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OSSWA Conference coming to Cornwall


St. Lawrence College is hosting the 6th Annual Ontario Social Service Worker Association (OSSWA) Conference in Cornwall this year.

The conference, called "Striking a Balance", will feature three speakers from the industry including local Executive Director of the Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area, Michelle Gratton. Her topic will focus on "Getting Ahead in a Just-Getting’-By World: Building Resources to a Better Life." In addition, Algonquin College Student Transitions Coordinator for Academic Partnerships, Jeremy McQuigge, will bring insight into the subject of "Engaging the Generations". Information on "Self Care: A Personal Balance" will be presented by St. Lawrence College Professor, Cheryl Walker.

"We expect a great turnout," says Benoit Veilleux, St. Lawrence College Coordinator of the Social Service Worker Program at the Cornwall Campus. "The united theme of the day will be the exploration of how social service workers can find a balance when confronted with important current issues."

It is expected that all of the second-year students and many of the first-year Social Service students will be participating. Local Social Service Worker professionals will also see the benefit of an entrance fee which includes membership to the Association. The general public and professionals in related fields are also invited to gain insight through the presentations and the panel discussions which will take place later in the afternoon. "Audience members will participate in an open discussion which will be animated by a panel of experts," says Veilleux. "It will be an opportunity for participants to bring forward questions and discussions that pertain to their work specifically and deal with local issues and situations."

The conference takes place on Friday, April 29 from 9am to 3pm. Registration forms are available from the OSSWA website For more information, contact or visit