A former Trail resident is being honoured for his life-long commitment and contribution to pharmacy.
Derek Desrosiers, 53, is the recipient of this year’s Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy Pillar of Pharmacy Award.
“I’m very, very proud of him,” said his mother, Trail resident Kathy Desrosiers. “He’s always been a go-getter, all his life. It didn’t matter what he did, he always had to be the best at it.”
The 1976 Crowe graduate earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of British Columbia in 1982, which launched him into his career.
The Vancouver resident and active member of British Columbia Pharmacy Association is one of Canada’s foremost authorities on the economic and professional practice issues of pharmacy.
He spent 13 years working in community pharmacy as a pharmacy manager and owner. In 2004, he became the chief executive officer of uniPHARM Wholesale Drugs Ltd.
He also served six terms as president of the British Columbia Pharmacy Association’s board of directors.
“People often talk about all the sports people that this area has put out, well other kids have accomplished things, too,” said Kathy. “I think that’s marvelous. For a small community, I think that we’ve done really great.”
He will be recognized at an upcoming gala dinner this fall.