Canadian pharmacy students and interns unified for excellence, advocacy and academics in pharmacy.

Vice President, Education

Sydney Saunders

Vice President, Education

Sydney Saunders

Memorial University of Newfoundland, 4th Year

Education (Prior to pharmacy school):  I completed two years of Biochemistry (Nutrition) before starting pharmacy school.

Hobbies & Interests: 

I enjoy photography, travelling, baking, playing trumpet and piano, music, swimming and reading.

Position Goals:

  1. Use my creativity and clinical knowledge to provide educational opportunities that encourage students to think critically to improve patient outcomes.
  2. Develop a template for Mock OSCEs to facilitate event organizing on a local level. This will allow locals to go to the database and select cases that are therapeutically sound and efficiently designed.
  3. Offer engaging symposia ideas allowing students to obtain knowledge they would not receive in the classroom.

Career Goals:

As a student entering my final year, I am open to any opportunity within the profession of pharmacy that involves interprofessional collaboration and providing quality patient care. I have an interest in expanded scope services and I am eager to advance the profession through advocacy and educating the public about the evolving role of pharmacists. I have seen the profession change dramatically since my time in pharmacy school and I look forward to becoming part of the change.

Duties for Vice President, Education

  • Responsible for the coordination of the National Competitions of CAPSI including review, updates and distribution of the rules and regulations. The competitions include: Compounding Competition, Patient Interview Competition, OTC Competition and Student Literary Challenge.
  • Contact and maintain relations with all sponsors and groups affiliated with the competitions and other projects associated with this portfolio.
  • Review, update and distribute the CAPSI Awards of Professionalism.
  • Maintain a close professional relationship with the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy Across Canada (AFPC).
  • Coordinate nationally the “CAPSI Symposia” by proposing topics and assisting with the organization of these sessions.
  • Participate as an active member of the Executive Council, offering feedback and input on any issues and discussions that arise.
  • Develop new ideas to further CAPSI initiatives and implement these ideas with the approval of Council.
  • Attend the two Annual Meetings: PDW and the CPhA Conference and prepare and distribute reports. (Reports may be made throughout the year to inform the Executive and General Council as needed).
  • Submit articles to the CAPSIL when required at your discretion.
  • Coordination of Operation: Wash Up and future community educational initiatives.


Valuable Skills & Traits

  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to analyze, assess and evaluate protocols, procedures and documents
  • Statistical knowledge
  • Creativity