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David Pavan Appointed 2014-2017 | Pharmacy Operations, Shoppers Drug Mart, Vancouver 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? I believe the Association should strive to do both. As an advocacy organization, the BCPhA represents the interests of the profession and by having a solid member base this will support a stronger voice with stakeholders. It is also important to have our members become involved in their communities on all levels. Pharmacists should engage with their local MLAs and MPs, as well as the communities they practice in, to elevate the profession and promote the value pharmacists bring to the delivery of health care. 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? The questions I get asked the most are around expanded scope of practice, medicinal marijuana and assisted dying. These are also very topical issues for Canadians in general as patients access different options in their health-care journey. 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? Surprisingly, the two go hand in hand. My role in supporting Shoppers Drug Mart associate owners allows me to experience the profession of pharmacy in many different practice settings. Any advancement of the profession will benefit the majority of our members practicing on the front lines and that is how I approach my role on the Board. Where do you see the pharmacy profession in five to 10 years? The profession of pharmacy is evolving and I see advancements in technology allowing pharmacists to take a more integrated role in primary care. I see point of care testing becoming a larger focus of what pharmacists do on a day-to-day basis to provide more efficient and better access to health-care services. We are seeing some of these services in community pharmacies already, with INR monitoring, strep throat testing, flu screening and, hopefully very soon, personalized medicine via genetic testing.

Glen Schoepp Elected 2014-2017 | Consultant Pharmacist, St. Anthony's Clinic Pharmacy, 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? The Association must do both. Recruiting new members gives us access to the diversity of skill sets and professional practice experiences that shape our future, every day. Increasing involvement of existing members will also be important to ensure a proactive expansion of pharmacists' roles in a rapidly changing health-care environment. 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? Members appear most concerned about and interested in workload and workplace stresses, liaison with government and private payers, and the potential for increased scope of practice. 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 think it's really important for Board members to be involved in everyday practice to understand how to best create and modify the Association’s strategic plan, in order to optimize support for all our members, including individual pharmacists and their employers. So, it's a necessary balance. Where do you see the pharmacy profession in five to 10 years? During the next decade, the profession will have more opportunities for interdisciplinary work because this provides the best health outcomes. I also envision pharmacists gaining more responsibilities in assisting government in managing its limited resources. I expect more individual pharmacists will establish their own businesses to achieve these goals.

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