Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year credits Canberra’s support of growing businesses

Posted 6 Dec 2017

Story by CBR Canberra

Elise Apolloni’s first opportunity with Capital Chemist came at the age of 14 when she worked as a Pharmacy Assistant.

Fifteen years on and she’s taken home the 2017 Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year.

Elise, 29, now pharmacist and partner at Capital Chemist Wanniassa, credits Canberra’s support and encouragement for her ongoing success.

Elise’s passion for improving healthcare services in the city she is proud to call home has seen her become an online sensation this year; producing parody songs with colleague Natasha Jovanoska to teach their followers about topical health issues. In fact, you might know Elise better as one half of the ‘singing-pharmacists’.

Her contemporary and fresh approach—along with her unparalleled love of her work—was rewarded as she was named Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year Award at a gala dinner in Melbourne.

Elise says that “operating in Canberra means we really get to know our people and our community. At Capital Chemist our team has a really strong focus on being local; our programs contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to local charities every year.”

In an indication of the attitude and passion that led Elise to claiming the prestigious award, Elise says that “I want to make sure the philosophy, the leadership, and the optimism that our team has is infectious.”

“In ten years’ time, I’ll most definitely be working as a pharmacist because that’s my heart-felt passion” she adds.

“Hopefully, I’ll be able to bring about some bigger and better changes to Canberra and my industry. I’d love to see the provision of unique professional services in pharmacies across the country.”

The ambition doesn’t end there. Elise is determined to ensure young people with similar passions have the same opportunities she’s been presented with in her short career; something that she says is driven by Canberra’s backing for growing businesses.

She says, “I’d like to think that in doing this I’ve developed some home-grown leaders who have been through the ranks here at Capital Chemist in Wanniassa. I just want to share my experience with others and contribute to the community too.”

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