2018 Board Elections: District 8 Candidate - Bal Dhillon

District 8 - Bal Dhillon

My name is Bal Dhillon and I am asking for your vote in the upcoming College of Pharmacists of BC (CPBC) District 8 Board elections.  I was the first appointed observer Pharmacy Technician on the College of Pharmacists of BC.  I also served as a CPBC Board member from Nov 2014 to 2016.    I have a very good understanding and appreciate the Board’s mandate to protect the public, the strategic plans and the objectives.   I had stepped down due to personal commitments.  I am now in a position to return and ready to further impact on our initiatives.     

In the past I’ve been involved in the collective achievements and the significant progress the College had made.  These include:   recognizing the need for a College name change, implementing pharmacy robbery prevention strategies, recognizing the need to review Board composition of members, enhancing pharmacy technician membership on the College committees, implementing the Practice Review Program, and consulting for Phase 2 (Hospital), establishing requirements for tele-pharmacies, and winning the BC Court of Appeal decision in the College’s incentives bylaws case. 

I am a dynamic, results-oriented individual with more than 23 years of experience in the pharmacy profession.  My education background includes a Bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University, an Associate degree from Douglas College, Provincial Instructor diploma from the province of British Columbia, and various leadership certifications from Vancouver Community College.  I also have extensive experience working in both hospital and community pharmacy sectors. When I’m not involved in my professional activities, I enjoy walking and swimming with my 2 children.  We like to explore new activities; do it yourself experiments and enjoy watching movies together.  

I currently hold the position of Manager, Pharmacy Services, Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services.  In this role, I am responsible for leading and coordinating the pharmacy operations at the Pharmacy Drug Distribution Centre.  Day-to-day, I manage resources, organize workflow and maintain quality assurance for a safe medication distribution system. I have strong leadership, management, and strategic planning skills, with the determination to succeed.  In addition to working for Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services, I am also a Consultant/Program Facilitator involved in the designing, developing and delivering pharmaceutical compounding education for health care professionals in the topics of USP 797 and 795.    

I am the current Director of the Pharmacy Technician Society of BC (PTSBC).  I was instrumental in the formation of the Society in 2011.  Prior to PTSBC, I served as president for the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Technician of BC Chapter from 2005 to 2010.  I’ve been involved in various initiatives, promoting education and personal growth for pharmacy personnel in British Columbia.  I also volunteer on various committees with CPBC, the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs, and the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.  I am passionate, forward thinking, and dedicated to the mandate of delivering safe and effective pharmacy services as our profession evolves. Pharmacy practice is an ever-changing industry and I possess the qualities you are looking for as the District 8 representative.