May 8th, 2015

London Drugs Announces the Return of the Aboriginal Partnership Bursary Program

London Drugs is proud to announce the return of the Aboriginal Partnership Bursary Program. As a strong family-based company, London Drugs believes in promoting education while also providing individuals with the opportunity to seek further learning. In support of the educational programs, London Drugs will be accepting applications for the Aboriginal Partnership Bursary Program from now until June 15, 2015.

$500 bursaries will be awarded to a total of 6 first year students in the Westbank, Duncan and Campbell River areas. Students must be 25 and under and enrolled or planning to enroll as a full-time student in a program with a minimum length of 9 weeks. To apply, students must send a reference letter by a community group leader, coach or teacher that demonstrates why the applicant should receive a bursary. Applications must be residents of British Columbia and part of the following communities:

  • Westbank First Nation
  • Cowichan Tribes
  • Wei Wai Kum, Homalco
  • Kwiakah, Klahoose
  • North Island Metis
  • Mamalilikulla-Qweqwasotem Band
  • Tlowitsis Tribe
  • We Wai Kai Nation

For more information on the Aboriginal Partnership Bursary Program, visit the www.londondrugs.com/bursary or contact Stephanie Cheatley at 604-272-7653. The deadline to receive the Application Form is June 15, 2015. For those who qualify, completed forms can be sent as a PDF to aboriginalbursary@londondrugs.com.

 

 

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May 7th, 2015

May is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month #endMS

What is MS

Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world. 100,000 people in Canada have MS, a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system comprising the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve. It is one of the most common neurological diseases affecting young adults in Canada.

What’s happening

A new partnership with London Drugs stores across western Canada launched in May and will run through the full month of MS Awareness. Funds raised will help the MS Society provide services to people with MS and their families and fund research to find the cause and cure for this disease. London Drugs customers will have the opportunity to make a donation at the checkout counter with the entire donation going to support the MS Society.

“Community and corporate support is so important to us,” explains Tania Vrionis, President of the BC & Yukon Division of the MS Society, “this campaign helps us by raising much needed funds, but it is also enormously impactful because London Drugs staff are providing the people power and helping to raise awareness. It’s amazing, like the entire London Drugs team has joined ours for the month!”

Look for these signs at the checkout counter

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The MS Society

The MS Society provides services to people with MS and their families and funds research to find the cause and cure for this disease. Programs include legal advocacy, adaptive equipment provision, systemic advocacy, workshops to support those newly diagnosed and self-help groups.

Join the conversation and connect with the MS community online. Find the MS Society BC & Yukon Division at endms.ca on Twitter, Instagram like our page on Facebook. Phone 1-800-268-7582.



May 5th, 2015

Book of the Month – May 2015

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MEDICINE-WALKMedicine Walk by Richard Wagamese
When sixteen-year-old Franklin Starlight is called to visit his estranged father, Eldon, he finds him decimated after years of drinking. What ensues is a difficult journey through the rugged and starkly beautiful backcountry of the B.C. Interior and a vivid journey together into the past. Eldon relates to Frank the desolate moments in his life, and the times as well of happiness and hope, and he tells of sacrifices made in the name of love. In doing so, he offers his son a world the boy has never seen, a history he has never known. Richard Wagamese’s insight and compassion are matched by his remarkable gifts of storytelling and his ability to create characters that will live in our hearts long after the last page is turned.

Reviews

“Medicine Walk is a story of strength and weakness and of broken hearts and hopelessness and the human condition. Young Frank has the strength and character that was taught him by the old man who he had the great fortune to be raised by. During the journey his dying father asks him to take him on, he reveals the sad tale of his life and the answers to questions that Frank has had all of his life. A moving and thoughtful look into the relationships we are born into and the ones we find ourselves in through circumstance.” – Review by Janice

“Medicine Walk is a story about a dying father trying to make amends with his son, and with himself. I enjoyed the descriptions of the British Columbia interior. Richard Wagamese paints a vivid picture of the landscape. Unfortunately, for me the characters in the novel felt a little flat. I could not relate to any of the characters, and the dialogue was quite dull. There are moments where the imagery and language are stunning, but it makes the characterizations and dialogue all the more pale by comparison.” – Review by Melissa

Book of the Month
Every month we will be featuring a new book to be showcased in our Book of the Month. Staff members and friends will be reading the book and posting their reviews. We’d love to hear what you thought of these books as well. Post your comments and let us know.

Medicine Walk is available at London Drugs along with many other great titles and is on sale for the month of May.



May 4th, 2015

London Drugs takes part in National Prescription Drug Drop Off Day on May 9th

Saturday, May 9 is National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day and London Drugs encourages Western Canadians to drop off their unused and expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications at their local London Drugs pharmacy on this day, and every day.London Drugs pharmacists have long recognized the importance of properly disposing of medications, needles and other medicine-related supplies. There are programs in place at London Drugs to cut down on environmental waste through the safe recycling of medication-related materials:

·         Medication Returns Program: We accept expired or unused prescription or over-the-counter medications for safe disposal. These medications are safely incinerated, preventing them from entering landfills, sewers and the environment at large. We request that, whenever possible, you remove drugs from their packaging and place them in a clear plastic bag, and recycle the packaging appropriately, before bringing medications to the pharmacy for disposal. Medications in blister packs and forms of liquid and cream medications can also be included in the plastic bag. Please be sure to remove any personal identification.

·         Recycling of vials, bottles and lids: If you are unable to recycle your lids, bottles and/or medication vials, or you prefer to return unused or expired medications in their original packaging, we will happily recycle them for you. Please be sure to remove personal information by taking off the label or by using a marker to black out personal information

·         Diabetic Needle Disposal Program: With the purchase of 100 BD syringes or pen needles, you will receive a certified biohazard needle disposal container free of charge. (If you are not buying needles, you may still purchase a container for a nominal charge.) Filled containers may be returned to a London Drugs pharmacy and we will dispose of the contents in a way that is safe for the public and the environment. Please note that these must be returned in the approved container to avoid potential harm to anyone handling the container.

 

Disposing of expired medication should be treated with caution as expired medication is considered hazardous waste. The best way to dispose of expired medication is to bring it directly to a London Drugs pharmacist who will then put it into the disposal safety container.

Taking expired medication can be harmful to your health while throwing out expired medication can be harmful to the environment. Properly disposing expired prescription drugs is important for a number of reasons, including the safety of your loved ones and the well-being of the environment. Keeping medicines around the house is not safe, especially if you have children/teenagers who could take the medicine by accident. Expired medications can be ineffective or even toxic. Prescription drugs, including over-the-counter medicines, can also be subject to reuse, misuse, theft and abuse. Flushing your medicines down the toilet or drain, or tossing them in the garbage, is not recommended. The rainwater that collects at the bottom of landfills has been shown to contain antidepressants, antibiotics, steroids, hormones, heart and asthma medications and painkillers.

It is important to dispose of any medication that is twelve months or older, remove any medication not in its original container, and remove duplicates of OTC medications where the older medication is rarely used. For more information about disposing of expired medications, please visit a pharmacist at your nearest London Drugs location or visit online at greendeal.ca/medication-disposal. For specific provincial information on medication return programs please visit the Health Steward site for British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba


May 2nd, 2015

London Drugs celebrates National #PhotoMonth

With the arrival of May flowers, photographers everywhere are dusting off their cameras to once again capture the beauty of spring during Canada’s National Photo Month. Originally created to raise awareness and an interest in photography, Photo Month is the perfect time to choose the right accessories for your camera and improve your photography skills. To celebrate, London Drugs is starting the month off right with store wide events and weekly workshops.

London Drugs locations throughout the month of May will host photography related workshops to help customers better acquaint themselves with their current camera’s capabilities and to learn ways to better manage their images. Our Photo Electronics department will walk you through the differences between choosing a DSLR camera versus a compact camera system and even what the best smartphone camera solution is for you. Learn how to file and manage your images with external hard drives and photo editing software from our Computers Department. The weekly workshops will help customers discover how London Drugs is a one-stop shop for all your photography needs.

The first annual #LDFotoCon is happening at six London Drugs locations this May in British Columbia and Alberta. Customers in select cities have the opportunity to meet with expert photographers and representatives from top manufacturers like Nikon, Canon, Fuji and more to learn the ins-and-outs of professional photography. For more information about a #LDFotoCon near you or to register visit londondrugs.ca/ldfotocon.

National #photomonth wouldn’t be complete without an amazing end product to hang on the wall and show off to friends. London Drugs Photolab has the ability to turn any photograph into a piece of art by creating ultimate enlargements, canvas gallery wraps, photo mugs, greeting cards and vibrant metal prints. With tripods, bags and lighting equipment in-house, customers will arrive at London Drugs as amateurs and leave as prosumers on everything photography. Check out the variety of items the London Drugs Photolab has to offer here.



May 1st, 2015

More Mother’s Day gift ideas…

With regards to our last Mother’s Day post, here are a few more gift ideas to give you a jump-start on your shopping.

Timex Fashion Watch

With a petite wrist band and fashionable face, Mom will look stylish and be on time with her Timex Fashion Watch. Features include an alarm, countdown timer and hourly chime. Not to mention the all day display and two time zone compatibility. View the full line of Timex watches here

Jewellery Cabinet with Mirror

timex fashion watchIf Mom already has a lot of jewellery, think about giving her a jewellery cabinet to help sort all of her necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, watches and more. Built with storage shelves and an external mirror, the jewellery cabinet is the perfect gift to help Mom store everything she needs into one place.

The Fitbit Flex

Fitbit FlexThis stylish device can be worn all the time to make fitness a lifestyle. During the day, the Fitbit Flex tracks steps, distance and calories burned. At night, it tracks sleep quality and wakes you up silently in the morning. This is the perfect gift to motivate Mom to get out and be more active. Check out the rest of the Fitbit family here.

Optex Quickshot Action Pole

Optex Action PoleHelp Mom capture her precious Mother’s Day moments with the Optex Quickshot Action Pole. This selfie stick is perfect for Gopros, smartphones, or any compact camera. Designed to be versatile, durable and secure, Mom will appreciate the compact and lightweight features. Not to mention how easy it is to use as an ideal travel companion.

Merci Assorted Chocolates

You can never go wrong with chocolate on Mother’s Day. The finest assortment of European chocolates comes in multiple flavours to match Mom’s mood.

Commercial Drive Ground Coffee

Commercial Drive coffeeDoes Mom love her morning coffee? Why not surprise her with a bag of Commercial Drive Ground Coffee for her early morning starts.

Mother’s Day Mug

For a more personal touch this Mother’s Day, the Photolab at London Drugs offers personalized mugs to go with Mom’s morning coffee. Within 24 hours, your personalized mug can be printed at your local London Drugs location! Perfect for those last minute shoppers. Visit the Photolab website to see what else the Photolab can personally print.
Don’t forget London Drugs has same day delivery in select markets, which means you can order your items the day before Mother’s Day and still be in the clear. For more information on Mother’s Day products at London Drugs, visit your local London Drugs, or the online store at www.londondrugs.com.



April 29th, 2015

Gift ideas to pamper Mom this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is around the corner and that means it’s time to start thinking about what you might be surprising her with. Help Mom feel refreshed and energized with a few Mother’s Day gift ideas from London Drugs. To show Mom how much you care, take a look at the top 5 fragrances at London Drugs, or take a sneak peak at some spa gift ideas listed below.

Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum Spray – 50ml

Giorgioa ArmaniFor a soft, simple, smell, choose the Giorgio Armani Parfum Spray for Mom. The perfume combines three notes: blackcurrant nectar, modern chypre, and blond wood musk with touches of freesia and May rose – perfect for the vibrant woman that Mom is.

Dolce&Gabbana rose the one Eau de Parfum – 50ml

Dolce and GabbanaDoes Mom love roses? Why not think about gifting her with the Dolce&Gabbana Eau de Parfum. Known as the contemporary feminine floral perfume, Mom will be surrounded with the smell of roses – A soft scent that is perfect for everyday use

Calvin Klein Eternity Eau De Parfum Spray – 50ml

Calvin KleinFor a nighttime smell, the Calvin Klein Eternity Eau De Parfum Spray is a good selection. This fragrance is the perfect gift to give to Mom to wear for her special Mother’s Day dinner.

Lancome La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum – 50ml

LancomeFor an edgier smell, consider the Lancome La Vie Est Belle Parfum. Made with natural ingredients such as iris and patchouli, Mom will appreciate the feminine gourmand blend, and not to mention the stunning design of the bottle.

Vera Wang Eau de Parfum Spray – 50ml

Vera WangIf Mom is more into floral fragrances, you may want to consider the Vera Wang Eau de Parfum Spray. Combined with scents of calla lily, gardenia and floral nectar, Mom will be overcome with the modern floral fragrance in no time.

Life Candy Sleep Mask

Life Candy Sleep MaskSpring is here and that means early morning sunrises. Give Mom the gift of sleeping in with the Life Candy Sleep Mask to block out those early morning rays.

Urban Spa Bath Pillow

urban spa bath pillowGive Mom the gift of an at home spa day with the Urban Spa Bath Pillow. Add to Mom’s spa experience by purchasing the Urban Spa Foot Roller or the Urban Spa Body Brush. Check the full line of Urban Spa products at London Drugs Assorted Spa products from London Drugs .
Revlon Spa MoistureStay Quick Heat Paraffin Bath

revlon parrafin spaHelp Mom sit back, relax, and enjoy a good foot massage this Mother’s Day with the Revlon Spa MoistureStay Bath. The warm paraffin removes dry and surface skin, leaving hands and feet feeling smooth and soft. The thermal heat may also ease Mom’s stiff and aching joints.

 

 

 

 

 



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