Pharmacy associations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Ontario have been celebrating the best of the profession with the presentation of annual awards and honours. Pharmacy Post is pleased to recognize this year’s winners.


Al Eros is Manitoba’s Pharmacist of the Year. He works for Seven Oaks General Hospital in Winnipeg.

The Whitehall-Robins Bowl of Hygeia was presented to Darryl Darling, of Canada Safeway in Brandon.


Bev Allen of Saskatoon, a former president of the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA), is the 1998 Pharmacist of the Year.

Presidential citations were given to Ron Olson, owner-manager of the Pharmasave in Melfort, and to Penny Thomson and George Furneaux, both Shoppers Drug Mart associates in Regina.

Dale Toni of Moose Jaw received the Whitehall-Robins Bowl of Hygeia for the province.

Also at this year’s annual conference, Leroy Fevang, CPhA’s executive director, was named an honorary member of the Saskatchewan Pharmaceutical Association.


The first-ever W.L. Boddy Pharmacy of the Year Award goes to Zane’s Drug Mart of Medicine Hat, owned by Zane Pundyk. To receive the award, nominees must present proof of customers’ support.

Jennifer Iwanicki, a Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist and diabetes educator from Calgary, was named Pharmacist of the Year.

Gordon Gibson of Calgary is this year’s winner of Alberta’s Whitehall-Robins Bowl of Hygeia.


Fred Smith is one of only 18 pharmacists to receive an honourary life membership from the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association (OPA). Smith, who had a long career with Big V Pharmacies Co. Ltd., is now president and founder of Solutions in Health.

The OPA also honoured Peter Zawadzki, of AltiMed Pharmaceutical Company, with the Mortar & Pestle Award of Merit and Llarian Watters with the J.C. Gould Memorial Award.

The Metropolitan Toronto Pharmacists’ Association received this year’s District Shield award.

Ontario’s Pharmacist of the Year is Jim Mann, director of professional affairs at Apotex Inc.

The Whitehall-Robins Bowl of Hygeia was presented to Austin MacKay, an independent community pharmacy owner from Sault Ste. Marie.