Louisiana Lifetime Achievement Award

During the 2016 Annual Conference, NASW-LA honored individuals for the contributions to the profession and their communities.

Sherry Van Atta Smelley, MSW, LCSW-BACS, DCSW ACSW was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Each year, the National Association of Social Workers, Louisiana (NASW-LA), selects one social worker for this state award that celebrates a lifetime of accomplishments. In honoring the Lifetime Achievement Award winner, NASW recognizes the best social work values and accomplishments as demonstrated in one's lifetime career.


Candidates must:
  1. Demonstrate repeated outstanding achievements, as well as:
    • Recognition beyond the social work profession
    • Contributions of lasting impact
    • Outstanding creativity
  2. Meet all criteria for Social Worker of the Year
  3. Be an NASW member in good standing