Ontario Pharmacists' Association announces CEO (Interim)



    TORONTO, June 14 /CNW/ - Following the departure of CEO Marc Kealey, the
Board of Directors of the Ontario Pharmacists' Association (OPA) announced
today the appointment of Mr. Donnie Edwards as CEO (Interim). Mr. Edwards
assumes this role after serving as the Association's Board Chair from May 2006
to June 2007.
    "The Board of Directors has confidence in Donnie Edwards to help lead the
Association at this time as we proceed with a search for a permanent CEO,"
says Ken Burns, OPA's Vice Chair. "He will also provide continuity in the
areas of government and stakeholder relations and advance the Board's
strategic plan."
    "I look forward to taking on this role, which takes effect June 20," says
Donnie Edwards. "As CEO (Interim), I will continue to advance the mandate and
efforts of the Board on behalf of membership and build on the momentum we have
achieved over the past several years."
    Mr. Edwards welcomes opinions from members on issues related to pharmacy
and will continue to work closely with health care stakeholders to strengthen
the role of the pharmacist.
    OPA's Board of Directors has begun establishing a Search Committee to
seek a permanent CEO. The Committee will seek a candidate who will continue to
increase OPA's presence among stakeholders and execute the strategic plan set
out by the Board of Directors.
    Over the past four years, OPA's presence among government, health
stakeholders, media and the public has increased considerably due, in large
part, to the leadership of its former CEO, Mr. Marc Kealey and the direction
of the Board of Directors.
    OPA's Board of Directors would like to thank Mr. Kealey for his tireless
efforts in establishing OPA as a major health stakeholder, a policy voice in
numerous areas in the system and his dedication to promoting the role of
pharmacists as front-line health care providers.
    Through Mr. Kealey's efforts, OPA has been recognized by the government
as the lead voice for pharmacists representing a great opportunity for
pharmacists to rewrite their role in health care. OPA now plays an essential
role in the first ever Pharmacy Council in the province and helped to develop
the first ever professional services program for the public - Meds Check.
    In his tenure, he played a pivotal role in the relocation of OPA's office
to University Avenue. The new headquarters are a reflection of the expanding
role played by pharmacists in health care.
    Mr. Kealey has also increased the public profile of the Association
through hundreds of media interviews and speaking engagements locally,
nationally and internationally.
    Over the past several years, OPA membership has increased, membership
services and corporate partnerships are on the rise and the flagship Drug
Information and Research Centre is garnering unique opportunities for the
Association and pharmacists.
    "OPA enjoys a status like never before in areas that are making a huge
difference for the profession and the public," says Edwards. "On behalf of the
Board of Directors, I want to thank Marc Kealey for helping to make the
Association what is it today and wish him the best of luck in his future
endeavours."

    The Ontario Pharmacists' Association is the professional association
representing the views and interests and advocates for over 10,000 practicing
pharmacists and pharmacists-in-training, in Canada's largest province.





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For further information: Mary-Anne Cedrone, Manager of Communications,
Tel: (416) 441-0788 or 1-877-341-0788 ext. 4266, Email: mcedrone@opatoday.com

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