Wizard Pharmacy Kalgoorlie Central has been presented with the 2020 Community Support and Engagement award by the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce & Industry
The award, presented at the Chamber’s annual Awards Night this week, recognises businesses that have made a significant contribution to their local community and have gone above and beyond to support the local community, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wizard Pharmacy Kalgoorlie Central Franchisee Elise Wheadon said that being acknowledged for the work her and her team do is truly humbling, and knowing the difference they make in the local community keeps them striving to do more.
“During the pandemic, I did a mental health first aid training to help the community and support my staff and loved ones,” she said.
“Our pharmacy maintained our opening hours despite the reduction in customer numbers because we knew the consistency gave our customers some sense of routine and familiarity which was lacking in the uncertain times.
“We started offering home deliveries for the vulnerable, we immunised over 1500 people in our local community against influenza, and we were also strong advocates for the use of ePrescribing in the Goldfields/Esperance region, becoming the first pharmacy in WA to dispense an ePrescription,” said Ms Wheadon.
Wizard Pharmacy Chief Operating Officer Sally Parker said all the Wizard family are proud of Wizard Pharmacy Kalgoorlie Central for winning the award.
“Pharmacists have been on the front line during the COVID pandemic, so it’s fulfilling to see Elise and her hardworking team recognised for the significant contribution they make to their local community, especially during the tough times this year,” said Ms Parker.
Ms Wheadon is a regular advocate for the Goldfields region, owning and operating two pharmacies in Kalgoorlie for the past 14 years while raising her three children alongside husband Trent.
“Being based in Kalgoorlie and being recognised for our dedication to our community means so much to us as it confirms we are making a positive difference to people’s lives,” she said.
“I want to share this with all our wonderful customers; without them, we wouldn’t be anywhere.
“Our amazing team deserve massive praise for sharing a vision of quality service and providing outstanding patient-centric care,” said Ms Wheadon.