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March is Social Work Month: Mayor

Written by: John Preer

In the first week of March, Valdosta Mayor John Gayle declared the beginning of National Social Work Month.

The theme of this year’s Social Work Month is “All People Matter.” This campaign promotes the value of social work and highlights the accomplishments and vital contributions to the community that social workers have made.

The information and services that social workers provide can benefit many people, but only if workers have access to the public. The goal of this month of observance is to increase awareness so that those in need of help know the proper channels to use to get the care they need.

The Valdosta State social work department was established in 1995 and has been offering students a path toward the field of social work ever since.  The decision is the result of a collaborative effort with the social work department head, Dr. Mizanur Miah.

The announcement comes at a time when a new executive director of the Georgia chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, Ms. Cheryl Bonneau, is supposed to start working under the title. Bonneau obtained the position after the prior executive director resigned.

In observance of Social Work Month, various events are being held, including the 26th Annual NASW-GA Conference.

Since March is coming to an end, the majority of planned events have already taken place.  However, there are more events being held later in the year.

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