John Forster-Coull Elected 2015-2018 | Owner/Manager, Victoria Compounding Pharmacy Ltd., Victoria Knowing that the BCPhA captures more than 85 per cent of community pharmacists in BC, should the Association try to recruit more members and/or increase the involvement of existing members? Although ideal, 100 per cent membership is not a realistic goal. With the majority of community pharmacists already members, we should concentrate our efforts on providing the highest quality and value for existing members. Pharmacists who are not currently members may then see the value in membership. Board members act as liaisons to members and represent the Association as a whole. What do you hear as the top three issues on members’ minds? PharmaCare and other third party audits, the College of Pharmacists of BC’s increasing regulation of practice, and sufficient remuneration for advanced clinical services. The Board of Directors is a strategic advisory group for the Association. How do you balance the challenge of your day-to-day job in which you address pharmacy operations, yet you must come to the Board with a strategic mindset that advances the profession as a whole? I see them as one and the same. We do not practice in a vacuum. The issues that we address as BCPhA Board members are directly relevant to my practice. The main change in mindset is taking a more global approach at the Board level to ensure that we take into account the various practices of all BCPhA members. Where do you see the pharmacy profession in five to 10 years? We are on the verge of a radical shift in what is considered the practice of pharmacy. The increased role of registered technicians, the change to an entry-level PharmD program and an increased professional scope of practice will change the face of the profession as a whole. I’m not sure how these and other changes will play out in five or 10 years but I know it will be quite the ride.
Linda Gutenberg Elected 2016-2019 | Director of Pharmacy, Forewest Holdings Board members act as liaisons to members and represent the Association as a whole. What do you hear as the top three issues on members’ minds? Audit proofing the pharmacy, managing drug shortages and managing the changes in PharmaCare policies. The Board of Directors is a strategic advisory group for the Association. How do you balance the challenge of your day-to-day job in which you address pharmacy operations, yet you must come to the Board with a strategic mindset that advances the profession as a whole? Much of my job in operations is helping pharmacy managers advance their practice in their specific store, so coming to the Board with the mindset of advancing the profession as a whole is not a challenge. My job helps me to know the specific roadblocks that pharmacists encounter, while implementing advancements in pharmacy practice. Where do you see the pharmacy profession in five to 10 years? I can see that pharmacist prescribing will be done on a regular basis. I am looking forward to helping ensure that this initiative is something that all pharmacists feel they can implement in their practice. Why did you run for a position on the Board? I ran for the Board to support the advancement of our profession while ensuring that the government and the College of Pharmacists of BC recognize the critical impact community pharmacy has on the health outcomes of BC patients. What was your election platform and how do you plan to address the issues that you're passionate about? I believe that a strong voice is vital in advancing the profession in a way that takes advantage of the skills and accessibility of pharmacists. I plan on working with the BCPhA to make sure the College of Pharmacists of BC remains accountable and keeps our profession self-regulated.