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Ontario Works staff wins competition

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A team of provincial representatives will be in Sarnia on Friday to honour County of Lambton Ontario Works department staff for winning a province-wide training competition for the new Social Assistance Management System (SAMS).

The technology uses a proven case management platform that integrates best practices in social service delivery from many jurisdictions in Canada, the U.S., and internationally.

A county team, one of three to participate, finished first in the seven-week, province-wide competition which encouraged staff to work collaboratively with internal and external colleagues. A video, in recognition of the winning team, will be shot at the Lambton Shared Services Centre in Sarnia on Friday. Staff will also be presented with their award.

"The County of Lambton is proud of the dedication and hard work put forward by staff in preparation for the arrival of this new service delivery mechanism," said Jane Dalziel, the county's manager of Ontario Works. "Our staff are enthusiastic about using the best possible tools to provide quality service to our clients and have demonstrated that commitment yet again."

SAMS is expected to establish a foundation case management application that can be built upon to support the evolution of social services delivery in Ontario. SAMS is part of the province's Social Services Modernization Project, a multi-year endeavor lead by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Service, which aims to enhance the delivery of social assistance through technology and business renewal.

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