Angel Bhathal

Age: 26 | Height: 5’5″
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

Angel Bhathal is an ambitious and accomplished Canadian born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Angel’s parents immigrated to Canada from India to provide their children with a future filled with equality, opportunity, and education.

Through her family values, Angel learned at an early age that a woman must be independent, hard working, and intelligent in order to be a strong leader.

Graduating from one of the most competitive Pharmacy programs across Canada, Angel now works as a registered and licensed Pharmacist and Pharmacy Manager.

In 2011, Angel was a recipient of the Manitoba Society of Pharmacists and Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association’s Young Leader Award and in 2012 she received her Certificate of Achievement in Life Long Learning in Pharmacy.

Having experienced her own loss of family through illness, Angel understands the hardships of medical illness her patients and their families face. For this reason, she strives to empathise and treat each of her patients and their families with the same compassion and caring she would want for her own family.

Through her Pharmacy studies’ Structured Practical Experience Program, she has been able to work with other health care professionals and patients in many hospitals, Intensive Care Units, HIV Clinics, and Renal Clinics.

A real go-getter with intense focus, Angel is able to challenge herself, provide medical advice, and work with other Health Care Professionals in advocating for her patients’ health and safety through her very rewarding profession.

Angel also gives back to the community in her personal life, whether through volunteering for environmental advocacy groups, such as the Recycle Everywhere Program and A Rocha Environmental Stewardship, to being a generous donor for many charitable organizations (such as: Multiple Sclerosis Society, Sears Run for Kids’ Cancers, Variety the Children’s Charity, Haiti Relief, and many more).

With a huge heart, Angel can also be found visiting orphans and donating to the Mercy Centre Orphanage and Human Development in Thailand, and speaking as a health care educator at local elderly homes. Angel continues to evolve herself through her philanthropy to support many different causes.

In Angel’s spare time she loves a great workout by attending her favourite boot camp classes, spending valued time with family and friends, and enriching her life with history and cultures by traveling around the world. Angel has now set her ambitious sights towards her next goal: to change history by becoming the first Manitoban to represent Canada as Miss Universe Canada with courage, passion, and intelligence.

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Languages spoken fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language).  English, French, Punjabi, and Beginner Japanese

What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
I truly enjoy traveling as it is one of the best investments we can make to enrich our lives with culture, history, and understanding. I am very much interested in health care and my career as a Pharmacist, as it enables me to use my knowledge and expertise to provide my patients with care and improved health outcomes. It is very rewarding and humbling when patients and their families have expressed how my ability to provide personable care and compassion has made a difference in their lives and experience with health care. I also enjoy supporting many different causes, as it allows me to self evolve as an individual and inspire others to make positive changes in their communities as well.

List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
Winnipeg Art Gallery Art Classes
B.Sc Pharm Degree at the University of Manitoba
Beginner Salsa Class
Tauber Music Voice Lessons
Kolt Music Violin Lessons
Zumba Classes
Kolt Music Guitar Lessons
Royal Conservatory of Music Theory (First Class Honours)

In what sports, if any, have you participated?
Working out
Volley Ball
Dodge Ball
Cross Country Skiing
Horseback riding
Rock Climbing

Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
My grandmother has had the most influence on my life because she taught me the importance of family, love, and having courage. Despite her many medical conditions, which physically limited her, she would never give up on what she could or could not do. She always persevered and had a smile on her face despite her many hospitalizations. Her spirit, kindness, and positivity will forever remain in my heart, and I strive to be like the woman she was during her time.

What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
A week before my licensing exam to become a pharmacist, my grandmother passed away. It was a very difficult time for me as my grandmother lived with me my entire life and was like a second mother to me. I spent the remaining of this week grieving, and not feeling in a place to write this exam, however, my grandmother’s one prayer on the day she passed away was for me to write my exam and to pass. Therefore, regardless of having all odds against me at this time, I wrote my exam. A month and half later I received my results and I had come to know that I had passed. This moment was truly the proudest moment of my life because I knew that my grandmother would have been so proud. It was such a special feeling, a feeling that let me know that she is still here and is watching over me.

What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
One unique thing about me is that I have been able to independently purchase my first home and be established in my career at the young age of 25. I worked very hard in my studies to complete my Pharmacy degree and it feels so empowering to have accomplished so much at such a young age. Growing up in a humble environment truly allowed me to be grateful for all of my successes by continuously being an avid donor to numerous charities. Since early in my life, my parents and grandmother taught me the importance of hard work and education for a woman in order to be independent and successful in life. I have always been inspired as a young girl by other intelligent, hard working, and successful women who are able to achieve their dreams on their own. And today, I feel so honoured to feel like one of the women whom I looked up to as a young girl.

What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
If this question were asked 6 years ago I would have said to one day become a Pharmacist. And if I were asked this question 7 months ago, I would have said to become a Pharmacy Manager. I am so fortunate to say that today with all my hard work and dedication, I graduated from one of the most competitive Pharmacy programs in the country and am now working as a Pharmacist and Pharmacy Manager. Today, my career ambition is to one day found my own Multidisciplinary Health Care Facility where patients are provided with holistic health care from a variety of Health Care Professionals. In addition, I wish to continue to excel in lifelong learning in Pharmacy and Health Care, as my knowledge and expertise allow me to do greater good for my patients’ health and safety. I would also love to one day become a pageant director as I would like to share the ability of pageants to evolve, empower and inspire with other young women. I would also affiliate my pageant to raising funds for many different charitable and humanitarian causes, which would be very rewarding.  All of this can be done with hard work, dedication, and an open mind to continuously learn and evolve myself.

What would be your “dream job” in life?
My dream job in life would be a job that challenges me, allows me to help those in need and inspire others. At the moment, I am working my dream job as a Pharmacist. My career allows me to use my leadership to motivate my colleagues to reach goals; and my knowledge and compassion to help ill patients and their families.

Are you currently a student? No, I graduated from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Pharmacy in 2011. Although I am no longer enrolled as a student, I continue to learn as my career as a Pharmacist requires lifelong learning, which allows me to continue to challenge and evolve myself daily.

If yes, where?
Area of study:
University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Pharmacy

Are you currently employed? Yes
If yes, what is your occupation? Pharmacy Manager & Pharmacist

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
My childhood was quite memorable, as I was blessed with a very loving and supportive family. I was born in Winnipeg and raised not only by my two parents, but also my grandmother. I grew up in a humble home which allowed me to learn the greatest joys in life are found in non material pleasures and to appreciate all the blessings which I now have from my career’s success. My parents immigrated to Canada, a land of opportunity and equality, to provide a better life for their children. Early in my life, my parents worked multiple jobs in a day. Therefore, my parents’ and grandmother’s work ethic, inspired me to work hard in life and to never let an opportunity pass by without giving it my best. I am forever grateful to have spent my childhood in a country where multiculturalism is celebrated, and opportunities flourish. Since my childhood, my grandmother taught me the value of family, kindness, and love. As a whole, my childhood is painted beautifully with the memories I have shared with each of my family members. My fondest memories are shared with my grandmother.

List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
An interesting and unusual job that I have had is dressing up and playing the role of a real life Disney Princess for my friend’s business geared towards providing children’s entertainment for birthdays and special events. This job allowed me to give young children a memory that will last forever and allow them to believe in the beauty of magic and dreams.

List any volunteering you have done.
Multiple Sclerosis Society (Fundraiser, MS Walk Marathon Walker, & Donor), Haiti Relief Donor, Big Brothers Big Sisters Clubs Donor, Ginny Dolls Osborne Women’s Shelter’s Fashion Show Fundraiser Organizer, Sears Run for Kids’ Cancers Donor, Variety the Children’s Charity (Fundraiser, Donor & Promoter), Evergreen Donor, Friends of the Earth Donor, Thailand Mercy Centre and Human Development, A Rocha Environmental Stewardship, Maples Personal Care Home, Inkster Community Daycare, Recycle Everywhere Program, Asthma Tent for the Teddy Bears’ Picnic, the Manitoba Museum, Educational Health Care Speaker for local Seniors’ Homes, and Winnipeg’s Project Runway MAC Aids Fund Fashion Show Fundraiser

What is your most unusual talent?
I am a big fan of Beyoncé and I can mimic her dance moves and songs quite well!

Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
The most interesting place that I have ever been in my life would be the Intensive Care Unit. I was there for two different reasons: once because of the admittance of my own family member, and once during my Structured Practical Experiencal Program for Pharmacy. Both of these experiences truly opened my eyes, as I was able to relate to how vulnerable it feels and how difficult it is to cope for patients and their families dealing with terminal and/or near fatal medical illness. For this reason, it is very important for me to always provide compassion, patience, and kindness to every patient that I encounter in my care.

What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
A few years back, I would have answered this question by saying that I would hope to receive acceptance into Pharmacy School and further be a graduate working as a Pharmacist. I am so proud to say that I graduated from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Pharmacy Program and am now working as a Pharmacist and Pharmacy Manager. I am constantly hungry for new challenges as I work hard and achieve my goals to allow myself to make room for new goals to be made on an ongoing basis. Therefore, ten years further from today, I hope to further develop in my career as a medical professional and found my own Multidisciplinary Health Care Facility where patients are provided with holistic health care from multiple health care providers. I would also like to one day become a pageant director and continue to work with the Beauties of Canada organization, as pageants have allowed me to evolve as an individual, inspire others, and contribute to many charitable organizations—I would love to share these empowering aspects with other young women.

In my personal life, I hope to continue to travel and enrich my life with other cultures and history. I have traveled across Australia, Europe, Asia, and North America, and hope to add Africa and South America soon to that list. And most importantly, ten years from now I hope to have a healthy family and be a loving and inspiring mother for my children in the same way my grandmother and mother were for me. I look forward to the day when I can share the same special bond with my children and grandchildren that I once shared with my deeply missed grandmother.

Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
Becoming Miss Universe Canada to me means globally representing my country with pride. I am confident that I can promote our nation’s ability to embrace diversity and provide all humans with equality. I am a positive role model to other women as I embody independence, compassion, ambition, leadership, and intelligence. I can inspire a community, a nation, and a globe through my work with medically ill patients in my career and my ability to contribute back to many philanthropic causes. Becoming Miss Universe Canada would allow me to make a change in history: by becoming the first Manitoban to represent Canada with courage, passion, and intelligence. Thank you for your consideration.