Pharmacist / Owner
High Street Pharmacy
Pharmacist owner Samier Kamar maximizes technology to provide a host of services to his community. In early 2019, Kamar adopted Enhanced Care Clinics' gotodoctor.ca platform, which allows him to help patients connect with physicians right inside his pharmacy.
He explains that the initiative started because Peterborough, the city in which he was born and raised, "was in need of greater access to healthcare resources," with about 10.000 residents without a primary care provider.
For more than 20 years, SpiritRx Services has been serving the healthcare needs of remote First Nation communities in northern Manitoba. Owned by the seven Tribal Councils of Manitoba, the pharmacy benefits from the cultural, economic and regional insights that the board shares with pharmacists to help them identify and respond to the distinctive needs of various communities.
"We are one of a few pharmacies in Canada that are owned by the community we serve", says Gail Halko, chief operating officer of SpiritRx Services.
Jason Wentzell and Meghan Hayes
Enter Extend Pharmacy, Canada's first independent cancer care community pharmacy. Opened by Jason Wentzell in 2019, it is a referrals, dispensing, consultation and monitoring pharmacy that specialized in care for patients receiving cancer treatments in the Ottawa region.
According to pharmacy manager Meghan Hayes, patients are relieved to have someone available who is knowledgeable about their treatments.
When Kevin Kratiuk opened KJK Pharmacy in 2017 with the goal of serving the local Polish population, little did he know that his willingness to support a local psychiatric researcher with clinical trials would result in a complete pivot of his practice just a year later.
His wife connected him with Dr. Roger McIntyre, an international leader in clinical research in psychiatry. In 2018, Dr. McIntyre asked Kratiuk to join him in building Canada's first clinic specializing in ketamine treatments for patients with chronic and treatment-resistant mood disorders.