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Four Algoma U Social Work Students to Present at Alberta Conference

(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – May 27, 2016): Algoma University is pleased to announce that four social work students have been selected to present at the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities’ prestigious National Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) conference, from May 30th – June 2nd at the University of Calgary. Students Maria Fox, Ma’iingan Corbiere, Carter Vance, and Tara Yeates will be presenting on behalf of Algoma U.

“We are very proud to see that four of our social work students have been selected to present at the national Canadian Association for Social Work Education conference,” said Dr. Craig Chamberlin, President and Vice Chancellor of Algoma University. “Our undergraduate students have a unique opportunity to be part of the great research being conducted at Algoma University and the success of our students in being selected to present nationally is more evidence of this. Attending the conference also provides our students with an exceptional learning experience outside the classroom and the opportunity to network with other individuals in their field.”

Maria Fox, a fourth year social work student, will be presenting her paper, “De-stigmatizing Female Expressions of Sexuality: Empowerment through Masturbation”. Her research aims to better inform sexual education curricula by incorporating the notion of pleasure and masturbation but also to breakdown the stigmas that exist around female masturbation. Fox is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Student Proposal Award, a scholarship worth $500.00, and was named the Social Work Program Delegate, who will vote at the conference’s Annual General Meeting for the Social Work Education Board. From St. Catharines, Ontario, Fox is a transfer student from Niagara College’s social service worker program.

Ma’iingan Corbiere, an Ojibway with Newfoundlander heritage, is a fourth year social work and Anishinaabemowin student, who will be presenting her poster presentation, “The Thin Misokwaa (red) Line: Exploring the Barriers to Accessing Mental Health Support Services for First Nations Police Officers in a Northern Ontario Community”. Her research explores what barriers exist, both real and perceived, in accessing support services for police officers that live and work on the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island. Upon graduation, she hopes to earn her Master of Social Work with an Indigenous specialization.

Carter Vance, who will be graduating at this year’s June convocation ceremony, will be presenting his paper, “Basic Income as a Tool of Child Welfare Reform”. His presentation will investigate the possible implications and benefits of the application of a basic income policy from the perspective of child protection. From Cobourg, Vance is a second degree student, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. He will be completing a Master of Arts in Political Economy at Carleton University beginning in the fall.

Tara Yeates, a third year Métis social work student with Mik’maq ancestry, will be presenting her poster, titled “An Arts Based Ethnographic Study of Métis People”. Her research aims to capture the artistic narratives of Métis individuals who find it difficult to express themselves verbally due to historical trauma. Such narratives will be able to be added to the small knowledge-base of Métis history. Yeates is currently the President of the Social Work Club on campus and is also pursuing a minor in fine arts. She hopes to work in art therapy after graduation.

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