Colleen Hogg, the owner/manager of Peoples Drug Mart on Quadra Island, is the recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Practice Award, presented by the BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA). This award recognizes a pharmacist who is actively involved in their profession and their communities (Quadra & Cortes) and who also creates awareness of the value and contributions of community pharmacy through their practice.
Hogg is a passionate advocate of not only expanded pharmacy care but also the safe and reliable delivery of health-care services for residents of remote locations.
Dedicating her career to high-quality care for local customers, she strives to meet the growing and changing needs of her community, introducing medication reviews, individual personalized medication cards, immunizations, as well as providing a much-needed local source for OTC medication, mobility aids and First Aid supplies for the area’s growing senior community.
“Growing up in a small town, you feel invested and a part of a community,” Hogg says. “I always knew I wanted to try and find a way to help people and feel like I’m contributing.”
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In partnership with her area’s fellow health-care practitioners, Hogg has helped secure a high level of thoughtful and thorough care for customers, encouraging a strengthened physician presence on the island over the last decade.
Reaching out to surrounding communities, Hogg has grown her business twice to meet the unique needs of several Vancouver Island communities. For nearly a decade, she has operated a remote location at the Community Health Centre on nearby Cortes Island, providing regular prescription pick-up service to island residents throughout the week. And more recently, Hogg has operated one of BC’s few telepharmacies in nearby Gold River, a small community in desperate need for pharmacy services but unable to support a full-time pharmacy team.
A regular participant in pilot projects and research studies, such as the development of the ADAPT program, Hogg encourages young pharmacists and fellow owners to expand their areas of expertise and strive to elevate their profession of pharmacy throughout excellent patient care and new program offerings.
The BCPhA Excellence in BC Pharmacy Awards recognize pharmacists and others who have gone above and beyond in their profession. The awards were presented at the BCPhA Annual Conference in Kelowna on May 27, 2016.
The British Columbia Pharmacy Association is a not-for-profit, voluntary, professional association of pharmacists and pharmacies. It represents more than 3,000 pharmacists and 850 pharmacies throughout BC.BC Pharmacy