In March, Alicia Dakins and Mara Faggioni were recognized with the TEVA Professional Practice Award. This award honours two third-year students who have shown a high level of professional behaviour both inside and outside the classroom and have a record of academic excellence.

Prof. Cynthia Richard, Mara, Alicia, and Professional Practice Lab Manager Robin Andrade

In addition to success in the professional practice lab courses, Alicia and Mara both demonstrate commitment to their peers and their profession. Alicia is a member of RxPRN, a wellness group that collaborates with the School to provide mental health and success resources and support to pharmacy students. Mara holds a leadership role with the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns. In this capacity, she is spearheading Waterloo Pharmacy’s Pharmacist Awareness Month activities, coordinating events and student volunteering to spread public awareness about the profession of pharmacy.

“Through both their curricular and extra-curricular activities, Alicia and Mara demonstrate strong commitment to the profession,” says Prof. Cynthia Richard, a member of the professional practice team and Waterloo Pharmacy’s Associate Director, Curriculum. “They are strong leaders who go above and beyond in terms of providing support and learning opportunities for their peers.”

This one-time award was sponsored by TEVA provides both students with $1,000 to support their studies. Recipients were nominated by the professional practice team who deliver the pharmacy practice lab components of the curriculum.