarterly for members of the ACSW and other interested parties. Their editorial board encourages submissions from all social work practice areas and perspectives, including social work research, theory, practice, education, professional affairs, social issues, the work of the College, member activities, continuing education, job opportunities, reviews of books, journals and other media of interest to social workers. Each issue of the magazine is distributed four times a year to over 6500 readers. 

Readership include:  all social workers who are members of the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW), all schools of social work in Alberta, all provincial social work associations in Canada, all board members of the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW), the Health Communicators’ Network, and to all members of the Alberta Legislative Assembly.

Here’s an excerpt from “Social Workers Shine in Alberta Politics,” the front page feature story from their Fall 2015 issue:

The political interest that blossomed during the 2015 provincial election has not waned as Albertans watch this new season unfold in the Alberta Legislature. For those active in social issues, provincial politics are sure to grow more compelling with six registered social workers elected as Members of the Legislative Assembly.

Two of these new MLAs were awarded the additional honor and responsibilities of serving as cabinet members and one was elected Speaker of the House. All are members of the New Democrat Party and each is now ideally placed to lead and influence change to benefit all Albertans. It may be a first in Alberta politics, and a first for each of these new representatives, but each brings an interesting array of experience and qualifications that inspired voters to give their support.


The rest of the feature story is about how these six social workers are approaching their time in office and how their backgrounds have prepared them for work as elected officials:

Honourable Joe Ceci, MSW, RSW
MLA, Calgary Fort
President of Treasury Board
Minister of Finance

Honourable Lori Sigurdson, MSW, RSW
MLA, Edmonton Riverview
Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education
Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour

Honourable Robert Wanner, MASW, RSW, MBA
MLA, Medicine Hat
Speaker of the Alberta Legislative Assembly

Richard Feehan, MSW, RSW
MLA, Edmonton

Nicole Goehring, SW Dip, RSW
MLA, Edmonton
Castle Downs

Heather Sweet, SW Dip, RSW
MLA, Edmonton

Archives of this issue and past issues are available online at:

Articles of up to 1000 words and letters of up to 500 words will be considered for publication in The Advocate. Writing from social workers who are ACSW members will be given preference.

Do you know of a social worker providing service under unique circumstances or in a unique setting? The Advocate editorial board invites suggestions on social workers to feature in upcoming issues.

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