Jaris Swidrovich, PharmD
Every June is Indigenous History Month, with National Indigenous Peoples Day falling on June 21st.
During this month, I encourage folks across the country to engage in learning about Indigenous history and all the contributions Indigenous Peoples have made in forming Canada as we know it today.
I am a Saulteaux First Nations Two Spirit pansexual man and pharmacist from Yellow Quill First Nation in Treaty 4 territory in Saskatchewan. I currently live and work in Treaty 6 territory and the homeland of the Métis (Saskatoon, SK) as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. I am a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSP) graduate (2010) from the University of Saskatchewan and a post-baccalaureate Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) graduate (2013) from the University of Toronto. I am currently also a PhD Candidate in the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan, where I am working toward advancing Indigenous education and Indigenous inclusivity in pharmacy education in Canada.
Senator Murray Sinclair once said, “Education is the key to reconciliation,” and I couldn’t agree more.
Migwetch (thank you)!
Pamela Ip, PharmD
Pamela is a 2020 graduate from the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. As a student, she served in countless leaderships positions, including as the Co-President for the student LGBTQ+ advocacy club, PharmPride. She, alongside the PharmaPride team, held a multitude of education sessions to address gaps in student knowledge on LGBTQ+ health, history, and stigma. Pamela also developed the introductory module for the Ontario Pharmacists Association’s “Providing LGBTQ+ Inclusive Care at Your Pharmacy” course and was a guest on their June podcast. As she enters the profession, Pamela will continue her advocacy efforts to maximize patient care for everyone.
James Morrison, BScPhm
James is a University of Toronto graduate and is the Director of Pharmacy Excellence with Whole Health Pharmacy Partners. He has practice community pharmacy for over a decade and is a Certified Diabetes Educator. He has held leadership roles with several pharmacy organizations including CAPSI, OPA, and OCP. His overriding mission is to improve pharmacy practice to benefit patients which spurred him to create one of the largest social networks for Canadian pharmacy professionals on Facebook: Community Pharmacists Network Canada.
James dedicates much of his energy towards creating education resources for pharmacy students, technicians, and pharmacists to provide culturally competent care for LGBT2SQ patients. He is a sought-out speaker on the topic and has co-authored a number of educational resources on creating inclusive pharmacy spaces.
Sarah Bento-De Sousa, PharmD
Sarah is a 2020 graduate from the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. She was a co-president for the student LGBTQ+ advocacy club, PharmaPride. Since then she has contributed on several projects educating other healthcare professionals on integrating LGBTQ+ care into practice. More recently she introduced a landmark resolution to focus more resources on LGBTQ+ care by the Ontario Pharmacists Association.