Nominations Are Now Open for 2018 Inspiring Social Worker Award

The Inspiring Social Worker of the Year Award (2018)

Social work is a calling which requires practitioners to have a strong commitment to caring and social justice. Despite the tremendous pressure of limited resources and heavy workload, many dedicated social workers in British Columbia work hard, day in and day out, to fulfill their commitment to this calling.

Among them, Paul Cheng, a social worker who immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong, dedicated himself to serve new immigrants, youth in care, street youth, people with addiction, and many others, in Hong Kong and Canada for over forty years. It is widely recognized by his colleagues, clients, students, and friends that Paul’s genuine caring attitude, professional practice, and tireless personal efforts deeply touched and greatly inspired them. In memory of Paul, the Inspiring Social Worker of the Year Award has been established to recognize social workers in British Columbia whose professional and personal efforts and dedication to serving people from marginalized communities has inspired others to care and contribute to the promotion of social justice.


The Award
Upon the recommendation of an adjudication committee, one successful nominee each year will receive the Award and an honorarium of $2,000.00 for sharing her/his experience at the Paul Cheng Memorial Lecture. The lecture will be on September 4, 2018 at the University of British Columbia, School of Social Work, Paul Cheng’s Alma Mater. The presentation will be video recorded and uploaded to the School’s website. It will also be linked to BCASW’s website for a wider audience.


Please click here for the flyer with details on nomination criteria and the adjudication process.

Nominations will be received from March 19 to June 15, 2018. All nominations will be sent by email to with the phrase “Inspiring Social Worker Award” in the subject line.


Please contact Dianne Heath, Executive Director, BCASW at or Miu Chung Yan, Professor, UBC School of Social Work at