The Professional Programs in Social Work had a good turnout Wednesday (March 30) for a special gathering in their new digs in the newly remodeled Rose Hall.
The occasion was twofold: to host a gathering of the Northeast Wisconsin chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and in doing so, show off the UW-Green Bay program to members who are community practitioners; and to mark the presentation of the chapter’s 2011 awards.
Highlighting the event was presentation of the Distinguished Social Worker of the Year Award to Alison Draheim, MSW. (In photo above, she accepts the award from presenter Marc Seidl, BSW, a 2008 graduate of UW-Green Bay’s program. Draheim, a social worker with the Green Bay school district, was recognized for her work with the growing problem of homelessness among K-12 students and their families and the attendant disruption of schooling for hundreds of young people. The citation said she “has positively impacted the lives of numerous students in Green Bay as well as those people who simply cross her path.” Draheim is a past chair of the Brown County Homeless and Housing Coalition.
Also honored was state Sen. Dave Hansen, recipient of the chapter’s Distinguished Public Service Award. A 1971 UW-Green Bay graduate, Hansen was honored for his “long-standing history of support of human service programs and social justice issues in our state,” and for being a key ally of NASW – Wisconsin in achieving the chapter’s legislative priorities on behalf of vulnerable populations. The citation praised his leadership in his efforts to maintain funding for critical social and health programs that benefit the elderly, disabled, homeless, mentally ill and other vulnerable populations.
The Social Work program also recognized several agency field instructors who have served the UW-Green Bay program for 10 years or longer.
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