(Ottawa, Ontario) March 23, 2016 – The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) has renamed its highest honour to The Glenn Drover National Award for Outstanding Service. Previously titled The CASW National Award for Outstanding Service, the award has been renamed in honour and in memory of the 2016 recipient, Dr. Glenn Drover.
Granted every two years to a CASW member, the award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence in social work at the local, provincial, national or international level. It includes direct services, advocacy, social policy, social development, education and research.
“Academic, administrator, researcher, advocate, Social Worker: there are few people that have filled so many roles or played such an important part in furthering of our profession as Glenn Drover” stated CASW President Morel Caissie. Dr. Glenn Drover passed away at the age of 80 on December 28, 2015.
Dr. Drover was CASW President between 1983 and 1985, and served as Director and Dean of social work programs at Dalhousie University, Carleton University, and the University of British Columbia. In more recent years, he tirelessly devoted himself to providing research and consultation on CASW social policy and advocacy efforts. A determined advocate for social justice, he represented the ideals of the social work profession.
“Considering the breadth of his contribution, one of the most amazing things about Dr. Drover was his incredible humility,” emphasized Mr. Caissie. “Like so many other social workers quietly providing excellent service across Canada, he avoided the spotlight in favour of championing causes that mattered to him and lifting up others.”
In further recognition of his profound impact on the profession of social work, Carleton University has begun the Glenn Drover Memorial Bursary, which is now accepting donations in his honour.
“Beyond what he has done for our profession, we also recognize Dr. Drover’s contribution toward a more just and equitable society for everyone. He was a true champion for social justice, and devoted his life in service of humanity. We are honoured that our highest award will carry his name forward as The Glenn Drover National Award for Outstanding Service” concluded Mr. Caissie.
Fred Phelps, MSW, RSW
CASW, Executive Director