On June 14, 2016, ACP hosted a fresh new crop of pharmacy graduates, along with proud families, friends, and faculty members, at the college’s annual Grad Breakfast event.
ACP’s outgoing president, Rick Hackman, shared a message of inspiration on what he revealed was the 30th anniversary of his own Grad Breakfast. “You have all worked hard. You have an education from one of the best schools of pharmacy in the country, and are about to start your career in a province with the broadest and most progressive scope of practice in North America, and arguably, the world,” said Rick. “I promise you that pharmacy has prosperity and satisfaction to offer you. You get to write your own story and decide how it unfolds,” he added.
Rick went on to encourage the graduates to become lifelong learners and passionate advocates for the patients they care for. He reinforced the need to also be an advocate for the profession of pharmacy, to practice with integrity, and never stop reaching for more.
Later in the program, two graduates already well poised to share their own words of wisdom at a future Grad Breakfast someday, Humirah Sultani and Megan Hanks, were recognized for their achievements. Humirah received both the Value Drug Mart Leadership Award and the APSA Past President Award. Megan was awarded the prestigious Alberta College of Pharmacists Gold Medal, recognizing her unparalleled academic achievement. Pharmacists Craig MacAlpine and Charles Au were also acknowledged by their student nominators for the Preceptor of the Year Awards.