The Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia was incorporated under the Societies Act of Nova Scotia on June 29th, 1979 and is governed by the Bylaws which are in harmony with the Association’s Charter, goals and objectives.
The Pharmacy Association exists to promote and provide leadership and assistance to its members so as to ensure their continued professional and economic growth.
- to advance the academic, scientific, professional and commercial aspects of pharmacy and its practitioners in Nova Scotia;
- to encourage and promote improvement in public health in Nova Scotia;
- to co-operate with any pharmaceutical, scientific, medical, dental and trade associations who have similar objectives to those of this association;
- to promote liaison among the various branches of pharmacy;
- to collect, develop and disseminate information to assist members in successful pharmacy management;
- to obtain and/or provide and/or administer member benefits;
- to be the official spokesman for its members; and
- to act as a centre of employment information for members seeking employment in Nova Scotia.
The Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia (PANS) operates in a democratic fashion. Through the PANS Bylaws, the province has been sub-divided into a number of districts. Every second year an election is held in each district and a pharmacist is elected to the PANS Board of Directors. These directors (10 or 12 in numbers) come together at least four times to run the Association.The directors are responsible for the operation, direction and policies of the Association and are accountable to all members of the Association. In that they are accountable, they provide for an Annual Meeting of the Association’s members at which time they report on the activities undertaken during the previous year and they also report on any upcoming activities. In addition, if an issue requires the input or ratification of all members, then it is during the Annual Meeting that this occurs.Immediately following the Annual Meeting, a meeting of the new Board is held at which the directors elect from among themselves a president, president elect, vice president and secretary. With the past president included, these people become the Executive/Finance Committee of the Association. At times this Executive/Finance Committee will meet and make decisions on activities of the Association.
To learn more about the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia, visit its website at www.pans.ns.ca.