Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers elects Toula Kourgiantakis as PresidentCategories: Toula Kourgiantakis
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream Toula Kourgiantakis was elected Council President of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers. She is the first FIFSW faculty member to hold this position.
“It’s a great honour to be elected by my colleagues to serve as President of the College Council,” said Kourgiantakis, who was elected on September 9, 2020. “We’re entering a pivotal time in the College’s history as we look to implement the strategic priorities outlined in our 2020-2023 Strategic Plan while addressing the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racism.”
The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers is the regulatory body for social workers and social service workers in Ontario. Its mandate is to serve and protect the public interest and govern its members.
Kourgiantakis was first elected to Council in 2017. Last year, she served on Council’s Executive, Standards of Practice, and Titles and Designations Committees.
“Serving on Council has been a valuable experience and I’m very proud of the work that Council does in the name of public protection,” said Kourgiantakis. “Council supports the operations of the College to ensure that the public is served by social workers and social service workers who are committed to delivering professional, ethical, qualified and accountable care.”
Kourgiantakis teaches courses on social work practice in mental health and her research interests are in social work education and equity-focused family-centred practices in mental health and addictions. Her research and teaching are informed by more than 25 years of clinical practice across different settings.