Social Work Students Association

Social Work Students Association (SWSA)

Social Work Students Association (SWSA)

SWSA is an active student group with representation from each year level in the School of Social Work. An executive is elected annually and meetings are held regularly. The purpose of this non-profit organization is to provide assistance for social work students. It is intended to become the avenue for students to obtain the following:

  • Volunteer jobs
  • Increased access to Faculty
  • Access to Social Activities
  • Opportunities to become familiar with Community Services available
  • Peer Support Groups
  • Peer Study Groups


Membership is open to all part-time and full-time Social Work students attending Lakehead University.

We are always looking to recruit new members!!  Students in 1st Year, come on out and get involved early.  Are you in 2nd, 3rd, 4th Year or the One-Year Program?  We want you too!  It’s never too late to join.

 Please check out the Facebook pages for our Student Associations on both Lakehead University campuses:

Thunder Bay Campus:
Orillia Campus:

Click here to view the  Constitution and By-Laws for the Social Work Student Association.

Recent events in Thunder Bay:

In 2014/15, the Association fund-raised for Our Kids Count and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Thunder Bay. Volunteered at Dew Drop Inn, Our Kids Count, Shelter House, Children’s Aid Society and registered a team for The Coldest Night of the Year. The final event that SWSA organized was a three day event at the Intercity Shopping Mall to raise awareness of bullying and the impacts, followed by a 5 km fundraising walk.   

In the Fall semester of 2015, the Association focused on recruitment and also offered an event to provide peer support for second year students navigating the admissions process to the third year of the HBSW program.

 Recent events in Orillia:

 We have decided to change the club name from SWSA to Lakehead Association of Student Social Workers. 

Recently, our Orillia Campus branch supported Trick or Eat of Halloween for Hunger and Christmas Cheer.  We also helped out with an event on November 25, 2015 where we helped Professor Angela Hovey run an OASW speaking event.