Social work is one of the few professions where the primary goal is to significantly improve the well-being of others. Whether by fixing the conditions facing individuals or those facing entire communities, social work’s emphasis is on bettering the human condition
It takes a certain type of person to devote themselves to making the world a better place. Someone who is passionate, has a burning desire to do good, along with being intrinsically motivated. March is National Social Work month and we wanted to take the time to thank all of the people working towards making the world a better place.
National Social Work month is also the perfect time to ask Susan Brooke, a United Way Impact Planner with a master’s degree in social work, which part of her job means the most to her.
It means a lot to me that I’m making a difference to individuals but also that I am making a difference at the systemic level, which is the value add of working at United Way. We bring people to the table and are able to have those important conversations at a broader level and it’s this that makes my work at United Way the most satisfying.
Also, being able to support the social work practicum program through my work at United Way means I am able to help shape the next generation of social workers, and demonstrate to them that social work is more than frontline and clinical care, as crucial as that work is.
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Susan Brooke, Community Impact Planner at the United Way
Susan has a master’s degree in social work and has been working in the non-profit sector for over 20 years. Before coming to the United Way as a Community Impact planner, she was a community worker with the City of Calgary, doing community development work with residents in NE Calgary.