Course Description

During his presentation David will address two significant developments in the African Canadian Community.  He will discuss the historic agreement between the Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW) and the Canadian Association of Social Workers.  He will also provide the audience with an enhanced understanding of the relationship between the Canadian Social Work Profession and the African Canadian Community.  Please join us in listening to this accomplished academic, researcher, and editor.  

Our Speaker, Dave Este is a Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. Prior to getting graduate degrees in social work, he obtained a MA degree specializing in African Canadian and African American History from the University of Waterloo working with one of Canada’s leading historians on Black Canadian history, Dr. James Walker. During his career Dave has contributed publications to the discipline of African (Black) Canadian history, Canadian social welfare history along with pieces focused on contemporary issues confronting the African diaspora in Canada. He also co-produced the documentary “We are the Roots: Black Settlers and their Experiences of Discrimination on the Canadian Prairies” which received the 2018 Governor General Award – “History - Community Programming”.
He has worked with the following organizations/groups such as “The Association of Black Social Workers (Nova Scotia), the Ontario Black History Society, the Race Relations Foundation of Canada, and the Black Canadian Studies Association. As well he contributed to the development of the recently formed “Federation of Black Canadians” and is a co-editor of the volume entitled” Africentric Social Work: Best Practice in Working with African Communities in the Diaspora” that was published in 2021.



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