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Why did I want to be a pharmacist?


This is a good question that I ask myself, especially after an eventful shift at the community pharmacy lol.


My earliest memory of the pharmacy was the show globes (big glass globes filled with coloured water) and the medicinal smell (hello menthol and Camphor!) in my community pharmacy in my small town of Azilda, Ontario. The kindly old white-haired pharmacist explained the medicine (hello banana flavoured Amoxil!) and off we went. The pharmacy was in the same building as the doctor’s office in my town so the two went hand in hand in my mind.


I later had a volleyball coach who was a pharmacist and he suggested I give it some consideration. I loved science and math and enjoy talking to people, great combo for pharmacy!  At the time, my father was working as a carpenter and I really thought I might like to do that.  Pharmacy won out after working in the mines for a week over Christmas holidays.


My next pivotal moment in pharmacy came with my foray into primary care.  I joined the TVFHT in 2008 and have been working I both primary care and community pharmacy since. I also am with the College of pharmacists on numerous committees and do some public speaking on a number of pharmacy related topics. Pharmacy has been good to me and I hope I have presented pharmacy well over the years.


As I look forward to my 30th reunion from pharmacy school this spring, I look forward for more fun to come.

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Tom Kontio

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