The Award of Merit is bestowed upon an active member of Pharmacists Manitoba in recognition for active participation and promotion contributing to the benefit of Pharmacists Manitoba and the Profession of Pharmacy. This award was established for initial presentation in 1995.
Melvin Baxter (2016 Award of Merit )
Melvin Baxter graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba in 1970. He has been employed in community retail pharmacy and served as Pharmacist Manager at Valley Super Thrifty Pharmacy in Morris, Manitoba for just over 20 years.
Melvin was a Director on the Board of the Pharmacists Manitoba (formerly the Manitoba Society of Pharmacists) from 2005 to 2015 and served as President from 2008 to 2014. Melvin is currently President of the Canadian Pharmacists Benefits Association (CPBA) and serves as the CPBA Liaison to the Pharmacists Manitoba Board of Directors. CPBA provides pharmacist professional liability insurance and Melvin successfully led the transition of CPBA to a new brokerage firm resulting in reduced premiums and coverage of expanded scope services. He successfully led the transition of CPBA to a new brokerage firm resulting in reduced premiums and coverage of expanded scope services.
Melvin was the Pharmacists Manitoba Representative on the Manitoba Government Pharmacare Expert Review Advisory Panel to review the Auditor General’s Report on the Provincial Pharmacare Program. Mel also sat on the Steering Committee for the Bill 41 Consultative Process with PricewaterhouseCoopers and the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (formerly the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association) and served on the Steering Committee for the Standard Pharmacy Contracts with MB Health, Healthy Living and Seniors. He also served on the Legislation, Regulation and Liability Working Group for the CPhA Blueprint for Pharmacy.
Melvin is married to Yvonne and they have four grown children, and 3 grandchildren.
Past recipients of the Award of Merit are:
1995 Don Radley
1997 Barb Cinnamon
1999 Morna Cook
2005 Ralph Whitefield
2006 Tom Busch
2007 Marian Kremers
2008 Charles Narvey
2009 Shawn Bugden
2010 Meera Thadani
2011 Pam Johnson
2012 Elmer Kuber
2013 Bonnie Coombs
2014 Gayle Romanetz
2015 Alison Desjardins