Etobicoke Pharmacist Named the Ontario Pharmacists Association’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Toronto, ON (May 30, 2016) – Etobicoke pharmacist Barry Phillips has been named the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA). The award will be presented on Saturday, June 11, 2016, as part of the Association’s annual conference in Toronto.

“Barry Phillips has spent his career looking for ways to improve the patient care experience, to expand the role of the pharmacist in healthcare delivery, and to build better patient-pharmacist relationships,” says Dennis Darby, OPA’s CEO. “His leadership with, and commitment to his patients, colleagues and the pharmacy profession make him a deserving candidate for this award.”

Phillips has been a community pharmacy owner and Shoppers Drug Mart Associate for the past 54 years, and an active member of the Ontario Pharmacists Association for more than 50 years. Among his many achievements during that time are: helping to develop the Ontario Health Professions Assistance Program; developing a patient profile system for Shoppers Drug Mart; and launching a “Brown Bag” program which encouraged patients to bring their medications into the pharmacy to review them with the pharmacist, as well as the proper, safe disposal of expired and unused medications.

“It is important that our patients develop a trusting relationship with their pharmacist so that they can freely discuss their health issues,” says Phillips. “It is extremely rewarding and gratifying to have your patients come into the pharmacy and thank you for the advice or suggestion that you gave them.”

Phillips served as President of the Ontario College of Pharmacists in 1984-85 and 1993, where he chaired committees including the Child Resistant Packaging Committee and the Working Group on the Regulated Health Professions Act. In 1986, he served as President of the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada, and in 2000-01 was President of the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy.

In addition to his work as a pharmacist, Barry is also active in many community programs. He was instrumental in the planning and development the Downsview Weston Health Centre and the Jane-Finch Community and Family Centre, is a member of the Board of Directors of The Kingsway Business Improvement Area, co-chairman of the Ushering Committee of Beth Tzedec Synagogue, and has served as chair of the 22 Division Community Police Liaison Committee.

About The Ontario Pharmacists Association

The Ontario Pharmacists Association is committed to evolving the pharmacy profession, and advocating for excellence in practice and patient care. As Canada’s largest advocacy organization, and continuing education and drug information provider for pharmacists, the Association represents pharmacy professionals across Ontario. By leveraging the unique expertise of pharmacy professionals, enabling them to practice to their fullest potential, and making them more accessible to patients, OPA is working to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system.

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