By Sean Graham

In this episode of the History Slam, I share the second segment of the 5-part documentary series How We Helped: Stories from Eastern Ontario Social Workers. Using first-hand accounts, the episode looks at who becomes a social worker and delves into their stories. From social workers enlisting in the army during the Second World War to leading the push to form professional organizations, this episode tries to answer two key questions: who goes into social work and what motivates them throughout their career. You can find the entire 5-part series here or wherever you get your podcasts.

Sean Graham is a historian with Parks Canada, an Adjunct Professor of History at Carleton University, and a contributing editor with

The text above and the podcast by Sean Graham can be found on “The People of Social Work: History Slam Episode 178” on the Good Men Project website.