Dr. Jaris Swidrovich is a member of Yellow Quill First Nation and is the first self-identified First Nations doctor of pharmacy in Canada.
He is passionate about aboriginal health and is working with various faculty members at the University of Saskatchewan to assist with indigenizing the school's curricula. He is currently a lecturer at the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the U of S, the creator and chair of a national aboriginal health pharmacist specialty network, and the former president of a provincial pharmacy association.
His current community work and volunteerism includes being a member of the City of Saskatoon's cultural diversity and race relations committee; serving as a director on the Sanctum Care Group board; and a pharmacist/mentor at a student-run health clinic in Saskatoon's core, called SWITCH.
Since becoming a pharmacist in 2010, he has been recognized with a New Practitioner Award from three pharmacy associations (two provincial and one national). He's also the co-recipient of a national Patient Care Enhancement Award.
The winning submission above was written by a nominator.
Touch base with Swidrovich at @JarisSwid and join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #CBCFuture40.