Class of 2021 Contestants
I’ve always loved to make people laugh, but I have always loved learning, too. Having a platform to inform and educate people is so incredibly important to me, and I always make the most out of those situations where I can reach out to people and connect with them. So of course when I invited to take part in Mr. Pharmacy, I was incredibly excited. I’ve never had such a large audience that will possibly laugh at my sub-par comedy, while at the same time laughing for a deserving cause—Men’s Health, and the Movember Campaign. Mr. Pharmacy is a “mock” male “beauty pageant” that is annually held by the Faculty of Pharmacy (I use “mock” loosely since it really is quite a cut-throat world in the realm of male pageantry, which I am beginning to realize since I am not well-versed in the field). To prepare, I have watched a few episodes of TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras”, just to get a grasp on what kinds of events I’ll be partaking in. And much to my surprise, we are going to be doing BOTH talent AND beachwear events!! How fantastic—A great platform to show off the very real Dad-Bod in a swimsuit.
Prostate and Testicular Cancer, as well as men’s mental health support, are very important to me. I am passionate about being an advocate for improving mental health awareness, and this gives myself and the other 7 contestants the platform to raise awareness about men’s health. It also gives us a platform to inspire others, through laughter and humor, to take it upon themselves to create change by donating to the Movember Campaign (which you can conveniently do at https://mobro.co/13740827?mc=1). Bringing awareness to this growing problem is important for all of us as future pharmacists since we will be setting the tone for the conversations around these issues—and they need to be more open and informed conversations. Hopefully, by holding this event, you are inspired to donate to this deserving cause and to learn about the issues facing men’s health right now.
The Mr. Pharmacy Pageant will be a night to remember (and believe me, you’ll want to remember it). How could you pass up such an amazing night? So, if you’d like to watch 8 bright, young, and talented young(er) men strut their stuff and showcase their brilliance, join us on Saturday, December 2nd in the Myer Horowitz Theatre. Be there, or be square. Or be whatever other shape you want. A regular polytope, a dodecahedron, it doesn’t matter. Just be there—you won’t regret it.
Donate here: https://mobro.co/13740827?mc=1
When I found out I was going to be in Mr. Pharmacy I felt as though Pedro had just been elected and all of my wildest dreams had come true. Like Pedro, I also started growing facial hair at a young age. I was worried that based on my rugged appearance, and small-town upbringing, my classmates and peers viewed me as a bit of a crusty hillbilly. So, I accepted the invitation to Mr. Pharmacy so that I would have a chance to show them my more classy and elegant side. I am incredibly nervous that my peers will not deem me classy and elegant after seeing my talent show performance, meanwhile the idea of succeeding and proving to everyone that I am not just a “non-tattooed, bearded, cowboy/scientist” definitely excites me more than anything else.
Currently I am separated from the other contestants by only a bunch of facial hair, however that may change in the near future. I have put my beard on the line for the “Save it or Shave it” initiative which I strongly encourage people to participate in regardless on which side the donate to. In order to participate, donate money to my MoSpace (https://mobro.co/13611452?mc=1) with either the words “Save it” or “Shave it”, wherever the most money lies wins. It is so important for Pharmacy Students to support Movember because the Pharmacy community has been given great power in society with their additional prescribing authority, with which comes great responsibility. There is no better way to display that we are up to the test than to support an important public health initiative as a community/faculty. By displaying such immense support for a good public initiative, we show that the future of our profession (us the students) will enter the workplace as charitable, well-rounded, and highly educated individuals. It proves to society that funding should go to pharmacists, because we are not selfish and will use the money in a responsible manner as we see fit. If we are already generating this much money and awareness for important public health initiatives as “poor students”, just imagine what we can accomplish as established professionals with the support of the government.
On a more personal level, this cause is specifically important to me because within the last 7 years I have had two family members who have had male specific cancers. While my cousin who had been recently married and had young kids was able to beat his testicular cancer and get back to his young family, my grandfather’s prostate cancer became malignant, and spread throughout his body eventually leading to his passing away after a courageous battle. I have never been involved in something as wild and crazy and a mock male beauty pageant, nor have I ever “put myself out there” to this extent, but I feel very proud to be apart of this event, and I think that people should feel pride for every dollar they donate, for every hour they volunteer, and for every sick person they support.
The show is taking place at the Myer Horowitz theater on December 2, 2017. It is open to the public and is definitely a show you do not want to miss. Thank you for all your support and I hope to see a few familiar faces in the crowd on December 2!!
Donate here: https://mobro.co/13611452?mc=1
Class of 2020 Contestants
As goofy as I am in class, I never would have expected to be chosen as one of the contestants for Mr. Pharmacy. Given this, I was somewhat scared because it truly is a big event within the faculty and I wasn’t sure if I could deliver on such a large scale. What made me accept was the fact that I would get to perform in one of the biggest events in my life with one of my best friends, Lawrence, as well as the knowledge that my classmates all had enough faith in me to select me as one of the contestants. Another reason why I accepted was because being a contestant would offer me a way to get involved in Movember, which I believe is an important cause for not just future health care professionals, but anyone, to support. It affects us in so many different ways. As upcoming pharmacists, we will be dealing with the same issues in practice as those taken on by Movember, such as prostate and testicular cancer, to name a couple. However, we may personally be affected by these diseases as well, whether we or people we hold dearly are diagnosed with them. How far these diseases can reach is reason enough to
The show is taking place at the Myer Horowitz theater on December 2, 2017. It is open to the public and is definitely a show you do not want to miss. Thank you for all your support and I hope to see a few familiar faces in the crowd on December 2!! Donate here: https://mobro.co/13711026?mc=1
Donate here: https://mobro.co/13711026?mc=1
Every year during the month of November, the Faculty of Pharmacy supports the Movember campaign by raising awareness and funds for men’s mental health, testicular cancer, and prostate cancer. The month long initiative concludes with the most anticipated event of the year: “Mr. Pharmacy”- a mock male pageant that where 2 contestants from each year of Pharmacy compete in a variety of events, including a talent show, fun game shows, and even a beachwear competition to support Movember. The winner of the pageant is given the biggest resume booster: the title of “Mr. Pharmacy” and competes among the other 9 Pharmacy schools in Canada at the national conference known as PDW (Professional Development week). Last year the event at the U of A alone raised over $19,000 for the Movember campaign.
As pharmacy students, why is it important that we support Movember?
It’s not expected for everyone to get involved during Pharmacy school. Although it’s highly encouraged by accomplished students and faculty staff, admittedly, complacency has definitely been a reoccurring theme in aspects of my education and personal life. However, the more we step out to support health initiatives such as Movember, the greater we develop ourselves professionally by supporting future patients that are both within and beyond our care. We are not only advocating for the awareness and support for populations of men who battle with prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health issues, but also our professional voice as we will one day be the leaders in our field of practice.
Putting myself out there!
A big part of why I am “putting myself out there” is to act on all the love and support from my classmates, and stand aside Teddy Yoo as the bestest friends to have ever competed in Mr Pharmacy together. However, there was also a big realization in the midst of my indecision that prompted me to compete. That realization was that you should not wait all your life for the moment of conviction to make a stand for a cause. It’s so easy to stand among the background of your profession and forget that you are part of a trusted body of professionals that can directly impact patient care. There will always be a need for us as future Pharmacists to step up for our patients that have yet or cannot stand for themselves.
The show is taking place at the Myer Horowitz theater on December 2, 2017 . It would be awesome to see familiar faces in the crowd (my whole family is coming haha), and amidst all the beautiful staches, fun, and hard work- don’t lose sight of what Mr. Pharmacy is really here for: men’s mental health, testicular cancer, and prostate cancer.
Thanks for reading and I hope to see you at the show! Donate here 🙂 https://mobro.co/lawrencewoo?mc=1
Donate here: https://mobro.co/lawrencewoo?mc=1
Class of 2019 Contestants
When I got the email about possibly participating in Mr. Pharmacy I was pretty shook, then I realized there’s probably 7 other dudes feeling the exact same way. I usually don’t like being in front of a crowd of people unless there’s a bunch of people up there with me, and it’s dark, and everyone’s kind of grooving off beat; meaning the only time I like being in front of people is on the dance floor. I accepted the offer to become a contestant because I’d heard from past contestants that it was an absolute blast. The entire thing is for a good cause so why not step out of my comfort zone and do something completely out there; I might even raise some good coin for the future of Men’s Health.
An inspiration of mine for the entire fundraiser has got to be some of the patients I’ve met through work or placement that are living with the medical conditions we’re trying to research and bring to light. These fine gentlemen have always displayed such courage and vigor whilst maintaining the lightest and friendliest of attitudes. As for what I’m most nervous about, its got to be the individual talent portion because as of right now (as I’m writing this paragraph) I’ve yet to come up with a solid outline of what I’m going to do. All the nerves aside I’m most excited to just watch and join in on all the fun the attendees and organizers are going to be having. As pharmacy students, supporting foundations and health promotions such as Movember is essential in utilizing our voice as future healthcare professionals. People listen to what we have to say, so why not throw in something for the future.
There are quite a few things that separate me from the rest of contestants such as my height, lack of muscle mass, poor lecture attendance, and possibly sub-par liver function. I’d say those give me an advantage if used right. I’m pretty nervous about “putting myself out there” as I’ll quite literally be putting myself out there for the beachwear competition, but it’s comforting to know the other contestants feel the same way. I’ve never really done anything like this aside from some school talent shows and poetry slams (each of which still haunt my dreams) but I’m hoping this’ll be a highlight of my university career.
The show is taking place at the Myer Horowitz theater on December 2, 2017. It is open to the public and is definitely a show you do not want to miss. Thank you for all your support and I hope to see a few familiar faces in the crowd on December 2!! Donate here: https://mobro.co/13670604?mc=1
Donate here: https://mobro.co/13670604?mc=1
I am not usually the type of guy to put himself out there so I’m looking forward to Carlo carrying me through the beachwear competition. As nervous as I am about the competition, I am also very excited to get on stage and help put on a great show for an even better cause. It is so incredible we can raise so much money for men’s health through such a fun and entertaining event. A mustache in November has become a symbol for raising awareness about men’s health and helping fund programs and research. The more we talk about our mental health, reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and seek help when we need it means the mustache is helping make a difference.
When I got the invitation to be a contestant this year I accepted it instantly. I had heard nothing but good things from previous contestants and was quite excited to be participating this year. Something that makes me stand out compared to the rest of the contestants is I actually don’t have a talent and I think some of the other contestants really do. So, on the night of Dec 2, even if you can’t see my face or hear my voice, you will know which performance is mine.
The show is taking place at the Myer Horowitz theater on December 2, 2017. It is open to the public and is definitely a show you do not want to miss. Thank you for all your support and I hope to see a few familiar faces in the crowd on December 2!! Donate here: https://ca.movember.com/mospace/13681672
Donate here: https://ca.movember.com/mospace/13681672
Class of 2018 Contestants
In the past two years, two of my closest friends were also Mr. Pharmacy contestants and I had helped out with their performances. I had a great time on stage with them and hopefully that experience will come in handy for me during this year’s show. Even then, this is the first time I’ve ever put myself out there like this, and performing front of 500+ people is still a bit intimidating. But with the group of guys that we have this year, I really think that we can put on a good show for everyone!
This year, Mr. Pharmacy will be happening at the Myer Horowitz Theatre on December 2, 2017. Tickets are now on sale at the APSA website, and the show is open to anyone! Thanks for all your support and I hope to see you there! Donate here: https://mobro.co/stevenquan?mc=1
Donate here: https://mobro.co/stevenquan?mc=1
The offer of being able to compete in Mr. Pharmacy was both, exciting and horrifying at the same time. It is such an important and large scale event, that I was nervous about performing well on stage. I knew, however, that this is an extremely important opportunity to promote Men’s Health and get involved in fundraising more funds for Movember. Pharmacy students have always been on the front lines of health advocacy and I am excited to be able to do my part, and perhaps inspire more people to do the same. Having an opportunity to practice as a pharmacist has really inspired me to participate more in advocacy and fundraising for health initiatives such as Movember. It also helps that you can have a lot of fun and make lifelong friends while doing it. I have never been a part of anything like this before, but I am excited and ready to give it my all on stage and impress the crowd.
The show is taking place at the Myer Horowitz theater on December 2, 2017. It is open to the public and is definitely a show you do not want to miss. Thank you for all your support and I hope to see a few familiar faces in the crowd on December 2!! Donate here: https://mobro.co/13585124?mc=1
Donate here: https://mobro.co/13585124?mc=1