This award is by nomination, because of the sort of person they are, they need you to tell their story for them. This award recognises someone who goes above and beyond to contribute to their profession and/or their community. It aims to recognise leadership and contribution.



2018Marium Slaimankhel lives by the motto: “if you do something with a good heart then you’ll achieve it easily.” She makes use of her position as the first point of contact with patients to improve their health literacy and knowledge, and her efforts soon extended to the supply of food and clothing. In her community, Marium has reduced the knowledge deficit on disease, medication, lifestyle choices and supplements by offering free one-one-one medication counselling to long-term patients. Her approach centres around involving patients in their health education and medication management. The judges said Marium is making a difference at so many levels to many people that not only benefits them from an educational health perspective but from a human perspective too.

2017With so many good sorts in pharmacy, this award is always hard to carry away. The 2017 winner was Ahmed Zareh who won because of his commitment to pharmacist education, as well as being a single-minded promoter of immunisations in his community.

2016Mark Webster, of Stay Well Pharmacy in Christchurch, continues to show his support and dedication to the pharmacy profession, both in and outside his pharmacy. Mr Webster, who has been a community pharmacist for 25 years, and established Stay Well Pharmacy in 2001, provides empathy and support to pharmacists who are going through stressful times. He has been involved with many projects within pharmacy and is quite often the leader or initiator.

2015Marie Bennett, from Unichem All Seasons Pharmacy, showed leadership in advancing the pharmacy profession and expanding services for patients. Pilot projects run at her pharmacy include warfarin management, nicotine replacement therapy and sildenafil dispensing. Mrs Bennett goes above and beyond to contribute to pharmacy and her community.

2014Deidre Magee from Victory Square Pharmacy in Nelson worked with many refugees in her area and was concerned that patients did not understand what they were being told at the pharmacy. To ensure language was not a barrier she found funding to employ a part-time translator. The scheme has proven so popular that the translator is now used by other healthcare providers to pass messages on to patients. This has meant that new arrivals are now able to receive the healthcare they need.