Meet the student leaders of Phi Lambda Sigma!

Updated on May 12, 2024 (Originally posted on May 11, 2024) The Tablet

Nominations for the Student Leadership Spotlight will re-open early September 2024. The link will be shared on the UBC Pharmacy Facebook Hub as well as via email if you are a PLS member. For more information regarding PLS, please contact

Featured leaders are solely selected by UBC PLS and the BCPhA Student Ambassadors following self or peer nomination. BCPhA is not involved in selecting candidates featured in our Leadership Spotlights but has generously agreed to sponsor this initiative to recognize and reward student leaders for their outstanding contributions to the pharmacy community.

Iliana Doornbos

Instagram: @iliannabaraya

In order for her to be a strong leader in the future, Ilianna has sought out various opportunities here in the program to help develop her leadership skills.

She is currently PLS Epsilon Nu’s AVP Events Coordinator and Kappa Psi Delta Mu’s Co-Regent. Ilianna is passionate about advocating for the profession of pharmacy, especially in northern B.C., and she is a mentor to high school and undergraduate students in the UBC Diversifying Health and Human Service Professions Education (D’HoPE) Program in Vancouver.

After participating in the summer program as a student pharmacist panelist, Iliana hopes to have this program in Prince George this summer to encourage individuals from rural/underrepresented communities in northern B.C. to pursue a career in pharmacy.

With the leadership experience she is gaining, she strives to be a clinical pharmacist back in her hometown and hopes to be a faculty member in a future UBC PharmD Cohort in northern B.C.

Harman Waring

Instagram: @theharmanw

Harman exemplifies her leadership skills through her many involvements on campus and in the community. She is passionate about advocating for her peers and destigmatizing mental health.

As co-chair of the Mental Health Task Force, she strives to work with students and faculty to create resources and implement initiatives that support the well-being of students, such as de-stressing events and pet therapy. She also advocates for the pharmacy profession through her initiatives.

Primarily, as chair of the CAPSI Advocacy Committee, she coordinates various student-led outreach initiatives that promote health and wellbeing within the community, educate the public about the roles of a pharmacist, and encourage her peers to develop their leadership and clinical skills.

As the co-student representative of CSHP Advocacy, she serves as the student voice as the committee continues to advocate for expanding the pharmacist role.

Her other involvements and research focus primarily on geriatric care, women’s health, and the readability of patient education materials. She hopes to utilize these opportunities to continue to grow as a leader and as a future health professional.

Rimsha Faisal

Instagram: @rimsha_faisal99

Rimsha, a selfless, caring, and determined leader, demonstrates outstanding leadership in pharmacy clubs and research. Eager to enhance her skills, she actively pursues learning opportunities like LEAP and PLS Leader Academy courses.

As PLS’s VP of Events, Rimsha led numerous initiatives, including the inaugural PLS Pharmacy Student Leadership Conference, advocating for student confidence, well-being, and resilience.

In her role as CAPSI’s Mental Health Clinic Lead, she organized a paint night, providing students a relaxing opportunity to destress and connect. Passionate about pharmacy research, Rimsha focuses on vancomycin therapeutic drug monitoring in pediatrics. Her dedication to advancing pharmacy and advocating for mental health is evident.

Rimsha’s future goals include furthering her leadership journey in pharmacy and championing mental health initiatives, embodying a strong, smart, and kind leader dedicated to pushing the pharmacy profession forward.

Isabella Durante

Instagram: @kappapsi_deltamu

Isabella is proud to be starting her second year as the co-regent of the Delta Mu Chapter of Kappa Psi by planning the Northwest Province Winter Assembly, an annual, international conference for Kappa Psi members.

She is also working as the Student Lead at the Pharmacists Clinic, doing her best to coordinate all the student outreach events on campus.

Her true passion is for learning, and with every new role and challenge that she takes on, she learns something different.

Isabella hopes that her current leadership endeavours will lead to a future of innovative work in primary and tertiary outpatient care.

Sanjit Bains

Instagram: @sanjit_bains

Sanjit is an empathetic student leader who is passionate about driving innovative, positive impact in each opportunity she takes.

In her BCPhA Student Ambassadors role, she has planned Speed Networking Nights, Women in Leadership, and Industry Residency events to improve student awareness of various pharmacy career paths.

As Kappa Psi’s VP of Philanthropy, she has led Elementary School Outreach to teach medication safety and student fundraisers to support non-profit organizations. As a member of the Mental Health Task Force and as the Pharmacy Undergraduate Society’s Graduating Class Representative, Sanjit organizes creative new initiatives to give back to her peers as well.

Passionate about patient advocacy and interprofessional collaboration, Sanjit has contributed to researching medical cannabis resources for Fraser Health’s chronic pain clinic, epigenetic impacts of chronic stress on Parkinson’s Disease, improvement of caregivers’ experiences with MAiD, and faculty-led pharmacist facilitator training.

Through all her efforts, Sanjit aspires to help others and use her collaborative, growth mindset to be a solution-oriented future health care professional.

Sarah Kim

Instagram: @sarahn.k

As a resilient, caring, determined leader, Sarah inspires everyone around her. As Phi Lambda Sigma’s President, she organized the inaugural leadership conference for students that builds resilience, confidence, and well-being.

As a co-chair of the Mental Health Task Force, she upheld student wellbeing by initiating destressing activities in collaboration with local stores and organizations.

As the Kappa Psi’s fundraising coordinator, she raised funds to aid earthquake relief efforts for Türkiye and Syria. As VP Academic of the Pharmacy Undergraduate Society, she voices student concerns at Student Pipeline meetings with faculty.

Her contribution to research improves the quality of care for patients; her research areas include T2DM, cancer, therapeutic interchange protocols, student wellbeing, and antibiotic stewardship. Sarah’s compassion, adaptability, and time management benefit her peers, as she consistently leads and dedicates herself to improving the pharmacy community.

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