2018 Board Elections: District 2 Candidate - Christine Antler

District 2 - Christine Antler

To my fellow District 2 pharmacists, I am asking for your vote for the College Board of Directors. I believe I have the diverse knowledge, skills and experience to be a strong voice on our Board.

After graduating from UBC in 2008, my past 10 years in community pharmacy has given me a wide variety of experience:

  • Relief, staff pharmacist, pharmacy manager and pharmacy operations roles
  • Residential care pharmacy services focusing on mental health and addictions care
  • CPhA ADAPT Certificate in Patient Care Skills
  • Ran on- and off-site immunization clinics
  • Developed and ran a recurring patient education seminar series
  • Independent pharmacy and chain pharmacy experience
  • Preceptor for UBC pharmacy students
  • Pharmacology instructor for Pharmacy Technician Bridging Program
  • Various working groups and committees with the College, BCPhA and NPAC

Currently, as a Pharmacy Operations Specialist with Pharmasave Pacific, I support independent community pharmacists in providing optimal patient care. I work daily with pharmacists in small and large pharmacies to identify the opportunities and challenges that they encounter in day-to-day practice. I work closely with pharmacy teams to fulfill their scope and embrace patient care opportunities such as travel health, compounding, pharmacogenomic and point-of-care testing, among others.

I am passionate about pharmacy and I know pharmacy professionals are driven to provide the best care for patients. From working in and with diverse teams, I see the variation that exists between community practice sites and I will bring that knowledge to the Board.

The College’s mandate is to protect the public. I believe this is done when qualified pharmacists can focus on making optimal patient care decisions effectively and efficiently, using their professional judgement that acts in the best interest of patients.

I believe that the next three years will bring regulations on Certified Pharmacist Prescribing, electronic documentation, non-sterile compounding and very likely, clarity around medical cannabis and minor ailments. If this occurs, the right checks and balances need to be put in place. I believe I will provide a thoughtful and considered voice to the Board, ensuring public safety is protected by allowing pharmacists to make the right decisions for patients.

Our College needs the best possible Board to guide the evolution of pharmacy practice in BC and I would be honoured to represent District 2. Regardless of preferred candidate, I urge all eligible pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to vote and ensure you are supported to provide optimal care for your patients.

I appreciate your consideration,

Christine Antler
[email protected]