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Long-time Madawaska Pharmacist Earns Profession’s Highest Honour
Monday, July 11, 2022

NBPA celebrates 40 years with hybrid conference and NB Pharmacy Awards

Long-time Madawaska area pharmacist Éric Lee, known for his generous community spirit, leadership and vision, has earned one of pharmacy’s highest honours.

The New Brunswick Pharmacists’ Association (NBPA) honoured pharmacist/pharmacy owner Éric Lee with the 2022 Bowl of Hygeia Award recently during the NB Pharmacy Awards in Fredericton.

“Éric Lee epitomizes the very best of the pharmacy profession with his excellent patient care, his professionalism and his extraordinary contributions to his community,” said Andrew Drover, President of the NBPA. “We couldn’t have chosen a more deserving pharmacist to honour during our 40th anniversary year.”

The Bowl of Hygeia is the most widely recognized international symbol for the pharmacy profession and is considered one of the profession’s most prestigious awards. This award recognizes pharmacists who make outstanding contributions to their profession and to their communities.

The NBPA also honoured Bathurst pharmacist Sarah Smith with the Scott Knowles Memorial New Practitioner Service Award. This award is presented to a new pharmacist (five years or less since graduation) for exceptional service through innovation or contributions to his/her community.

“Sarah began her pharmacy career in the middle of the pandemic and quickly made a huge impact in her community. She was instrumental to her pharmacy’s response to the COVID 19 pandemic and has been an outstanding advocate for educating patients on the benefits of vaccination,” said Drover.

New Brunswick pharmacists gathered in Fredericton recently for PharmaNB 2022, a hybrid pharmacy conference that included continuing education sessions as well as the NB Pharmacy Awards in conjunction with the New Brunswick College of Pharmacists. The NBPA also marked its 40th anniversary.

“As the NBPA celebrates this milestone, the pharmacy profession is in the midst of significant transformation,” said Drover. “With the recent expansion in our scope and the public coverage for new pharmacy services, pharmacists are doing more than ever to help patients and to improve access to primary care. I’m extremely proud of how pharmacy professionals stepped up during the pandemic to care for patients and to administer close to one million COVID vaccinations. We look forward to continuing to help reshape our healthcare system to the benefit of patients.”

About our award winners:

Bowl of Hygeia Award – Éric Lee

As a pharmacist/owner of Familiprix pharmacies in Clair and Edmundston, Éric has been helping patients and contributing to his community for over 30 years. His commitment to his patients and his community spirit are extraordinary.

Although he is very busy as a father of three children and pharmacy owner, Éric always volunteers a lot of his time to various organizations in his community. He was part of the Bob Fyfe Foundation, an organization that provides children in need with a hot meal. He has also volunteered much time to the local soccer and hockey programs. Although his own children have grown out of the hockey system, he continues to support the local hockey association through fundraising efforts to buy equipment for underprivileged children who couldn’t otherwise afford to play.

For the past two years, Éric has vaccinated more than 6,000 people against COVID. When the pandemic hit his community particularly hard, Éric made several television and radio appearances (often in his second language) to raise awareness about vaccination. He rallied his community to help organize a mega vaccination clinic involving other health care practitioners.

Éric served as a member of the economics committee of the New Brunswick Pharmacists’ Association and is always willing to provide feedback and advice to the association to help advance the profession. Currently, he is part of the Board of Directors of the medical clinic of Haut-St-Jean.

Says his pharmacy co-owner Kevin Smyth: “Éric Lee is very respected in his community as a leader and a visionary and for his involvement in his community.”

Scott Knowles New Practitioner Service Award - Sarah Smith

Sarah began her career as a pharmacist during the COVID 19 pandemic in the summer of 2020.

Little did she know her first two years of practice would turn out to be the hardest two years in the careers of most pharmacy professionals. Sarah remained positive and was an excellent team player during a time of great uncertainty. In her short time as a pharmacist, she has already made a huge impact on her community and within her team at Shoppers Drug Mart in Bathurst. Sarah persevered through a delay of the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada examinations, and subsequent full licensure. After becoming fully licensed, Sarah was able to dive right into a busy practice and keep pace with a demanding healthcare setting. She has remained patient and kind with all clients and staff despite some challenging workloads during the pandemic.

Sarah was instrumental to her pharmacy’s response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Over the last 12 months, the team at her pharmacy administered over 10,000 COVID-19 immunizations. She has been an outstanding advocate for educating patients on the benefits of vaccination. Sarah is an excellent representative of the pharmacy profession and a deserving recipient of the Scott Knowles New Practitioner Service Award.

The New Brunswick Pharmacists’ Association is the voice of pharmacists in the province and is committed to providing leadership for the profession and improving the health of New Brunswickers.

For more information, please contact:

Jake Reid
Executive Director
New Brunswick Pharmacists’ Association
(506) 459-6008

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