For Sarah Johnson, practicing pharmacy in a rural or northern community is a goal that she hopes to pursue as a future community pharmacist.
Currently an ambitious fourth-year student at the University of Waterloo, Sarah is particularly interested in diabetes care, transitions in care, and interprofessional collaboration. Also passionate about giving back to the community, she has volunteered at the Grand River Hospital as a dialysis visitor and emergency room volunteer.
Sarah believes leadership positions are an integral part of her education and has led many student initiatives at the university, including founding a group that helps students become Certified Diabetes Educators upon graduation.
“I share this award with the inspirational students I have worked with through student-led committees and groups,” says Sarah, the outgoing vice president of the Waterloo Health Professions Committee and outgoing senior the University of Waterloo representative for the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns. She has also served on the Society of Pharmacy Students Graduation Committee, Student Co-Op Advisory Committee, and UW Blueprint for Pharmacy working group.
Having worked in co-op placements in community, hospital, and Family Health Team settings, Sarah is optimistic about what the future of pharmacy holds.
“My interactions with patients have shown me that pharmacists really do make a difference,” she says, adding that students are taking a more active role within the pharmacy profession. This year, Sarah is presenting findings from a review on the role of pharmacy students as immunizers at the Canadian Pharmacists Association Conference and the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences Conference.
Sarah is also the recipient of the Guy Genest Passion for Pharmacy Award, GlaxoSmithKline 2014 National Summer Student Research Award, G. F. Atkinson Citizenship Award, and the Richard Vollans Science Leadership Award.