The Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) council elections are now open. Of specific interest to pharmacy technicians is the District B election for a pharmacy technician representative from southern Alberta. There are 4 candidates running: Nicholas Burns, Dana Lyons, Jennifer Teichroeb (incumbent), and Sharon Van Wert.
Now even though I was unable to think of a catchy slogan like “rock the vote” or “vote or die” I still want to encourage all eligible pharmacy technicians in District B to get out and vote before the polls close on April 13th, 2017 at 4:30 pm. With pharmacy technicians being self- regulated through ACP, it’s important that we ensure our representatives are working in our best interests. You have the opportunity to vote for the person you feel would be best for the job and who shows themselves to be ready to take on the enormous responsibility of representing all technicians from southern Alberta.
A few things I think it would be prudent to consider are:
- Does the candidate currently represent, or do they have the previous experience to fairly represent your work environment? For example, do they work in a community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, long-term care etc? What prior work experience do they have? Do you feel like this person understands the issues that are affecting your work environment and your practice?
- What are their priorities and do they align with yours? Do they have a vision for pharmacy technician practice? Do they want to see pharmacy technician practice grow and expand or do they want more of the status quo? What do you want?
- Have they volunteered in public service before? Do they have a proven track record of dedicating their time to the greater good? If they have volunteered in the past, do you think that experience will serve them well when it comes to representing you on council?
- How accessible are they? Perhaps consider reaching out to them and see if you get a response. A candidate who won’t respond when they are running for election is unlikely to respond once they get the position.
If you have other points you think it would be valuable to consider I’d love to hear them. Leave them in the comments below and we can keep this discussion going!
You can learn more about the candidates and their positions by visiting the ACP website. Voting closes April 13, 2017 at 4:30pm. You can only vote for candidates in your district.