2018 Pfizer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia: Craig Brown
FORMER PHARMACY OWNER
The Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia is awarded annually to a pharmacist who has compiled an outstanding record of community service. This award has tremendous history. It has been presented in all ten Canadian provinces since 1967.
For over 35 years Vermilion pharmacist Craig Brown has been giving back to his community.
“A sense of community and a duty to provide is an important part of who Craig is,” said Bob Mattice, one of Craig’s nominators and fellow Bowl of Hygeia recipient (2015). “He truly believes in making where he lives and where he practices a better place.”
Craig is an active member of the Vermillion Rotary Club and was involved in the Vermilion Community Oven project. He has also worked to promote Vermilion in helping raise the profile of such entities as the Vermilion fire school and Lakeland College Vermilion. As President of the Chamber of Commerce, he chaired the Main Street Revitalization Program. More recently he has been involved in fundraising to rebuild the Vermillion seniors' lodge. Using his pharmacy training, Craig has organized Mobile Flu Clinics and Home Health Care programs. He has also hosted new immigrants to Vermilion and taught them basic health care needs in minor ailments and how to access health promotion services to ease their stress in their new homes.
“I believe when you are a community pharmacist you almost have an obligation to become part of your community,” said Craig. “I think the more you're involved, the more you know, the more you're trusted, the more well-known you are.”