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John is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, class of 1992. John started out his career in Manitoba where he managed an independent pharmacy in a smaller community for 2 years. He then moved back to Saskatchewan in 1994 with stops in Kindersley and Rosetown. John operated a pharmacy under the Pharmasave banner for 8 years. During his time with Pharmasave, John was involved as Chair for PS Central BOD and also held a board position on the PS National board for 4 years. John has been living in Saskatoon since 2007 and for the past 10 years has owned and operated a Shoppers Drug Mart. He currently owns the Stonebridge location and has done so since it first opened in 2014. While with SDM, John has had four stores in Saskatoon. During his career, John has served on many different committees including Chamber of Commerce, as chair in Rosetown, Peers committee with SDM, and various other ad hoc committees. John is married to wife, Molisa and they have 3 children.
George graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, class of 1987. He currently is the owner of the Shoppers Drug Mart Landmark location in Regina. He grew up in northern Saskatchewan, and after university worked as a staff pharmacist for IDA, pharmacy manager for Pinders, and owner of Shoppers Drug Mart in Calgary. He has had SDM stores in Calgary, Lloydminster, Winnipeg and currently in Regina for the last 22 years. George served on the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Council for 8 years and was President in 2009. Presently he is sitting as a member of the PAS economics committee, chair of the complaints committee for the SCPP, and first-term member of the PAS Board. He has been on several pharmacy committees and represented the college as a member of the U of R Senate. George is also a member of the Executive Assoc. of Regina, PPREIG, and volunteered for organizations like JDRF Ride, Juvenile Arthritis Mini Grand Prix, SDM WFM, and as a Scout Leader. When not at work, you can find George with his wife Jacqueline enjoying the outdoors hiking, golfing, and rollerblading.
Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) Chair and Representative
Christine is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan. She currently is an owner of Pharmacy First on 8th and Pharmacy First at Lifebridge. Previous to this Christine was a Shoppers Drug Mart franchise owner for 16 years in both Regina and Saskatoon. Christine served and chaired the Pharmacy Economics Committee for 5 years. She served on the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Council for 3 years and was President in 2010. Christine serves on the PAS Board currently and chaired for 2 years. Christine is the appointed PAS representative on the Canadian Pharmacists Association board. She has volunteered for many community boards such as SREDA ,YWCA , United Way and Women Entrepreneurs. Christine lives in Saskatoon with her husband Gordon Wyant.
Amy has been practicing as a pharmacist in Saskatchewan for 5 years in community pharmacy, most recently as a compounding pharmacist in Saskatoon. She currently works as a compounding and hormone consultant pharmacist at Saskatoon Family Pharmacy. Her passion is preventative care with a focus on identifying and replacing nutrient and hormone deficiencies. As an undergraduate, Amy was heavily involved in pharmacy student advocacy positions for the profession of pharmacy including local student representative for CPhA and CAPSI, Vice-President of Communications for CAPSI National and Chair of CAPSI National membership committee. Amy was also student representative on the Pharmacist Practice Change Working Group (PPCWG). These positions provided her with an in-depth understanding of the challenges facing the profession of pharmacy and the necessity for advocacy and a united front to ensure progress and excellence in a rapidly changing practice environment. This is her second year on the Board of Directors for the Association of Compounding Pharmacists of Canada and Amy's second term with PAS Board of Directors.
CSHP-PAS Representative (Appointed)
Laura Almas graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015 and started working in hospital pharmacy with the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region as a new graduate. She then completed her hospital residency in Regina and continued to work for the health region as a clinical pharmacist in the areas of cardiology and critical care. Laura also worked part-time in community pharmacy with Shoppers Drug Mart to provide enhanced services to patients. She is currently working at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. She is engaged in pharmacy research and continues to research in the areas of enhancing patient safety on transitions in care through the health care system and medication reconciliation on hospital discharge. Laura was heavily involved in leadership and professional advocacy during her undergraduate training and looks forward to continuing to contribute to the growth of the profession in this new role. This is her first term as the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists representative on the PAS Board of Directors.
Cordell Hilderman obtained his BSP in 1996 and began community pharmacy practice in Assiniboia with the local Co-op Pharmacy. Since 1998, he has alternately worked as a staff pharmacist for Shoppers Drug Mart in Regina, pharmacy manager and shareholder at Pharmasave in Saskatoon, and since 2012, pharmacy manager at Saskatoon Co-op. In addition to managing duties, Cordell currently acts as Pharmacy Coordinator, advising all Saskatoon Co-op Pharmacy Managers. Cordell now lives in Saskatoon with his wife Jackie and their three children. Outside of work he has been involved with coaching and volunteering with Baseball Saskatoon and Sutherland Curling Club, and has recently attained the designation of Certified Competition Coach in Curling.
Graduated in 2008 from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Science. In 2010, she moved to Townsville, Australia and attended James Cook University where she graduated in 2013 with her Bachelor of Pharmacy. Lindsey moved back to Saskatchewan and became a practicing pharmacist in February of 2015 and started working immediately for RQHR (now known as the Saskatchewan Health Authority) with a clinical focus in Cardiology, while also working relief at Towers Pharmacy in the community. Her passion for practice has always been in mental health and addictions. In March 2017, an opportunity to work in a community pharmacy with a mental health focus presented. Lindsey works for Vital Care Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy in the community and still practices casually at the hospital while working towards her PharmD through the University of Alberta. Lindsey is a strong advocate for the development of the pharmacy profession and strives for professional integrity. She brings her leadership and contributions towards improved patient health outcomes. She feels strongly that independent pharmacists should have a seat on the board with adequate representation as we contribute an important perspective regarding goals and tactics identified in the PAS strategic plan, acting as PAS ambassadors for honesty, professional integrity, the promotion and financial sustainability of pharmacist practice by ensuring adequate representation of members in the decision-making process.
Senior Stick Student Representative (incoming Appointed August 2018)
Palima is currently a third-year Pharmacy student at the University of Saskatchewan. Her interest in Pharmacy originated from her love for sciences in high school, and now she is on her path to becoming the first Pharmacist in her family! This past summer, Palima worked for PAS as a summer student and thoroughly enjoyed her time working on various projects. During the school year, she enjoys volunteering for the Medical Assessment Centre as a student as well as the MAC Tobacco Cessation Program where she holds the position of Promotions Coordinator. Palima has also been actively involved with PAM for the past few years. She designed the PAM brochure for 2017 as a part of the Promotions committee, has co-chaired the last two successful Admissions Nights, and has participated in Community Outreach initiatives such as volunteering for the Pill Drive, and delivering presentations to elementary and high schools. Outside of school, Palima has been working as a guitar teacher for almost four years. She has also worked at Camp Easter Seal as a Counsellor after completing the Counsellor in Training (CIT) program which was one of her favorite jobs. In her free time, she enjoys taking road trips, going to concerts and spending time with her family, friends, and dog! As Senior Stick Elect she is excited to engage students with pharmacy practice on a provincial level, and advocate for the pharmacy profession.
Robyn was born and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. She completed her BSP in 2015 from the University of Saskatchewan. Robyn began her career in pharmacy as an assistant and is now a pharmacist at the Medi-Center Pharmacy in Prince Albert. As a clinical outreach pharmacist, Robyn works with the Wellness Wheel, an inter-professional team that works in rural and First Nations communities across Saskatchewan. The Wellness Wheel provides HIV, Hepatitis C and chronic disease care to their patients. She works with many other health professionals from infectious disease specialists to epidemiologists and family physicians. Also, in collaboration with local RNs, Robyn leads HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) programs in communities and a regular diabetes clinic with an NP.
Warren is a 2008 graduate from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. He previously served on the Pharmasave Central Board of Directors and the Pharamsave National Board of Directors. He has been active with Pharmasave, being involved with committees and their board. He is a strong advocate for patient access to services and for the sustainability of the profession, especially in rural Saskatchewan. He was previously a staff pharmacist in Kindersley for one year. After Kindersley, Warren and his wife, Rheanne, moved to Whitewood where they currently operate the Pharmasaves in both Broadview and Whitewood.
Monique graduated with Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy and Nutrition in 1993. She has worked in both community and hospital pharmacy. Until 2017, she worked as a staff pharmacist at the Victoria Hospital Pharmacy. Monique role there included drug distribution, clinical pharmacist services, student preceptorship (pharmacist and technician), participation in the Saskatchewan Primary Care Pharmacist pilot project, collaboration with the local Diabetes Education Centre (2016) and eventually a position that included both working in the health region Pre-Surgical Assessment Clinic and as a Pharmacy Educator. Monique’s role as the Pharmacy Educator included a wide range of roles and responsibilities from education of physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and the pharmacy team, development and implementation of patient order sets, participation in provincial “Smart Pump” drug library development to being a member of the Victoria Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Monique is currently the Executive Director of Pharmacy for the Lake Country Co-operative Association in Prince Albert.
Dr. Jane Alcorn
Dean and Appointed Representative of the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan
Jane Alcorn is Professor of Pharmacy and past Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Affairs of the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan. She has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacokinetics) from the University of Kentucky. Jane has expertise in pharmacokinetics which she has applied to research focused on the determinants of neonatal exposure risk in the medicated nursing mother/neonate dyad and to the health benefits of phytochemicals such as flaxseed lignans and the cannabinoids. Jane provides pharmacokinetic expertise to a significant number of collaborative and translational research projects. Jane is a co-lead of the Cannabinoid Research Initiative of Saskatchewan (CRIS), an interdisciplinary research cluster whose goal is to provide Canadians with the evidence-based knowledge needed to effectively and appropriately use medical Cannabis. As newly appointed Dean, Jane hopes to continue a strong applied research tradition in the two divisions and to work closely with stakeholders to ensure the college provides high quality professional programs and graduates.
Paul graduated from the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto in 2011 after earning a degree in Biology from the University of Regina. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, he returned upon graduation and has been working in Swift Current ever since. He is currently the Pharmacist/Owner for Shoppers Drug Mart in Swift Current. He is actively involved in the community, speaking at local support groups as well as providing educational seminars to the local medical residents and family physicians in the area. Paul is also involved in advancing the profession, serving as Chair of the PAS Board, as a Pharmacy Peer Leader with eHealth Saskatchewan and a member of the Pharmacy Reference Group with Canada Health Infoway. Paul is an avid sports fan and is often found on the links, diamond, field or ice when not at work. Paul is looking forward to his second term on the PAS Board of Directors.
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