Aikenhead's Drug Store - About, 03 Jun 2021 8:15:16 -0700en-us<![CDATA[Employment Opportunities]]>, 03 Jun 2021 8:15:16 -0700Currently Hiring - Join our Team

FT Pharmacy Assistant

Aikenhead's Drug Store is an innovative pharmacy in downtown Renfrew currently hiring a full-time pharmacy assistant. We are looking for applicants who are talented and passionate about providing excellence in customer service.

Responsibilities will include all aspects of prescription preparation and use of automation.


  • ​Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Competency in prioritizing and multitasking in a busy environment
  • Previous pharmacy experience an asset

Please submit resumes by email to:

FT Registered Pharmacy Technician

Responsibilities will include all aspects of prescription preparation and use of automation. Experience with Kroll is an asset.


  • Accreditation as a Registered Pharmacy Technician in good standing with the Ontario College of   Pharmacists (or soon to be registered if graduating in 2021)
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Competency in prioritizing and multitasking in a busy environment

Please submit resumes by email to:


<![CDATA[Meet Our Staff]]>, 01 Jun 2021 12:23:33 -0700Aikenhead's Drug Store welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

<![CDATA[Holiday Hours (Pharmacy and Canada Post)]]>, 12 Jan 2021 7:19:09 -0700<![CDATA[Community Involvement]]>, 28 Sep 2020 3:55:46 -0700Aikenhead's Drug Store is a proud supporter of the Renfrew Victoria Hospital. Catch the Ace tickets are on sale here.
<![CDATA[Awards and Recognition]]>, 28 Sep 2020 3:52:54 -07002009
  • Outstanding business achievement award - Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Sheila Kemp named Ontario Pharmacist of the Year
  • Sheila Kemp named as recipient of the Wyeth Bowl of Hygeia for Community Service


  • Reader's Choice Awards- Renfrew Mercury
    • Sheila Kemp-Diamond Pharmacist
    • Aikenhead's-Diamond Drug Store
    • Aikenhead's- Platinum for cards, stationary and gifts
    • Most outstanding business


  • Reader's Choice Awards - Renfrew Mercury
    • Aikenhead's - Diamond Drug Store
    • Sheila Kemp - Platinum Pharmacist
    • Karen Church - Platinum Pharmacist
    • Lorraine Hansen - Gold Pharmacist

<![CDATA[Danielle Miller]]>, 24 Sep 2020 6:55:25 -0700 ]]><![CDATA[Karen E Church]]>, 24 Sep 2020 6:33:24 -0700


Pharmacy Manager / Travel Health Pharmacist
B.Sc.Phm, R.Ph, CTH

Registered pharmacist since 2000
Completed student training and internship at Aikenhead's

OPA Injection Certificate Program
Infectious Disease Certificate Program

Certificate in Travel Health

CPJ - Community Based Pharmaceutical Care

International Society of Travel Medicine
Ontario Pharmacists Association
Canadian Pharmacists Association

Volunteer work:
Co-op Preceptor
SPEP Preceptor for Pharmacy Students

Reason for becoming a Pharmacist:
Born and raised in Renfrew, I wanted to choose a career that allowed me to come back to the area and raise a family here. I wanted to work in the health care field directly with the public and pharmacy allowed me to do both.I like small town independent pharmacy because you really get to know your patients.

<![CDATA[Michelle Couper]]>, 24 Sep 2020 6:08:52 -0700

B.Sc.Phm, R.Ph, CGP


University of Toronto, Class of 2007

Certified Geriatric Pharmacist


CPR / First Aid

OPA Injection Training

Ideal Protein Consultant


Ontario Pharmacists' Association

Volunteer Work

Community Living past board member

<![CDATA[History]]>, 18 Jul 2020 4:38:06 -0700Aikenhead's PharmaChoice was founded in 1938, by Bill Aikenhead, and has served Renfrew and Area with unparalleled service for over 70 years.

Aikenhead's has a long history of community involvement.  Don Aikenhead, a former owner, was a member of town council.  Neil Ritchie, also a prior owner, is a member of The Rotary Club.  

Sheila Kemp, the current owner, is very active in the community with her volunteer activities including the Bonnechere Manor Foundation.

<![CDATA[Meet Our Pharmacists]]>, 06 Apr 2018 9:30:13 -0700Aikenhead's Pharmacists are ready to serve you! ]]><![CDATA[Sheila Kemp]]>, 11 Sep 2014 11:46:44 -0700Sheila Kemp | Owner/Certified Geriatric Pharmacist

Sheila Kemp R.Ph., B.Sc.Phm CGP

Certified Geriatric Pharmacist
2009 Ontario Pharmacist of the Year
2009 Bowl of Hygeia Award Winner (Ontario)

As the owner of Aikenhead’s PharmaChoice, I strive to ensure that this pharmacy is the one who patients look to for current, knowledgeable information and exceptional pharmaceutical care. I am a strong advocate of continuing education and encourage my staff to work with me to achieve this goal. I continually look for needs within our community and specialize to meet those needs for our customers.

Professional Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, University of Toronto, 1982

Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists

Primary Care Certification, Prato, Italy

CoaguChek INR Monitor Certification, Ottawa

Methadone Treatment Workshop, Ontario College of Pharmacists

Level 1 Certification in Diabetes Patient Care, Ontario Pharmacists’ Association

Level 1 Certification in Cardiovascular Patient Care, Ontario Pharmacists’ Association

Level 1 Certification in Women’s Health, Ontario Pharmacists’ Association

Preceptor for pharmacy students at University of Toronto and University of Waterloo

Ontario Board of Director, PharmaChoice

Compounding Pharmacist, Professional Compounding Centers of America

Immunization Certificate, Ontario Pharmacists’ Association

Honors and Awards:

2009 Pharmacist of the Year (Ontario Pharmacists’ Association) in recognition of outstanding service to the profession of pharmacy.

2009 Wyeth Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia Award, in recognition of commitment to community service.

2009 Outstanding Business of the Year, Renfrew Chamber of Commerce

Community Service:

Director, Bonnechere Manor Foundation

Past Director, Renfrew Rotary Club

Member and Past Director, Renfrew Business Initiatives Association (BIA)

Executive member and past president, Renfrew Tennis Club

Executive committee member & title sponsor of the annual Aikenhead’s Hospice Classic Golf Tournament, raising $73,000 since inception in 2007

Seller of Break Open tickets for Renfrew Victoria Hospital Auxiliary

Director, ESSO Women’s National Hockey Championships, 2002

Sponsor of many local sports teams and individual players

<![CDATA[Lorraine Hansen]]>, 08 Sep 2013 6:31:46 -0700B.Sc./B.Sc(Phm)/CDE/RPh


University of Manitoba Class of 1998


Has practised pharmacy in Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Ontario

Started at Aikenhead's in 2002


Ontario Pharmacist's Association Injection Certification Program (2012)

Canadian Diabetes Association Certified Diabetes Educator (2009)


Ontario Pharmacist's Association

Canadian Pharmacist's Association

Canadian Diabetes Association

Volunteer Work

Classroom visits to grade 1 students about Pharmacy and Chemistry

Classroom visits to grade 3 students about Prescription Medications

Presentations to the Alzheimer Society support groups

Best part about pharmacy: Working and communicating with different people all day


"For the past 15 years I have thoroughly enjoyed my career as a community pharmacist.  Being a pharmacist has not only enabled me to work in three different provinces but has also allowed me to live and work in smaller communities where I have the opportunity to get to know the people who call or come into the store.  I became a Certified Diabetes Educator in 2009 and since that time I have been able to use my knowledge and skills to help people better understand and control their diabetes."

<![CDATA[Working with The Bonnechere Manor]]>, 04 Sep 2013 7:26:37 -0700Aikenhead's Drug Store has an outstanding working relationship with the staff at The Bonnechere Manor.  Be assured that if you or your loved one is admitted to The Manor, the Aikenhead's Drug Store and Bonnechere Manor teams work hard to look after you.

<![CDATA[About]]>, 18 Jun 2013 6:05:31 -0700