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Congratulations to Rita Winn – new vice-chair of Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada

Rita Winn

Rita Winn, director, Lovell Drugs Limited, has been appointed the new vice-chair of The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada (Neighbourhood Pharmacies).

“I am honoured to be named by the Board as Neighbourhood Pharmacies’ Vice-Chair. I look forward to continuing to support the Association through its 3-Year Strategic Plan as we work towards enhancing the delivery of care to Canadians through pharmacy,” said Rita Winn in a release.

Before being director of Lovell Drugs, Winn was the general manager and COO of Lovell Drugs Limited for past 22 years. Her responsibilities included leading the direction of the organization’s operations as well as the short- and long-term strategy and vision of Lovell Drugs Ltd. Her role included leading the management team to develop and implement operational plans, pharmacy marketing, creation of company culture, and human resources. Prior to joining Lovell Drugs, Rita enjoyed a 20-year career with Big V Pharmacies Co. Ltd. as Store Manager as well as Director of Operations.

Her term as vice-chair of Neighbourhood Pharmacies will run for one year, ending at the association’s Annual General Meeting in 2021.

“After many years of involvement in the Association’s work, I’m genuinely thrilled to welcome Rita to the role of Vice-Chair,” said Karl Frank, board chair of  Neighbourhood Pharmacies, in a release. “Rita’s expertise, strategic vision, and dedication to all aspects of pharmacy make her instrumental when promoting pharmacy’s critical role in public health and primary care – particularly at a time when convenient, accessible healthcare is so vital to Canadians.”

Sandra Hanna, Chief Executive Officer, Neighbourhood Pharmacies, added: “On behalf of our board of directors and all our members and associates, I want to congratulate Rita on her appointment as vice-chair. Rita’s knowledge, advocacy, and leadership experience will ensure pharmacy is recognized for its trusted role delivering high-quality care to patients within their own communities.”