CSHP Foundation: Announcing the 2022-23 Education Grant & PLA scholarship recipients 

April 25, 2023

The CSHP Foundation Trustees are pleased to announce the recipients of the Foundation’s 2022-23 Education Grants and Pharmacy Leadership Academy (PLA) Scholarship.

2022-23 Education Grant Recipients

Congratulations to...

Shirin Abadi

BSc(Pharm), ACPR, PharmD, DPLA, MBA, FCSHP, RPh

Pharmacy Clinical & Education Coordinator, BC Cancer – Vancouver
Clinical Professor, Faculties of Pharmacy and Medicine, UBC

BC Cancer Pharmacy’s Oncology Drug Interactions Module   
Facility: Provincial Health Services Authority, BC Cancer

Dr. Shirin Abadi has over 25 years of experience in the health sector, most recently as the Pharmacy Clinical & Education Coordinator for BC Cancer-PHSA in Vancouver. In this capacity, she has been responsible for overseeing clinical and educational pharmacy services, while teaching as a Clinical Professor for the Faculties of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Medicine at UBC. Shirin has recently completed six years of Executive Leadership experience with the Canadian College of Health Leaders – BC Lower Mainland Chapter. She has extensive board experience and has participated in strategic planning, and patient and staff engagement initiatives throughout the past few years.

Shirin is actively involved in research and has more than 50 academic papers/posters to her credit. She has been an invited speaker to more than 100 local, provincial and national events, on clinical, research and leadership topics. Shirin is recognized locally, nationally and internationally with more than 30 prestigious awards for her commitment to patient care, service, and effective leadership.

Shirin holds a post-graduate Doctor of Pharmacy degree, an Executive Master of Business Administration degree, a Graduate Certificate for conducting Business in the Americas, a Diploma in Pharmacy Leadership Academy, an Accredited Canadian Pharmacy Residency certificate, and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree with Honours distinction. She is also a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

Congratulations to...

Melanie MacInnis

BSc(Pharm), PharmD

Residency Program Coordinator, Clinical Coordinator & Professional Practice Leader, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, IWK Health

Women’s & Children’s Pharmacotherapy Primer for Pharmacy Professionals
Facility: IWK Health Centre, Halifax, NS

Melanie is a Dalhousie BScPharm graduate 2003 and University of Florida 2010 PharmD. She worked for 2 years for Pharmasave Ontario in Professional Practice after graduation, making the transition to hospital pharmacy practice at Hamilton Health Sciences in 2005.

With a short stint at Horizon Health in Moncton NB, Melanie returned home to Nova Scotia in 2013 assuming the role of professional practice chief, clinical coordinator, and clinical pharmacy specialist in pediatric emergency medicine at IWK Health.  In 2015 she established the first collaborative practice for independent prescribing in the community in NS; and developed the IWK pharmacy residency program with first intake of resident in the 2018-2019 academic year.

2022 Pharmacy Leadership Academy (PLA) Scholarship Recipient

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Ginny Cummings

BSc(Pharm), ACPR, PharmD

Pharmacy Clinical Practice Leader, Alberta Health Services (AHS)

Ginny works in Calgary at a community hospital, caring for both inpatient and ambulatory internal medicine patients. She has worked in many clinical areas during her career including internal medicine, cardiology, and critical care. As a Clinical Practice Leader, she supports over 20 pharmacists at the Peter Lougheed Center, providing leadership, coaching and practice development support.  Most recently, Ginny has been heavily involved in the development and implementation of a province-wide electronic health record system known as Connect Care (Epic® based). 

Ginny’s superpower is her ability to connect with people - she leads with authenticity and empathy to find ways to relate to and motivate others. Ginny’s leadership style is based in collaboration and curiosity – she believes that “the true value of a leader is not measured by the work they do. A leader’s true value is measured by the work they inspire others to do” (~Simon Sinek).  

Outside of work, her life is full of volunteering, dog walks, and enjoying time outdoors with her three boys.