A day in the life
Warren Meek (BScPharm’77)
Dal's College of Pharmacy is a great place for an education. The future beyond that is as broad or as narrow as a graduate wants it to be.
Taking part in a collaborative health-care process
Warren Meek remembers having “a lot of fun” with his fellow students in Dal's College of Pharmacy. “But fortunately, we knew when to play, and when to study and apply ourselves.”
Right after graduating, Warren accepted a pharmacist position at a Shoppers Drug Mart in Bathurst, New Brunswick (NB). Seven months later, he broadened his own horizons and headed to another Shoppers in St. John, NB.
His new boss was in a fatal car accident three months later, and Meek was asked to assume responsibility for the pharmacy. “I hadn’t been paying much attention to the business side,” he says. “But it worked out tremendously well.”
From 1985 until 2000, Warren operated a Shoppers franchise in Halifax, and for another six years, he ran two stores concurrently. But then with 30 years of dispensing behind him, Meek decided to retire in 2006.
But he’s still very much involved in pharmacy: he’s president of C7 Consulting and past president of the Canadian Pharmacists Association. “Currently, I’m on the Executive Community Pharmacy section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation, working with a group to develop a policy on pharmacist collaboration with other healthcare providers,” Warren explains.
And he still does a few casual shifts in different pharmacies. “By having that local involvement, I see the progress in pharmaceutical care,” he says. “But I also see that some barriers still exist.”
“The opportunities for pharmacists to play a greater role in Canadian health care are tremendous,” Warren continues. “And we’re getting to the point where we’ll be recognized as team members in a collaborative process, working together to get the best outcomes. It’s very exciting.”
Warren has witnessed collaboration first-hand. For several years, he’s worked in Tanzania as a medical volunteer with Canada Africa Community Health Alliance (CACHA).
“In a team of up to 15 people, I help set up temporary health clinics in rural villages. We see as many as 600 people per day. I’ve learned tremendously about medicines and about Africa,” he says, “and about decision-making and team-work.”
“Pharmacy is a great profession,” he adds. “If you have the desire to work with patients and other healthcare professionals, you can have a very rewarding career.”