2014 Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia: Don Makowichuk
Pharmacist / Co-Owner, LifeMed Pharmacies
Don Makowichuk is one busy man! In addition to maintaining an active pharmacy career, Don has compiled an outstanding record of community service. His community took note and has now ensured that his good work is being recognized.
Don is active in Kiwanis, the Ottewell Community League, the United Commercial Travelers of America (UCT) and the United Way. Don served two terms as Kiwanis president, was president of the Granite Curling Club, and was Pharmacy Chair of the World 2001 Track and Field Championship in Edmonton. In his local community, he has been involved in fundraising for Juventus Soccer Club, the Sherwood Park Volleyball Club, NAVC Volleyball Club, and was a Section Chair for the United Way.
Don has helped organizing provincial curling and golf events. As a volunteer with UCT, a non-profit community service group which generates income through various fundraising projects, Don has aided local organizations such as Camp Health, Hope and Happiness, the Allen Gray Continuing Care Centre, and L.Y. Cairns School.
In pharmacy, Don has held a variety of roles with the Capital Health Region Pharmacists’ Association, the Canadian Pharmacists Association, the Alberta College of Pharmacy, and the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association. In Don’s practice, he strives for patient well-being and improvements in overall drug therapy. Don is part of a larger team of clinical pharmacists that advocates for better therapies for his patients based on their needs and the therapy’s effectiveness.
Don’s work travelling abroad to help Caribbean pharmacists upgrade their pharmacy practice epitomizes his commitment to sharing his pharmacy practice for the betterment of the overall profession. “Canadians have helped to shape the drug policy in the Caribbean. Pharmacy is a constantly changing profession, and as a pharmacist you cannot be afraid to share your experiences in the industry.”Don models the words he shared as a mentor to students: “Don’t be afraid to try something new, step out of your boundaries to grow as an individual.” His community is the better for it.