The drug chain said Tuesday that this year’s winners are Amanda Bourque, a Rite Aid pharmacy technician from Coventry, R.I., and JoAnn Lankford, a loyal Rite Aid customer from Providence Forge, Va. Bourque and Lankford were selected at random from more than 13,000 entries.
During American Pharmacist Month in October, Rite Aid customers were encouraged to submit mail-in and online ballots to nomiate their favorite pharmacy team member. The names of one customer and one pharmacy team member were each randomly drawn to receive $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards.
Each nominated Rite Aid pharmacy team member was acknowledged with an official pin and a letter of commendation from Ken Martindale, CEO of stores and president at Rite Aid, and Jocelyn Konrad, executive vice president of pharmacy.
“As one of the most highly valued and trusted professionals in the industry, I am proud of the year-round commitment and effort our entire pharmacy teams display in order to help our customers lead healthier lives,” Konrad said in a statement. “I’d like to congratulate our two winners and each nominated pharmacy team member for continuing to deliver excellent customer care and service to those in the communities we serve.”
The winning pharmacy team member, Bourque has been a pharmacy technician for more than five years at the Rite Aid store in Coventry. She is known for her friendliness and eagerness to help customers and to make them feel welcome.
“Starting her career with Rite Aid as a cashier, Amanda has continued to grow as an associate and pharmacy professional,” commented Diane Kuriscak, pharmacy district manager for Rite Aid. “Amanda is a valuable member of our pharmacy team, who is dedicated to providing caring moments of service to our customers and I’m so happy her hard work and strong work ethic has not gone unrecognized.”
Lankford, the winning customer, participated in the program by nominating a pharmacy technician at her local store in Providence Forge.
Established in 2003, the Favorite Pharmacy Team Member contest was designed to honor Rite Aid pharmacy associates for their dedication to providing top-notch customer care and service.