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APEX Awards

2020 APEX Awards

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2020 Alberta Pharmacy Excellence (APEX) Awards! Initiated in 2007 and jointly presented by the Alberta College of Pharmacy and the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA), the APEX Awards recognize excellence in pharmacy practice in Alberta.

Our 2020 APEX Award recipients were nominated by their peers for providing exceptional patient care to Albertans and contributing to the advancement of pharmacy practice. We applaud the efforts of all our award recipients, as well as the efforts of those who took the time to share their story through a nomination letter. 

Unfortunately, we had to postpone this year’s awards dinner due to COVID-19. While we are disappointed that we can’t celebrate in person, we look forward to honoring our award recipients at a virtual event in the near future. Highlights will be shared through our respective social media channels and newsletters. In the meantime, you can visit the APEX Awards page to learn more about this year’s recipients and the contributions they were nominated for.

2020 APEX Awards recipients

All titles, work locations, and names correspond with the time of nomination or the period in which the individual(s) earned their nomination.

Award of Excellence
Taciana Pereira, Program Performance and Informatics Director, Alberta Health Services 

M.J. Huston Pharmacist of Distinction
Jenny Wichart, Clinical Practice Leader, Alberta Health Services

W.L. Boddy Pharmacy Team
Mint Health + Drugs Franklin Station

  • Andrew Noh, Pharmacy Manager
  • Lauren Mark, Pharmacist
  • Karyann Dorn, Pharmacy Technician
  • Eva Cui, Pharmacy Student
  • Biena Puthenpurackal, Pharmacy Assistant

Future of Pharmacy

  • Choi Chung, Pharmacy Manager, Mint Health + Drugs: CMP
  • Colter Young, Pharmacy Manager, Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Klaudia Zabrzenski, ACE Program Lead, Mint Health + Drugs

About the APEX Awards

The Alberta Pharmacy Excellence (APEX) Awards recognize excellence in pharmacy practice in Alberta. Initiated in August 2007, the awards are jointly funded, promoted, and presented by the Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP) and the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA)


Award Categories

Award of Excellence

Awarded to a pharmacist for their exceptional work, commitment and innovation in making a notable contribution to pharmacy and the community through a single unique accomplishment or contribution. For more details, see the terms of reference.

M.J. Huston Pharmacist of Distinction

Awarded to a pharmacist who has demonstrated leadership and advanced the pharmacist profession through a long-time commitment to innovation, continual professional development, and quality patient care. For more details, see the terms of reference.

W.L. Boddy Pharmacy Team Award

Awarded to a healthcare team (pharmacy staff team or multidisciplinary team that includes one or more pharmacists) who, by virtue of their collaboration skills and use of the pharmacist’s full scope of practice, positively impact the health of individuals in their community. For more details, see the terms of reference.

Future of Pharmacy

Awarded to up to three pharmacists per year who have been in practice less than five years and who exhibit strong leadership skills, the initiative to become a role model, and offer extraordinary promise to the profession. For more details, see the terms of reference.

Friend of Pharmacy

Awarded to a non-pharmacist who has contributed to the success of the profession of pharmacy. For more details, see the terms of reference.


How to nominate a candidate

Prepare your nomination letter in a Word document. 

  1. Click the blue nomination button when you are ready to proceed.
  2. You will be prompted to enter your contact information and the nominee's information in an online form.
  3. In the online form, you will be prompted to upload your letter of nomination and any supporting documentation.

Guidelines

  • Nomination letter should not exceed 1,000 words (approximately 2 pages, single-spaced.)
  • In your letter, share examples, stories, statistics (the results) about an individual's work.
  • Supporting documentation is encouraged (e.g. newspaper articles, reference letters, certificates of achievement, CV or biography.)
  • You can only submit one nomination at a time.  

Helpful Hints

Here are some suggested questions to address in your nomination letter:

1. Describe the unique accomplishments and/or contributions made to pharmacy.

2. How has this contribution advanced the profession of pharmacy and patient care?

3. Bring this person to life - is there anything else you would like us to know about this nominee?

1. Examples of how this nominee has demonstrated a long-term commitment to

  • innovation,
  • continual professional development, and
  • quality patient care.

2. How has the nominee’s leadership in pharmacy advanced

  • the practice of pharmacy, and
  • patient care?

3. Bring this person to life - is there anything else you would like us to know about this nominee?

1. Provide examples of

  • outstanding patient care,
  • exceptional collaboration skills (internally and externally),
  • practising to full scope, and
  • inter-professional collaboration.

2. Bring this team to life - is there anything else you would like us to know about this team? 

1. Specify how this nominee has contributed to the profession of pharmacy.

2. How has this contribution advanced patient care and the profession of pharmacy?

3. Bring this person to life - is there anything else you would like us to know about this nominee?

1. Please specify how this nominee has demonstrated

  • initiative in their practice and professional development,
  • commitment to patient care, and
  • leadership in their profession.

2. Bring this person to life - is there anything else you would like us to know about this nominee?


Questions?

Please contact us at communications@abpharmacy.ca.