After 30 years as a pharmacy owner/pharmacist  in Cochrane (1989-2019) I am going to retire on June 30. It has been a most amazing run from Cochrane Drugs (700 sq. ft.) to TWO Pharmacy (8000 sq. ft.) and I have enjoyed every minute of my career due to the incredible relationships built with customers and staff. Thank you all!

For my final health project for Cochrane and area I have one simple (but very complicated) request. I would like to see everyone (yes, all of you) QUIT smoking on Saturday, June 15 for one day and hopefully for many of you – forever! The program is called COCHRANE QUITS and you will be seeing lots of information in the coming weeks. On June 15, we will be celebrating the store’s 3oth anniversary and Dianne and myself’s impending retiremenst with a pancake breakfast for all customers and former staff. I will fill my final prescription that day and at 1 pm at the Lions Event Centre we will be hosting a mass smoking cessation clinic. There will be a presentation by Les Hagen , Executive Director of Alberta Action on Smoking & Health, discussion of smoking cessation strategies,NRT sampling,  and formation of QUIT buddies, partners, and teams. The big problem with quitting tobacco is that you are often all alone. On June 15 you will be able to harness the power of strength in numbers and have health care professional help in achieving your goals.

Smoking is deadly and harms everyone – smokers, non-smokers, children, and even the unborn. Health Canada estimates that over 45,000 Canadians die each year from smoking related illnesses. In fact, smoking accounts for 1 in 5 preventable deaths each year, more than alcohol, traffic accidents, homicide, and suicides combined. To extrapolate to Cochrane’s population of nearly 30,000 it means 35 people from our town will be taken this year.  To bring that more into focus, lung cancer took my Dad at age 67 in 1991 and I watched him suffer from this horrible disease. To honour his memory I ask that all smokers take another run at quitting this June. Together we can become smoke free and be on the path to a healthier future!