Award of Merit

Award of Merit

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.

Nominations for the Award of Merit are now closed.

This year's recipient of the Award of Merit is Sharon Smith Vercaigne.


Sharon entered the Faculty of Pharmacy in 1982 at the University of Manitoba in the 3-year bachelor program. While in first year, the student council was looking for a member to sit on the senate committee of the University and Sharon’s real pharmacy career began here. Sharon was senate delegate for the students for 3 years, class representative and on student council for 3 years and became Senior Co-stick for her final year on the Faculty of Pharmacy.

After graduation Sharon was appointed a member of the Faculty Nominations Committee for awards and bursaries and continued in this position for 5 years.

Sharon was approached at that time by Assistant Registrar Ron Guse of the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association (MPhA) to become a member of the PR committee. This became a 15-year position with Sharon becoming Chair and then Co-Chair with Dennis Wong.

In conjunction with the PR duties, Sharon was elected to the MPhA council and served as a councilor for 4 years, involved in many varied committees.

Sharon stayed connected with the University through student education as a preceptor to pharmacy students from 2004 to 2014 as well as technician students from the career college. Sharon coordinated distance education for pharmacists in Portage La Prairie from 1990 to 1994.

Sharon was elected to the board of the Manitoba Society of Pharmacists in 2012. She was elected Secretary/ Treasurer of the board which she held for 2 years and then was elected President of Pharmacists Manitoba in 2014, a position she held for 2 years. Sharon remained as past president of the organization for 2 years and continues to be a member of the Internal Relations committee to this day.

As a representative of Pharmacists Manitoba, Sharon was a member of the Advisory Council to the College of Pharmacy PharmD development program. She became a member of the Extended Practice Advisory Committee with the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba in 2017 and continues to sit on this committee.

In 2018 Sharon was appointed to the Canadian Pharmacists Benefit Association as the Manitoba representative. She is the current Vice-President of the organization.

To view a list of the past recipients, please click here.