Shellyza Moledina Sajwani is the co-president of Pharmacists Without Borders Canada, the only humanitarian organization of Canadian pharmacists.
Shellyza completed her Masters of Pharmacy at Aston University, with her thesis being a meta-analysis of gefitinib and erlotinib in non-small cell lung cancer. She later completed a PharmD at the University of Toronto and was recognized by the Canadian Association of Pharmacy in Oncology with a poster for her project in Gulu, Uganda on the safe and effective use of chemotherapy in a pediatric oncology population. While in Gulu, she worked with the native Ugandan team in implementing protocols to prevent nausea and vomiting in the pediatric oncology population, designing new easy-reference drug monographs for symptom management, creating a safety system resulting in reduced overdoses of methotrexate, and establishing a SOP and training checklist for chemotherapy preparation.
Shellyza became involved with PSF while taking a lead on global health training development with fellow PSF colleague Ali Musheer, and subsequently working in the VP Ontario role. Since becoming the co-president in August 2018, Shellyza and her fellow co-president have been overseeing expansion of structured board governance and continued quality improvement initiatives, as well as the creation of 'second-line' sub-teams in order to continue to build for the future. Shellyza and her co-president Julie Morin have both also been involved in organizational change management in overseeing creation of PSF virtual initiatives through the pandemic, through liaison with the new webinar and virtual mission portfolios.
Shellyza has worked in both hospital and community pharmacy settings and is currently an oncology-specialized pharmacist at the Ottawa Hospital. While in the Regional Liaison/CCO Pharmacist role, she supported and trained pharmacists from five separate rural satellites, helped to introduce Cornwall Community Pharmacy as a new oncology satellite, was part of the core team in introducing Rad223 in castrate-sensitive prostate cancer to the Ottawa Hospital, and received the Ottawa Hospital Excellence Award for Commitment to Quality due to work in the regional role. Shellyza has also worked in various board positions for the Ismaili Council for Ottawa as well as the UK over the last twelve years – including positions on the Youth and Sports Board, Education Board, ITREB, and IVC Ottawa.
Julie Morin is one of the two co-Presidents of Pharmacists Without Borders Canada since April 2020. She completed her PharmD in 2015 and her Masters in Advanced Pharmacotherapy in 2016 at the University of Montreal. Julie works for the CIUSSS de l'Est-de-Île-de-Montréal at Santa Cabrini Hospital in the intensive care and emergency sectors.
Julie joined PSF in 2013 as a student member following a presentation of the organization during her studies. She then went on a humanitarian mission with PSF in 2015 in Labrousse, Haiti. This first contact with the humanitarian was memorable and convincing for her future involvement with Pharmaciens sans Frontières Canada. She is also a conference speaker for Le Pharmacien et l’aide humanitaire course at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Montreal.
In 2018, Julie became the first Vice-President of the Quebec division of the organization, a new position created by Ms. Suzanne Lévesque, past president of PSF, allowing to increase the visibility and involvement of PSF in the various Canadian provinces, to pharmacy students and pharmacists. She has represented PSF at several Quebec conventions, organized presentations for pharmacy students at the University of Montreal and Laval University in Québec. Julie was also part of the first PSF events team by organizing with Noha Bestawros, Stephanie El-Chakieh and Andréanne Vincent the first event created by PSF in 2018, Marche en nature, in Mont-Royal Park in Montreal. Julie was subsequently part of the PSF Events Committee created in 2019 and which organized the first annual Pharmaciens sans Frontières Canada Gala the same year.
In April 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, Julie joined Shellyza Sajwani as co-President of PSF Canada. During this period when all missions were suspended, Shellyza and Julie created the COVID committee which made it possible to develop new opportunities for visibility and action for the organization, in particular through the creation of virtual missions, webinars, new positions and strategic sub-committees so that PSF can grow during and after the pandemic.
As one of the new co-President, Julie would like PSF Canada to be recognized by all pharmacists, pharmacy students, pharmacy technicians in Canada as the humanitarian organization linked to our magnificent profession. May we all unite to support the missions and programs of PSF Canada, so that ultimately, any community in need has access to optimal, autonomous and sustainable management and use of essential drugs.
Noha Bestawros holds the position of Vice-President – Quebec of Pharmacists Without Borders Canada since July 2020. She has completed a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 2003 as well as a master’s degree in hospital pharmacy in 2004 at the University of Montreal. She also holds a certificate in law and has recently completed a microprogram in pain evaluation and management in order to better support her palliative care patients.
Noha has worked in the cardiology and intensive care unit of Sacré-Coeur hospital from 2004 to 2006. Since 2008, she has been a pharmacy owner affiliated to IV Tech Pharma, which she founded with her husband, also a pharmacist. Noha has been specializing in sterile compounding since and now runs 3 cleanrooms located in Montreal and in the Laurentians.
Noha has been holding a position as a lecturer at University of Montreal since fall 2019 where she teaches sterile compounding classes to pharmacists completing their master’s degree in hospital pharmacy. Noha is also involved with the Association québécoise des soins palliatifs as an administrator on the Board of Directors as well as a member of the Convention Committee.
Noha has represented PSF Canada in several events held in Montreal and in Quebec City and, with the help of 4 other colleagues, has organised a fundraiser walk for PSF which took place on Mount Royal in September 2018. She was also part of the Fundraising Committee who organised the Gala Pharmacists Without Borders Canada in September 2019.
Noha was the recipient of the Prix Innovation granted by Fédération des Pharmaciens du Québec (FPQ) in 2019 and is constantly looking for new ways to make a difference for her profession and to contribute in improving her patients’ wellbeing. She believes that a life of service is also one of deep happiness and considers PSF Canada, the ultimate humanitarian organisation in the field of pharmacy, as a great means to pursuing this mission.
Selina is currently the VP of Ontario with PSF. Recently, she has engaged in international missions including teaching a 2-week pharmaceutical course in Warsaw, Poland. Prior to this mission, she engaged in some international volunteer work in Kisumu, Kenya to establish medical clinics and provide healthcare to marginalized communities.Her current research includes the improvement of mental health institutions in India for a more streamlined provision of care. She has also contributed to research related to developing and evaluating the effectiveness of training modules for Hematology residents at McMaster University.
Linda Carroll completed her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba. She worked in Brandon, Manitoba in retail pharmacy and at the Brandon Mental Health Centre for two years. She then moved to Winnipeg, where she worked for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) for the next 31 years. The first 16 years in the 24/7 Adult Intensive Care Satellite pharmacy at the Health Sciences Centre. Next she moved into various management roles including; Regional Pharmacy Manager of Health Sciences Centre; Regional Pharmacy Manager of Grace Hospital & Clinical Pharmacy Manager of Medicine Program; and finishing as the Regional Manager of Drug Distribution – Inventory Management.
During this management time she worked on several regional projects; conversion of the drug distribution system from both traditional and cart fill systems to an Automatic Dispensing Unit (ADU) system, in all six acute care hospitals in the WRHA; implementation of an Anesthesia Operating Room ADU system; Pharmacy Project Lead for blueprinting and implementation of the Business Solution Design SAP Supply Chain for pharmacy; development and implementation of a Regional Drug Shortage Command Centre; and standardization of all pharmacy databases.
Linda retired from the WRHA, and joined BD Canada as a Pharmacy Performance Optimization Consultant & Clinical Consultant Manager the next two years. Linda is currently semi-retired, working as a casual front line pharmacist in rural Manitoba with the Prairie Mountain Health Authority. She is a member of College of Pharmacists of Manitoba and CSHP MB Branch.
Heather Christ completed her BScPharm at Dalhousie University College of Pharmacy in 1986. Over the course of her career, she has worked in both hospital and community pharmacy, and is currently the Pharmacy Practice Advisor at the New Brunswick College of Pharmacists, a position she has held since 2012. Heather became keenly interested in relief work in developing nations during university, and has worked with a number of organizations (Mercy Ships, Humedica, Medical Mission International, Iris Ministries), in countries from Mexico to western and southern Africa to Albania and the Ukraine. Heather has been serving as the VP Atlantic on the Board of Directors since February 2020, and is the Virtual Mission Lead.
Caroline Robert is a pharmacist who graduated from the Université de Montréal more than 20 years ago. She holds a Management diploma from HEC Montréal as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) carried out at the Université du Québec at Trois-Rivières. She has been an associate clinician at UdM for many years as the training of students is a cause that is particularly close to her.
In her career, she has been involved in several areas amongst the world of pharmacy. She initially co-owned two clinical pharmacies for over eight years before doing replacement in community pharmacy and retirement homes. She did a short stint in hospital pharmacy where she was Assistant of the Department Head for the distribution component.
Since 2016, she is the Director of Pharmaceutical Affairs at the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires du Québec (AQPP), that brings together the 2 048 pharmacist-owners of the province, whether they are affiliated or not with a chain or a commercial banner. Caroline joined PSF at the end of 2019 as a Director. Since then, she has also become the organization's financial and strategic advisor.
Delphine has been a member of PSF Canada Board of directors since 2013. She started her interest in PSF as a student in 2007 when she went on one of the first student mission in Mali. Alfer that, she was a mission lead in Mali then in Haiti in 2013. She was a PSF co-president from 2018 to 2020. She completed her bachelor degree at University of Montreal in 2008 and her master in 2009. She now mostly works as a hospital pharmacist.
Violaine Masson is a pharmacist at the Integrated University Center of Health and Social Services of the East-of-the-Island-of-Montreal in the department of psychiatry and in internal medicine in the transitional hospitalization unit.
She is a member of the group of expert pharmacists (RPE) of psychiatry of the association of pharmacists in health establishments (APES).
Holder of a bachelor's degree in pharmacy and a master's degree in pharmacy from Laval University, she is one of 10 pharmacists in Quebec to hold the title of Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist, the American certification of specialist pharmacist. She teaches part-time in pharmacy at the University of Montreal and Laval University. She is responsible for 3 courses and is a lecturer in several others, teaching in more than 4 different programs at the University of Montreal. During her studies, she was involved in the International Federation of Pharmacy Students and Pharmacists Without Borders as a student representative.
She was head of mission in Haiti in 2016 in Bernard-Mevs (Port-au-Prince), at the same time as secretary at Pharmaciens Sans Frontière Canada from 2016-2019 after having completed a mission in Labrousse (Haiti), and evaluated d other missions in Haiti. She also traveled to Port-au-Prince twice to teach psychiatry residents at the State University of Haiti.