A number of committees help complete the important regulatory and community work that the NBASW does.

The NBASW Has Three Types of Committees:

Regulatory Committees: Responsible for the activities related to registration, complaints and discipline of membership, mandated by the Provincial Act. These committees are the Committee of Examiners, Complaints Committee and Discipline Committee.
Standing Committees: Permanent committees whose responsibilities and mandate are described in NBASW bylaws.  These committees are the Education Committee, Social Action Committee, Bylaws Committee, Practice Issues, Ethics and Professional Standards Committee and Management Committee.
Ad Hoc Committees: Temporary committees set up by the Board for a limited time to address a particular issue or interest. Current ad hoc committees are the Reopening of the Act Committee, Indigenous Guidance Committee and the Promotion of the Profession Committee.

Committee members are appointed by the Board of Directors. Association members can apply now to be part of a committee. Terms are for two years and can be renewed for a second term. Each committee can have up to six members.

Management Committee

  • Works with the Executive Director to establish budgets and manage finances
  • Reviews NBASW personnel policies
  • Oversees the Executive Director’s role and performance
Committee members:
Geraldine Poirier Baiani (Board President)
Claude Savoie, RSW (Past President)
Carole Gallant, RSW
Michelle Nowlan, RSW
Ian Rice, RSW

Committee of Examiners

  • Examines and approves applications for membership with the NBASW
  • Comprised of six registered social workers appointed by the Board of Directors and one public member appointed by the Minister of Health
Committee members:
Geneviève Bourgeois, RSW (Chairperson)
Jenny Tracey, RSW

Caroline Price, RSW

Heather Hastings, RSW
Jessica Melanson

Complaints Committee

  • Investigates complaints of professional misconduct, incompetence and/or a breach of the Code of Ethics
  • Comprised of one member of the NBASW Board of Directors, two other registered social workers appointed by the Board and two alternate registered social workers named by the Board
Committee members:
Omer Savoie, RSW (Chairperson)
Lia Daborn, RSW
Mylène Breau, RSW
Anouk McGraw, RSW
Chantal Bourassa, RSW
Norma Dubé, Public Member

Discipline Committee

  • Hears and determines allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence against a member
  • Comprised of four registered social workers appointed by the Board of Directors and one public member appointed by the Minister of Health
  • May decide on the consequences if a member has committed an act of professional misconduct or incompetence
Committee members:
Genevieve Forest Allard, RSW (Chairperson)
Geneviève Bourgeois, RSW
Eileen Gautheir, RSW
Carla Gregan-Burns, RSW
Paul Blanchard, Public Member

Education Committee

  • Responds to the education needs of the NBASW membership by maintaining the continuing education policy and facilitating and encouraging a culture of ongoing learning
  • Represents the NBASW on the Advisory Committees of the Schools of Social Work in New Brunswick
  • Selects the recipients of a variety of educational bursaries, grants and scholarships awarded by the NBASW in partnership with various sponsors
Committee members:
 Jennifer Dwyer, RSW
Jennifer Fraser Furrow, RSW 

Social Action Committee

  • Assists the NBASW with its efforts to bring about social and economic changes in society
  • Provides coordination and resources to the local chapters’ Social Action Committees
  • Acts as liaison to persons or community groups engaged in social action and social change that adhere to the NBASW Code of Ethics
Committee members:
Olivia Newcombe, RSW (Chairperson)
Jenny Tracey, RSW (Board liaison)
Zoe Bourgeois,  RSW
Joelle Blais, RSW
Heather Ackerson, RSW

Bylaws Committee

  • Reviews proposed changes to the bylaws submitted by the membership 
  • Ensures that amendments approved at the annual meeting are incorporated into the bylaws
Committee members:
Anne Caverhill, RSW (Chairperson)
Tanya Smith, RSW
Valerie DeLong, RSW
Sheryl Noble, RSW

Practice Issues, Ethics and Professional Standards Committee

  • Responds to questions from the members relating to ethics and practice.
  • Works on developing new standards and guidelines when they are needed
Committee members:
Jenny Tracey, RSW (Board liaison)
Jessica Paradis, RSW
Lee Thomas, RSW
Kristen Mitchel, RSW

Indigenous Guidance Committee

  • Develops strategies for enhancing social work practice when working with Indigenous peoples
Tina Martin, RSW (Board liaison)
Gloria Sacobie, RSW
Judy Levi, RSW
Keyaira Gruben, RSW 
Samantha Jesso, RSW
Barb Martin, Elder, RSW
Géraldine Poirier Baiani, RSW

Promotion of the Profession Committee

  • As part of the NBASW Strategic Plan, the Board of Directors has struck a new advisory committee responsible for supporting the NBASW in the promotion of the social work profession. This Committee will focus on the goals of: improving image, better education, and building partnerships.

Théo Saulnier, RSW (Chair)
Karine Levesque, RSW (Board Liaison)
Carla Gregan-Burns, RSW
Vickie Maltais, RSW
Géraldine Poirier Baiani, RSW

Apply Now

If you're interested in joining any of the above committees, please send the title of the committee and your resume to info@nbasw-attsnb.ca.