A former resident of Hay River has been recognized with an award just a few years into a pharmacy career.
Graham Anderson was presented the Future of Pharmacy Award by the Alberta College of Pharmacists and the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association at an awards banquet on March 3 in Edmonton.
“I don’t know if I want to say it creates more pressure or anything like that but it really kind of humbles you, for sure,” he said of receiving the award. “You realize you really are part of this larger profession, and we have a lot of potential as pharmacists to make a major difference in the health-care system.”
Anderson is co-owner of Sherwood Dispensaries in Sherwood Park, just outside of Edmonton.
The Alberta College of Pharmacists and the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association present the APEX Awards each year, including the Future of Pharmacy Award.
It is presented to up to three Alberta pharmacists annually who “exude a passion for pharmacy and offer extraordinary promise” in the profession, according to a news release.
The Future of Pharmacy Award goes to pharmacists who have been practising for at least one year but less than five years.
“Since graduating from the University of Alberta pharmacy program in 2012, Graham has shown both initiative and leadership through self-development, patient advocacy, and mentorship,” states the news release, which noted he became co-owner of Sherwood Dispensaries just a few years after graduating
Anderson grew up in Hay River from the time he was in Grade 3, and went on to graduate from Diamond Jenness Secondary School.
The 27-year-old said he is asked all the time why he chose a career in pharmacy.
“To be completely honest, I have no clue at all why I chose to go into pharmacy,” he said. “I knew that I wanted to do something with the health-care field, and pharmacy seemed like a really good option. It seemed a stable career and pharmacists were in high demand.”
It appears Anderson made the right decision.
“I’m certainly enjoying it now,” he said. “I’m enjoying the challenge.”