PAS Pharmacist of the Year Award
The PAS Pharmacist of the Year award is presented in recognition of a pharmacist who performs outstanding service and patient care within the profession of pharmacy
The nominee must have directly contributed to patient care
They must be a member of the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan (PAS) and a member in good standing of the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals
The nominee cannot previously have received this award
The recipient will be considered for nomination for the upcoming CPhA Pharmacist of the Year Award
Due to the circumstances this year related to COVID-19 the 2019-20 awards were not issued. As such, any 2020 nominations received will be incorporated into the 2020-21 PAS Awards process.
PAS 2020-21 Awards Online Nominations - Coming Soon
Pharmacist of the Year Recipients
2019 Pharmacist of the Year - Alex Crawley Prince Albert
Alex Crawley’s role is aimed at supporting patients at Sturgeon Lake who are prescribed chronic medications. Alex provides personal and group support to the community. He works in a highly collaborative setting at the Sturgeon Lake Health Centre with nurses, physicians, and staff to support individuals with personalized follow-up and also group activities such as educational events and social gatherings. In addition, he is often invited into the examination room during physician visits.
Alex has made such an impact during this past year that his position has been made permanent. Despite getting a new position as Director of the RxFiles program, he arranged to maintain his clinical practice by continuing to drive to Sturgeon Lake every Tuesday and also provide individualized care for people in that community. Alex's impact was substantial and highly valued by everyone. The Sturgeon Lake Health Centre has arranged to keep him on their team as evidence of the impact he has had in the community.
Alex's innovation is in his personal approach to providing care, which enables him to identify and remove barriers that may be missed by a traditional health care approach. He picks up medications or other health needs such as braces on his way out to the clinic when people have no other way to collect them. He orders and organizes medications as some community members don't even have a phone. He will also spend individualized time with patients and family members who are struggling to understand the need for "western" medications for indications such as diabetes or hypertension.
“Our community lucked out getting Alex. His positive attitude and concern for his patients has been an invaluable asset to the staff and community of Sturgeon Lake. Alex's persistence inspired our staff to work harder and fostered exceptional patient progress. The improved medication compliance from Alex's efforts has strengthened the well-being of the community. Alex has worked as the clinical pharmacist at Sturgeon Lake First Nation for over a year as part of a pharmacist intervention study originating from the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition. A grant from Innovative Medicines Canada allowed him to travel to the community with a health care team who provide a satellite medical clinic every Tuesday.”
- 2017 - Brent Jensen
- 2016 - Fred Remillard
- 2015 - Karen McDermaid
- 2014 - Yvonne Shevchuk
- 2013 - Kendra Townsend
- 2012 - Kimberly Sentes
- 2011 - Debbie McCulloch
- 2010 - Brenda Yuzdepski
- 2009 - Janet Bradshaw
- 2008 - Arlene Kuntz
- 2007 - Melanie McLeod
- 2006 - Jeff Taylor
- 2005 - Shannan Neubauer
- 2004 - Shelley Woloshyn
- 2003 - Audrey McLelland
- 2002 - Gary King