Honouring Our Own
John Hutton Memorial Award
Excellence in Social Work Practice
ACSW members are invited to submit nominations for the following awards:
The John Hutton Memorial Award for Social Action/Policy recognizes a Registered Social Worker in good standing who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession of social work and the community through social action/policy.
The ACSW Award for Excellence in Social Work Practice recognizes Registered Social Workers in good standing who have exhibited exemplary skills and commitment to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the ACSW in a variety of practice settings.
Honourary Memberships may be awarded to a person or group that has made a significant contribution to the values and ideals inherent in the profession of social work and who have advanced the goals of the ACSW. Nominees in this category are not Registered Social Workers.
Nominations must be submitted to the ACSW office by January 22, 2018.
Submissions should include:
- a clear rationale for your nomination
- the nominee's resume
- any supporting documentation
FAX: (780) 421-1168
The Nominations and Recruitment Committee will review the nominees and make recommendations regarding award recipients to Council for approval. The awards will be presented at the Awards Luncheon in Edmonton on March 23, 2018.For further information contact the ACSW office at (780) 421-1167 or 1-800-661-3089.
Nominations for the ACSW 2017 Awards are now open. This will be shared in the ACSW newsletter and mass email.Adopted December 10, 2010
The administration of nominations will be the responsibility of the Nominations Committee. A call for nominations will be published annually in The Advocate. Any member of the ACSW may nominate a member in good standing for this award. Nominations must be made in writing and should include a rationale for the nomination, along with supporting comments and a description of the nominee's contribution to social action/policy. Nominations should be submitted to the Nominations Committee. The Nominations Committee will review the nominees and make recommendations to Council for approval. The award will be presented to the successful recipient at the Annual General Meeting or Annual Conference. The Nominations Committee with the assistance of the ACSW office will facilitate the arrangements for the award ceremony.Adopted December 10, 2010
Nominations must include:
- Letter outlining reasons for specific award nomination
- Current resume of nominee
- Two RSW nominators
- Relevant supporting documents
This award recognizes outstanding contribution to the profession of social work and the community through social action/policy.
- What was the unmet community need?
- What was the social action/policy?
- What makes the achievement outstanding?
- What was the impact on the community?
The ACSW established the John Graham Hutton Award for Social Action/Policy following his untimely death on December 24, 1990. John Hutton had worked tirelessly for ACSW, serving on many committees, including Council and as President from 1984 - 1985. At the time of his death, John was a full time instructor with the Social Work Program at the Grant MacEwan Community College, where he had taught since 1978. John was a champion of social justice, advocating endlessly for clients, students and the profession. He had specific expertise in social policy, community practice and direct practice, always encouraging the profession to enhance social and political environments. John had particular interest in working with seniors and aboriginal peoples and students. John was a founding board member of Operation Friendship and Pioneer Place and had been instrumental in the development and delivery of several off-campus social work diploma programs to aboriginal students in their home communities. At the time of his death he was in the process of completing his dissertation/Doctorate in Social Work from Columbia University. One way in which John's spirit and vision of our profession lives on is through this award.
Outstanding contribution to the profession of social work and the community through advocacy, social action, policy development/analysis (including work completed on behalf of ACSW), program development or political action aimed at enhancing social functioning, service delivery systems and the environments in which we live and work with our clients. Nominees for this award must be members in good standing with the ACSW.
Adopted December 10, 2010
This award recognizes exemplary practice and commitment that has been demonstrated over time.
- What was the exemplary practice?
- What examples of commitment to the Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice were demonstrated?
- What was the impact on clients, workplace, community?
The ACSW Award for Excellence in Social Work Practice recognizes Registered Social Workers who have exhibited exemplary skills and commitment to the Code of Ethics and mission of the ACSW while engaged in providing direct service to clients.
- Nominees must be Registered Social Workers in good standing with the ACSW;
- Nominees must have exhibited exemplary skills and commitment to the Code of Ethics and mission of the Alberta College of Social Workers;
- Preference will be given to nominees engaged in providing direct service to clients;
- Nominees working in a variety of practice settings will be considered so that, over time, social workers from a variety of practice settings will be recognized.
Adopted December 10, 2010
This award recognizes non-social workers who have made a significant contribution to the values and ideals of social work and who have advanced the goals of ACSW.
- What was/were the significant contribution(s)?
- Which values and ideals of social work were involved?
- Which ACSW goals were advanced?
Honourary memberships may be awarded to a person or group of persons (non-social workers) who have made a significant contribution to the values and ideals inherent in the profession of social work and who have advanced the goals of the ACSW.
There will be a maximum of one honourary membership awarded per year with ACSW Council having discretion to approve more on the recommendation of the Nominations Committee.
- This recognition is not limited to Albertans.
- Honourary memberships will be awarded only when there is a nominee who meets the criteria for selection.
- Honourary Members will be presented with a framed Honourary Members' Certificate and have their name engraved on the Honourary Membership plaque that will be kept on display in the ACSW office.