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OTTAWA, ON, Sept. 6, 2023 – The Indigenous Pharmacy Professionals of Canada (IPPC), in partnership with the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA), is thrilled to announce the inaugural recipients of the IPPC Indigenous Pharmacy Scholarship.
These scholarships, each awarded to a pharmacy student with First Nations (status or non-status), Métis or Inuit ancestry enrolled in a PharmD or pharmacy technician program in Canada, aim to encourage and support the growth of the Indigenous pharmacy community across the country. This year’s recipients were selected from more than 40 inspiring applicants, all dedicated to enhancing care for and by Indigenous peoples within and beyond their own communities.
“The level of interest in this scholarship speaks directly to the need for increased funding for Indigenous students interested in pursuing a pharmacy degree,” say IPPC CEO Amy Lamb. “Our scholarship and awards committee reviewed all applications with a diligent, unbiased rubric, and we are confident that the selected recipients will use their degrees and their knowledge to effect lasting change.”
All eligible applicants will be offered complimentary IPPC memberships for the 2023/24 membership year. “Though we are unable to provide financial support to all applicants, the IPPC is dedicated to building a strong network of Indigenous pharmacy professionals, and we hope to provide mentorship, cultural training and community gatherings to all applicants.” Both IPPC and CPhA hope to continue to build this program and increase funding availability in the future.
Learn more about the 2023/2024 Indigenous Pharmacy Scholarship recipients on our website.
IPPC and CPhA thank our founding sponsor, Johnson & Johnson, as well as the inaugural sponsors of the scholarship, Shoppers Drug Mart, Green Shield Canada and Sobeys National Pharmacy Group, for their support of the IPPC Indigenous Pharmacy Scholarship. Please visit our website at www.pharmacists.ca/ippc for more information or to become a sponsor. Information on the 2024/2025 application process will be available in early 2024.
The Indigenous Pharmacy Professionals of Canada (IPPC) is an Indigenous-led association that has been established to connect and support Indigenous pharmacy professionals and help all pharmacists provide better care to Indigenous patients by creating and promoting pharmacy practice models that respect the safety, equality, strengths and teachings of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. More information is available at www.pharmacists.ca/ippc.
The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is the uniting national voice of pharmacy and the pharmacist profession in Canada. As pharmacists undertake an enhanced role in the delivery of health care services, CPhA ensures that the profession is recognized as a national leader in health care, influencing the policies, programs, budgets and initiatives affecting the profession and the health of Canadians. More information is available at www.pharmacists.ca.
For further information: Gezina Baehr, Chief Operating Officer, Indigenous Pharmacy Professionals of Canada, email@example.com; Tyler Gogo, Senior Manager, Communications, Canadian Pharmacists Association, firstname.lastname@example.org