Two Prince Edward Island social workers recently received Canadian Association of Social Workers Distinguished Service Awards.
Margaret Kennedy and Phil Matusiewisz were selected from the membership of CASW partner organizations during National Social Work Month. The awards serve to honour the significant contributions made by the social work profession in support of building stronger families and a more equitable Canada.
Kennedy is currently the provincial director of Community Mental Health and Addictions Services with responsibility for in-patient and out-patient programs and facilities across P.E.I. She is also the director responsible for the Mental Health Act of P.E.I. (a ministerial appointment). Kennedy is past president of P.E.I. Association of Social Workers and is an author and contributor to various social work related publications.
Matusiewisz is currently the registrar of the P.E.I. Social Work Registration Board, and actively involved in the Canadian Council.
Matusiewisz was involved in the implementation of the Best Start Program on P.E.I., an early intervention program for at-risk families with children under the age of three. He is the registrar of the P.E.I. Social Work Registration Board and actively involved in the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators. He is currently employed as executive director of P.E.I.'s Family Violence Prevention Services.
In receiving their awards, Kennedy and Matusiewisz were cited as having provided "exceptional service to the populations they serve as well as upholding and exemplifying the best of the profession."