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  • NSHA Pharmacy Research and Education Conference – Registration is Open!

    This year’s conference has a “Medication Safety” theme and is available free of charge for NSHA staff (includes pharmacy students). See attached program and registration form for September 30, 2017 in Halifax NS. Complete the registration form and email by September 22, 2017.You are also invited to submit abstracts to present as a poster during the conference. You could win a $500 research award! Please see attached abstract submission information. Please send abstracts to by September 13, 2017.

    Please forward to your staff and post in your areas. 

    Hope to see you there!
    NSHA Pharmacy Research Committee

  • Hospital pharmacy residents who have recently completed their pharmacy residency and are a member of the NS or NB branch of CSHP are invited to submit their major research project manuscript to be considered for the Hospital Pharmacy Residency Award.  Application form and submission instructions can be found on the awards page. This award consists of a cash prize of $1000 and an engraved memento. Deadline for applications in August 31, 2017. If you have any questions, please e-mail

  •  With the current CSHP Membership year about to come to a close on June 30th, it’s the perfect time of year to join CSHP or to renew your CSHP membership! Please see the attached documents for more information:

    1. Membership Benefits Flyer (links to join/renew plus see some examples of what CSHP does for you!)
    2. Pharmacists: CSHP Liability insurance Q & A
    3. Pharmacy Technicians: CSHP Liability insurance Q & A

    If you have any questions, please email

  • 2017 Branch Awards: It’s that time of year again! NS Branch Awards applications are available now and due April 3, 2017. Click here for more information.

  • Our CSHP NS March 2017 newsletter is now available!

  • Save the Date for the 2017 CSHP Education Day, AGM & Awards Celebration - Saturday, April 22nd, Halifax, NS. Stay tuned in the coming months for full details and how to register for this jam packed day!

  • It’s that time of year again to apply for the CSHP NS Branch Pharmacist Clinical Experience Program! Please check out the information sheet regarding the program and the application form. Applications are due April 28, 2017. As a reminder, the program provides $2000 to support an NS Branch member to spend time at a host institution under the supervision or in collaboration with a mentor in a chosen therapeutic, research or administrative area.  Please forward applications to the membership committee co-chairs, Andrea Meade or Michelle ten Brinke. The winner will be notified after the application is reviewed by the committee. If you have any questions please contact Andrea or Michelle at or

  • Awards for 2015-16 were presented April 30, 2016 at the Annual Awards Dinner. Please see our Awards Presentation for pictures and recipient.

  • Attention NS Branch members: we are in need of Education Committee members. If you are interested in joining the education committee, please email

  • It is that time of year again! Renew your CSHP membership and liability insurance! See the membership benefits flyer for all the reasons to renew your membership and encourage others to join!

  • CSHP NS Branch Social Event Survey: The goal of the survey is to gather feedback from members about what they would like to see for a social event (should take less than 5 mins to fill out!): Survey is no longer live.

  • Hello CSHP Members! It is that time of year again…the CSHP NS Branch Awards Event! This year the Awards Event will be held the evening of April 30th, following the CSHP Education Day. Please click here to go to the awards page to see more information including the NS branch awards criteria table and application forms. Deadline is April 18, 2016 for all awards.

  • Congratulations to NS Branch member Jennifer Turple who was the winner of the Branch social media contest for Pharmacy Awareness Month 2016!  Jen posted/liked/tweeted the most and has won a $50 gift card.  Honorary mention goes to Nadine Grimm.  Thanks to all members who supported the NS Branch and CSHP social media campaign during March 2016.

  • Hello fellow NS Branch CSHP members: Our call for nominations to Branch Council has begun. To read more and see available positions click here

  • CSHP has produced a position paper on physician-assisted dying to advocate for both the patient and the pharmacist while this issue continues to evolve.

  • CARE Project: Call for expressions of interest for membership on the CARE (Clinical Advancement of RPh Excellence) Project Steering Committee.

  • Clinical Experience Program Recipient – congratulations to Sylvia Yazbeck for receiving the 2015 grant from the NS Branch. Click here for more details.

  • It's that time of year again...CSHP Membership renewal time!  Please see the "CSHP Membership Benefits" flyer and information regarding CSHP liability insurance (a new benefit through CSHP NS Branch).


  • In Memoriam: Sylvia Bell
  • College of Pharmacy Awards -  During the Convocation ceremony held May 29, 2015, two CSHP NS Branch members were honored with exceptional commitment to pharmacy student learning.  Kim Abbass received the Hospital Preceptor of the Year Award and Susan Bowles received the Dr. Jessie I. MacKnight Award for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Teaching.  Congratulations to Kim and Susan!
  • CSHP NS Branch 75th Anniversary celebration – Nova Scotia Branch members celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Branch at the Awards Dinner on May 2 2015.  Click here to read a summary of Sylvia Bell’s history of the branch, and Dr. Gordon Duff’s slides.
  • Branch Council Nominations - Our Branch is currently seeking nominations for President Elect for the 2015/2016 term.  Please refer to the Terms of Reference for this position, located in the “About CSHP NS Branch” folder.  The induction of new council members will take place at the CSHP Annual General Meeting on May 2, 2015.  Written nominations and consents are due by April 10th , 2015. Please contact Pam McLean-Veysey if you have any questions.

    The CSHP representative-Board of the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia position will also be vacant for the upcoming term. Please watch for notifications seeking nominations which are sent by PANS.

  • It's that time of year again...CSHP Membership renewal time!  Please see the "CSHP Membership Benefits" flyer and information regarding CSHP liability insurance (a new benefit through CSHP NS Branch).


  • Clinical Experience Program Recipient – congratulations to Melanie MacInnis for receiving the 2014 grant from the NS Branch.
  • NS members were recently recognized at the Awards Reception on May 3, 2014.  To view the recipients of the NS Branch Awards, go to the Awards Page.
  • NS Branch Member Survey Results:  For a summary of the results click here, for full details, click here.Your input is very important to the Branch - this information will be used to inform the types of activities that will be held and how our funds are used in the future.  If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please contact Lucas Thorne-Humprey.
  • NS and PEI Branch CSHP 2015 Success Story Competition: Jillian Reardon and Jaclyn Wakita, CSHP 2015 NS-Branch Co-Champions, would like to congratulatethe two winners: 

    Holly Carver and Catherine Doherty: Technician-driven Medication Reconciliation on Admission through the Emergency Department

    Lisa Nodwell and Kent Toombs: Clinical Cross Coverage in Practice at CDHA

    Thank you to those who took time to prepare a submission.  The winners will receive a $200 CSHP gift certificate!

  • The recipients of the NS Branch Awards for 2013 are now posted.  You can view the slide show here.

  • Congratulations to two NS Branch members who were recognized at the Dalhousie Convocation Brunch on May 23, 2013.  Charles MacLean, a critical care pharmacist from Capital Health, was given the Preceptor of the Year Award.  Dr. Kathy Slayter, Infectious diseases clinical specialist from Capital Health, was given the Alumnus of the Year Award.

  • Congratulations to Brian Tuttle, who was awarded an honorary membership to CSHP at the NS Branch Awards celebration on April 20.  Please see attached notice about Brian’s many notable achievements during his hospital pharmacy career.  Congratulations Brian!

  • NS Branch needs YOU!  There is a volunteering opportunity available with the Branch, as corporate fundraiser.  Please click here for more information.

  • 2013 Branch Awards: It’s that time of year again! NS Branch Awards applications are available now and due April 5, 2013. Click here for more information.

  • Nominations for President-Elect: The NS Branch is seeking nominations for President Elect.  Written nominations are due by March 12th.  This is a great opportunity to become involved with our Branch.  Please refer to the Branch website for the Terms of Reference and don’t hesitate to contact Debbie MacIntyre if you have any questions.

  •  CSHP 2015 Success Story Competition – Deadline extended to April 30, 2013!  Enter your pharmacy practice initiatives that relate to a CSHP 2015 objective for a prize!  Click here for contest details.

  • Congratulations to NS Branch members Bernadette Chevalier, Claudia Harding, Anne Hiltz, Neil MacKinnon, Heather Neville, Lisa Nodwell, and Kathy Slayter who received the 2012 CSHP National Award for Management and Leadership Best Practices, sponsored by Medbuy The winning project was entitled Clinical Benefits and Economic Impact of Post-surgical Care Provided by Pharmacists in a Canadian Hospital.

  • CSHP 2015 NS Branch Champions: please welcome Jillian Reardon and Jaclyn Wakita as branch co-champions for CSHP 2015.

  • Pharmacist Shadowing Program 2013 - The Membership Committee is pleased to continue our "Pharmacist Shadowing Program". Up to $1500 in financial support is provided for a Branch member to spend time at a host institution under the supervision, or in collaboration, with a mentor in a chosen therapeutic, research or administrative area. Click here for the details and application – get a head start now, the deadline is March 30, 2013!

  • CSHP NS Branch members attended a Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation 2 day workshop “Scientist Knowledge Translation Training”.


  • NS Branch Award Recipients – the 2012 award recipients announced at the AGM Awards Dinner are now available.
  • Pharmacist Shadowing Program recipient:  The Membership Committee would like to congratulate Jacqueline Grey for being selected as the first Pharmacist Shadowing Program participant. If you have any questions about the program please contact Lucas Thorne-Humphrey (Membership Committee Co-Chair).
  • Awards Applications now available! Prestigious NS Branch awards will be presented at the May 5 AGM. Click here for applications, due April 13.
  • Nomination call for President-Elect: It is that time again to think about volunteering for your NS Branch of CSHP. Deadline for nominations April 1/2012, please click on Nomination Flyer and Normination Form.
  • Congratulations to the following Nova Scotia branch CSHP National award winners:

    Anne Marie Whelan, who with Derek Jorgenson, was awarded the Patient Care Enhancement Award,sponsored by AstraZeneca Canada Inc.  Their project was “Evaluating the Role of Pharmacist Teachers in Family Medicine Residency Training Programs: A Qualitative Analysis.” (Completed at West Winds Primary Health Centre, Saskatoon, SK)

    Lucas Thorne-Humphrey and Kathy Slayter who received the Specialties in Pharmacy Practice Award,sponsored by Pharmascience Inc.  The project was titled “Oseltamivir Pharmacokinetics in Morbid Obesity (OPTIMO Trial)” (Completed at IWK Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, NS)

  • The CSHP NS Branch Membership Committee is seeking applicants for the "Pharmacist Shadowing Program", which provides up to $1500 for a Branch member to spend time at a host institution under the supervision of a mentor.  Deadline is March 30, 2012.  Go to the Membership page for more information.

  • The President-elect position for 2011-2012 has been filled by Pam McLean-Veysey, team leader of the Drug Evaluation Unit, Capital Health. Pam brings with her a wealth of hospital experience and will be a welcome addition to the Executive Board.

  • Nomination Request for "President-elect" for 2011-2012. Please consider volunteering for your society and your profession by completing the attached form, deadline September 28, 2011. Any questions, email Michael Callaghan.

  • Applications are now available for the 2011-12 Nova Scotia Branch Awards!! Applications are due April 29 and should be faxed to Marlene Ma. See Awards for more information.

  • Now is your time to get involved!  This is a call for nominations for the position of President-elect 2011-2012.  Please see attached nomination form and statement of consent to serve. The deadline for nominations is April 5, 2011.  We are also looking for volunteerinvolvement in Branch committees. In particular, the membership committee requires a Senior chair.   Any questions please contact, Mike Callaghan, Past-president and Chair of the Nomination Committee.

  • Congratulations to the two successful Train the Trainer applicants from the NS Branch: Leah Morrison from Capital Health and Kim Abbass from the Cape Breton District Health Authority.  Leah and Kim will attend the Train the Trainer Research Workshop held Jan 29, 2011 in Toronto before the CSHP Professional Practice Conference.


  • Congratulations to NS Branch members who received CSHP National Awards for 2010-11:

    Shanna Trenaman, Dartmouth General Hospital, received the New Hospital Pharmacy Practitioner Award (sponsored by Sandoz Canada Inc.)

    Anne Marie Whelan, College of Pharmacy, received the Pharmacotherapy Best Practices Award (sponsored by Merck Frosst Canada Ltd.) for her project titled:  Development and Evaluation of an Instrument for the Critical Appraisal of Randomized Controlled Trials of Natural Products

  • Nov 26 - CSHP Train-the-Trainer Workshop Deadline to Apply:  CSHP NS Branch is looking for 2 members to attend an exciting educational opportunity in Toronto. 

    The National Research Committee is holding a "Train-the-Trainer" Research Workshop in Toronto Saturday, January 29, 2011 and the NS Branch is committed to sending 2 members.

  • Nov 25 - R&E Fundraiser at the CE - A raffle will be held for a bottle of Grand Pre Vintner's Reserve Foch 2007 wine ($25 value) and $50 gift certificate at Chives Canadian Bistro.  Please see flyer.  Tickets will be $10 each or 3 for $25, CASH OR CHEQUE ACCEPTED. All profit will be donated to the R&E Foundation and the lucky winner will be drawn right after the CE.  Any questions, please contact Heather Lummis.

  • Congratulations to the following members for receiving 2010 PANS awards:

    - Kathy Slayter, Clinical Coordinator Infectious Diseases, Capital Health, received the Member of the Year Award

    - Bradley Mitchelmore, Pharmacist, Westside Health Centre & Aberdeen Hospital, received the Nycomed Magnum OPUS Award 

    - Anne Marie Whelan, Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy, received the Distinguished Service Award

  • NS Branch of CSHP recognizes and congratulates our student member award winners for 2010!

  • The Membership Committee of CSHP – Nova Scotia Branch announces a new member benefit!

    All members of the NS Branch are now eligible for a complimentary online subscription to RxFiles with renewal of their membership for the 2010-2011 membership year!

  • May 2010 Award Winners - click here to view the Branch members who received awards at the May 15 Award Dinner.

  • 2010-11 Executive Announced - click here to see who is representing our branch and chairing committees this coming year!

  • NS Branch Awards applications are now available!  Click here to download the forms and email to Marlene Ma.  Deadline to apply is April 23.

  • Congratulations to CSHP members who received 2010 Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation grants:

    - Peter Zed, Clinical Coordinator of Cardiology, Neurology & Emergency Medicine, Capital Health, Halifax, was awarded a 2 Year NSHRF Health Research Project grant.  The project is titled "Medication-Related Emergency Department Visits in Pediatrics: A Prospective Observational Study".  Team members are Stacy Ackroyd-Stolarz, Karen Black, Janet Curren, Eleanor Fitzpatrick, Neil MacKinnon (CSHP president-elect), Nancy Murphy, and Douglas Sinclair.

    - Neil MacKinnon, Professor and Associate Director of Research, College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie and Todd A. Boyle, Schwartz School of Business and Information Systems, St. Francis Xavier University, were awarded a 3 Year NSHRF Collaborative Health Research Project Grant.  The project is titled "A Prescription for Patient Safety  Implications of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) on Adverse Drug Event Reporting and Learning in Nova Scotia Community Pharmacies".  Team Members areLars Hallstrom, Thomas Mahaffey, Beverly Zwicker, and Holly Etchegary.

    - Neil MacKinnon is also supervising two students who received 2010 NSHRF student awards:
       - Heidi Deal, Masters student with the Atlantic Research Training Centre, for her project "SafetyNET: Insights and Lessons Learned from a Pilot Project"
       - Andrea Scobie, PhD student in Interdisciplinary Studies, for her project "Engaging Patients in Patient Safety"

  • The Membership Committee Announces a New Program: The CSHP NS Branch Membership Committee is pleased to announce the launch of its "Pharmacist Shadowing Program".  This program provides up to $1500 financial support for a Branch member to spend time at a host institution under the supervision, or in collaboration, with a mentor in a chosen therapeutic, research or administrative area.  The goal of the program is to allow the applicant to expand their clinical, research or administrative knowledge.

    For details on this program please go to the Membership Section of the website and select Pharmacist Shadowing Program.  Expect to hear more about this exciting program during Pharmacy Awareness Week (March 1-5).

  • The CSHP NS Branch would like to congratulate Anne Marie Whelan on becoming a CSHP Fellow in 2009.  Fellow recognition is conferred by the CSHP Board of Fellows upon individuals who have demonstrated noteworthy, sustained service and excellence in the practice of pharmacy in an organized healthcare setting.  Anne Marie will be officially recognized at the 2010 Professional Practice Conference on February 1, 2010.


  • Congratulations to Neil MacKinnon , Professor and Associate Director of Research at the College of Pharmacy, who was recently announced as the new President Elect for CSHP.  As well, Neil also chairs the PSN Coordinating Committee.  We look forward to your leadership over the next 3 years, Neil!
  • Heather Lummis, drug utilization pharmacist at Capital Health, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the CSHP Research and Education Foundation.  The board guides the Foundation in fund raising strategies, policies and procedures, and collaborates with the Research Committee in evaluating award submissions.
  • The NS Branch of CSHP would like to recognize and extend congratulations to the following members presented with awards at Convocation Brunch at the College of Pharmacy, May 21, 2009.

    - Stephanie Lucas - Geri Kearns Spirit of Pharmacy Award         

    - Heather Naylor -Merck Frosst Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Award

    - Emily Muir -John J. Ryan Award of Excellence in Pharmacy Administration

    - Scott Horwood -Astra Zeneca Canada Hospital Preceptor of the Year

  • Annual Committee Reports - are due on April 10th in preparation for the AGM on May 2nd.  Please forward them to the Branch Secretary, Amber Jennex in electronic format.

  • April 8,2009 - Awards Applications due April 17, 2009

  • It’s that time of year again! The CSHP Annual Awards Dinner is scheduled for May 2, 2009 at MacAskill’s Restaurant in Dartmouth. Please take some time and review the enclosed table of information on the NS Branch CSHP awards.  Criteria and application forms are available from the Awards Committee Chairperson and can be found on the CSHP Nova Scotia branch website in the Awards section.

  • Hospital Resident's CE Presentation - All are welcome to a presentation by Capital Health pharmacy residents Shanna Trenaman and Crystal Anthony on April 8, 2009 from 5-7pm in the Royal Bank Theatre, Halifax Infirmary.  The title is "Evidence Based Medicine: Pharmacist's Battling Bad Media."   For more information, please see brochure.

  • March 4, 2009 -President-Elect Position

    Branch Members,
    As Chair of the Nominating Committee, I would like to announce an exciting opportunity. We are seeking nominations for the following CSHP NS Branch executive positions:

    This position will take office beginning in May 2009. Below is a summary of the relevant dates and positions that follow.

    May 2009- 2010 President Elect
    May 2010- 2011 President
    May 2011--2012 Past President

    The roles and responsibilities of all of the above positions are outlined in the Branch Executive Terms of Reference.
    If anyone wishes to speak to any current executive regarding any aspect of these positions please contact them via email.

    I would strongly encourage all members to consider this position, as it is a very rewarding experience. All interested nominees should email Jennifer Turple no later than March 23rd, 2009.

  • February 2, 2009 - Congratulations to Dr. Peter Zed, Clinical Coordinator, Capital Health and co-investigators were awarded two 2009 CSHP National awards:
    Patient Care Enhancement Award for the study, "Incidence, Severity and Preventability of Drug-Related Visits to the Emergency Department: A Prospective Study".  This award is sponsored by AstraZeneca Canada Inc and recognizes improvements in patient care or drug therapy knowledge.
    Pharmacotherapy Best Practices Award for the study, "Efficacy, Safety and Patient Satisfaction of Propofol for Procedural Sedation and Analgesia in the Emergency Department". This award was sponsored by Merck Frosst Canada Ltd and is presented to projects that promote best practice prescribing and includes outcome measures.

  • January 28, 2009 - Congratulations to Dr. Peter Zed, Associate Professor at the College of Pharmacy and Clinical Coordinator at Capital Health, who has been appointed to the Federal Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.  The FP&T Committee provides formulary drug listing recommendations to participating federal drug plans, such as the NIHB Program.

  • January 28, 2009 - Congratulations to Dr. Kathy Slayter, clinical pharmacy specialist with the Departments of Medicine and Pharmacy at Capital Health, Halifax, for achieving fellowship status with the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacy.  Kathy was recognized for her extensive contributions to education, clinical practice, and research in infectious diseases.  The award will be conferred at the Professional Practice Conference in Toronto, February 1-4, 2009.

  • Congratulations also to CSHP members Kathy SlayterBernadette ChevalierHeather LummisClaudia HardingAnne Hiltz, and Lisa Nodwell at Capital Health, Halifax, for receiving a 2009 CSHP Research and Education Grant for their project "Clinical benefits and economic impact of a surgical pharmacist".


  • December 10, 2008 - Congratulations to Peter Zed, clinical coordinator, Capital Health, for his recent publication in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. His clinical review is titled "Update on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care guidelines".
  • September 22, 2008 - The Dalhousie College of Pharmacy is hosting a Residency Night for anyone interested in learning more about the hospital residency program.  It will be held October 7, 5:30-7:00pm in the Health Professions Lounge of the Dentistry building, Dalhousie.
  • September 17, 2008 - Dr. Alexa Bagnell will present "Managing Pediatric Anxiety Disorders" at the Royal Bank Theatre, Halifax Infirmary, 1630-1730. Dinner and General Meeting will follow.
  • May 29, 2008 - Congratulations to the NS Branch members recognized at the College of Pharmacy Convocation Brunch on May 22, 2008:

    - Mary Kate Wedge - University Medal
    - Rochelle Myers - CPhA-Apotex Future Leader Award
    - Crystal Anthony - Sister Frances de Paul Award
    - Shanna Trenaman - Dr. Jessie I. MacKnight-Miss Mona W. Flemming Award in Hospital Pharmacy
    - C. Brian Tuttle - College of Pharmacy Alumnus of the Year Award
    - Lennie Walser - Astra Zeneca Canada Preceptor of the Year (Hospital Preceptor)
    - Dr. Peter Zed - Dr. Jessie I. MacKnight Award (for Excellence in Teaching) Bristol Myers Squibb

  • April 14, 2008 - Congratulations to Heather Lummis, drug utilization pharmacist, Capital Health, and Ingrid Sketris, professor at the College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie, for publication of Use of patients' own medications in Canadian hospitals: A national survey in CJHP this month. As well, their earlier article from 2006, titled Systematic review of the use of patients' own medications in acute care institutions has been abstracted for DARE (Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects).

  • April 9, 2008 - The Dalhousie College of Pharmacy is offering a free Preceptor Development Program for current and prospective preceptors to develop their skills for the Practice Experience Program.  The dates are May 15 in Fredericton, NB; June 7 in Cornwall, PE; and June 13 in Halifax, NS.

  • April 1, 2008 - Dr. Peter Zed, Associate Professor at the College of Pharmacy and clinical coordinator at Capital Health, has recently been appointed to NAPRA's National Drug Scheduling Advisory Committee.

  • March 28, 2008 - It's that time of year again!! Applications for branch awards are due April 16. Please take some time and review the information of the NS Branch CSHP awards. We encourage all eligible members to apply!! See Awards for further details.

  • March 26, 2008 - You are invited to the Research Seminar series at the Dalhousie College of Pharmacy in April 22, 2008. The invited speaker is Dr. Susan Fagan, a former Dalhousie graduate, who now practices at the University of Georgia. Her topics are "Blood pressure lowering and vascular protection after acute stroke" and "Investigating stroke treatment: Bedside to bench and back".

  • March 7, 2008 - Pat King has asked CSHP to seek interest from a hospital based practitioner who would be interested in being a member of the International Pharmacy Graduate Program group. The multi-member group monitors the formal program for international pharmacists whose goal is to be licensed in Canada.  Those interested should contact Pat King directly.

  • February 13, 2008 - Congratulations to Kathleen Shipp, who graduated with her Masters in Science in Applied Health Services Research from Dalhousie University in 2007.

    We are pleased to announce DrPeter Zed, Associate Professor at the College of Pharmacy and clinical coordinator at Capital Health, is now an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy.

  • February 7, 2008 - Calling all NS Branch Members! 
    Have you been looking for an opportunity to get involved with CSHP? Tired of seeing the same ol' bunch of folks involved in committtees and Executive? Then we need you!

  • January 21, 2008 - It is with great sadness we report that Sister John Bosco McAskill, long time member of the NS Branch of CSHP, passed away January 11, 2008 in the Bethany Motherhouse, Antigonish. Sister John Bosco received her Certification in Pharmacy from Dalhousie University in 1946 and worked at both St. Martha's Hospital in Antigonish and St. Joseph's Hospital in Glace Bay. She was the recipient of the A.H. Robins Bowl of Hygeia Award in 1975, and also received an Award of Distinction from the NS Government for her work with the NS Community Drug Dependency Program.

  • January 7, 2008 - Catherine Doherty, Clinical Pharmacy Manager, Geriatric Medicine & Mental Health, Capital Health, has been awarded the 2007-08 CSHP Isabel E. Stauffer Meritorious Service Award.  This award will be presented at PPC in Toronto in January 2008 and will recognize Catherine's significant and sustained contributions to CSHP.

  • Dr. Neil MacKinnon, Associate Professor at the College of Pharmacy, and co-authors, have been awarded the National CSHP Innovation in Safe Medication Practices Award for their paper, entitled, "Development of Canadian Safety Indicators for Medication Use."  Congratulations also to Dr. Susan Bowles, Associate Professor at the College of Pharmacy and clinical coordinator at Capital Health, received the National CSHP Pfizer Long-Term Care Award for the submission, "Effect of Concomitant Use of Agents with Anticholinergic Properties on Response to Donepezil in Persons with Alzheimers Disease."  These awards will be presented at PPC in Toronto in January 2008.


  • Dr. Ingrid Sketris, Professor at the Collegeof Pharmacy, Dalhousie University, was one of sixteen recipients of the Annual Women of Excellence Awards sponsored by the Canadian Progress Club Halifax-Cornwallis in November 2007. Dr. Sketris was recognized for her important accomplishments in the category of education.
  • Dr. Sketris also received the CPhA Centennial Award earlier this year at the Canadian Pharmacists Association Meeting in June 2007. This award acknowledges 100 leaders and builders of CPhA and the profession of Pharmacy in Canada over the past 100 years.  
  • Dr. Susan Bowles, Associate Professor at the College of Pharmacy and clinical coordinator at Capital Health,received the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists 2007 Professional Service Award at the annual conference in October 2007.  This award recognizes her outstanding commitment to patient care.  
  • Dr. Bowles also successfully defended her thesis and graduated with a Master’s in Science from the Community Health and Epidemiology department of Dalhousie University in 2007.
  • Dr. Neil MacKinnon, Associate Professor at the College of Pharmacy, has received a 2007 Harkness Associate, a fellowship administered by the U.S. Commonwealth Fund and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. Dr. MacKinnon is the first Canadian pharmacist ever to receive this award.
  • Dr. Peter Zed, Associate Professor at the College of Pharmacy and clinical coordinator at Capital Health, received the 2007 CSHP BC Branch Publication Award for the top original research paper published in 2006.  
  • Dr. Kathy Slayter, Assistant Professor at the Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University, and clinical coordinator at Capital Health, was the recipient of the Hospital Preceptor of the Year award for 2007.
  • Congratulations to new CSHP Fellows, Dr. Peter Zed (2006) and Dr. Neil MacKinnon (2007)!