Queensland Guild welcomes new committee

Five new representatives and four women – including Pharmacy of the year winner Lucy Walker – have joined the Queensland Guild Branch Committee

Lucy Walker, owner of the 2017 Pharmacy of the Year, told the AJP that she’s looking forward to giving back to the profession.

“I love being a pharmacist and I think the work that the Guild does is really valuable,” she says. “I also think it’s good to offer different perspectives. I’ve only been a pharmacy owner for six years, so I’ll bring the perspective of a newer owner who’s there working in a pharmacy most of the time.

“The Guild gave me the opportunity to observe a branch committee meeting, to understand better all the great work the Guild does, and I realised I could contribute.”

Ms Walker says she’s looking forward to “listening and learning” and also to encouraging other women into pharmacy ownership.

“For example tomorrow evening the Queensland Branch is doing a ‘leading ladies in pharmacy’ event: Karen Brown from Samford and Jill Reilly from Kensington will be telling our stories.

“We’ll be discussing some of how we got here, the pros and cons of ownership and how we manage the juggling act.”

Ms Walker says she encourages women to get involved with leadership of the pharmacy profession.

Queensland branch president Tim Logan formally welcomed Cate Whalan, Allan Milostic, Vikesh Kumar, Lucy Walker and Fiona Watson as the Branch’s newest Branch Committee representatives.

“It’s also appropriate to acknowledge those Committee members who have resigned, including Branch Vice-President (Finance) Mike Farrell, who provided 19 years of service, including three years as National Councillor; as well as Mario Calanna, David Holmes and George Fotinos, who all served for nine years. On behalf of Queensland members, I thank them for their service.

“I would like to congratulate and welcome the entire Queensland Branch Committee, I am sure they will all work hard to help the Guild deliver results for its members over the coming years,” Mr Logan said.

The 2017-2020 Queensland Branch Committee includes:

Far North Queensland District Representative: Trent Twomey

North Queensland District Representative: Cate Whalan

Central Queensland District Representative: Allan Milostic

Wide Bay/Burnett District Representative: Vikesh Kumar

Sunshine Coast District Representative: Tim Logan

Gold Coast District Representative: Paul Jaffar

South West Queensland District Representative: Lucy Walker

Brisbane District Representatives: Chris Owen; Kos Sclavos AM; Amanda Seeto; Fiona Watson; Rick Xynias.

Queensland Branch Committee members will have the opportunity to nominate for National positions from Friday 14 July to Friday 28 July. 

Available positions include Branch President, National Councillor, three Vice Presidents and two Alternative National Councillors.

Any contested positions will be put to a ballot for Queensland members to vote between Friday 18 August – Friday 1 September.

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