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Canadian Pharmacists Association
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CPhA Centennial Leadership Award

In recognition of a student who has actively promoted the profession of pharmacy and his/her faculty and has achieved good academic standing.

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Sponsored by Scotiabank.

Jennifer Butler, University of Manitoba

Jennifer didn't always know she wanted to be a health care provider. While pursuing a joint major in microbiology and biochemistry at l'Université de Saint-Boniface, she realized she had a passion for the health-related topics in her biochemistry classes. With a little nudge from a good friend, Jennifer applied to the College of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba. During her time as a pharmacy student, she has been incredibly fortunate to be involved in so many activities and events, including the highlight of them all: Professional Development Week 2017 in Winnipeg, MB. After graduation, Jennifer hopes to pursue an interprofessional practice, whether that be in hospital, community of primary care practice.

Taylor Raiche, University of Saskatchewan

Taylor Raiche was born and raised in the Battlefords in northwest Saskatchewan. As a high school student, Taylor was employed as an after-school cashier in a small pharmacy where she watched three new graduates take the first steps in their careers as independent pharmacists. It was the enthusiasm for patient care possessed by these bright young grads that drew Taylor to pursuing a similar career path. Six years later, Taylor is entering her fourth year of pharmacy school at the University of Saskatchewan, and is drawn to primary care and academia. She is dedicated to demonstrating the value of the collaborative pharmacist within the patient's circle of care, while also maintaining her fervent passion for civic engagement instilled in her at a young age. Taylor has been the Pharmacy Co-President and Past President of the Saskatchewan Pharmacy and Nutrition Students' Society, and now holds an ex official position to provide extra support and guidance throughout the school's transition to PharmD. Taylor has been engaged with her provincial advocacy body in Saskatchewan as a student and is excited to become increasingly more involved in pharmacy advocacy on the community, provincial and national levels once graduated.

Raphaël Gagnon-Paradis, Laval University

Raphaël Gagnon-Paradis is a graduate student in the Pharm. D. program at Laval University in the beautiful city of Quebec. He chose the profession of pharmacy because it enables him to combine his passion for health sciences and management with the opportunity to develop trusting relationships with his patients. "We are faced with many untapped opportunities in community pharmacy and I believe I play a role in the advancement of pharmaceutical practices,” he says. Raphaël has sat on several boards and is past president of the General Association of Pharmacy Students at Laval. He actively shares his ideas for the evolution of the pharmacy business model. "I think we're still too focused on the product and not enough on the patient,” he explains. “The future of our industry depends on the delivery of value-added clinical services." Raphaël wants to remain actively involved with professional associations and own his own pharmacy.

Kristina Kozlovsky, University of Waterloo

Kristina was born and raised in Smiths Falls, ON, a small town near Ottawa. She received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology from Queen’s University before beginning the PharmD program at the University of Waterloo. Throughout her time in the pharmacy program, Kristina has dedicated her time to enhancing the student life experience and promoting the profession of pharmacy and her faculty. During her time as Vice President of the Society of Pharmacy Students she organized Orientation Week 2017 for the incoming Pharmacy Class of 2020 and the Ontario Pharmacy Students Integrative Summit (OPSIS), which brought together over 80 students from the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto for a two and half day conference in Niagara Falls. Kristina is excited to begin her new role within the Waterloo Health Professions Committee as the Public Relations Officer where she hopes to continue to promote collaboration between the health professionals in Ontario. Kristina is currently completing her final co-op placement at Sanofi Pasteur in Toronto, which has made her excited about the diversity of opportunities ahead of her as she continues to explore her future career path.

Laurie Hudon-Germain, University of Montreal

Laurie Hudon-Germain is enrolled in the Pharm. D. program at the University of Montreal. It was while working as a technical assistant in pharmacy that she discovered a real passion for pharmacy. The balance between science and human relations is the main reason why she decided to pursue a career as a pharmacist. Laurie believes in the importance of the pharmacist at the heart of the health system and believes that the profession is currently experiencing the changes that will allow it to evolve into an unequivocal clinical practice. Laurie also wants to become the owner of a pharmacy in her young career and dreams of a company where various professionals with the priority of taking care of the patient in its entirety will meet. “We have to unite the strengths of different health care professionals in order to provide patients with the most comprehensive quality care possible," she says.

Kyia Hynes, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Kyia Hynes grew up in Reef’s Harbour, a rural community on the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland.  She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Analytical Chemistry from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). After working in a laboratory for 2 years she decided to pursue a career in pharmacy, as it would combine both her interest in chemistry and her desire to help people improve their health. Kyia is very passionate about expanding the role of the pharmacist in the health care system and has an interest in health economics.  She has become an advocate for the profession through her role as the CAPSI representative at MUN. She also sits on several committees at her university, chaired the MUN PAM 2016 campaign and is the current student representative on the Pharmacists’ Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (PANL) board of directors. After graduation she hopes to complete a residency and a PharmD in the future. Kyia is grateful for everyone who has influenced and inspired her during her time in pharmacy school.

Pierre Thabet, Dalhousie University

Pierre Thabet was exposed to pharmacy his whole life. His father, who is a pharmacist, has always been an example of the hard work and meaningful impact a pharmacist can have on his/her community. Combined with his passion for learning, understanding and working with others, Pierre realized pharmacy was the right path for him, too! Throughout his pharmacy education at Dalhousie, Pierre has been involved with CAPSI; first, as a local representative, and then as president in 2017-2018. In this position, he has worked to promote a unified, vibrant and passionate, community of pharmacy students. Pierre believes that with every challenge comes a new opportunity for change, innovation and success. After graduation, Pierre hopes to make a different in lives of his patients, to challenge the current work environment to welcome an ever growing number of clinical services, and to continue to promote the value that pharmacists bring to patient centered care among pharmacy's many stakeholders. “The longer I spend in pharmacy, the more opportunity I see, and the more excited I am to be part of this growing profession.”

Stephanie Song, University of British Columbia

A volunteer position in a pharmacy and a mentor with a strong connection with his patients motivated Stephanie Song to apply to the pharmacy program at the University of British Columbia. “The pharmacist I shadowed was very kind and patient, knowledgeable and professional,” she says. “His patients trusted him (more than other healthcare professionals actually), and I was inspired.” An extrovert dedicated to learning, Stephanie says, “I feel really satisfied if at the end of the day I know I changed someone's life for the better, whether that being medication management or being just a person to listen, empathize, and care about them.” Since starting her pharmacy education, Stephanie has been heavily involved with CAPSI, the national student body that advocates for pharmacy students. She was also involved with the undergraduate society at UBC and co-chaired Pharmacy Awareness Month in 2016.

Alexander Mok, University of Toronto

Alexander Mok was born and raised in Richmond Hill, ON. Coming from a family of health care professionals, he knew early on that he wanted to pursue a career in this field. Alexander completed his Honours Bachelors of Science at the University of Toronto in 2014. During his undergrad, Alexander’s mother battled with and beat breast cancer. This experience motivated him to begin his pharmacy career at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. Alexander has spearheaded the Orientation Week and Banquet for incoming students, the Back-to-School Mixer, Awards Night and Pharmacist Awareness Month activities. Currently, Alexander is in his final year of the PharmD program and aims to enhance the care provided to patients in the oncology setting and also advocate for the pharmacy profession.

Marline Aizouki, University of Alberta

Marline Aizouki hails from Edmonton, AB. Entering her fourth year of pharmacy at the University of Alberta, Marline believes that the profession of pharmacy chose her even more than she chose it. “I knew pretty early that I’m interested in healthcare,” she says. “I’ve always been interested in the sciences and population health and at some point made the connection that pharmacy is great way to bring all of that together.” In pharmacy school Marline has had tremendous opportunities to see pharmacy practice in multiple settings and witness the ongoing transformation of our profession. She is truly excited by the evolution of our profession, and deeply inspired by the advocates who made it possible. As the profession of pharmacy continues to evolve, Marline is looking forward to being involved in future advocacy efforts and continuing to play an active role in promoting positive change.