Our next lady we wish to honor, Thanushya Pillaye, a past president of SAAHIP, is a pharmacist who loves her profession and does as much as she can to promote it, and encourage & mentor young pharmacists. She is always keen to serve the Society, the Association, and the profession at large in any way that she is able. Her approach is conservative at times, but she is innovative and open-minded, which tests the mind and boundaries, and creates opportunities. She is currently employed at Mediclinic Sandton.
Women’s Month for Thanushya, is about acknowledging all the women in pharmacy, leadership positions, and in the workplace. It has taken South Africa 64 years to get to this point today, but it is because of all the women and the men who have supported the vision, to get here. She recognises the parents and students who toiled, made sacrifices and persevered; the lecturers, mentors and tutors who took a chance on a “girl”, the hospital or medical/clinical manager who appointed a “female” pharmacy manager when it was a man doing the job all along, the family and spouse who supported her and helped make it possible.
Thanushya says, that women’s month is to be celebrated and recognised, because in a space of maybe 2-3 generations, the opportunities for a woman have changed from being a teacher, nurse or wife & mother, to holding absolutely any position in society. Today, women can manage hospitals, lead countries and land on the moon. The sky is the limit! Women are passionate, caring, hardworking, smart, innovative, intuitive, driven and articulate, amongst other things. Qualities that can be used to uplift and move forward. Not to be better than men, but to work best with both men and women in the workplace. “It isn’t a competition, nor is it an equaliser – it is teamwork, cohesion and magic!”
We thank you for all the work you have done for the profession! You are one remarkable lady and a true inspiration! We value your input and appreciate your presence!