Alta Vista pharmacy owner wins major national award

More good local news!

Family-owned and operated Watson’s Pharmacy & Compounding Centre of Ottawa was named the top integrated pharmacy in Canada at the prestigious 2013 Commitment to Care & Service Awards, held in Toronto on November 25.

The award, one of nine national prizes judged by a panel of pharmacists and industry experts, recognizes outstanding service, practice and professionalism from among all independent pharmacies and major drug-store chains across Canada. There are about 9,250 pharmacies in Canada.

Watson’s was the only pharmacy from Eastern Ontario to be recognized during the awards ceremony. As an integrated pharmacy, Watson’s provides prescriptions and excellent over-the-counter products in combination with solid advice, education and customer service.

“The name of this award – Commitment to Care – is particularly meaningful to our team because we all believe that a commitment to care is at the core of everything we do,” said pharmacist and Alta Vista resident Scott Watson, who was also honored in 2012 with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service.

Scott operates and co-owns the pharmacy with his wife Katie Lafferty, who has extensive leadership experience in the health-care field. Katie is Executive Director of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery, headquartered at the University of Ottawa, and in 2010 she was named one of Ottawa’s Top Forty Under 40 by Ottawa Business Journal.

“It’s always great news when a local business is recognized for its outstanding work. I wish Scott, Katie and the whole team many more years of success in caring for and serving our community,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

In addition to traditional pharmaceuticals, Watson’s Pharmacy & Compounding Centre sells high-quality supplements and vitamins to address individual health needs. This individualized approach extends to the compounding lab where Scott works hand-in-hand with physicians to develop customized medicines that may not be commercially available.

Watson’s Pharmacy & Compounding Centre first opened its doors seven years ago at 192 Main Street. “The community of Old Ottawa East is a healthier and more vibrant place to live because they are part of it,” said Carol Workun, Executive Director of the Community Activities Group of Old Ottawa East.

In Fall 2012, Watson’s opened its second location at 1308 Wellington Street W. in Wellington Village. The pharmacy’s two locations, known for their welcoming atmosphere and New England-style charm, employ 18 people, including pharmacists, technicians and retail personnel.

“As MP for Ottawa Centre, home of both Watson’s locations, I would like to congratulate the team for this tremendous achievement,” said MP Paul Dewar.

More than 300 people attended the awards gala in Toronto.

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