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Diabetes Champions

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The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is pleased to introduce your Diabetes Pharmacist Champions. These 10 individuals will act as diabetes leaders in their regions by increasing awareness and knowledge of diabetes among pharmacists that will contribute to overall improved diabetes management and health for those who live with this chronic disease.

They will also be available to act as spokespersons, leaders, and facilitators of CPhA diabetes continuing education. Each Champion brings with them their unique experiences and commitment to diabetes education and the promotion of the pharmacy profession.

We do not currently have a Diabetes Pharmacist Champion in the Province of Quebec or Newfoundland. If you live in either of these provinces and would like to be a Champion, or know someone who does, contact us at

Here are your Diabetes Pharmacist Champions

Janet Bradshaw, Saskatchewan

A University of Saskatchewan graduate, Janet completed her bachelor of science in pharmacy and hasn’t looked back. She currently works as a Diabetes Educator Consultant for Pharmasave Drugs (Central Region) Ltd. where she develops programs and tools for Pharmasave pharmacists to use in caring for their patients with diabetes at the community level. As well, she delivers educational sessions and conducts in-store patient consultations.

Since becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE*) in 2007, Janet has worked to promote collaborative diabetes care with local diabetes educators, physicians, and nursing and care home staff.

She’s a member of the South Saskatchewan chapter of the Canadian Diabetes Association, and represents Saskatchewan on CPhA’s Board of Directors.

Michele Forsythe Lycett, Nova Scotia

A graduate of Dalhousie University’s College of Pharmacy, Michele and her husband Kirk have owned Bridgetown Pharmasave in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia since 1999.

Michele knows first-hand the difficulties of living with diabetes having been diagnosed with the disease herself. For the past nine years, Michele been a CDE and has developed, presented, and published many continuing educations programs and resources on diabetes. Additionally, she is the facilitator of a local diabetes support group, and is a member of the Canadian Diabetes Association’s Team Diabetes where she helped raise funds and has completed marathons around the world.

Michele is currently President-Elect of the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia.

Kathleen Kenning, Ontario

A University of Toronto Faculty of Pharmacy graduate, Kathleen has worked in a variety of settings from hospital pharmacy to a consulting firm. Ultimately, she decided on a return to community pharmacy.

Kathleen has experienced the difficulties of living with diabetes - her father was diagnosed with type 2. She has been a CDE and member of the Canadian Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Educator Section for 10 years. She’s presented on diabetes education across Ontario to a variety of health care professionals and is a guest lecturer to a personal support worker training program where she speaks of the role front line health care workers have in the prevention and detection of diabetes.

She works closely with family practice physicians and enjoys providing diabetes education to her colleagues and patients.

Suzie Pilon, Ontario

Suzie completed her bachelor of science in pharmacy at the University of Montreal and brings 15 years of community pharmacy experience. She believes strongly in the role of the pharmacist as an accessible community health care professional, especially when it comes to diabetes care. Suzie provides support and education on topics such as monitoring blood glucose, insulin, and self-testing for her patients with diabetes. As well, she assists patients who require help seeking financial support to maintain their medications.

As a certified geriatric pharmacist, Suzie has made presentations to long-term health care facilities and their patients on how to better manage their medications and illnesses. She is scheduled to become a CDE in 2010.

Colin Reeve, Manitoba

Graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with his bachelor of science in pharmacy, Colin has spent 10 of his last 13 years as a CDE and a practicing pharmacist focusing on providing diabetes education to his patients.

Colin has worked exclusively with local government and health care workers to promote diabetes management and healthy dietary habits via a retail-based wellness program. The program provided educational handouts on topics such as nutrition and insulin intake, and was translated into Inuktitut. As a volunteer of the Canadian Diabetes Association, Colin participated in the coordination of translating various Association brochures into 10 indigenous dialects.

Kilby Rinco, Prince Edward Island

Kilby graduated with her bachelor of science in pharmacy from Dalhousie University, after which she moved to Ottawa for a hospital pharmacy residency at the Ottawa Hospital. She worked in community pharmacies throughout Ottawa until her return to the Maritimes in 2006. She is currently a proud member of The Friendly Pharmacy team in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Kilby has advocated for the pharmacy profession through her work as a board member of several associations including the Victorian Order of Nurses (Ottawa-Renfrew Branch), the Canadian Pharmacy Residents Association, and CPhA’s Membership Advisory Committee.

In 2008, Kilby became a CDE and uses the knowledge and tools she acquired to help patients with diabetes reach their goals and improve their quality of life.

Annette Robinson, British Columbia

A pharmaceutical sciences graduate of the University of British Columbia, Annette presently lives and works in Chilliwack at Nelmes Prescription Pharmacy, a small independent pharmacy.

It was her father’s diagnosis with type 2 that started her increased involvement in diabetes education. In addition to becoming a CDE, which she has held for the past eight years, she received her credentialling in disease state management in diabetes from the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA). She has been a loyal volunteer with the Canadian Diabetes Association, acting as professional representative and Vice-President of the Chilliwack branch. In 2009, she was invited to become a Mini-med Insulin Pump Trainer.

Rob Roscoe, New Brunswick

Graduating from Dalhousie University, Rob worked at various hospitals in the Maritimes where he stumbled upon his niche for retail pharmacy and began working at Kennebecasis Drugs in 1989. His interest in diabetes education started when he began helping procure an insulin pump and supplies for his patients. This interest progressed over the next decade and led Rob to becoming a CDE in 2004. He is also a certified Insulin Pump Trainer, a coagulation specialist, and a certified Continuous Glucose Monitoring System Sensor Trainer.

Rob authored a "how-to" manual on type 2 diabetes, as well as a variety of other diabetes-related articles. With support from his employer, he participates in a weekly lecture at the Diabetes Education Centre as part of their patient management sessions.

Rick Siemens, Alberta

A graduate of the universities of Lethbridge and Alberta, Rick has actively promoted the pharmacy profession throughout his career. He has worked as a retail pharmacy manager in rural communities and large urban centres across Alberta and continues to work closely with physicians and patients in clinic and community settings.

Rick became a CDE in 1999, and has worked with physicians in diabetes centres. Being very interested in insulin therapy, he pursued certification as an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor trainer. He is proudly one of the first 15 pharmacists in Alberta to gain additional prescribing privileges, and also holds authorization to administer drugs by injection.

In 2009, Rick was awarded the Canadian Diabetes Association’s Outstanding Health Professional of the Year award at their regional volunteer recognition event.


*CDE® is a registered trademark of the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board, the use of this mark is under license.

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