[ 2022 ]

Nov 2022

FCSCWN hires paid coordinators

The FCSCWN Team welcomed three-part time employees to support the podcast project: coordinators Alyssa Schenk, Ashley Saulog and Esther Dimalanta. Their roles are made possible through SSHRC.

Nov 2022

FCSCWN secures funding (APPA Project)

The FCSCWN (Monica Batac, Ruth Wilson, and Veronica Javier) is part of a successful application for a SSHRC Partnership Development grant. The three-year project is titled Asian Parents Participatory Action (APPA): A Community-University Partnership to Curate an Asian-Centred Approach to Talking about Racism at Home. Grant amount is $199,603 with PI Lin Fang (University of Toronto).

Oct 2022


Network Organizer Veronica Javier attended the in person ADHIKA AGM on October 21, 2022 and met with Chairperson Nora Angeles along with the Board of Directors and members. She shared with them Fil-Can SCW Network’s history, mission and vision, past events and current projects. 


Fil-Can SCW has collaborated in the past with ADHIKA Chairperson Nora Angeles on workshops such as the Gender-Based Violence First Aid and the most recent workshop, Know your Rights (and how to help): Sexual Harassment in Hospitality and Service Industry. 


Veronica discussed ongoing future opportunities for collaborations with ADHIKA and supporting projects of common interest. ADHIKA members shared their interest to bring other social workers from their own networks and ideas for collaborative projects with other partners such as Filipinas Speak Out.

Oct 2022

CASWE-ACFTS attendance and workshop

For the annual conference for the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE-ACFTS), we noted a total of eight (8) presentations with Filipino Canadian scholars – what a strong showing!


The FCSCWN organized a virtual workshop on Oct 29  titled, Centering critical hope and relational accountability with racialized practitioners and our communities: circle dialogues towards collective action. Authors are Monica Batac, McGill University; Veronica Javier, York University; Mary Chris Llorente, Carleton University; Alyssa Schenk, Carleton University; and

Ilyan Ferrer, Carleton University. 


Abstract for the gathering

This interactive workshop holds space for community organizing, network mobilizing, and collective action with racialized social work practitioners, scholars, educators, and students. We invite those who identify as racialized to our session; it is a closed session. We particularly invite students seeking connection as well as long-time CASWE-ACFTS members keen to informally mentor and support. We acknowledge those who walked through social work classrooms, departments, and organizations before us: those who have led knowledge gathering and network building amongst Indigenous. Black, Asian, and other racialized social work scholars, educators, practitioners, and/or students. We hold up the ongoing work of the Association of Black Social Workers and Thunderbird Circle, and bring in and center the liviUsing an empowerment framework and modeling, practicing, and committing to circle methodology and kwentuhan (storytelling), we engage with the conference’s core themes of Dismantling, Decolonizing and (Re)Connecting, to critically reflect on the ways we currently work in and with each other and our various communities of belonging and practice. 

First, we welcome participants to introduce themselves and their intentions for joining the workshop. Then, we offer a short reflective writing prompt and reflexive group activity to dialogue about our own practice and vision for organizing/mobilization within our communities of practice. We then come together to collectively reflect on how to maintain and sustain hope in trying times and through conflict and prioritize relational accountability in our work. 

It is our intention that this workshop enables us to plant and nurture seeds for alliances, allyship, and collective action. We sit together in circle to share emerging and ongoing visions, as well as the strategies and pragmatics for solidarity work and networked mobilizing amongst ourselves and our relational-professional-scholarly networks. 

Our workshop will be facilitated by members of the Filipino-Canadian Social and Community Workers Network (FCSCWN) and invited relatives.

Oct 6, 2022

Know your rights (and how to help): Sexual Harassment in the hospitality and service industries [Virtual]

This one-hour training was presented by Faith-Ann Mendes of Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic in collaboration with the Network. We thank Toronto-based Network member Nora Angeles in brokering this connection to the Clinic, given her longstanding involvement there.  

Jul 27 2022

Mental Health Practitioners Panel [virtual]

As mental health needs grow within the Filipino-Canadian community, and gaps within service provision and access continue to persist, the Network hosted a panel discussion with mental health practitioners. Invited speakers shared their practice/learning journeys in becoming therapists, and discussed challenges in the field. We offered this intentional conversation to strengthen community mental health services and capacity building within the Filipino-Canadian practitioner community.

Invited speakers were all Ontario based practitioners: Constantine R. Cabarios, MSW, RSW; Elda Almario, RP; Dr. Jay Enrique G. Saplala, PhD, C. Psych.

Jun 10 2022

Toronto Informal Gathering [in person]

We hosted an informal dinner at Lamesa restaurant with Toronto practitioners. This gathering coincided with a workshop organized by B.C.-based Network member John (Ken) Tolentino, MSW student at Wilfred Laurier University. As this workshop was being attended by Network members visiting from elsewhere, we leveraged this as an opportunity to gather in person for the first time since the pandemic began.

Feb 24 2022

FilCanSCW.ca Website Launch [virtual]

We hosted a virtual unveiling of our website and solicited Network members for feedback. People expressed excitement and offered recommendations on functions and features that would be helpful to strengthen our activities.

Feb 1 2022

Network awarded SSHRC Connection Grant

The Network successfully received a SSHRC Connection Grant for the February 2022 competition. The project is titled Kwentuhan (storytelling) with Filipino/a/x Canadian social work practitioners, scholars, and students: A knowledge mobilization podcast and outreach project. The award is for $47,748. Applicants are: Dr. Ilyan Ferrer, Dr. Fritz Pino, Monica Batac, and Veronica Javier.