What do you most enjoy about what you do?
Helping others, specifically cancer patients! The role of the Drug Access Navigator has endless opportunities. Finding innovative ways to help patients gain access and funding for their treatment lifts one of the many burdens these patients and family bear—and I am happy to be a part of this.
What is your biggest challenge?
Being in a unique role means that there is no specific education to prepare for it. However, this is also one of the many reasons I love this role. You must be self-motivated, passionate and driven as you learn on the job.
Is there someone who served as a role model?
As I was the first Drug Access Navigator here in Nova Scotia, I owe many thanks to the large body of drug navigators in Ontario who helped me navigate this new role, specifically Alan Birch and Amy Pilon. These individuals helped me bring more accessible access to Cancer patients here in NS.
What’s your favourite way to spend time outside of work?
I am a single mom to a beautiful little girl. Most of my time is spent running around to different activities such as dance! I also enjoy volunteering to support other navigators and cancer patients through the Atlantic association, where I am the co-founder and hold the role of Director of Education.
Name something you’re really good at that has nothing to do with pharmacy.
Event planning and do-it-yourself craft projects!
What’s one piece of advice you’d give a young
pharmacy technician who wants to make a difference in their career?
The opportunities are endless! Don’t stop looking for your dream job until you find it!
What’s next for you?
I hope to see a course developed for pharmacy technicians and others who want to further their education and become a Drug Access Navigator. Furthermore, I hope to be involved in creating this course. I think if more pharmacy technicians knew about this, it would help expand this role within many parts of the healthcare system, which in turn helps patients and families with the burden of a cancer diagnosis.