Kornak and Hamm's Pharmacy
366 Yorston St, Williams Lake, BC
Meet Cathie Hamm & Mary-Jo Hilyer
Cathie Hamm’s mother, Adaline Hamm, started Kornak and Hamm’s Pharmacy in 1981 along with business partner Harry Kornak, when Cathie was just a teenager. It was before big box stores and their accompanying pharmacies arrived, and Kornak and Hamm’s was known for its small town values and genuine interest in its customers needs and lives.
Cathie remembers thinking her mom was a bit crazy to start a business, and it never occurred to her that she might one day be part of that business, even as she went off to university. But when she returned to Williams Lake after graduating post-secondary, there was an opening, and Cathie’s mother Adaline asked her to fill it, so she did. Pretty soon Adaline asked her to manage the pharmacy, and Cathie realized her mom was slowly working her into the idea of being a significant part of the business. Cathie officially bought into the business in 1994 when Harry Kornak left, and then took over entirely in 2008 when her mom retired. She has since been joined by her partner, Mary-Jo Hilyer, and they are proud to be continuing Kornak and Hamm’s as a family business, and they strive to offer the same kind of caring, personalized service that the pharmacy has always been known and loved for.
Cathie Hamm was born here in Williams Lake, and so she has seen many changes in the community throughout the years. Businesses have come and gone, but Cathie is encouraged by the renewed commitment of locals to invest their dollars in their community’s small businesses. She has seen overwhelming support in recent years for both new and established small businesses in Williams Lake, and she is certain that its future is bright. After all, in addition to its amazing business community, it is a beautiful location with unlimited access to outdoor recreation, which she and Mary-Jo take advantage of regularly, and also boasts a thriving arts community. In fact, both Mary-Jo & Cathie are heavily involved in community theatre here and note that no matter what kind of arts you’re into, there is a way to express it in Williams Lake.
Dependable. Informative. Supportive.
Kornak and Hamm’s Pharmacy has played an integral role in the health and wellness of the community of Williams Lake since 1981. It has been family owned and operated since its start, and today Kornak and Hamm’s continues to offer the kind of personal care and old-fashioned service that locals have come to expect and that can only be found in a small independent pharmacy. Kornak and Hamm’s Pharmacy offers comprehensive prescription medication and compounding services, prescription and medication counseling, vitamin counseling, blister packaging of medications as well as a vast range of home health care and wellness products.
The staff at Kornak and Hamm’s Pharmacy work incredibly hard to help their clientele and are the heart of the business. They look forward to seeing you walk through their doors!
Kornak and Hamm’s Pharmacy was the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Customer Service Award in 2012.
- 366 Yorston St
- Williams Lake, BC
- V2G 4J5, Canada
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