June 3, 2019 (GODERICH/CLINTON/BAYFIELD) – Michael Ibrahim, owner of three Michael’s Pharmasave locations in Southwestern Ontario, has been named the recipient of the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia Award from the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA). The award will be presented at Pharmacy Experience Pharmacie (PxP) 2019 – a joint conference being held by OPA and the Canadian Pharmacists Association in Toronto from June 3-5, 2019.

Ibrahim has been working as a community pharmacist for the last 24 years. He has successfully implemented community-focused initiatives, such as developing a pharmacy-based travel health program and a point-of-care testing program for patients. Ibrahim is also certified as a Diabetes Educator, Geriatric Pharmacist, Smoking Cessation Coach, and is a PCCA Trained Compounding Pharmacist. He has also presented to different community groups on a variety of health topics, is a Healthy Heart Pharmacist Educator, and has been involved in many charitable fundraising events that support local initiatives.

“This award is dedicated to a pharmacist who has an outstanding record of service to the community,” said Bill Wilson, Interim CEO of OPA. “Michael’s three practices represent only a portion of his overall community involvement and impact, which is why the OPA is pleased to award him with the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia Award.”

Ibrahim began his career in pharmacy in Egypt where he received his education and had his own practice. Prior to coming to Canada in 1994, he worked in Saudi Arabia as a Senior Hospital Pharmacist. Once in Canada, Ibrahim worked for various companies before becoming the owner of Michael’s Pharmasave in Bayfield in 2007. He currently owns Pharmasave locations in Goderich, Clinton, and Bayfield, Ont. Ibrahim has also won a Commitment to Care and Service Award, the Best Business Award for the Bayfield and Area Chambers of Commerce, and the Pharmasave POPA Award.

OPA’s Annual Awards Ceremony recognizes and acknowledges the significant contributions that are being made by individuals in the pharmacy profession throughout Ontario.

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About the Ontario Pharmacists Association
The Ontario Pharmacists Association is committed to evolving the pharmacy profession and advocating for excellence in practice and patient care. With more than 10,000 members, OPA is Canada’s largest advocacy organization, and professional development and drug information provider for pharmacy professionals across Ontario. By leveraging the unique expertise of pharmacy professionals, enabling them to practise to their fullest potential, and making them more accessible to patients, OPA is working to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system. The pharmacy sector plays a strong role in Ontario with an economic impact of more than $6.3 billion across 4,500 pharmacies, employing 60,000 Ontarians.