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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Alumni 1974 - 1999

[Updated 1 September 2019]

Below are the profiles of the students who graduated from Blessed Cardinal Newman High School between 1974 and 1999. The names in the list and the alumni profiles are arranged by family name in alpha order.


​Alumnus                             Years at Newman​
John Acosta 1983 - 1987
James Anok 1983 - 1988
Ted Atherton ​1976 - 1981
Eric Bauza   1994 - 1997
Kyle G. Brown 1984 - 1986
​Anthony Chau
1989 - 1994
​Chris De Sa ​1986-1991
​Barbara Doran ​1889-1993
​Dan Dumsha ​1994-1999
​Adam Forbes ​1991-1996
​Blair Francey ​1994-1998
​Tricia Goulbourne ​1992-1997
​Michael Halder ​1994-1999
​Sherylee Honeyghan ​1995-1998
​June Kang 1984-1989
​Edwards Keenan ​1988-1992
​Anne - Marie King ​1994-1998
​Patrick Kriss ​1994-1999
​Waleuska Lazo
​Bridget Macintosh
​David MacPherson
​Francis Manapaul ​1994-1998
​Julius Poncelet Manapaul ​1995-1999
​Nicholas McCowan ​1994-1999
​Michael Melling ​1994-1998
​Jesmen Mendoza
​Elisa Moolecherry ​1986-1991
​Chris Murphy ​1985-1990
​Patrick Powers 1988 - 1992​
​Danny Raponi ​1990-1995
​Krista Slade ​1983-1988
​James Teresi ​1984-1989
​Andrea Thykootathil ​1993-1998
​Peter Yuen ​1979-1983

John Acosta attended Cardinal Newman from 1983 to 1987, where he performed in the stage and concert bands.  He met fellow student Jimmy Russell at school and they formed a successful duo aptly named Acosta/Russell.  They had many successful hit singles and several albums under Eureka Records in the early 1990s. 
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John is originally from Montevideo, Uruguay and briefly moved back there from Toronto as a boy.  It was there that he really began to listen to and appreciate the music of the Bee Gees which was frequently played on the radio.  As an adult, John was part of a Bee Gees tribute band in Canada for eight years then decided to try his luck in Las Vegas where he started as a member of a Latino trio.  He eventually built his own tribute band, Bee Gees Gold, which performs all over the world.  His portrayal of lead singer Barry Gibb is flawless.  From the clothing, hair and look to the falsetto vocals one would think Barry Gibb himself was in the house!  We hope to see John and his Bee Gees Gold Tribute Band in Toronto very soon.  Have a look at John Acosta's Tribute to the Bee Gees You Tube video.

James Anok was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1983 to 1988.  At Newman he was involved for three years in the Peer Counselling Programme.  After his time at Newman, James did a B.A. at the University of Toronto in Sociology and Philosophy.  He graduated in 1991.
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Currently James is a senior consultant at Fireman & Company. He has acted as a consultant and project manager for a number of North America’s largest law firms and in house corporate law departments. James was a member of the Library and Knowledge Management group at one of Canada’s largest law firms, and has been immersed in the legal industry segment for almost two decades. Working with both clients and vendors, he has led the development and deployment of enterprise wide knowledge management, search, library and document management initiatives. In addition he has worked with clients to identify gaps in workflow, evaluate technology vendors, identify risk management opportunities, and develop strategic plans focusing on implementation, adoption planning and change management.
James is also the chair of LOFT Community Services’  Board of Directors and sits on their Board membership, and special task force committees. James has been on the LOFT Board for 5 years, and firmly believes that volunteering is an important part of contributing to the social well being of all the communities we are part of. He is committed to the advancing the success of LOFT, its programs, and the individuals that LOFT serves. His focus is providing long term strategic planning and focusing Board development of a deeper understanding of the regulatory and system frameworks, and other sector players, that the organization works in and partners with.
LOFT provides permanent housing and community support services for the most vulnerable, including those with mental health and physical and addiction challenges, the homeless, the abused and the abandoned. Their services provide recovery and independence and respond to the changing needs of our diverse community.
James also has his own photography business. One can view his work @ jamesanok

Multitalented actor Ted Atherton was born in 1962 in Winnipeg, Manitoba,. He attended Cardinal Newman High School from 1976 to 1981 and the University of Toronto graduating with honors, attaining a Bachelor's Degree in English and Drama. He then completed a three-year Masters program at the globally respected Banff Centre in Calgary, Alberta.  Mr. Atherton worked as an English teacher before pursuing his acting career.
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The role of Pan Philips in the Canadian movie and resulting CBC TV series "Nothing Too Good For A Cowboy" in 1998 proved a breakout event, gaining Mr. Atherton public notice.  In 2000, he was nominated for a prestigious Gemini Award for ''Best Lead in a Continuing Dramatic Role'' for that role.  He then gained a fan following for his characterization of acerbic F.B.I. Special Agent Myles
Leland III on the PAXtv series "Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye."
Equally versatile in comedy or drama, Mr. Atherton  has appeared in numerous movies including "Hollywoodland" and "XIII."  He appeared as famed CIA Director of Covert Ops Frank Wisner alongside such luminaries as Michael Keaton, Alfred Molina, and Chris O'Donnell in the TNT miniseries "The Company" in 2007.  As well as movies and television, he is noted for his stage work and voice acting.
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Mr. Atherton is also a successful and talented writer.  In 1997, he won first place for his original work ''A Bowl of Rose Leaves'' in the ''One-Act Play'' category at the Theatre British Columbia's Annual Canadian National Playwriting Competition.  He also wrote the song the character Pan Phillips sings in the movie version of "Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy."  He plays both guitar and harmonica.

 Eric Bauza   1994 - 1997

Eric Bauza attended Cardinal Newman High School from 1994 to 1997.  At Newman, he was a comedic character who was very much involved with the creative arts. He is currently a voice actor and artist in Hollywood.  Eric started his career in animation as a character designer working with a few production studios in California.  He delivered his first resume to a potential employer in the form of a giant fortune cookie! It was this introduction to the animation world that eventually led him to a successful career in voiceovers.
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Currently Eric is the voice of Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Marvin the Martian, Pepe le Pew and Woody Woodpecker. He also voices Lord Stingray on the Adult Swim show, Superjail!  Eric recently played Buhdeuce in Breadwinners and the title character in The Adventures of Puss in Boots.

His notable roles include Stimpy of Ren and Stimpy and Slip & Slide D’Peel of Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island. He also voices Rodolfo/White Pantera for El Tigre on Nickelodeon, Storm Shadow, Destro, and Tunnel Rat on G.I. Joe: Resolute, Razoff from Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc and The Professor and Pipo Monkeys in Ape Escape.

He is also working on his stand-up routine, and has performed at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles alongside Harland Williams.
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 Eric Bauza  2.jpgEric is well known in the animation industry and there are numerous You Tube videos and interviews of him - here is one by Buzz Weekly,in which Eric demonstrates some of his amazing vocal talents. Here's Eric's 2017 demo video.

Kyle G. Brown   1984 - 1986
Kyle G. Brown attended Cardinal Newman from 1984 to 1986. He was a member of the badminton team while there.  Currently Kyle is a Parisian-based journalist who has reported, written and commentated for several media outlets including the BBC, France Télévisions, France 24, CBC, The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star.
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He has unearthed stories of street children in South Africa swept out of cities by the authorities and subjected to physical and sexual abuse; Mexican migrant workers lured to promising pastures in Canada only to find low pay, high rent and the economic misery they had tried to escape; elderly Canadians whose adult children appropriate their assets and clean them out; of homeless Parisians who have occupied public buildings; and a village of squatters in Denmark who have fought the government for decades to remain independent, in the middle of Copenhagen.
Kyle has a Masters Degree (MSc) in Development Studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and a BA in History from McGill University in Montreal.
Much of his academic work has concentrated on the political economy
of Sub Saharan Africa and on immigration and asylum. He began his journalistic career in the UK, where he worked as a reporter, radio presenter and producer, and now files stories from a number of countries for radio, television and print, specializing chiefly in social and human rights issues.
Anthony Chau, 1989-1994
Anthony Chau attended Cardinal Newman from 1989 to 1994.  At Newman he was involved in Reach for the Top, the yearbook, the musical production Into the Woods, the choir and the keyboarding ensemble. He attended Seneca College, and after graduating as a computer and electronics technologist and working in industry, he went back to school for Tool and Die and completed his Apprenticeship to become a certified Tool and Die Maker. He is currently a machinist and machine designer at Sunnybrook Research Institute where he designs and builds pre-clinical therapeutic ultrasound devices for use in MRI, CT and diagnostic ultrasound modalities.

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Anthony's machines are used in research by scientists and physicists to prove and to develop new and radical non-invasive treatments for cancers as well as other diseases and disorders. His machines have been used in research to open the Blood Brain Barrier, to develop targeted drug 
delivery techniques as well as used in tumor ablation and in other therapies. He designed and built the world's first commercial pre-clinical cross-platform MRI-CT compatible therapeutic ultrasound 
system as well as the world's smallest two axis therapeutic ultrasound system for use in small bore MRI and CT machines with diameters as small as 70mm (2.75 inches). His machines are used in numerous university research labs from Sunnybrook, Sick Kids, Cornell and Johns Hopkins in 
North America to research hospitals in Korea and Taiwan. 
Julian De Guzman

Julian de Guzman attended Cardinal Newman from 1994 to 1997.  He is a Canadian soccer player who played for Toronto FC.  He joined the club in 2009 as its first Designated Player. Before joining Toronto FC, he had played nine seasons in Europe in France, Germany and Spain.

In 2005 he signed for Deportivo de la Coruna in Spain, becoming the first Canadian to play in La Liga. In 2007-2008 Julian was voted Deportivo’s player of the year.

Julian+de+Guzman+Canada+v+Guadeloupe+oRBHQj6THLol.jpgJulian [photo to the right] in the match of  Canada versus Guatemala

He has played for both the Canadian U-20 and the Senior National Team.  Julian is currently the general manager of the Ottawa Fury. 

Julian's retirement video [as a player]

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Chris de Sa, 1986 - 1991

Chris de Sa was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1986 to 1991.  While at Newman he played rugby and was the class valedictorian at graduation.
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 Chris received his B.A. from York University and his LL.B. and M.B.A. from the University of Toronto. While in law school, he was a research assistant to Professor Kent Roach, one of Canada's foremost experts in criminal and constitutional law. He  articled and practised civil litigation at two large firms before joining the Department of Justice Canada as extradition counsel in 2002. In 2004, he became Crown counsel with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. His work has included large-scale investigations and prosecutions, as well as criminal appeals before the Ontario Court of Appeal. In addition, he has published academic papers on issues related to evidence and criminal law, including entrapment and informant privilege. In October 2016 Chris was appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in and for the Province of Ontario in Newmarket.
Justice de Sa was born and raised in Scarborough. His parents, both of South Asian descent, immigrated to Canada from Kenya and both worked in the justice sector. From them, Justice de Sa inherited a deep-seated commitment to hard work, public service, fairness, and compassion. He lives with his young family outside of Toronto, where he coaches youth soccer and volunteers at his church on a weekly basis.
Barbara (Campitelli) Doran, 1989 - 1993

Barbara (Campitelli) Doran attended Cardinal Newman from 1989 to 1993.  At Newman she was involved with the concert band where she played the flute and piccolo, stage band as a singer as well as talent nights and fashion shows.  Barb was a soloist at many school masses.  She was the first to complete the OAC music credit at the school as Mr. Marrone received special approval to grant her the credit for her independent work.
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Barb’s education included three years at York University as a Fine Arts major as well as one year at Fanshawe College in Recording Engineering.  Barb is now pursuing an exciting career as a country singer.
Once Doran got serious about a career in music, she never looked back.  She put a band together and took every gig she could before recording her debut EP in 2009.  Along the way she's developed a unique style influenced by a diverse group of artists ranging from Miranda Lambert and Sara Evans to Sheryl Crow, Deric Ruttan, Kacey Musgraves and Tori Amos.  "I've always looked for good songs, in any genre," she says, "something that's like, 'Wow, what an interesting way of saying that." 
Since her debut, Doran's unique brand of country and singular voice have garnered her a number of opportunities and accolades, including nominations for the first round ballot at the inaugural 2012 CMAO awards in four categories and the chance to perform at The Diamond in the Rough Showcase in Saskatoon at Canadian Country Music Week. 
Most recently, Doran also qualified as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, a finalist in the Great American Songwriting Competition and landed a spot on the Nashville Songwriter's Association 2014 "Ones to Watch" list.  Additionally, as a coordinator with the Nashville Songwriter's Association, Doran runs songwriter's workshops for Canadian-based artists, and regularly travels to Music City to meet and perform with a vast number of other songwriters at local open mic nights
Check out Barb's website and latest videos at
Dan Dumsha, 1994 - 1999

Dan Dumsha was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1994 to 1999, where he was involved in the band, theatre productions and student council.  Currently Dan is both a professional improv comedian and a corporate leadership trainer.
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He is a graduate of Queen’s University’s Drama program (BA,H) and Artist in the Community Education program (B.Ed) where he learned to be an artist who teaches. Before moving to BC, Dan taught drama and improv at the Claude Watson Program for the Arts with the Toronto District School Board. He performs and teaches improv with Vancouver TheatreSports™ League, The Fictionals, and QueerProv. Dan performed in the 2010 Olympic opening ceremonies, has co-hosted OutlookTV on Shaw for four years, and writes a blog about improv called Wait, a Moment! Many of his characters are based on Merle Streep’s movie roles.
Dan is also a consultant based in Vancouver. He works closely with leaders at all levels including senior leaders and C-suite executives, delivering coaching and group courses. For Dan, the most important part of what he does is helping leaders make positive changes in their communication, which have a big impact on their lives and those around them. He draws upon his background in improvisation and the arts to help his clients develop a strong presence. Dan’s engaging presentation style offers flexibility and makes his interactions real and practical.

Adam Forbes, 1991 - 1996

AForbes, Adam.jpgdam Forbes was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1991 to 1996.  He was heavily involved in theatre at Newman, appearing in the productions of Into the Woods, Seven Stories and A Midsummer Night' s Dream.  Adam attributes his ability to speak persuasively in court on a daily basis and the development of his beliefs, values and critical thinking skills to his course work with Mr. McCabe and Mr. McBride and his theatrical training under Ms. Gatensby.

Adam  is an associate with Hicks Adams LLP. He articled with the firm and joined as an associate after his call to the Bar of Ontario in June of 2008. Adam graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2007 with an LL.B., having focused his studies in the area of criminal law. He spent his second year at Osgoode working for the Innocence Project, a clinical program in which students, under the supervision of faculty, examine the cases of individuals who claim to have been wrongfully convicted and, where feasible, reinvestigate and seek proof of the claim of innocence. Prior to law school, Adam completed a Masters of Arts in Criminology at the University of Toronto in 2002. He earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Political Science at the University of Toronto in 2000. 

Blair Francey

Blair Francey attended Cardinal Newman between 1994 and 1998, where he was involved in drama, yearbook, the AV Club and Cabaret Voltaire.  He is the Executive Director and Co-founder of the Department of Imaginary Affairs and is currently the Senior Design at Trajectory Brands Inc.
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In August 2007, Blair established BFdesign, a boutique design agency offering branding, website design, marketing strategy and print design to a variety of organizations from small not-for-profit to large-scale educational institutions, including: Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation, Toronto Fringe Festival, The Chang School of Continuing Education (Ryerson University), Oakville Symphony, Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, Glenn Gould Foundation, and Professional Association of Canadian Theatres.
In 2012, Blair graduated with Distinction from Goldsmiths, University of London with a Masters of Arts (Design: Critical Practice). The program allowed him to explore his love of transit, civic-engagement and city-building through the development of two projects in particular; technology and narrative. This exploration culminated in his thesis project, Public Transit: Remixed, a look at designing a holistic transit system from an experiential, as opposed to an infrastructure, standpoint. He was selected as one of four finalists in the Global Engineering Innovation Challenge hosted by the Toronto chapter of Engineers Without Borders in March 2013 where he presented some of his ideas from Public Transit: Remixed to much enthusiasm.
Tricia Goulbourne, 1992 - 1997
Goulbourne, Tricia.jpgTricia attended Cardinal Newman High School from 1992 to 1997. During her time at Cardinal Newman, she played on the softball team, was a member of the Yearbook Committee and Black Students’ Association as well as Student Council. Currently, Tricia works for the Government of Canada, as a Director of Internal Audit Policy and Professional Practices. Tricia started her public service career as a student in the Human Resources Division at Canada Revenue Agency. In June 2010, she joined Treasury Board Secretariat in Ottawa Ontario, and has held various positions in the department over the last 8 years. 

 Michael Halder, 1994 - 1999

Michael Halder attended Blessed Cardinal Newman between the years 1994 and 1999. Aside from his studies, he was an active member of the Reach for Top club and the Newman Youth Service in Action Committee (formerly known as Newman H.E.L.P.S.).  He was also a key member of a number of initiatives to make Newman a better place for all. 
Halder, Michael.jpgAmong them was the Peace Garden project, which continues to serve as a refuge to reflect and re-connect with the natural world. He was among the first students to join the One Community Initiative that celebrated the cultural diversity of staff and students and worked to fight all forms of discrimination. 
Following Newman, Michael set out to pursue an Honours Bachelor of Science from University of Toronto in International Development Studies and Environmental Science and a Masters in Environmental Studies at York University. Currently, Michael takes pride in his work as a Research and Planning Analyst with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change where he serves to protect the sources of our drinking water supply.
Chris Murphy 1985 - 1990

Chris Murphy was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1985 to 1990.  While at Newman he was a wrestling champion but there was little thought of him becoming a television meteorologist.  Chris began working at The Weather Network in August 1999 and all these years later, still loves coming to work everyday. "It's an honour and privilege to do this everyday - talking to Canadians about something that affects us all, all the time."
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An avid fisherman, recreational golfer and all around outdoor enthusiast, Chris' small-town charm often surprises people to learn he was born and raised in Toronto.
He is very proud to have visited 9 provinces: "we live in the most beautiful country in the world" - and looks forward to visiting the Territories...preferably in the summer!
Creatively combining 3 of his passions — history, weather and story telling — Chris has woven together five short documentaries commemorating some of Canada's biggest weather events. Each one has aired on TWN.
From June 2011 to July 2012, Chris took a hiatus from on air work to become a producer for the late morning and afternoon shows. "A real eye–opener...putting together a show is a lot of work, but richly rewarding". He is thankful for the opportunity to expand his skill set.

Chris returned back to the airwaves July 23, 2012, doing what he does best — delivering a forecast with a side of humour and humility.
Chris is happily married and proposed to his beloved in Paris. They were married in Mexico and honeymooned in New Orleans. "I'm an extremely lucky and thankful man".

Patrick Powers 1988 - 1992

Patrick Powers attended Cardinal Newman from 1988-1992.  While there, he participated on the Softball team and fondly recalls his time in Walter Rubino’s O.A.C. Drama class, which he credits in helping “fan the creative flame” that led to a career in Radio Broadcasting.

From a young age music played an important part in Patrick’s life and his time at Cardinal Newman led him to a Co-Op placement at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus radio station (90.5 CSCR).  Following High School, Patrick graduated from Seneca College’s Radio & Television Broadcasting program with High Honours in 1999 and has been the Creative Director and On Air Talent at Durham Radio Inc. (94-9 The Rock/KX 96/Durham’s Classic Hits CKDO) for the last 20 years.IMG_1389.JPG

Patrick is also a freelance voice over artist and has been featured in commercials, video games, narration and cartoons including 3 seasons on Shut Up Cartoon’s Teleporting Fat Guy portraying Master Sheng Woo, Evander Holyfield and Chuck Norris among others. 

 Patrick is happily married with 2 daughters and currently resides in Durham Region where he continues his passion for Radio and voice acting.

Danny Raponi, 1990 - 1995

Danny Raponi, better known as DJ Danny D, attended Cardinal Newman from 1990 to 1995.  He excelled in both math and French in high school. As a DJ in the clubs for over ten years and on air with Z103 FM for over nine, Danny has come to be known as “the People’s DJ”.  As Eye Weekly’s Reader’s Choice award winner for Best DJ in 2004,
Danny’s versatility, ingenuity and authenticity all contribute to the development of his unique sound.
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In 2005 he took that sound into music production. Danny is a Juno nominee, has sold almost half a million mixed CD compilations and has toured across North America. His first two singles cracked the Top 20 on the Canadian National Club Chart.
You can catch Danny spinning live weekdays on Z103.5 during the Drive@5 Streetmix and Saturdays at 7pm during the Saturday Night Streetmix. To hear more either visit Danny at various clubs throughout the GTA or check out his CDs in stores. For more info on Danny, visit:

Krista Slade, 1983-1988

Krista Slade is a graduate of Cardinal Newman High School which she attended from 1983 to 1988. .  She was our keynote speaker at Newman’s graduation several years ago.  Krista has been appointed Director of Advancement at Rhodes House, Oxford University, England with effect from 1 August.

As DireSlade, Krista.jpgctor of Advancement, Krista will work closely with the Warden, Dr Donald Markwell, and the Executive Director of Development, Ms Holly Sargent, on alumni engagement and development efforts in support of the Rhodes Scholarships. Based in Oxford, she will also work closely with colleagues throughout the University of Oxford community.
A Canadian and a Masters graduate in history from the University of Toronto, who has also studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Krista Slade has made a distinguished career in development in Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, and Singapore.
For the last three years, she has been the inaugural Executive Director, Asia-Pacific, for the Council for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE). In this role, she has established the first Asia-Pacific office for CASE, based in Singapore, covering the wide region from Lebanon to Japan and China to New Zealand, and initiated many outstandingly successful activities to support educational institutions in alumni relations, communications, marketing, and fundraising.
Krista Slade served the University of Toronto in development roles for eleven years, including as Executive Director of its Hong Kong Foundation from 1994 to 2002, and then as Associate Director, International Advancement, based in Toronto, from 2003 to 2005.
From 2005 to 2007, she was Senior Strategic Advisor on Advancement to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, Australia.
The Warden of Rhodes House, Dr Markwell, said that he was delighted that a senior development professional of Krista Slade’s standing and accomplishment was joining the Rhodes community, working in the Development team led by Holly Sargent (former Senior Associate Dean for External Relations at Harvard’s Kennedy School), to encourage support to secure and improve the Rhodes Scholarships for the future.
‘I am deeply honoured to have this chance to contribute to the future of the remarkable life-changing opportunity that the Rhodes Scholarships represent’, Krista Slade said.

 James Teresi, 1984-1989

Dr. James Teresi attended Cardinal Newman from 1984 to 1989 and graduated in 1988 with awards in Mathematics, Science, Religion and General Excellence. He especially thanks Mrs. Sobanski, Mrs. Perron and Mrs. Holland as well as Mr. Wood, Mr. Wrobel and Mr. Curran for shaping his academic interests.  While in high school James concentrated primarily on his studies but pursued his interest in veterinary medicine by working at an animal hospital.  In Grade 12 he decided to pursue another side of medicine and therefore attended the Scarborough Campus University of Toronto and was enrolled in a four year Specialist Degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry.
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After completing two years James received early admission into the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.  During those two years he was on the Honors List at Scarborough Campus and received the Canada Scholar in 1989 and 1990 – a scholarship by the Government of Canada for Studies in Science and Engineering. James attended the Faculty of Medicine at U of T from 1991 to 1995 and graduated with his Medical Degree in 1995.  He entered medical school with the intention of becoming a family doctor but left with the desire to be an Anesthesiologist.
James was accepted into the Anesthesia Residency Program at the University of Toronto  (5 year program) from 1995 to 2000 and he obtained his Licentiate, Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) certificate in 1997.  He also received his Specialist Certificate in Anesthesia from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in June 2000 and his Fellow status (FRCPC) in August 2000.
James became an Active Staff Anesthesiologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and an Associate Staff Anesthesiologist at the University Health Network in 2000 with a Lecturer appointment at the Faculty of Medicine, U of T.  He also holds  appointments as Associate Staff Anesthesiologist at the Kensington Eye Institute (2006 to present) and as the Consultant Staff Anesthesiologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) (2008 to present).
 Along with his clinical duties he is active in ongoing medical education at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels.  His teaching role is broad and ranges from medical students, residents and fellows to nursing and pharmacy students at varying levels of their education.  There is both “bedside” teaching as well as informal and formal seminars and lectures.  He has come to realize throughout his career that it is through teaching that one gains insight into one’s own knowledge and truly allows the “teacher” to further his or her own education.  In essence, the teacher/student interaction is symbiotic from a learning point of view.
James was promoted to Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine at U of T in December of 2004 and in 2008 received the Dr. Gerald Edelist Award, Department of Anesthesia, Faculty of Medicine, U of T. in recognition of excellence as a clinical teacher of residents in anesthesia. In 2011 he received the Clinical Excellence Award, Department of Anesthesia, Faculty of Medicine, U of T. in recognition of being an outstanding Clinician within Anesthesia (as chosen by hospital department’s Faculty, Fellows and residents).
Some of his administrative duties include being the Director of the Acute Pain Service at Mount Sinai Hospital, participating in the Quality of Care and Risk Management Committee and serving on the Renew Sinai Project from 2010 up to the present time. 
Acute Pain Service Team at Mount Sinai Hospital
On a professional level, James’ future goals are to continue practicing Anesthesia in an academic environment; to further the development of medical and allied health professionals at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels and to
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On a personal level, as a husband and father to two beautiful twin girls, he prays  that God continues to give him the wisdom, knowledge and abilities to nurture his family such that each individual may realize their full potential and the importance of the family unit.  He is grateful for the education and life experiences that he has  had and he hopes to foster similar wellbeing in others.
Andrea Thykootathil

Andrea Thykootathil was a student at Newman from 1993 to 1998, where she was involved with many clubs and activities.  She was the Student Council Grade 10 and 11 Rep, then Vice-President and President as well.  After graduating from Newman, she attended Queen's UThykootathil, Andrea.jpgniversity from 1998-2002 where she did a double major in biology and psychology.  After Queen's Andrea attended York University's consecutive program for her bachelor of education.  Andrea started teaching at St. Maria Goretti, the largest elementary school in the TCDSB.  While teaching full-time she also completed her M. Ed. at the University of Toronto. In 2009, Andrea took a two-year leave of absence to do her Master’s in Politics and Education at Columbia University in New York City.  There she also interned at a nonprofit that focused on encouraging girls into entering traditional male-dominated occupations. Upon returning to Toronto in 2011 she taught at St. Patrick’s Secondary School but in 2013 was seconded to the Ontario Science Centre. 
At the Ontario Science Centre Andrea teaches Grade 12U biology as well as delivering school programs to visiting schools ranging from JK-Grade 12 from all throughout Ontario.  
Andrea is a shining example of a great educator.  We are proud to feature her as part of our Newman Notable Alumni.

 Peter Yuen, 1979 - 1983
Born in Hong Kong, Peter is the first Toronto Police Service’s superintendent of Chinese heritage. His family immigrated to Canada in 1975 when he was 11 years old settling in East York. Peter attended Blessed Cardinal Newman and initially pursued a degree in chemical engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton before leaving after two years to become a police officer. He is the first person in his family to work in policing.
Yuen, Peter.jpgWhen Peter joined the force in 1987, he was only the fifth Chinese officer to join the Toronto Police Service.
Peter dropped out of McMaster University’s chemical engineering program in his second year to become a police officer. “I was not enjoying my time in university and I chose to do something else, which is policing,” he said. “The Service was looking for Asian officers at the time and I felt I could be that bridge and connection between the Chinese community and Toronto Police.”
Completing his undergraduate degree a few years later, Yuen graduated four years ago with a Masters in leadership. “When I was at McMaster, education was not important to me,” he added. “But as you mature, you understand how critical education is. It gives you a broader perspective and provides a critical-thinking component.”
Starting at 55 Division, where he’s now the unit commander, Peter has been assigned to several Divisions and departments during his distinguished career. They include organized crime, professional standards, community mobilization and homicide.
Peter said the key to making all of his hopes and dreams for 55 Division a reality is by building a strong team and a great work environment for his officers. “This is not a job, it should be a place they enjoy coming to work,” he said. “The most important thing is that my officers enjoy coming to work and serving the community.”
(Superintendent Peter Yuen and Asian Business Network Association President Bammy Wong) 
Superintendent Peter Yuen has been recognized for being a pioneer in his profession who recognizes his role as a role model to youth. "Peter is a hero and role model who motivates and shares his knowledge and experience with young people".  He is one of this year’s Chinese Canadian Legend Award (CCLA) winners.
Since the last posting here, Peter Yuen has been promoted to Deputy Chief with the Toronto Police Services, further details on his career are available at this link.
Adapted from:
55 DIVISION: Supt. Peter Yuen looks ahead to 2015
Beach Mirror  - Joanna Lavoie
Dec 31, 2014
Yuen Recognized As Role Model
By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service
Published: September 19, 2014