2019 Board Elections: District 7 Candidate - Sarah Masson

District 7 - SARAH Masson

I humbly submit my nomination as the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia Board Member for District 7 (Community Hospitals).

I have worked in pharmacy for over 20 years, starting as a pharmacy assistant for a small community pharmacy in Ontario at the age of 16. Since then, I have worked as a pharmacy assistant for several community pharmacies, both large and small. During pharmacy school I worked as a pharmacy assistant at Shoppers Drug Mart and pharmacy technician at Burnaby Hospital in various roles including order entry, ward stock delivery, and IV therapy preparation. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2010 and then my Pharmacy Practice Residency with Fraser Health in 2011. I worked as a clinical pharmacist in general medicine and acute care for elders at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre from 2011-2013. After returning from maternity leave in 2014, I worked as the sole clinical pharmacist at Mission Memorial Hospital covering the general medicine unit, Patient Assessment and Transition to Home unit, emergency department, and ambulatory day care unit. Currently, I am in a temporary role as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Medication Safety with Fraser Health (East). In addition to my clinical duties, I have precepted several UBC pharmacy students and pharmacy residents, and was the Fraser Valley Chapter Chair of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists British Columbia Branch for a number of years.

I support the College’s Mission to protect the public through regulation of the pharmacy profession and promotion of best practices. I am excited by the College’s current Strategic Plan, which includes initiatives that will directly enhance pharmacists’ abilities to deliver the best possible care to their patients. My passion is to deliver safe and effective patient-centred care, and I believe that promoting evidence-informed practice will aid British Columbians in achieving positive health outcomes.

As I have practiced in both community and hospital settings as both a pharmacy assistant/technician and pharmacist, I bring a unique perspective to the College Board. I feel that collaboration across practice areas is essential for ensuring the safe delivery of optimal pharmaceutical care. Self-regulation is a privilege for our profession and it would be an honour to contribute to the College’s efforts to promote safe and effective care in the interest of the public.