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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
September 26, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Carol Stalker presents award to Sandra Campbell

Sandra Loucks Campbell Named 2010 Graduate Honour Award Recipient

The Faculty of Social Work (FSW) is pleased to announce that Dr. Sandra Campbell received the 2010 Graduate Honour Award. This award is presented each year to an FSW graduate for outstanding work in the field of social work.

Sandra began her social work career in the early 1980s when she entered the University of Waterloo to earn a degree in Social Development Studies, followed immediately by enrolment in the MSW program at Laurier. After several years of practice, she returned to Laurier, receiving her PhD in 2002 with a thesis on decision-making power in long-term care organizations.

Throughout her career Sandra has focused on assisting and supporting older persons and their families and on advocating for the eradication of elder abuse and ageism. She has been affiliated with various organizations, including Rockway Gardenís Senior Citizens Centre, KW Counselling Services, Freeport Hospital and  Family Service Association of Toronto. In 1986 she started her practice, now called commonpoint, working with others to find the common ground for agreement in older families and in organizations serving elders. Commonpoint provides training, research and services such as program development, problem solving, team building, research and counselling.

Sandra is also involved in the academic  aspect of social work, both through teaching courses at Renison College, Dalhousie University and Wilfrid Laurier, and by taking on significant academic planning and program development roles. Her committee involvements, public speaking engagements, publications, writings and research activities number in the hundreds. Perhaps her most significant contribution to date has been her role as Chair of the Ontario Association of Social Workerís Aging Issue committee, which wrote the 2009 publication of Elder Abuse: A Practical Handbook for Service Providers.

This is not the first award Sandra has received in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field. In 2009 she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Association of Social Workers for her promotion of social justice and human rights.

The Faculty of Social Work would like to congratulate Sandra on this award and her accomplished career.

If you know an FSW alumni who deserves to be recognized for their contributions to social work, consider nominating him or her for the 2011 award. We will be requesting nominations in September and the award will be given out in March.