Emo welcome new pharmacist

Emo pharmacist Greg Asplund has been breathing much easier lately. The reason being he now has a permanent pharmacist on board at Emo Drugs—a young gentleman rooted at Devlin.
Scheduling days off for his own relaxation, Asplund now will be able to attend to other things within the drug store and around home.
It took considerable time to locate a druggist (all summer until now), but things are settling in smoothly for Michael McKinnon. It’ll be a case of getting used to where everything is located.
So how does he like his new position and the area? “I like it in many different ways,” McKinnon replied.
For a small village like Emo, which is growing considerably each year, another pharmacist was required. “It was just too busy to keep up with the demand,” noted Asplund.
McKinnon graduated from Fort Frances High School in 1992 and then attended the University of Manitoba for six years, graduating from the Faculty of Pharmacy in 1999.
He interned and worked at a Super Store pharmacy for about a year after graduating, “but [I] did not enjoy living and working in Winnipeg,” noted McKinnon.
After passing the Ontario jurisprudence test, McKinnon returned to Fort Frances, where he interned and later received his Ontario licence at Pharmasave and Fort Frances Clinic Dispensary.
He worked in Fort Frances for three years before deciding to come to Emo and practice pharmacy. Our little village welcomes Michael and wishes him the best of everything.
Meanwhile, pharmacist trainee Edwin Bruyere has been here under the supervision of McKinnon for the past few weeks. The son of Edwin and Dorothy Bruyere, he was raised on Couchiching First Nation, where he grew up with two younger brothers.
He attended elementary school at St. Michael’s and St. Francis, then went to Fort High, where he graduated in 1991. That same year, he enrolled in O.A.C. classes (since his long-term goal was to become a pharmacist) and obtained his six credits in the spring of 1992.
He then registered in the Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba in order to obtain the grade point average required. He then took a year off and worked for Couchiching as a band manager’s assistant.
But since his wife worked for an aboriginal training and employment organization, she urged him to continue to pursue pharmacy.
Funding through her organization allowed Bruyere to secure on-the-job training as a pharmacy technician with the Fort Frances Clinic Dispensary.
After a year, his employer was pleased with his work, retained Bruyere as a technician, and he began his studies to write the technician’s exam.
He registered with the Ontario Board of Pharmacy Technicians and obtained his licence in 2000.
In the fall of 2001, Bruyere began his first year in the Faculty of Pharmacy.
“It’s now the winter of 2004 and I’m finalizing my second year,” said Bruyere. But with just two more years to go, he knows he’ll graduate and become a licensed pharmacist.
Each summer I’ve been home, my employer, Kim Metke, employed me as a pharmacy technician working with Craig Armstrong and Mike McKinnon, Bruyere noted, adding they have served as an inspiration.
Through hard work and dedication, “they are working in a profession I always longed for,” he added.
Bruyere currently is doing his practicum at Emo Drugs, with McKinnon as his supervisor. “It’s great to be with my former roommate once again,” said Bruyere. “We’ve worked well together and his support keeps me going.
“Two years from now, I hope to write my biography exam as a licensed Ontario pharmacist,” he concluded.

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