Social Worker (MSW)

Social workers help individuals, couples, families, groups, communities and organizations develop the skills and resources they need to enhance social functioning and provide counselling, therapy and referral to other supportive social services.

$65,000 - $100,000+

Masters Degree

High Demand

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Francis Atta (MSW)

Community Activist/Social Worker/Author/Public Speaker 

When my parents decided to name me Francis, little did they know they would teach me one of the greatest lessons of my life. It means to be free – a feeling that most young people chase but rarely get the chance to experience because they often wish for success more than they are willing to work for it. During my teens, I also experienced the same struggle. My life was plagued with many challenges – from peer pressure to gangs, poor grades to poverty – which continued to push me down a negative path. Despite my cool and collected demeanor, on the inside I felt frustrated, unhappy and I was searching for purpose and fulfillment. I wanted to do more than just exist, but found it very difficult to believe in myself and my dreams.

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I received the push I needed once I made the choice to rise to the true definition of my name; this single decision changed my perspective and how I viewed my world. I started visualizing my ideal path and creating action plans to see it through. When I didn’t have the answers, I turned to my mentors who did. When I wanted to give up, I pushed harder, even when it hurt because I understood that I am 100% responsible for my own life.

Despite everything I’ve been through, I’ve found a place inside myself where nothing is impossible. I’ve had to develop this attitude out of urgency to change my life from negative to positive.

Today – there’s not a moment that passes by when I don’t think about my generation and many others that will follow closely behind. Speaking to audiences across Canada, I often hear their need for freedom and enlightenment. I see their future in their eyes and recognize that they all have voices that want to be heard. I get my fuel from other dreamers, believers, do-ers and big thinkers. My life’s work is dedicated to helping people both young and old, design a plan that will open the door to every possibility. But I don’t just talk a good talk, if you look back on the way I live my life and how I’ve managed my career, it is evident that I have created a blueprint for success.

Core Responsibilities


Provide people with social/emotional support


Connect youth and families to community resources


Investigate cases of child abuse or neglect and take protective action.


Work with community partners to help build social supports

Typical Workplace

  • Interview clients to assess their situation and determine the types of services required and eligibility
  • Provide counsel and therapy to help clients resolve social and personal problems
  • Plan programs of assistance for clients
  • Refer clients to agencies that provide financial assistance, legal aid, housing, medical treatment and other services
  • Investigate cases of child abuse or neglect and take authorized protective action when necessary

Attributes & Abilities 

Creativity Skills
Analytical and problem-solving skills
Organized & detail-oriented
Communication skills
Collaborative skills
Educational skills
Grade 11

English (ENG3U)
Mathematics: (MEL3E1/MBF3C1/MCF3M1/MCR3U1)
Parenting (Recommended)
Cooperative Education (Recommended)

Grade 12

English (ENG4U)

5 Additional University level courses (4U/M)
Cooperative Education (Recommended)

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