President's Message: Congratulations to the 2024 award winners

Updated on May 31, 2024 (Originally posted on May 26, 2024) The Tablet

Welcome back to our in-person awards gala, our first in five years.

This year, we have an exciting line-up of award winners who you will read about later in this special edition of The Tablet magazine. For those of you who are with us here at the live awards ceremony, thank you for joining us to support your colleagues. Please enjoy the series of awards videos on the screens in front of you, and give our winners a big hand of applause.

In this edition, we are featuring nine award winners, including two pharmacy students currently attending the University of B.C.’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Our recipients come from all walks of life. Some are just starting their pharmacy careers while others are being recognized for their decades of excellence.

This year, we have selected winners in the areas of Collaborative Care, New Practitioner, Patient Care, Mentorship, Innovation, Community Service and Leadership. We have a pharmacist who works in long-term care, one who works within a community pharmacy located inside a hospital, a pharmacist of a non-profit pharmacy, another who has focused her career on strategic planning and management; each of these pharmacists are pushing the boundaries of the profession in their own way. 

Please join me in recognizing our colleagues as you read about their achievements and learn about why these people are so important to their communities and to their patients. 

Selecting the awards recipients this year was tough. We received strong submissions from across B.C. and it was difficult coming down to just one person for each category of award. 

It made a strong impact on me to see the clear passion that our colleagues have for this profession, their communities, their fellow health providers, and their patients. If this is a sample of who British Columbian pharmacists are, I know the public, and the future of our profession, are in good hands. 

For those who were nominated, but did not receive an award, I encourage you to apply again next year. We know pharmacists in all corners of the province are demonstrating excellence in their practice every day, and we want to hear from you so we may share what you do with the rest of our colleagues. 

Once again, congratulations. 

Mike Huitema
BC Pharmacy Association

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