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Ottawa pharmacist to receive the 2012 Pfizer Bowl of Hygeia Award from the
Toronto, ON (June 11, 2012) - Ottawa pharmacist Dr. Régis Vaillancourt has been
named the recipient of the 2012 Pfizer Bowl of Hygeia Award. The award, which
recognizes Vaillancourt’s commitment to community service, will be presented at
the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association’s (OPA’s) annual conference in London on
June 16.

“Régis Vaillancourt’s commitment to his community, both through his role as
pharmacist and through his work with provincial, national and international
pharmacy associations, is an example for every member of the community,” says
Dennis Darby, CEO of the OPA. “We are proud to recognize his efforts with this
year’s Pfizer Bowl of Hygeia Award.”

Vaillancourt, who is the Director of Pharmacy and Integrated Pain Services at the
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa, has done extensive work
to help bridge some of the communication and literacy barriers that exist when it
comes to taking medication. He worked with the International Pharmaceutical
Federation (FIP) to develop pictograms which illustrate how medication should be
taken, and led two research groups to assess culture-specific differences in how
the pictograms are interpreted. The pictogram project has also been expanded to
include a type 2 diabetes counselling tool for use with First Nations communities in

“As pharmacists we are the corner store scientist,” says Vaillancourt. “Our job is to
make scientific medical discovery applicable to the life of our patients in order to
guide them to make health-related decisions.”

Before joining the team at CHEO, Vaillancourt spent 25 years with the Canadian
Forces, serving as a pharmacist in a wide variety of positions including the
Canadian Forces Clinical Pharmacy Advisor, and Pharmacy Branch Advisor, where
he was responsible for directing all aspects of military pharmacy practice within the
Canadian forces.

Throughout his career, Vaillancourt has been active with pharmacy associations
including the Ontario College of Pharmacists, l'Ordre des pharmaciens du Quebec,
and the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities. He was
President of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists in 2004-05 and of the
Military and Emergency Pharmacy section from 2004-08. He is currently Vice
President of the International Pharmaceutical Federation, on the Board of Directors
of Pharmacists without Borders, associate editor of the Canadian Journal of
Hospital Pharmacy, and a surveyor for Accreditation Canada.
About the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association
The Ontario Pharmacists’ Association is the professional association that
represents the views and interests of more than 13,600 pharmacists and
pharmacists-in-training across the province. The Association works to inspire
excellence in the profession and practice of pharmacy, and to promote wellness for
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Lindsay George
Manager, Communications
Phone: 416-441-0788 x 4236
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