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.
Sabrina Sanzari is the pharmacist in charge at Santa-Cabrini Hospital since 2007; Santa Cabrini hospital is part of the CIUSSS de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal since 2015. Between 2001 and 2007, she has worked there as a clinical pharmacist primarily in critical care and intravenous nutritional support.
She’s responsible of the pharmacology committee and part of the regional pharmacist committee for the regrouped process of drug purchasing (Sigma Santé). Her transversal mandate in the CIUSSS is the optimal usage of medication. Sabrina has been a surveyor for Accreditation Canada since 2009 and has carried out reviews mainly for short term care programs.
Sabrina has a Bachelor of Pharmacy, a Master’s of Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Montreal, a microprogram degree in management and organizational development from the University of Laval and a Diploma in Advanced Special Studies in public health from the University of Montreal.
She’s part of the PSF Canada team as vice president for memberships and partnerships and as mission lead for India.
Lauren Tailor is a new PharmD graduate from the University of Waterloo (Rx2020) who just completed her clinical rotations in Hamilton, Ontario. This September, Lauren will be starting at Masters in Public Health Epidemiology with a Collaborative Specialization in Global Health at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She hopes to combine her passions for pharmacy, global health, and epidemiological research in the future. Lauren is excited to connect pharmacists globally through social media.
Geneviève Larouche has been a member of Pharmacien Sans Frontière and also head of mission for Bernard Mevs hospital in Haiti since 2017.
Ms. Larouche completed a bachelor's degree in pharmacy and a master's degree in practice in healthcare establishments at the University of Montreal. She then worked as a clinical pharmacist and then manager at the CHU de Québec - Université Laval. She is currently Deputy Head of Pharmaceutical Care, Professional Affairs and Teaching, at the CHU de Québec. In 2019, she completed the microprogram in international health at the Université de Sherbrooke and is currently completing a master's degree in public health - global health component at Université Laval.
Geneviève is a director of the Board of Directors of the Center for International Cooperation in Health and Development, which sits in Quebec City and she is also a member of the Canada-Africa Community Health Alliance and has carried out several missions in Benin as a pharmacist and co- Head of mission since 2011.
She is a member of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec.
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.
Régis Vaillancourt, OMM, CD, B. Pharm, Pharm D, FCSHP, FFIP, FOPQ
Dr. Régis Vaillancourt currently serves as the director of pharmacy for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Spanning over four decades of professional service, Dr. Vaillancourt continues to be active in Canadian pharmacy, underscored by his involvement in the community as a practitioner, his recognized role in research as an academic, and his service as past-president and active member of several pharmacy boards, committees, associations, and federations. For over thirty years Régis has been addressing common issues in the practice of pharmacy in Canada where he has demonstrated his impact in his profession not only nationally with his executive roles with the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacy, but also on a global scale with executive roles with the International Pharmaceutical Federation.
Dr. Vaillancourt’s dedication to the pharmacy profession has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally through numerous awards and appointments. In 2004 the Canadian Pharmacists Association named him the Canadian Pharmacist of the Year. In addition to pharmacy related accolades, he was awarded the Order of Military Merit by former Governor General, Adrienne Clarkson. He was awarded the titled of Fellow by the Canadian Society of hospital Pharmacy the International Pharmaceutical Federation and the Ordre des pharmaciens du Quebec.
For the last 12 years, Dr. Vaillancourt has worked closely with physicians to develop infographic-based medication calendars, disease management plans and drug instructions for their patients with low health literacy. With the support from partners such as the International Pharmaceutical Federation, Pharmacist Without Boarder – Canada and CHEO, he developed innovative and validated tools to support healthcare professionals in counselling their most vulnerable patients. Currently his research is focused on helping Canadians to be able to make informed decisions with medical cannabis and is interested in the role that genomics can have in helping deliver more precise medication therapy to Canadian children and adults
Jaime Nead is the mission lead for PSF-Canada’s mission in Bangladesh. Jaime completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Ottawa followed by her PharmD from the University of Toronto. Jaime has worked in both community and hospital settings, and is currently a pediatric clinical pharmacist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa, ON.
Jaime’s involvement with PSF-Canada began in February 2019 with a mission to Warsaw, Poland, followed by an evaluation mission to Dhaka, Bangladesh in October 2019. Jaime is currently working on the virtual mission in Bangladesh and assisting in the virtual mission in Madagascar.
Ali Musheer graduated from the University of Toronto Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy in 2017.
With Doret Chang's encouragement (a professor who taught Global Health at the faculty) was introduced to Shellyza Sajwani for the purposes of deloping a series of modules for training and orientation of pharmacists travelling aboad for PSF. These modules were completed in 2019 and subsequently Ali transitioned into the role of Website Lead.
Since then, Ali has been working to support and improve the website and it's many platforms, which often coincide with the roles and goals of many individuals and groups within PSF.