Social work students seek food bank donations

Array

March marks National Social Work Month in Canada. In addition to presenting an opportunity for social workers to get together and share information, the event also provides us with the chance to tell our community about what we do and to take steps to improve our social world.

The theme of Social Work Month 2017 is “the power to empower.” In keeping with this theme the students in the community social work practice class at Yukon College have taken it upon themselves to organize and launch a food drive at the college. The two-week-long event sees students competing against staff and faculty to see how much food each group can raise for the student food bank and the Whitehorse food bank. In the process the social work students have the opportunity to inform the community about the reality of food insecurity in the territory and across the country.

As an instructor in the social work program I want to take this opportunity to say how extremely proud I am of the students in our program. Not only are their efforts helping to raise awareness, improve the campus and enrich the community, they are also taking steps to walk the talk around social justice and service to humanity — two critical components of social work practice. Anyone interested in supporting the food banks can do so until March 17 at the Yukon College Welcome Centre.

Jordan Aslett Instructor, Bachelor of social work program, Yukon College

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

U Kon Echelon hosts Tour de Haines Junction

U Kon Echelon continued its busy schedule with the Tour de Haines… Continue reading

Melted beeswax, community pottery take centre stage at Arts Underground’s August shows

Two new, and very different, shows will be opening at Whitehorse’s Arts… Continue reading

Northern First Nations call for a major overhaul of mining legislation

The Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and Vuntut Gwitchin Governments say change is long overdue

Yukon Salmon Sub-Committee recommends First Nations take ‘additional measures’ to conserve Chinook

Recommendation comes as Chinook run on the Yukon River appears unlikely to meet spawning goals

Students prepare for online learning as Yukon University announces fall semester

The school plans to support students who may struggle with remote learning

Changes to federal infrastructure funds allow for COVID-19 flexibility

Announcement allows for rapid COVID-19 projects and expands energy programs to Whitehorse

City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

C/TFN announces Montana Mountain reopening plan

Carcross/Tagish First Nation and the Carcross/Tagish Management Corporation announced the partial reopening… Continue reading

Roberta Joseph reelected as Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in chief

Unofficial results show Joseph with more than double the votes of runner-up

Development incentives considered for three projects

Projects will add 24 rental units to the market

Delegate calls for crosswalk changes to show support for people of colour

Mayor states support for idea, but cautions it could take some time

Whitehorse advises of water system maintenance

Residents on the city’s water system are being advised they may notice… Continue reading

Walkway, signs planned for West Dawson paddlewheel graveyard

Unofficial attraction may get 135-m walkway and interpretive signs, if YESAB application approved

Most Read