As a rural and family owned pharmacy, consistently meeting the needs of my community is what drives my work day-to-day. On any given day, I may have appointments scheduled with patients to discuss their medications one-on-one, I could be collaborating with one's physician to find the best solution to a complex treatment issue, or I can be found at a community centre educating one of our many local groups on a health related topic. No one day is the same - and I love that about the work that I do.
Elora Apothecary is recognized as a University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy teaching site, and I have been a consistent co-op employer of the School's pharmacy students. I value my role as an educator and mentor in this capacity, and the enthusiasm my students have brought to the pharmacy is truly contagious. Providing the highest quality of care for my community and modelling such behaviour for the next generation of pharmacists is what keeps me motivated.
As my community continues to grow and evolve, so too will the care that Elora Apothecary is tasked with providing. Vaccine hesitancy remains a real concern across Ontario, and in 2018 I hope to work with stakeholders within my community with a shared goal of increasing influenza vaccination rates. Additionally, no community has been immune to the current opioid crisis. Over the next year, along with my pharmacy team, I hope to enhance the services we are able to offer with respect to drug misuse and rapid access to treatment.