As a second-generation pharmacist, Timothy Mok believes the old adage about an ounce of prevention, and that preventative health care is essential to wellbeing. As a first-generation Canadian, he sees Scarborough as home, and is committed to promoting health and making a positive impact on his community.
Mok’s parents came to Canada from Hong Kong 30 years ago. Following his graduation from University College London, he joined his father at Guildview Pharmacy. The family-owned Kingston Galloway – Orton Park (KGO) business does more than dispense pills and sundries. Mok believes that pharmacists are vital players in the health care system. He takes an active approach to community care models, from conducting public information sessions at libraries and community events to making house calls to shut-ins. Geriatric care is particularly important, as is the growing demand for diabetes education and prevention. “You see somebody suffering, you want to help. Any good neighbour would do that,” he says. “You have to have compassion. Get out of the pharmacy to visit people to help them resolve their health issues.”
As a business person, Mok also believes in the value that small business adds to the community. “When small business thrives, the community thrives,” he says. Working with Pastor Ezra Byer of Discovery Pointe Church, he has established the KGO Business Network, connecting some 50 local businesses to show their many contributions and unique features and find identity in the community.
Mok is positive about Scarborough.
“It is such a unique and diverse environment, and truly, the real cultural hub of Toronto,” he says. “There are so many good things here. Scarborough deserves to thrive.”