2021 Future of Pharmacy: Dimitri Kachenyuk
Clinical Pharmacist, Assistant Pharmacy Manage
Mint Health + Drugs, Edmonton
The Future of Pharmacy Award is presented to up to three pharmacists a year who have been in practice for less than five years and who exhibit strong leadership skills, possess the initiative to become a role model, and offer extraordinary promise to the profession.
One of this year’s recipients is Dimitri Kachenyuk, Assistant Pharmacy Manager with Mint Health + Drugs in Edmonton.
Dimitri graduated from the University of Alberta's Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences' PharmD program in 2018 and began to advocate for the profession of pharmacy and the vulnerable sector.
Dimitri started his career at an inner-city community pharmacy, focusing on serving some of the most vulnerable Edmontonians. One of Dimitri’s first endeavors was developing a pharmacist-based outreach program for those residing in an inner-city housing facility. Dimitri visited the site week after week to eventually earn the trust of the residents.
Dimitri has also collaborated with an infectious disease specialist to receive didactic and practical training on treating Hepatitis C. He also practised outreach pharmacist work at an Indigenous-based supportive housing facility. During the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dimitri led his community pharmacy as the sole pharmacy services provider for the temporary emergency COVID-19 isolation shelter at the Edmonton Expo Centre.
"Dimitri has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, passion for the profession, and has gone above and beyond what has been expected of him as a pharmacist. Over the course of his short career, I have had the privilege of watching him grow and progress to not only drive forward his clinical practice, but also demonstrate his passion for advocacy and education," said Kit Poon, Director of Mint Health + Drugs, who co-nominated Dimitri for this award.
"Dimitri has demonstrated exceptional service by advocating for our residents. He has gone above and beyond advocating for many residents when they needed medications, carries and medical supplies," said Grace Half, lead LPN for the Ambrose Place Health Care team, who wrote a letter of support for Dimitri.