Derek Desrosiers, BSc’82 (Pharm), has been recognized for his lifelong commitment and contribution to pharmacy in Canada with the 2011 Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy (CFP) Pillar of Pharmacy Award. He has become one of Canada’s foremost authorities in the economic and professional practice issues of pharmacy. He spent 13 years working in community pharmacy as both a manager and owner, and in 2004 became the CEO of uniPHARM Wholesale Drugs Ltd. During his career, he served six separate terms as President of the BCPhA board of directors, and has been either a staff or board member of BCPhA for more than 20 years. Derek is only the third Pillar of Pharmacy award recipient to hail from BC. He was formally recognized at a gala dinner this fall.

Maureen Phillips Camel trekking in Morocco
Maureen Phillips, BA’84, Camel trekking in Morocco

Maureen Phillips, BA’84, left her comfortable life in Vancouver in September, 2010, and headed to the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK, to study for a master’s in life writing. Her dissertation is a biography of Canadian artist Nancy Patterson, who moved to the UK in 1959 after graduating from the Vancouver School of Art, now the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. As part of her research, Maureen visited Ms Patterson at her guesthouse in Morocco on the edge of the Sahara Desert near M’Hamid, where the artist now spends her winters away from England.

In April 2011, Mark E. Neithercut, PhD’84, was selected to serve on the professional development committee of the Council on Foundations. Mark was nominated for the position by his colleagues because of his leadership in the field and his work as a trustee of the Anna Paulina Foundation, a private family foundation in Flint, Michigan, which supports arts and youth development.

Jennifer Mactavish, BPE’85, has been appointed dean of Ryerson University’s Yeates School of Graduate Studies. The appointment is a five-year term that began on September 1, 2011. The internationally-recognized researcher in the field of disability, leisure and sport will also become a tenured professor in the School of Disability Studies.

Amend Sharma, BSc ‘88, is involved with Harmony House CARES (Centre for Autism Research and Education Society), a non-profit organization that provides alternative and augmentative educational choices for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


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