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EDMONTON – This week marks Social Work Week and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) is marking the occasion by highlighting the vital role social workers play across our province.

AUPE proudly represents more than 3,200 front-line social workers throughout the province. Their passion and dedication to improving our society carries them through the many challenges of the job,” said AUPE president and former provincial child and youth worker Guy Smith.

“Issues of post traumatic stress, workload, burnout and more continue to put great pressure on social workers.

“But through it all, they work tirelessly to advance our communities and the wellbeing of those in need and we thank them for their commitment, this week and always,” Smith said.

One issue of specific focus for social workers this year is the government’s response to the child intervention panel, which held hearings last year and heard submissions from AUPE as well as individual social workers on how to improve Alberta’s child protection system.

The government is expected to respond to the panel’s recommendations during the spring sitting of the legislature, which opens on March 8.

The theme of this year’s Social Work Week is “Bringing Change to Life,” highlighting the difference that social workers make in the lives and communities of the people they work with.

Events organized by the Alberta College of Social Workers will highlight the contributions of social workers at events throughout the province.

AUPE is Alberta’s largest union with more than 93,000 members province-wide.

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For media inquires or more information:

Tyler Bedford, AUPE senior communications officer: 780-930-3406

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