Chief Executive Officer

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AVENS – A Community for Seniors would like to take this opportunity to formally introduce Daryl Dolynny as our President and CEO. Daryl is an exceptional and proven leader with strong experience in founding and growing disruptive organizations. His skills in building and inspiring teams have led to successful organizations, businesses and leaders achieve their full potential.

Daryl pursued a degree in Pharmacy at the University of Alberta, where he could use both his keen business sense and practice community healthcare. Soon after graduation, Daryl and his wife Cindy purchased the struggling Yellowknife Shoppers Drug Mart franchise in 1992. For nearly 29 years the couple has run a unique and prosperous business throughout the North.

Daryl’s vision for health care reform and pharmaceutical distribution comes from years of serving communities across the North – ensuring that they have timely access to their medications. Daryl’s passion for advocacy and reform has enabled the NWT to excel by National standards in many aspects of renewed pan-Territorial health delivery, by providing expertise and consultation to the many current NWT Health Acts practiced today.

Keeping the spirit of helping his Territory thrive in the new millennia, Daryl took on the task of being elected as a member of the 17th Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories representing the riding of Range Lake. His time in Territorial politics aspired a new level of bridging cultural divide and providing sound fiscal policy.

Daryl took up the same vigor in his quest for a stronger community and Territory by serving on the boards of the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation and the Yellowknife Community Foundation, as Chair and President. Nationally, Daryl has been an advocate, industry spokesperson and lecturer for topics such as Diabetes, Vancouver Board of Trade-related NWT issues, Aboriginal drug reform, Pharmacy and Health reform, tourism and philanthropy.

As a former professional full time consultant covering all three Territories, Daryl was instrumental in providing professional, independent advisory services in assisting managers and organizations in Occupational Health and Safety program development. Providing ethical objectives in solving management and business problems, identifying and seizing new opportunities and assisting in cultural change became Daryl’s signature offering of unlocking solutions for many northern organizations.

During his career, Daryl has received a number of professional accolades. None were more satisfying than being the first NWT resident, and first Pharmacist in Canada, to be named as the Globe and Mail “Top 40 under 40” in 2004. Another outstanding award was the National Lauriers de la PME, recognizing excellence in Francophone entrepreneurship

Daryl Dolynny has proven passion for doing great things for his community and is constantly supporting cultural programs – our children and youth, sports and recreation, our seniors, homelessness, business, education, health and wellness, persons with disabilities and our environment are all important.

Today, Daryl has taken on a new path in his commitment for our residents, by fulfilling our mandate and instilling public confidence in our delivery of care and related services. By re-defining AVENS- A Community for Seniors path of transformational change, Daryl has been successful in re-shaping our vision of ensuring our seniors continue to age well, have choices, and are connected to a safe and caring community for life.