Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Barbara Ferrell

Named Pharmacist of the Year, 2011

Moved to Ottawa from Toronto in 1999.

25-year career as a pharmacist, working to advance the involvement of pharmacists in interdisciplinary teams in health care.

Key player in a project called IMPACT, aimed at optimizing drug therapy by integrating pharmacists into family practice and is the clinical co-ordinator for the team of pharmacists at Bruyère Continuing Care in Ottawa.

She is developing education programs, speaking at conferences and piloting online education programs.

The Canadian Pharmacists Association has recognized her as a pharmacist providing outstanding service to the profession and exemplary care to her patients. This award is given out once a year to a Canadian pharmacist who demonstrates leadership and exemplifies the evolution of the pharmacist profession toward an expanded role in health care.

The Ottawa Citizen, May 17, 2011.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Gertrude Fleck


Born in Ottawa in 1856.

Daughter of lumber baron J.R. Booth. Mr. Booth's lumber company won the contract to supply wood for the Parliament buildings when Ottawa was chosen as the new Capital of Canada by Queen Victoria.

Wife of Andrew Fleck, a successful Ottawa businessman in lumber who also ran mills in the Ottawa Valley.

In memory of her husband, Gertrude Fleck donated a new building on the grounds of 195 George St. to the Ottawa Day Nursery which was later renamed the Andrew Fleck Child Care Center. The Andrew Fleck Child Care Centre has since become a trailblazer in childcare services.

Mrs. Fleck was active in the Canadian Red Cross and many other local charitable and community organizations.

The Ottawa Citizen, May 7, 2011.