Past President’s Report – Autumn 2017

Council met six times this year.  In person meetings occurred in July in Regina and in October in Saskatoon.  The remainder of meetings were held via teleconference. As president, I responded to all received correspondence on behalf of the Branch and communicated requests to council for further dissemination to membership, if required. This included, but was not limited to a request from Official to increase awareness of the CSHP Foundation and what it offers (study funding, leadership education) through website and verbal promotion

Also as president I was involved in a number of committees: Executive, Finance, and Educational Services. Additionally, my branch responsibilities included representation at the following meetings on behalf of CSHP Saskatchewan Branch:

  • University of Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy and Nutrition White Coat Ceremony
  • Tri-Party (PAS, SCPP, CSHP) joint meeting in December
  • College of Pharmacy and Nutrition Graduation Luncheon and Banquet


I’m proud of a number of branch accomplishments. There are many, so to list a few:

  • Continued implementation of strategic plan with focus on: exploring educational opportunities outside of the AGM, website re-design, and increased use of social media
  • Distributed questionnaire to small hospital pharmacists to establish preference for type of non-AGM educational opportunities (online or in-person), frequency and topics of interest
  • Pursued GoToMeeting subscription in conjunction with Manitoba branch to help create a platform for educational sessions
  • Incorporated new branch logo onto promotional material, documents, and website
  • Completed review of CSHP Saskatchewan Branch Executive Policies and Procedures
  • Updated Terms of Reference for all council positions
  • Initiated work on website review and redesign
  • Utilized new Fundraising position to streamline and secure funding for AGM and branch awards
  • Awarded “Best Pharmacist Awareness Month” award at AGM for first time
  • Initiated new CSHP Saskatchewan Branch student mentorship program, which included: enrolling mentors and students, completing matching process, and developing feedback assessment tools
  • Celebrated the professional legacy of Betty Riddell through a special presentation at awards ceremony
  • Reinstated exit questionnaires (for council members vacating positions) and annual reviews (for council members returning to positions) to improve handover between volunteers entering and exiting positions

There are a number of other accomplishments and I encourage you to review the individual committee chair reports for further information.

It has been my pleasure representing the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists Saskatchewan Branch as president in 2016-2017.  I would like to congratulate council on their accomplishments this past year and express my appreciation for all of their hard work. As I hand over to the new incoming president Jacqueline Myers, I want to thank our members for entrusting me in this position.

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