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Community & Business

25 January, 2023

Retail Manager of the Year for local pharmacy

You don’t often see what happens behind the dispensary at a pharmacy, but Gina Schembri of Gilgandra Pharmacy has made sure that it all runs smoothly.

By Emily Middleton

Pharmacist Emma Robinson and winner of Pharmacy Catalyst’s Retail Manager of the Year, Gina Schembri.

Taking out Retail Manager of the Year at the Pharmacy Catalyst Awards for 2021, Mrs Schembri has made her team proud.

Pharmacist Emma Robinson was thrilled to hear of Ms Schembri’s achievement, especially since she has only been in the role for a short time. With two pharmacists on maternity leave, locum pharmacists, and the holiday period, Mrs Schembri has continued to keep the store under control.

“She’s been doing a wonderful job, managing the buying of things, and a support role to the pharmacist which is so important at the moment,” said Mrs Robinson.

“The Pharmacy Catalyst is a group of likeminded country pharmacies who work in a bit of a buying group to support each other. There are 92 stores around the state, including big stores at places like Dubbo, and their retail managers have been operating for quite some time.”

Although Mrs Schembri wasn’t able to attend the conference due to being greatly needed on the floor in Gilgandra, she was still so humbled by the news. “I was so surprised,” said Mrs Schembri.

“The recognition is lovely; they obviously see things that you don’t realise. It was really nice.”

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