Help us celebrate Pharmacy Appreciation Month!
Every year in March, the Association participates in a national effort to increase the reputation of pharmacists among the public, decision makers and other health professions. On Jan. 19, Canadian Pharmacists Association announced that the campaign for the month of March will be changing its name from “Pharmacist Awareness Month” to “Pharmacist Appreciation Month” to recognize the extraordinary roles pharmacists across Canada have contributed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The name change to Pharmacy Appreciation Month supports a campaign this year that shifts to a more celebratory tone to recognize the profession’s efforts during COVID-19.
During this month, the Association will be featuring profiles of pharmacists in British Columbia who have performed outstanding work for their communities, particularly during the pandemic.
Know of a pharmacist who deserves to be appreciated? Email email@example.com and let us know more!
Nominate a pharmacist for a 2021 Pharmacy Excellence Award!
Nominations are now open. You have until April 30, 2021 to submit your nomination.
Nomination packages are:
IMPORTANT: Please complete the online nomination process, or download and print a package, and submit completed packages to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A single nomination package for the awards will qualify the nominee for seven different awards. The awards this year are:
- Excellence in Patient Care Award: This award is presented to a pharmacist who has demonstrated ongoing excellence in patient care in their professional practice.
- Ben Gant Innovative Practice Award: This award is presented to a pharmacist who has demonstrated significant innovation in their respective practice and/or the profession.
- Murray Dykeman Mentorship Award: This award recognizes a pharmacist who has demonstrated outstanding mentorship to those early in their pharmacy career.
- Pharmacy Leadership Award: This award recognizes a pharmacist who has demonstrated commitment to leading the profession and its people forward and has made significant contributions to the profession of pharmacy.
- Collaborative Care Award: This award recognizes a pharmacist who has worked to create strong collaboration with other health-care providers. In doing so, they have promoted the value of pharmacists and have successfully advocated for the role of pharmacists in the primary health-care team.
- New Practitioner Award: This award recognizes a pharmacist within their first five years of practice. The nominee has demonstrated impact and commitment to the pharmacy profession by advancing their practice.
- Bowl of Hygeia Award: A pharmacist with an outstanding record of public and community service.
Some of your community's pharmacists include:
Community pharmacist and Association member Carmen Pallot is Pharmacy Manager of Pharmasave Old Mill Plaza in Lillooet. Recently, she was part of a team of health professionals who provided COVID-19 vaccinations to First Nations communities in the region.
Srinivasa Rao Sadasivuni is a pharmacist serving the community of Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast. Rao immigrated to Toronto in 2007. After spending a year completing his qualification exams to practice as a pharmacist, he moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2008 to seek a quieter lifestyle. He is currently working in the Sechelt Pharmasave, where he uses his academic background to teach the community about the importance of medication and its adherence.
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, Elements Compounding Pharmacy owner Priti Bhathella was diagnosed with a serious medical condition, and had to reduce her time at work while relying on her team to take on additional responsibilities. But she instilled in her employees the values of patient care and compassion, so she knew she could count on them.