The Cree Health Board celebrates the dedication of our Social Workers across Eeyou Istchee and beyond from March 6 to 12, 2022. Social Workers support individuals and families in our communities to achieve Miyupimâtisîun (well-being). Their efforts improve the lives of so many Eeyouch and Eenouch.
For two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged communities across Eeyou Istchee to adopt health measures that sometimes put a strain on traditional ways. We had to learn to cope with this new reality and our Social Workers were at the forefront to support those requiring psychosocial assessments and care. They worked hard to keep the people of Eeyou Istchee emotionally grounded during these difficult times.
Social Workers are trained to handle complex cases that often require a team to work together to ensure that individuals and families receive support or interventions that are based on their needs. This may include a combination of family welfare, psychosocial support and counselling. Whatever the challenges, they strive to treat people with dignity and respect and show empathy toward their clients.
"Healing is a lifelong holistic process where accompaniment is key. When people think of social staff, they do not always recognize their impact as it is not as obvious and concrete as caring for a physical wound. The Wiichihiiwaauwin (psychosocial) department has grown in the last few years and continues to remind us of the importance of social care, trauma healing and of supporting those in emotional crisis. We are so proud of our staff striving to build bridges with their clients while braiding Indigenous world views into clinical standards.
Thank you for shining your light in honouring our population. As you walk alongside them in their journeys you are facilitating their passage and growth.
Happy National social Worker Week.” - Chloe Nahas – Regional Proximity Director DPSQA