St. Thomas University will host a conference to celebrate Brian Carty’s life and work on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19.
Brian Carty was a much respected and admired social work professor and colleague at St. Thomas University. He was also a much beloved family member.
Brian was very active in the community. He coached football and was a mentor to youth. He was an avid Jazz and Blues supporter and was a faithful Ultimate Pass holder. He jammed with his Wednesday and Friday night music groups. He was also interested in filmmaking. He tragically passed away in September 2017 due to injuries he sustained in a car accident.

The conference is FREE but participants must RSVP by Friday, May 4 at, 452-0540. Participants should indicate whether they will attend Friday or Saturday, or on both days, and which group they wish to participate in. Lunch will be provided on Saturday.

Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall, St. Thomas University

Keynote Address
Dr. Merlinda Weinberg
“Dr. Carty’s Legacy: Innovative Ideas for Ethics in Social Work”

Dr. Merlinda Weinberg is a professor in the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University. She practiced social work in Canada and the United States as a clinician, manager, and consultant for over 25 years before obtaining her PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education / University of Toronto. Dr. Weinberg is in the process of conducting her third research study on ethics. She was nominated for the Aurora Prize as the top new researcher in Canada by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and recently was awarded a very prestigious award, a Senior Fellowship to Durham University, one of the top five universities in the United Kingdom.

She has published in a range of scholarly publications including, but not limited to, Families and Society, Ethics and Behavior, Critical Social Work, and the Journal of Progressive Human Services. Her published book, Paradoxes in Social Work Practice: Mitigating Ethical Trespass is viewed, according to one reviewer as providing a “very deep, comprehensive and sensitive analyses of the issues” in ethics. Dr. Weinberg was to be the external examiner on Brian Carty’s PhD defence.

Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall, St. Thomas University

The day will kick off with a showing of Brian’s film Blowies, which tells the story of three men who are in training for a synchronized snow blowing competition to be introduced as a demonstration sport at the 2010 Winter Olympics in McMurda, Antarctica.

Following the film, there will be a brief presentation on Brian’s PhD dissertation, which is about the ability of critical social workers to apply their critical social work praxis in their workplaces. He was ready to defend his PhD at UNB at the time of the accident. His PhD will be awarded posthumously by the University of New Brunswick on May 17.

Then, attendees will divide into breakout sessions, which will have themes based on Brian’s interests: 
  • poetry slam,
  • jam and songwriting circle,
  • the importance of mentors for youth,
  • community activism,
  • and social work.
The participants will reconvene afterwards to share what they talked about, the poetry written and the music made during the breakout sessions. People are welcome to bring musical instruments.

The Brian Carty Memorial Fund
A memorial fund has been created in Brian Carty's name at St Thomas University. Two students will be selected annually to receive an award. To donate to the scholarship fund, click HERE and type Brian Carty Memorial Fund in the Special Instructions box.

If you would like to give over the phone, have questions about making a donation or wish to make a gift in person you can contact:

Anneke de Jong
Advancement Office
St. Thomas University