YNP Dunbar Pharmacy is the community’s new independent pharmacy. Owner Norm Cheng has worked for over 30 years with some of Vancouver’s largest drug and grocery stores.
Norm was born and raised in the small town of Lillooet (nicknamed ‘B.C.’s Little Nugget’) where his family owned a restaurant called The Royal Cafe. In 1973 the family relocated to Vancouver. When the time came for Norm to attend university he wasn’t sure which direction he would head; he considered engineering, and he was also attracted to medicine and business, however his path led to pharmacy. He earned his degree at UBC.
Thinking back to his childhood, Norm recalls the drugstore pharmacist in Lillooet and thinking that was a practical and stable career choice. After completing his degree Norm applied for a job in Prince Rupert. While he had never been there he thought the job interview would be a valuable experience. He smiles when he reports being hired on the spot and spending two years in the beautiful but often rainy port city.
He returned to the Lower Mainland where he gained valuable experience working as a pharmacist at Shoppers Drug Mart and a pharmacy manager at Save-On-Foods and Urban Fare. After many years of dedication where he won awards for his work, Norm reached a crossroad. He realized that although his job was fulfilling it was time for a new challenge.
He heard through the grapevine that a Dunbar pharmacy was for sale and decided it was a golden opportunity to branch out as an independent pharmacist. Not many independent pharmacies remain and Norm has learnt the reward of being self-employed is getting to make his own decisions. He says, “The harder you work the more rewards you get.”
YNP opened in April 2017. Norm is enjoying getting established in the community.
The small pharmacy offers competitive prices and value. Norm says, “By focussing on professional and friendly service people will gravitate to his friendly little pharmacy.”
In the short time YNP has been open Norm has begun to build relationships with clients who he gets to know by name. He points out this makes small businesses unique and he enjoys it very much.
“Pharmacy is a health and people business. It’s the people that keep my days interesting.” Norm Cheng
YNP offers in store compounding, and also provides blister packing at no extra charge to help simplify things for clients who are taking multiple medications. The pharmacy sells vitamins and other health products and Norm is happy to bring in products if he doesn’t happen to carry them.
As well, YNP provides advice and supplies on flight and medical compression stockings, supports and orthoses, and is authorized and trained to provide custom-fit service and sales of the Bauerfeind line.
We have reached that time of the year that people dread – flu season. The key months to get the flu shot is from October through to January or later and people at high risk for serious illness from the flu including young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with certain medical conditions should be vaccinated.
Norm reminds readers that a means of spreading infection is through the hands, which may end up touching your nose, mouth or eyes. Therefore he reminds people to hand wash regularly. He also mentions certain publicly funded vaccinations are available free of charge to eligible patients.
YNP offers a helpful immunization checklist for adults to assist with preventative healthcare.
The shingles vaccine is another important vaccination for those who are 50 years of age and older. One subcutaneous injection of the shingles vaccine may help protect you from getting this potentially painful and possibly serious skin rash.
With less than a calendar year behind the new pharmacy, Norm is thoroughly enjoying this neighbourhood. Reflecting on other areas Norm has worked he says, “Dunbar is much more of a community.”
He is enjoying the community spirit and has already participated in Dunbar Village Business Association events such as Salmonberry Days and the Harvest Festival.
Be sure to drop in and say hello to your friendly neighbourhood pharmacist who is ready to assist you with his warm, personal service – and hopefully play a role in keeping the flu virus at bay this winter!
YNP Dunbar Pharmacy
4198 Dunbar Street
Vancouver BC V6S 2E7