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.
- Anmol Sooch, University of British Columbia
- Rachel Hanson, University of Alberta
- Lauren Lueken, University of Saskatchewan
- Christine Vaccaro, University of Manitoba
- Christine Tan, University of Toronto
- Mayur Tailor, University of Waterloo
- Kevin Demers, Université Laval
- Olivier Landry, Université de Montréal
- Donna Mbamy-Conci, Dalhousie University
- Jacob Drolet, Memorial University
Anmol Sooch grew up in Surrey, BC. After witnessing the crucial role pharmacists play in guiding, advising and optimizing patient health outcomes, she soon realized that pharmacy was for her. Anmol entered the pharmacy program at UBC after completing a Bachelor of Science focusing on biology. As a pharmacy student, she is passionate about advocating for the student body and the pharmacy profession. Wanting to make a more connected and inclusive student environment, Anmol and 2 peers co-founded the Pharmily Mentorship Program, which provides a network of support and guidance for incoming pharmacy students to make their transition as seamless as possible. Throughout her education, Anmol has had the opportunity to work in community, research and clinical-based settings and hopes to pursue a clinical practice in the future. Anmol believes that the future of pharmacy will allow for much more collaborative and leadership roles for pharmacists, making meaningful impacts on each patient’s health-care journey.
Rachel Hanson grew up in Medicine Hat, AB, prior to moving to Edmonton to pursue pharmacy at the University of Alberta. Rachel has been involved with her pharmacy student association through various committees and as the junior and senior representative for the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns (CAPSI). Rachel was drawn to pharmacy because of the opportunities to interact with and help patients by being an accessible health-care provider, as well as being able to take part in interdisciplinary collaboration to provide patient-centered care. She sees pharmacy as a profession that will continue to evolve and expand as the health-care system and the world continue to change, resulting in expanding scopes of practice and improved access to health care for patients. Rachel is very eager and proud to join this ever-evolving profession upon graduation.
Lauren Lueken was born and raised in Melfort, SK, before relocating to Saskatoon to begin her post-secondary education at the University of Saskatchewan. Lauren completed two years of a bachelor’s degree in Physiology and Pharmacology prior to entering the College of Pharmacy & Nutrition. While completing her PharmD degree, Lauren has held several leadership positions, including the CAPSI junior and senior representative positions and coordinating the Professional Development Week 2023 planning committee. She is inspired by many peers and mentors with whom she has been grateful to build lasting relationships. As a future pharmacist, Lauren is driven to advocate for the growth of harm reduction practices within the pharmacy profession. Lauren is excited to begin a new future and the expansion of the pharmacy practice.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, MB, Christine Vaccaro completed her BSc at the University of Manitoba in 2018. Throughout her life, Christine had the unique opportunity to see pharmacy practice evolve. Growing up as the daughter of a pharmacist, she saw the impacts that scope of practice changes had on patients and communities, which drew her to pursue a career in the profession. Today, Christine is an avid researcher, passionate advocate, and promoter of STEM outreach who has garnered a reputation as a dedicated, thoughtful and collaborative leader. She has held roles on CAPSI National Council, the Pharmacists Manitoba Board of Directors, and is the current CAPSI National President, where she is a powerful voice for Canadian students and the profession. Christine envisions a future where pharmacy regulations better reflect pharmacists’ clinical expertise and allow them to practice to their full potential in every province. She hopes to find ways to optimize patient care through research and innovative technology that will assist all pharmacists in better serving their communities.
Christine Tan was born in Singapore and immigrated to Markham, ON, with her family at the age of 8. She completed an undergraduate degree and BMSc at Western University and she is now entering her final year of her PharmD degree at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto. What drew Christine to pharmacy was the prism of possibilities found within this profession, and her belief that pharmacy is well-positioned to span many diverse pathways. To inspire students to explore these possible pathways, Christine has been actively involved in leadership roles at the University of Toronto, including President of the Undergraduate Pharmacy Society. Christine believes that the profession of pharmacy can be furthered when we all come together to learn from each other and she has acted to promote this mission. Outside of school and extracurriculars, Christine loves dodgeball, skiing and playing guitar.
Mayur Tailor was born and raised in Ottawa, ON, where he completed a Biomedical Sciences degree before pursuing a PharmD at the University of Waterloo. Mayur was drawn to the world of pharmacy after learning about the diversity of roles pharmacists can take on in community, hospital and non-traditional practice settings. Mayur has a passion for assisting marginalized populations, and has pursued that passion as a leader in the ConquerCOVID-19 initiative and founding the PharmCovid-19 organization, which delivered thousands of PPE across Ontario shelters and health-care settings. Mayur is also engaged in several advocacy initiatives in the Society of Pharmacy Students and has worked with Ontario Pharmacists Association to create the #PharmacistsOnTheFrontline campaign. Mayur hopes to pursue a non-traditional career in medication market access and hopes to expand the leadership roles of pharmacists in this area. In his free time, Mayur enjoys going to the gym, photography and travelling.
Kevin Demers was born and raised in Quebec, where he obtained bachelor's and master's degrees in occupational therapy before continuing his undergraduate studies in pharmacy at Laval University. He discovered his passion for pharmacy by working as a pharmacy technician since 2009. He has seen the profession evolve over the years and sees the importance of the role of the pharmacist on the frontline. Since beginning his pharmacy education, Kevin has held several leadership positions within the Association Générale Étudiante de Pharmacie de l’Université Laval (AGEP) and has been actively involved in several committees. During his year as president of AGEP, Kevin set up the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee and established a collaboration with the Faculty of Pharmacy to discuss issues related to the committee’s mission. As a future health professional, Kevin wishes to raise awareness of the systemic health barriers faced by many people from diverse backgrounds. He is proud of the evolution of the profession and wants to promote holistic and inclusive care delivery in pharmacy.
Born in Montreal, QC, Olivier Landry is completing his PharmD at the University of Montreal. He is the past president of the Association des Étudiant(e)s en Pharmacie de l'Université de Montréal (AÉPUM) humanitarian committee (2019-2020), VP External of AÉPUM (2020-2021) and is currently serving as the AÉPUM president (2021-2022). Through these roles, Olivier focused his efforts on various projects promoting diversity, including penning an open letter on blood donation from the 2S/LGBTQIA+ community, as well as through participation in conferences aimed at raising awareness among future generations of pharmacists to various social issues (e.g., EDI, ecology, news, etc.). He is also a director and treasurer at I.D.É.Action, a new organization that aims to train and raise awareness among health professionals on diversity issues. He has also had the opportunity to represent University of Montréal students on various student, professional and faculty bodies, and is working to make the teaching environment more suitable and healthier by being part of a thesis writing team aimed at improving the student condition in his program.
Donna Mbamy-Conci, Dalhousie University
Donna was born and raised in Penticton, BC. At the age of 12, she began working in a community pharmacy, which inspired her to become a pharmacist. After completing 2 years of pharmacy school at Dalhousie University she was accepted into Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law, and she began law school while concurrently in her third year of pharmacy. Donna created a non-for-profit association called Sunshine Smiles Foundation, to alleviate poverty, restore dignity, reduce stigmatism and improve overall wellness. As a Youth Team leader of Nova Scotia Community Alliance, she directed pharmacists and students who educate Black Nova Scotians on STBBIs. As a future pharmacist and lawyer, Donna’s mission is to advocate for and defend Canadians’ medical and legal rights to uphold their equity, diversity, welfare and dignity. Donna is a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Air Forces, Licensed Private Pilot and Glider Pilot Instructor. She is also a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, teaching Zumba, BollyX, Pound, Xtreme Hip Hop and Tabata.
Originally from Kingston, ON, Jacob Drolet completed a BSc in Life Sciences at Queen’s University before starting pharmacy school at Memorial University of Newfoundland. With an interest in pharmacology and helping patients, he decided to pursue pharmacy. During pharmacy school, Jacob realized pharmacists’ impacts on patients, both by helping them work through medication-related issues and by managing their medications in collaboration with other professionals. Jacob has been involved in various organizations, including a role promoting hospital-related opportunities to students as Student Representative for the Canadian Society for Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP). He has also had the opportunity to volunteer with community organizations, working on projects to help patients navigate complex medication regimens. Jacob plans to pursue a career where he can work directly with patients to help them achieve their medication-related goals, and where he can collaborate with other health-care professionals to prevent medication issues from falling through the cracks.