DDS names top pharmacist


Connie Arronis. Source: Supplied.

Connie Arronis has been announced as the 2020 National Pharmacist of the Year by Discount Drug Stores

Ms Arronis, who is Pharmacist Manager at Illawong Discount Drug Store (DDS), was also recently recognised in the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s 2020 ‘Community Pharmacy Heroes’ campaign and in News Corp Australia’s ‘Thanks A Million’ campaign.

“Connie is a passionate pharmacist focused on delivering positive outcomes to the health and wellbeing of her customers and the members of her local community,” said Head of Discount Drug Stores Patrick Stoll on announcing the award.

“Connie has a can-do attitude and is always open to and adaptable to change. Connie provides a consistently high level of customer service and exemplifies the DDS core values. She’s passionate about community pharmacy and strives to achieve business KPIs and objectives to keep the pharmacy viable or with the best health outcomes in mind for her customers.

“Congratulations to Connie Arronis from Illawong DDS.”

Ms Arronis thanked DDS for the award.

“It’s truly an honour to be recognised as the Pharmacist of the Year in DDS for 2020. I’m truly humbled to receive this recognition, especially during this unprecedented year with the pandemic and all the challenges that pharmacy has faced and with all the tireless efforts of all the pharmacists out there in the industry.

“A very special thank you to my owner, Quinn, for all his amazing support and encouragement over the many years that I’ve worked with him. I definitely wouldn’t be the pharmacist I am today without his support, so a very special thank you to you Quinn,” she said.

“And a special shout out to my team at Illawong DDS for all their hard work and efforts during this challenging time. And of course to the amazing customers at Illawong DDS for making our work so special and enjoyable and rewarding.”

Owner Quinn On said Connie “has been brilliant from the word go”.

“So many years, day to day, the amount of work she puts in, to individual customers and towards her team… She’s very caring all the time, it is a very genuine trait that Connie has and the passion for pharmacy and being a pharmacist. Not many people have that passion,” said Mr On.

“I’m so proud of you Connie, and thank you DDS for giving her this recognition.”

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