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Each year, NASW-Michigan honors the unique contributions of our members towards advancing the social work profession. Five awards are presented annually at the Annual Conference: A Meeting of the Profession to recognize outstanding social work practice in areas including direct practice, administration, child welfare, school social work, community organizing, and political and legislative advocacy.
Please click the links below to nominate a colleague for a 2016 award.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious award given out annually by NASW-Michigan to a social worker who has spent a career advocating for the profession and their clients. Nominees should demonstrate a continued commitment to the principles of social justice through leadership, education and advocacy.
Nominate someone for the Lifetime Achievement Award here.
2015- Linda Reeser, PhD, LMSW
2012-Kathleen Coulborn Faller, PhD, LMSW
2011-Gloria Jean Thomas
2010-Ronald Koenig, LMSW
2006-Jacqueline Steingold, LMSW
2005-David Neal, ACSW, CSW
2001-Jean Teschner, CSW, ACSW
2000-Dorothy Harper Jones, PhD, ACSW
1999-Marion File, ACSW
Social Worker of the Year
The Social Worker of the Year Award is presented to an individual who has made a demonstrable difference in such areas as: advocacy for clients, social policy, social work practice, program development, administration, and research.
Nominate someone for Social Worker of the Year here.
2015 - Julie Weckel, LMSW, ACSW
2014-Thalia Ferenc, LMSW
2013- Ron Calery, LMSW, ACSW
2012-Tanya Blackmer, LMSW, ACSW,CSW-G
2010-Ricardo Guzman, LMSW
2007-Janice Fialka, LMSW, ACSW
2006-Patricia Sage, LMSW
2005-Christina Gut, MSW
2001-Janet L. Howes, ACSW
2000- Howard White, EdD, DCSW, ACSW
1999-Diane McMillan, ACSW
Stabenow Political Leadership Award
The Stabenow Political Leadership Award is given out each year to a social worker or ally that has shown extraordinary political and legislative leadership through advocacy, activism and passion. Nominees should have exhibited exceptional political leadership over the course of their career and used these skills to effect social policy exemplifying social work ethics and values. Nominees are not required to be publicly elected officials
Nominate someone for the Stabenow Political Leadership Award here.
2014-Dr. Ellen Hoekstra
2012-Michigan League for Human Services
2011-Terry Brown, MSW, MA
2010-William Long, LMSW
2008-Terry Brown, MSW, MA
2007-Burton Leland, MSW
2005-Sharon L. Gire
Lisa Putman Award for Excellence in Child Welfare
The Lisa Putman Award for Excellence in Child Welfare was named in honor of Lisa Putman, a 28 year old Child Protective Services social worker who was murdered in 1998. This award is not only in memory of her, but recognizes current social workers who demonstrate excellence in the practice area of child welfare. Nominees should have shown a desire to improve the quality of life for youth, educated others on the needs of children and their families, and may have developed innovative programs to address the needs of this vulnerable population.
Nominate someone for the Lisa Putman Award in Excellence in Child Welfare here
2012-Charles Orr, LMSW, ACSW
2011-Dr. Robert M. Ortega
2010-Kendra Masunas, LLMSW
2007-Laura Martinez, LMSW
2006-Selen Wadhawan, MSW
2005-Scott Virgo, MSW
2002-Betty Brown Chappell
2001-Linda Caurdy-Bess, ACSW
1999-Macomb County Protective Service Workers
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