A prominent member of the social work community is questioning outspoken social conservative Heather Stilwell's elevation to the B.C. College of Social Workers's board of directors. In an interview with Public Eye, the founding director of the University of Victoria's school of social work Brian Wharf said, "It's a most unfortunate appointment given Stilwell's views would be absolutely opposed to those the (British Columbia Association of Social Workers) stands for."
"I mean it's fine to have diverging views if they can be discussed openly and make a contribution," continued Mr. Wharf, the former dean of the university's faculty of human and social development. "But I'm puzzled how someone with such opposing views could make a contribution to the work of the college. It seems to me it would be an entirely negative point of view. And I'm surprised at the appointment."
The ministry has yet to respond to a request for comment, while Ms. Stilwell previously listed home phone number appears to have been disconnected.