2022 Board Elections: District 7 Candidate - Mikolaj Piekarski

District 7 - Mikolaj PieKarski

I was born and raised in Poznan, Poland, where I also finished my pharmacy degree at Karol Marcinkowski University of Medical Sciences. In 2013 I obtained my PhD in Pharmacy, with the subspecialty in Medicinal Chemistry. After immigrating to Canada, my wife and I moved back to her hometown of Prince George, BC, which we call home since then, and where we are happy to raise our 2 sons and a daughter, enjoying all the beauty and excitement that Northern BC has to offer. I want to recognise that Prince George lays on the traditional and unceded territory of Lheidli T’enneh nation, and I honoured to live and work here, as well as providing remote services on territories of other Frist Nations in the whole Northern BC.

From my very first contact with hospital pharmacy during university, I knew this is the career path that appeals the most to me. I fulfilled my dream of working in several hospital settings, first in Poland while working at the Heliodor Swiecicki University Hospital in Poznan, and later in Canada, working first at the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North, and later transitioning to work at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia. I also try to stay connected to the community pharmacy practice, working as a casual pharmacist in few community pharmacies in Northern BC.

During my career I was able to experience different aspects of pharmacy practice, both in Canada and abroad. This allows me to have a broad perspective on the practice of a modern day pharmacist, and how to improve it to better serve our patients. I always believed that we should put patients in the first place, and create the tools that would help us to work better and more efficient for their care. I believe that having efficient and easy to follow standards will create an efficient care systems benefiting all of our patients, regardless of our practice setting. As a hospital pharmacist I know the importance of our clinical services, and would like to work on improving legislation and regulations to allow even better clinical services for our patients. I believe that using modern day research and technology are important in improving our services for patients, and I would like to make sure that regulations and practice standards allow for a full use of those tools for better patient care.

Compassion is the key word in my everyday practice, and I would to work to ensure that our professional regulations always allow pharmacist to provide compassionate care to their patients. Patients feel better cared for when they have a connection with their care provider, and I would like to promote that model of practice in our profession.

I am certain that my experience, passion for patient oriented care, love for our profession and for rural living will help me to be a good representative for District 7 (Community Hospitals) in the College Board.

If you would like to contact me for anything during this election period, please email or text me at: Mikolaj.Piekarski@northernhealth.ca or 7783495770.