BASW Social Worker Awards set for April 1.
The Bahamas Association of Social Workers (BASW) is yet again set to honor their own.
Planned is the Social Worker of the Year gala banquet where one of four nominees will be specially recognized. Additionally, this year for the first time, an Assistant of the Year Award will also be given to one of four persons who work with social workers.
The event is scheduled to take place on April 1 at 7:00 p.m. at ‘A Social Affair Convention Center, (formerly Le Chateau on the Green), East Sunrise Highway.
Jaron Harvey, the coordinator of Social Work Month, informed that the purpose of the event is to pay recognition to those whooften go above and beyond the call of duty to render assistance to some of the most vulnerable within our communities.
“Internationally, March is observed as Social Work Month. Here in The Bahamas, we will be celebrating with our international counterparts, under the theme, ‘Social Workers Stand Out.’ This theme was chosen because history has shown that social workers stand up for thousands of people every day, including people who are experiencing devastating illnesses and mental health crises,” said Harvey.
The poor, the sick, children, families, communities and the disabled and most recently here in The Bahamas, the victims of Hurricane Matthew, have all been gotten assistance from BASW, according to Harvey.
“Immediately after a storm, some of the very first people that the government calls on after a storm, to conduct assessments are social workers. From day one, the workers were on the ground, providing relief and restoration efforts.
“Every two years we select the Social Worker of the Year. This year on April 1, we will host the Social of the Year Banquet, which will be held at ‘A Social Affair Convention Center’ under the patronage of the Honorable Melanie Griffin, Minister of Social Services.
“This event is pretty much to award those hard working professionals who do not necessarily work for recognition or fame, but do it because they view their job as a ministry. This is for the hard working social workers who go above and beyond the call of duty, who sometimes, after hours, are at the hospital, at the police station, or at someone’s house, lending a helping hand.
“We decided to highlight the work that they do. For the entire month of March, we are highlighting the profession, erecting billboards throughout the entire island, letting Grand Bahamians know that March is social work month. On that (awards) night, we will climax the entire month of activities with the gala banquet. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. with cocktails and dinner will be served at 8:00 p.m. There will be some excellent door prizes and of course some good Bahamian entertainment and of course a good laugh,” informed Harvey.
The theme for the banquet is ‘Springtime in Paris’ as Harvey and his colleagues celebrate the work they do.
Harvey disclosed that nominees have all been in the profession for at least four years, some celebrating over 20 years collectively in the noble field. The four nominees for the Social Worker of the Year Award are Rochelle Minnis, Anita Franks, Felisha McBride and Taronya Wildgoose.
“This year, we decided to add the Assistant of the Year Award because we realized that in order for social workers to be effective, there must be someone who is doing all of the accounting, and other background work. We could never be successful without their support. These include, the janitresses, the clerks, the receptionists; and all those persons who play a vital part in realizing that social work is important in transforming the lives of the Bahamian people.
The nominees for the assistant of the year Award are Alleria Ferguson, Tertanya Miller, Annalee Rahming and Jacqueline Russell.
Published Thursday, March 23, 2017