Dovale and Kunzli win BCPhA Board elections
The BC Pharmacy Association has two new members joining the BCPhA Board of Directors starting on Jan. 1, 2024. This year, BCPhA members elected Justin Dovale, from Kelowna, and Mark Kunzli, from Sidney.
This year's election had a total of six candidates running. Votes were tallied the afternoon of Nov. 1, 2023, and certified by the Association's Returning Officer in accordance with the BCPhA's bylaws.
The two newly elected Board members will begin their three-year terms on Jan. 1, 2024. Read more about Justin and Mark below:
I've journeyed through every corner of the pharmacy world, tackling every role from the ground up. I've been the heart and soul of small and large pharmacy organizations, and currently co-owner of Two Nice Guys Pharmacy in Kelowna, BC.
My passion to represent pharmacy comprehensively drives me. I aspire to push the boundaries of our practice to advance British Columbia to the forefront of pharmacy practice in Canada. My vision includes pressing for more expanded scope activities, fair remuneration for new and existing services, and much-needed reform to stagnating reimbursement for dispensing.
My leadership style flips the organizational chart, empowering professionals to work creatively within their full scope. I believe in unleashing the potential of our pharmacy teams.
With an understanding as a staff pharmacist, a small-business owner, and a corporate pharmacy director, I bring a unique perspective. My pharmacy, Two Nice Guys Pharmacy, is deeply involved in outreach services for clients with mental health and substance use disorders, earning us a a Pharmacy Excellence Award for Collaborative Care.
My goal is to unite and empower pharmacists and pharmacy owners, fostering pride in our profession and amplifying our advocacy efforts. Together, we can redefine the future of pharmacy in British Columbia.
I am dedicated to fostering connections, solving problems, and making a positive impact. I take far more pride in the people I’ve helped and the problems I’ve solved than in job titles, awards, or publications – please see LinkedIn for those details. I've always advocated for common sense and fairness, and value integrity, hard work, and treating others with respect.
In 2021, I added the title of Dad to my resume, allowing me to fully embrace my penchant for terrible jokes and puns. I also enjoy pub trivia, which has given me a wealth of knowledge with limited usefulness.
I firmly believe that taking care of your people leads to success, a principle I've sought to uphold throughout my career. My approachability and willingness to go the extra mile has earned the trust of colleagues, enduring long after our professional paths diverged. I welcome being evaluated based on personal interactions and individuals' opinions of me, even those I may not agree with. I embrace diverse perspectives and recognize that keeping an open stance allows for constructive dialogue.
As a director, I aim to leverage my experience and values to positively impact both the BCPhA and the pharmacy community as a whole.