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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Nya Daley (MSW)

Social Worker/Yoga Instructor 

I was born in Ottawa and raised in Toronto. My mother is a Social Worker and my life has been heavily influenced by women who have dedicated their lives to serving and nurturing their communities. Becoming a social worker was my destiny!

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What is your educational background?
I have a BA in Criminal Justice from Holy Family University (Philadelphia, PA) and a Masters in Social Work from University of Windsor.

What are some of your daily roles and responsibilities?
I am currently on maternity leave but I work in a Parenting Program with Parents who have Intellectual Disabilities. I support them and their children with accessing social services and community based programs as well as help to implement parenting interventions. A large part of my role involves advocacy especially with the Children’s Aid and the school board, two historically oppressive systems. I also teach yoga classes part time and am the founder of Soulga, a wellness community that offers movement classes, education and mentorship opportunities for and by People of Colour.

What are some of the hurdles you faced on your path? Did you ever think about quitting?
I thought about quitting many times! I played college basketball in the States and struggled balancing my academic, social and athletic responsibilities. I had a very hard time transitioning from my life in the United States when I moved back home to Toronto and struggled finding a job that was meaningful. When I entered the yoga community I didn’t see many teachers that looked like me and that was very discouraging and isolating.

What advice would you give the 15-18year old version of yourself?
I would tell myself to listen to and learn from the elder women in my family. I was consumed with my friends and social life back then and really didn’t value and appreciate the wisdom and company of my mother until I left for University.
No matter how educated, talented, rich or cool you are, how you treat people ultimately tells all. Integrity is everything.

Core Responsibilities

01.

Provide people with social/emotional support

02.

Connect youth and families to community resources

03.

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

04.

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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