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Recognizing excellence at the School of Pharmacy

Adrienne Penney receives the Kristine Cadigan Memorial Award from Kristine's mother, Mrs. Diana Cadigan.

By David Penney

Students, faculty, staff and members of the pharmacy community gathered at the Health Sciences Centre auditorium on Sept. 13 for the annual School of Pharmacy Scholarships and Awards Ceremony. The event coincides with the culmination of orientation activities at the school and is held to celebrate student achievement while also providing important financial support. Donors that include alumni and friends of the school, members of the pharmacy community, corporations and other organizations funded the 53 awards and scholarships that were presented this year.

An award that has been presented on an annual basis since 2006 is the Kristine Cadigan Memorial Award. It is given in memory of Kristine Cadigan, a student who died suddenly in 2005 after having completed one year of the pharmacy program. Open to all pharmacy students, the award recognizes an individual with the qualities that Ms. Cadigan exhibited – someone who is a well-rounded, a dedicated and accomplished student who is willing to help out when needed and involved in activities both inside and outside the school. Adrienne Penney was this year's recipient of the award.

In addition to student recognition, awards were also presented in the categories of preceptor of the year and alumni achievement. Shianna White, a hospital pharmacist with the Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook, and Jillian Croke, a community pharmacist with Shoppers Drug Mart in Conception Bay South, both received recognition for their work as preceptors during the structured practice experience that students are required to complete during the program. Dr. Co Q.D. Pham, a member of the class of 2000, was the recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award. Currently the scientific manager for Health Canada's Marketed Health Products Directorate, Dr. Pham has many academic and professional accomplishments to his credit. In addition, his extensive work as a volunteer and philanthropist make him a deserving recipient of the award.