District 1 - Nafisa Merali
Dear Pharmacists and Voting Members:
My name is Nafisa Merali and I am running for the College Board as your representative for District #1. I graduated from UBC in 1991 and have been a practicing grass-root pharmacist and pharmacy manager for more than two decades. I believe in patient-centered care and as frontline health care professionals, we are in a unique position to help our patients and be their advocates. I understand the many concerns of practicing pharmacists and offer my platform as a direction toward providing the best patient care. If you agree with my initiatives, please vote for Nafisa Merali when polls open on August 26, 2019.
I am the current Regional Chapter Chair for the Vancouver region of Diabetes Canada and sit on the committee for Medication Quality Safety Committee (MQSC) of the Fraser Health Authority. In these roles, I am committed to delivering the highest level of patient care by ensuring healthcare professionals are guided by the right policies and practices. I was also a committee member on the IMMP Community of Practice (COP) and the College of Pharmacists Ethics Advisory Committee.
I am a strong believer in lifelong learning as that enables strong patient care. I specialize in consulting with patients living with diabetes and provide travel consults. I am a Certified Diabetes Educator, Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, and I hold the ISTM Travel Health certification. I strongly believe with continuous learning we can deliver the highest level of patient care. I believe that the diversity of my experience would bring value to the College in helping make decisions that shape the future of our profession.
The landscape for pharmacy is rapidly changing, as are the public expectations of the College of Pharmacists of BC (CPBC) and its registrants. The role of the CPBC is to protect and maintain the interests of the public and to govern pharmacy professionals by following legislation, standards of practice, code of ethics, and policies and guidelines. I identify with many concerns of practicing pharmacists of how to maintain our fiduciary duty to our patients and uphold the integrity of our profession. I believe one of the most important responsibilities of a board member is to listen to the concerns of College registrants and ensure your views and opinions are considered in the board’s decisions. With your support, I will work tirelessly to ensure your voices are heard, the public receives the best pharmacy service, and make sure our profession meets the challenges of the future.