Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Saskatchewan in 2006, Jarron has been serving the city of Regina , when he opened Saskatchewan's first Indigenous owned and operated pharmacy. A member of the Wood Mountain First Nation in south-central Saskatchewan, Jarron is proud of his Indigenous culture and is committed to providing opportunities to Indigenous youth by establishing the Mitakye Owasin Award in Pharmacy which translates to “We are All Related” in Lakota.
A passionate advocate for education, Jarron recognizes Indigenous youth are underrepresented in higher education and hopes his role in the community will help young people understand the benefits of education. As the first Indigenous owner and operator of a pharmacy in Saskatchewan, Jarron’s particular interest lies in Indigenous entrepreneurship and is committed to mentoring young staff when it comes to being an entrepreneur and a pharmacist.
2023 Award Recipient
Emma Werezak is a third-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) student at the University of Saskatchewan, and will soon be starting a series of fourth-year clinical practicum placements beginning in May 2023. Emma joined the College of Pharmacy & Nutrition in 2020 after she convocated from the College of Arts & Science with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Honours Degree, majoring in Anatomy & Cell Biology. Raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Emma is a member of the Muskeg Lake Cree First Nation (MLCN). Emma is passionate about community involvement, and served as a peer mentor for the Indigenous Student Achievement Program (ISAP) through the College of Arts & Science for many years. Today, she continues to volunteer as an in-school mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters Saskatoon, and is currently in the process of transitioning to the “Big Steps to Success” volunteering program. Emma is honoured to be the first recipient of the Mitakye Owasin Award in Pharmacy, and hopes to inspire other Indigenous students to pursue a career in Pharmacy. Upon graduation, Emma aspires to secure a hospital residency placement to help further her pharmacotherapeutic knowledge while learning in a clinical setting. Emma looks forward to what the future has in store, and can’t wait to see where a career in Pharmacy will take her.