Welcome to the Canadian Support Workers Association
Canswa is the Professional Association for Personal Support
Workers, Health Care Aids, Personal Care Aids, Personal
Care Assistants, Home Support Workers and any other frontline
Health Care worker within Canada.
Individuals who work front line in Long Term Care,
Community Care, Home Care, Retirement Homes,
Assisted Living Facilities, Group Homes and all other
places of employment with such job related duties.
Canswa President Speaks at Parliament Hill
Canadian Support Workers Association President Miranda Ferrier was called to Parliament Hill to speak to the House of Commons Committee on Healthcare in March 2019.
Click here to view her speech
Announcing new Canswa Chapters: Saskatchewan & Newfoundland - Labrador
Canswa is now a Trauma Sensitive Association
What is Trauma? - Trauma is a term to describe single or multiple distressing events that may have long lasting and harmful effects on a person’s physical and/or emotional well-being. There is a direct correlation between trauma and physical health conditions such as diabetes, COPD, heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure.
Examples of traumatic events experienced include:
Natural and human caused disasters (hurricanes, floods, fires, etc.)
War (combat experience) or civil unrest
Violence (witnessing or being the victim of domestic assault)
Sexual abuse or rape
Childhood neglect or abandonment
Trauma can be experienced by anyone including individuals we serve, colleagues, and family members, and is a near universal experience for individuals using human services. Addressing trauma through OPSWA’s training program is expected to improve the quality and impact of our services, increase safety for all, enhance engagement with the individuals we serve, and reduce employee burnout and turnover.
For more information, please email Janet Greener at JGreener@opswa.com
The Canadian Support Workers Association PROUD to announce two new Chapters! Canswa now represents Chapters in Ontario, Newfoundland and Saskatchewan!
For more information on our Chapters: Click here
Are you interested in starting a chapter in your Province? Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org