Two Surrey pharmacists have been honoured for their achievements at the 2015 BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) Pharmacy Awards.
Jennifer Chan, a pharmacy manager with Save-On-Foods in South Surrey, is the recipient of the 2015 Takeda Magnum Opus Award, which recognizes a pharmacist who has completed advanced training or education with the goal of promoting improved patient care.
Chan has ascribed to lifelong learning and has a commitment to optimizing patient care. She has achieved advanced training as a certified diabetes educator, a certified insulin pump trainer, an injections certified pharmacist, and a travel health vaccine provider.
“I’m really honored to receive this reward because I feel like I am simply pursuing my passion for advanced clinical knowledge and training to better the level of care that I can ultimately provide to my patients,” she said.
To make the most of her training, Chan provides educational seminars to community physicians. She routinely offers community health clinics and screening tests on topics such as foot neuropathy, cholesterol, diabetes, and sleep hygiene.
Chan regularly collaborates with the BC Lung Association to provide workplace seminars on smoking cessation to team members within her company.
She also gives educational presentations at community pharmacist events, at health and wellness fairs and at seniors’ homes.
Allan Wong, a pharmacist/owner with Shoppers Drug Mart in Surrey, is the recipient of the 2015 Ben Gant Innovative Practice, which recognizes a BCPhA member who has demonstrated significant innovation in his practice and the profession.
In collaboration with the UBC Faculty of Medicine, Wong created the first ever community pharmacy elective for family medicine residents. This course gives soon-to-be family doctors exposure to the practice of pharmacy and demonstrates how collaboration works in a real-life setting.
“What a humbling experience,” said Wong. “It’s an honour to receive this award and be recognized by my pharmacist peers.”
While an associate-owner at Shoppers Drug Mart at the Jimmy Pattison Outpatient Centre in Surrey, Wong was instrumental in forging relationships with doctors, nurses, and personnel at Fraser Health Authority. The creation of this UBC elective is an example of Allan’s hard work building relationships in the health-care community.
Wong’s pharmacy was also one of 22 locations across BC selected for the innovative “Genomics for Precision Drug Therapy in the Community Pharmacy” project.
The BCPhA Pharmacy Awards recognize pharmacists and others who have played an essential part in the profession. The awards were presented at the BCPhA Annual Conference in Victoria on May 22, 2015.
The BC Pharmacy Association is a not-for-profit, voluntary, professional association of pharmacists and pharmacies.
It represents more than 3,000 pharmacists and 850 pharmacies throughout B.C.