Carleton Place native Allison Tario received the New Practitioner Award at the Canadian Pharmacists Conference in Quebec City in June.
The New Practitioner Award recognizes a pharmacist who has been in practice not more than five years, has demonstrated a commitment to pharmacy at the undergraduate level and has continued to promote the profession.
“I am honoured to be recognized with this award. As a relatively new pharmacist it is exciting to be able to shape my career into what I want it to be,” said Tario, who received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Waterloo in 2014 and is a Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate at University of Waterloo as well.
“This award recognizes that I have created a space for myself in my profession that is contributing to the forward movement of pharmacists as a whole.” Tario is the first Waterloo Pharmacy alumni to receive this national award from the Canadian Pharmacists Association.
The University of Waterloo’s pharmacy program is quite young. Tario graduated in the fourth graduating class and currently instructs some classes at the university. “The program has built itself a very strong reputation in the pharmacy community and it helped prepare me well to be a great pharmacist,” she said.
Tario grew up in Carleton Place and moved to Southern Ontario for school. She now works at Roulston’s Pharmacy in Simcoe, the largest community of Norfolk County with a population of about 14,000 people. Located near Lake Erie, Tario said Simcoe reminds her of home.
“Simcoe and Carleton Place are so similar, which is definitely what drew me here when the opportunity came to move here for work,” Tario explained. “I love the personal feeling of a smaller community wherever you go.”
As a pharmacist, Tario said she can help patients who may not always have access to resources the way they would if they lived in a big city.
Pharmacists are often responsible for narrowing the gap between access and care that people in small towns might experience. “Rare diseases and complex conditions still exist in small towns, but the resources available for them don’t always, so pharmacists help in many ways,” Tario said. “This award also emphasizes the difference each new pharmacist can make for their colleagues and the profession on a bigger scale.”
The health care field is constantly changing and requires pharmacists to evolve as it does. “It’s exciting to be in a profession that is constantly growing to meet the health care needs of our patients… I learn something new almost every day, which keeps it challenging and interesting.”
The rapid evolution of pharmacy during the last decade in Canada is largely due to the aging population, Tario said. As the Canadian population ages, there are fewer young people to take care of the baby-boomer generation meaning the pharmacy industry must change to keep up with and continue meeting the demand of patients. “It’s important to help others manage their health to feel better and live happier and healthier lives,” she said. “I am passionate about what I do and truly love my role as a pharmacist.”
Tario said her inspiration to be a pharmacist is thanks to her mother, Jane, who is also a pharmacist. “I grew up seeing what a great pharmacist does every day.” Just like her mother, Tario said she loves the areas of science that deal with health and the human body. “I realized pharmacy would be a great fit for me – I didn’t want to work in a lab or [do] research; I wanted to find a career that let me work with people and help people.”
Along with developing long-term relationships with patients, Tario said she loves helping patients take control of their medications by educating them about health and the role a pharmacist can play in supporting them. “Pharmacists are such a resource for health care and we do so much more than just give out medications.”
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