St. Thomas Resident Awarded the Ontario Pharmacistsâ€™ Association 2009 Honourary Life Membership
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Toronto, ON (September 14, 2009) – St. Thomas pharmacist Ronald J. Elliott has received the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association 2009 Honourary Life Membership. The award, which recognizes his outstanding contribution to pharmacy, resulting in the significant enhancement of the profession, was presented at the Association’s annual conference on September 12.
“Throughout his career, Ronald Elliott has been an advocate of pharmacy and the role of the pharmacist, and has worked hard to raise awareness of the industry and the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association,” said Dennis Darby, CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association. “We are proud to present the Honourary Life Membership to such a worthy individual.”
Elliott graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto in 1973. He worked with an independent community pharmacy in Brantford before becoming the owner pharmacist of a Super X Drugs in London in 1974, and in 1985, the owner pharmacist of Super X Drugs in St. Thomas. When Super X became part of the Shoppers Drug Mart family in 1988, Elliott continued as an associate until September 2006. After retiring, he formed Applegate Consulting to work as a locum for his colleagues and to work with a number of community organizations.
After serving on the College Council of the Ontario College of Pharmacists, including a year as president in 1989-90, Elliott spent a number of years on committees and on the board of the Canadian Pharmacists’ Association, serving as president in 2001-02. He is also very active in the community where he has spent many years on the board of the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation, (including two years as chair), serves as vice-chair of the Middlesex Elgin Victorian Order of Nurses and vice- chair of Westover Treatment Center in Thamesville. Elliott has also become involved in mission work in Haiti, assisting in a medical clinic and on several construction sites.
The Honourary Life Membership is the third Association award that Elliott has received over his career. He was presented with the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association Mortar and Pestle Award in 1984 and in 1994, the Association’s Pharmacist of the Year Award.
About the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association
The Ontario Pharmacists’ Association is the professional association that represents the views and interests of more than 12,500 pharmacists and pharmacists-intraining across the province. The Association works to inspire excellence in the profession and practice of pharmacy, and to promote wellness for patients.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Ontario Pharmacists’ Association
Tel. 416.441.0788 ext. 4236