Kas says it’s a priv­i­lege to serve

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Kas Govind is very aware of what’s go­ing on around him at all times, but even he said he was blind­sided by a re­cent award.

The owner of Can­nons Creek Phar­macy, Govind was awarded a Porirua 50th medal last year, given to 50 peo­ple or cou­ples who have made an im­pact in Porirua as part of the city’s mile­stone cel­e­bra­tions.

Govind’s pa­tience and kind­ness in his work was noted by the com­mit­tee choos­ing the medal­lists.

‘‘I didn’t see it com­ing, but I don’t think any of us [medal re­cip­i­ents] did,’’ Govind said.

‘‘I’m just do­ing my job, get­ting on and do­ing what I do ev­ery day. I didn’t even re­alise that Porirua was that old.’’

A phar­ma­cist since 1979, Govind said his link with Porirua ran deep and he loved be­ing part of the com­mu­nity on the east­ern side of the city.

He be­gan his ca­reer at the Porirua Ur­gent Phar­macy in the city cen­tre, be­fore open­ing in the Creek. He also owns the phar­macy at Kenepuru Hospi­tal.

Govind said Can­nons Creek had its chal­lenges with poverty and un­fit hous­ing, but there was a beat­ing heart be­neath the sur­face.

The num­ber of in­stances of kind­ness he had wit­nessed still stopped him in his tracks.

‘‘Porirua has a stigma and it’s hard to get away from that, but peo­ple here have a mind that lives be­yond poverty.

‘‘If I say to some­one at the counter, ‘that will be $58’, you get peo­ple be­hind them in the queue that will say ‘I’ll pay for that’.

‘‘This is a com­mu­nity with a huge spirit and gen­eros­ity, de­spite the chal­lenges they might face.’’

Govind said English might be a sec­ond lan­guage to some of his cus­tomers, but he en­deav­oured to make his ad­vice and the dis­pens­ing of med­i­ca­tion a sim­ple process.

‘‘For me, it’s a priv­i­lege to do what I do, work­ing to im­prove health and well­be­ing. I’m very proud of my hard-work­ing staff who want to make com­ing to a phar­macy easy. I might get the ku­dos, but they make the dif­fer­ence.’’

His el­dest daugh­ter was fol­low­ing him into the phar­macy busi­ness, work­ing in Christchurch, he said.

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