Shirley Heschuk, Class of 1964

Retired Pharmacist & former Faculty member
2015 Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Awardee

After graduating from the Faculty in 1962, Shirley spent time working as a pharmacist and raising a family. In 1982, she was recruited back to the Faculty to teach pharmacology part-time in the Faculty of Medicine to nursing, rehabilitation medicine, pharmacy and dental students.

That led to a full-time position in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences where she taught law, jurisprudence, ethics, communication skills and over-the-counter medicines. She quickly became a popular professor for her unique teaching skills.

Her expertise in natural health products led to innovative classroom instruction and guest lecturers of all walks including lawyers, nutritionists, naturopaths and government regulators. Her research and expertise in nutrition led to the Faculty's first module on nutrition, still used today.

She was very involved in committees with the Alberta College of Pharmacists including licensing, examination, internship, public affairs, regulatory affairs, registration and the code of ethics committee.

Officially retired since 2007, she remains active in the profession writing and reviewing case studies as well as updating chapters for the Canadian Pharmacists Association on sports nutrition, weight management and special diets.