Former CIBC to become new Blyth Pharmacy - May 23, 2019
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
In June, the Blyth Pharmacy will officially open its doors under the guidance of Iranian native pharmacist Ramin Ghiasi.
Set to open in the former home of the CIBC branch in the village, the pharmacy is currently undergoing extensive renovations ahead of Ghiasi’s arrival later this month.
Ghiasi first graduated as a pharmacist in 1992 in Iran after working as a pharmacological assistant for a number of years, beginning in his early teens.
It was in those early years that Ghiasi said he fell in love with the care that came with being a pharmacist. Not only was he helping people with their health, but he was forging relationships with them, who he eventually came to think of as friends and family members.
That personal connection is what has attracted Ghiasi to a rural Ontario pharmacy. In some of Canada’s largest urban centres, there is no time to connect with customers, while in a small town, it becomes much more of a relationship.
Ghiasi continued to work as a pharmacist for a number of years before he and his family decided to move to Canada, starting in Toronto in 2010. He set about obtaining his pharmacist’s licence in Canada, which took him seven years – slightly longer than average because both he and his wife Farahnaz were working and raising two children at the same time.
He worked again as an assistant pharmacist at a Loblaw location, aiming to take one of his three certification exams every two or three years. In 2014, however, they moved to Nova Scotia where Farahnaz found work. They still live there now, though the family will be moving to Blyth later this month.
Wanting to fulfill his dream of opening his own pharmacy, Ghiasi began looking for communities that may be a good match for a new pharmacy and he came upon Blyth. Not only would the village be a good match for the new business, but he liked a lot of what he saw in the community, especially the thriving Blyth Festival.
Meeting with local developer David Sparling also helped the transition, he said, with the work going into the former CIBC building ahead of the pharmacy’s opening.
In the small-town setting, Ghiasi hopes to really connect with residents and help them improve their health in the years to come. The relationship he hopes to have with residents in Blyth, he said, goes right back to the reason he first became a pharmacist and his experiences back in Iran.
Look for more information in The Citizen as to when the pharmacy will officially open to the public.