The 107 delegates assembled at Hilton Barbados Hotel last night for the 32nd Annual Convention of the Caribbean Association of Pharmacists were treated to pulsating soca music played by the Royal Barbados Police Band as they interacted with each other and enjoyed cocktails.
Many of the delegates and sponsors of the event could be seen tapping their feet as the band played popular calypsos of the recently concluded Crop-Over Festival.
They also took the opportunity to get to know each before they began formal discussions and participate in workshops today. Earlier, Master of Ceremonies for the official opening of the convention, David Waterman, commended the band for its beautiful rendition of Barbados’ National Anthem. He noted that every time he heard the band play the anthem he was amazed at its musical creativity.
The delegates were also treated to a beautiful rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water sung by pharmacist Wanda Chase, who was accompanied on the keyboard by pharmacist, Winfield Knight.
Two youthful ballroom dancers, Jachrise Sibblis and Emar Edwards, also thrilled the delegates with their graceful movements.
In a brief welcoming address, President of Barbados Pharmaceutical Society, Bandele Serrano, noted that the theme of this year’s convention was Upward and Onward in Strength an Unity. Serrano stressed that pharmacists must at all times be relevant to the society they serve.
He noted that the Barbadian pharmacist was a “giant” who carried out his duties quietly, noting further that pharmacists educate the patients and themselves as they worked.
Meanwhile, in a brief address, outgoing President of the Caribbean Association of Pharmacists, Basil Scantlebury, extended a warm welcome to the delegates who came from such far-flung countries as Britain and Canada. Scantlebury disclosed that 40 local pharmacists were among them. He thanked the committee that served during his tenure.