Since its inception, the Student Advisory Council (SAC) has served as the voice of the pharmacy student body for the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA). After consultation with student representatives, OPA is pleased to announce some structural changes to SAC to better serve the mandate of increasing engagement between pharmacy students from the Ontario Schools of Pharmacy and OPA. As of June 2021, SAC and the Student Chapters at each of the pharmacy schools in Ontario have been amalgamated to streamline efforts and improve efficiency. This new structure will provide students more opportunities to participate in the decision-making process and take on leadership roles when it comes to initiatives. It will also help to promote unity between the two schools and allow pharmacy students to interact across schools to truly represent the voice of pharmacy students in Ontario.

The Council meets up to six times per year with the following responsibilities: 

  • To represent the voice of the pharmacy student body and provide advice and guidance to OPA from the student perspective.
  • To act as the liaison between OPA and the pharmacy student bodies at the Ontario Schools of Pharmacy.
  • To advise OPA of new and emerging issues to increase OPA’s understanding of the views and concerns of pharmacy students.
  • To identify and provide suggestions to OPA on new ideas for initiatives for consideration.
  • To execute initiatives approved by OPA and the Student Advisory Council at the local school levels.
  • To share information about OPA’s advocacy initiatives with their respective schools.
  • To deal with other matters as directed by OPA and/or OPA’s Board of Directors.

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As part of the transition to this new structure, members from the 2020/21 Student Chapters were offered the opportunity to continue with the new SAC and as such, a general call for applications (except for the first-year representatives) was not undertaken for this term. However, OPA student members can expect a call for representatives to occur each year hereafter following OPA’s Annual General Meeting in June.

SAC Student Representatives for 2021/22

Student representatives will work on behalf of the student body with representatives from OPA who will act as Chair and Secretary to SAC.

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Michelle Asselin

Co-Vice-Chair (UW)

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Julia Giannini

Co-Vice-Chair (U of T)

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Simran Sharma

U of T 2022 Class Representative

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Caitlin Lovick

UW 2022 Class Representative & Co-Communications Director

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Megan Reis

UW 2023 Class Representative

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Katarina Pessina

U of T 2023 Class Representative & Co-Communications Director

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Rosa Chen

UW 2024 Class Representative

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Bessie Xue

U of T 2024 Class Representative

The U of T 2025 Class Representative will be recruited in September (see call for applications below). The UW 2025 Class Representative will be recruited in January 2022.

All pharmacy student members of the OPA are encouraged to reach out to their representatives with any questions, concerns, or comments by emailing the team at [email protected].

Call for Applications, OPA SAC 2025 Class Representative from U of T

Are you passionate about advocating for change and advancing the pharmacy profession? If so, we’re looking for you! OPA is seeking a motivated pharmacy student leader from the University of Toronto Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy Class of 2025 to join the SAC.

The term of the U of T 2025 Class Representative will be from September 2021 – June 2022. For more information, please review the OPA Student Advisory Council Terms of Reference.

Applications are now being accepted until end of day September 30, 2021 and can be submitted to [email protected].

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This is an exciting time for healthcare in Ontario! Your participation and collaboration with your classmates and professional Association will be an important way to advocate for your chosen profession, advance your career and support your future patients. Please note that only OPA student members can hold a position on the SAC. U of T first year students (2025 graduating year) can get free OPA membership until the end of 2021 by calling OPA at 416-441-0788/1-877-341-0788.