Name: Bruce Winston
Community of Residence: Calgary
Year of Admission to Practice (Alberta): 1985
Current Place of Employment: Sandstone Pharmacies
Identify other relevant professional experience, achievements or areas of focus related to your practice history:
I have been a pharmacy owner for 30 years and have retained an abundance of passion for the practice of pharmacy. I am a previous co-winner of the W.L. Boddy Pharmacy of the Year Award for creating a multi-disciplinary healthcare delivery team at Sandstone Pharmacies Simons Valley. As the leader of my organization I am responsible for working with my team to advance their practices, while ensuring there is a financial model that supports current practice.
Describe past opportunities where you held a leadership role either in a professional or volunteer capacity:
Along with my day-to-day role as president of Sandstone Pharmacies, I am a member of the National Advisory Board for McKesson's IDA/Guardian banner pharmacies. As well, I sit on the Dean's Advisory Council for the U of A Faculty of Pharmacy, and I am the current Chair of the Bow Valley College Pharmacy Technician Advisory Committee. Outside of pharmacy I sit on the board of the Bertha Gold Jewish Seniors Residence and I have just finished a term on the executive of my congregation.
Describe your personal vision for the future of pharmacist practice:
I have had the honour of being asked to speak about the Alberta practice of pharmacy in several other provinces; BC, Ontario and in Quebec. Each time I have come back more enthused and proud about the role pharmacists in Alberta can play in improving health outcomes for their patients. Alberta pharmacists who embrace their full scope will control the destiny of their practice and will remain in high demand.
Identify from your perspective, RxA’s 2017 – 2018 priorities to enhance the profession:
There are essentially two priorities in my opinion. First, RxA must engage a larger number of pharmacists and demonstrate to them the value of holding membership in the organization. Second, RxA must be THE single voice of pharmacy at this critical time where we are in the final year of the Alberta Blue Cross Agreement. A single voice, representing a large number of pharmacists will help solidify the current service model and result in the best possible distribution Agreement.