Mississippi Mills is an ideal place for Colleen Lundy, Professor Emeritus of Social Work at Carleton University to investigate the tension that has arisen when professionalism meets the local ground-swell response to issues of social justice. Organizations like the Hub and the Mills Corporation crafted solutions to social issues relying on cooperative efforts within the community, but as these programmes evolved, professional intervention became necessary. Both elements are essential, even though working together may be contentious.
Dr. Lundy, who has extensive knowledge of the history of social work in Canada, will present the second in the series of monthly Almonte Lectures on Friday, October 28, 7:30, at the United Church Hall.
Her discussion will centre on the history of social work, and how the desire to formally organize the response to human suffering led to a hierarchy of professionalism that threatened to undermine the very existence of social work.
Professor Lundy came to social work early, raised in a small Ontario mining town where she saw first-hand the effects of social issues on her community. She went on to study nursing and social work at Carleton, later in Florida, and in Newfoundland. Her abiding interest in the subject earned her a PhD in Social Work and her position of Professor Emeritus.
This lecture is timely as governments juggle funding for social programmes and health. The social work profession is forced to take on a greater role in the overall health of our communities while working with volunteers as well as professionals.
The Almonte Lecture series provides a unique opportunity to learn about relevant and interesting topics as well as engage in conversation about issues with which we deal daily. The lectures are open to everyone, especially young people whose views are refreshing and often novel. Although there is a discreet donation basket, there is no admission charge.
The lecture will be at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 28, the United Church Hall on Elgin Street. The lectures usually run about 1 ½ hours with plenty of time for open discussion or questions after.
Websites are helpful: www.almontelectures.net