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Alumni 2000 to 2009

[Updated 25 April 2020]

Below are the profiles of the students who graduated from St John Henry Newman Catholic High School or as it was known in this era - Cardinal Newman Catholic High School between 2000 and 2009.

Alumni are listed in alpha order, by family name, in the table below, as are their profiles which are below the index table.


Years at Newman
​Susan Adegbesan-Badidi
1999 - 2003​
Felix Arifin 2005 - 2009​
​Victoria Altomare 2005 - 2009​
Mary Anne Barnes
2005 - 2009
​Abigail Bernardez 2006 - 2007
​Eric Carteciano 2003 -2007​
​Ewa Cerda-Llanos 1997 - 2002​
​Lequanne Collins-Bacchus 2005 - 2009​
Joella Crichton ​2003 - 2005
Ashley Da Silva
2005 - 2009
Brandon Diggs 2004 - 2008
Ashley Docking
2001 - 2005
Donald D'Souza 1997 - 2001
Mike Duco 2002 - 2004
Jennifer Effendi ​1999 - 2003
Haydee Fernando ​1999 - 2003
​Jonathan Fetros ​1996 - 2000
​Cari Flammia
​1997 - 2001
Joyce Fu
2004 - 2008
Jacqueline Goordial 1999 - 2004​
​Stephanie Hill ​2000 - 2003
​Adam Hincks ​1996 - 2000
​Angelito Junior Huang 1995 - 2000
​Nicole Katsuras ​1995 - 2000
Miles Kenyon ​1999 - 2003
Evelyn Kostanska 1995 - 2000
Immanuel Lanzaderas 1997 - 2001
Ryan O'Callaghan 2000 - 2003
​Kathleen O'Reilly
1997 - 2002
Meaghan O'Reilly 1998 - 2003
Ryan O'Reilly 2006 - 2007
​Michal Prywata
2004 - 2008
Jessica Quaile 1999 - 2004
Tim Rose 2000 - 2004
Maria Sagan
1999 - 2003
Sara Saljoughi 1995 - 2000
Melissa Seco 1997 - 2002
​Shawn Setyo 2004 - 2007
​Ryan Sullivan 2000 - 2004​
Caddy Superville 2004 - 2008​
Desiree Tillo 1996 - 2001​
Ricky Tillo 1995 - 2000​
Marissa Tran 2002 - 2006
Peter Urbanellis 1999 - 2003​
​Martin Wojtunik 1998 - 2003​
Sinead Zailtach 2005 - 2009​


Susan Adegbesan-Badidi   1999 - 2003

Susan Adegbesan-Badidi was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1999-2003, where she was part of a dance group, prom committee and track team.  She was an Ontario scholar and received the Queen Elizabeth award.
After high school, Susan went on to obtain an Honours Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Toronto. She then went to medical school and moved to Louisiana to do her clinical rotations and residency in family medicine.
She is currently a physician at Breckenridge Medical Center where she is the vice medical director and serves a rural and underserved population.
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As a family physician, she treats a wide range of illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, depression and sees patients from newborns to elderly.  She is most passionate about treating depression since suicide rates are increasing. She has an open door policy and welcomes patients to call her anytime they need someone to talk to.
She is happy to have joined a great practice and is pleased that the small town of Breckenridge, Texas welcomes her with open arms but she will always be a Toronto girl at heart.
Felix Arifin 2005 - 2009

Felix Arifin attended Blessed Cardinal Newman from 2005 until 2009, where he was active in both the Concert and Stage Bands. He remembers always being in the hallways socializing with the Newman community.

 Felix began his musical journey at the tender age of four, but it was not until middle school when he played the theme to DuckTales on piano for his classmates that he realized music was something crucial to his identity. Over the years, he has honed his performance and compositional skills to become the celebrated composer and pianist he is today.
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As a composer, he has a knack for writing catchy, joyful melodies that capture the spirit of any given project. Some of his more notable works include the video game soundtrack to 2019 Webby Award Honoree Super Sloth, the music for the Turbo Pug  video game series and the soundtrack to the short film documentary, Black Experience Project.

He is also noteworthy as a flexible and cordial collaborative pianist, having accompanied for the MacMillan Singers at the University of Toronto, the Mississauga Children's Chorus, and the Ault Singers, among others. Currently he is accompanying church services at St. Pius X Parish.

Felix Arifin is currently based in Toronto, Ontario.
Like to hear some of Felix's compositions - go to this link at Sound Cloud.


Victoria Altomare was a student at Blessed Cardinal Newman from 2005 to 2009.  She was the valedictorian at her graduation ceremony. During the past two years, Toronto native Victoria Altomare has emerged as one of the bright new lights on the beach volleyball scene, with a cluster of glowing achievements. These include gold medals in two National Championships, a first ever gold for a Canadian in the 18-under American National Championships, and an unprecedented silver medal with her partner Melissa Humana-Paredes at the 2011 FIVB Under 21 World Beach Volleyball Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia (the first Canadian women ever to stand on the podium at a FIVB event), as well as a curio’s store of sportsmanship and outstanding athlete awards.
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This past April, Victoria and Melissa Humana-Paredes mounted the podium again at the 2012 Ontario Sports Awards (Ontario Place), where they picked up the prestigious “Team of The Year” honours.

Although Victoria did not at this summer’s London Olympic Games, she hopes to represent Canada on the sand courts at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And while it maybe premature to earmark her as a Canadian medal hopeful for a future Olympics, judging from her meteoric rise in the world volleyball ranks, and her ongoing passion and commitment to the sport, one gets the feeling that if all goes as planned she’ll be in the medal mix.
Victoria, who trains full-time at the national training center in Toronto, is refreshingly humble and clear-eyed about her achievements and her future. She admits that without the emotional and financial support of her parents, she couldn’t have pursued the sport. It follows that when asked to name her role models she quickly mentions her father, contractor Luigi Altomare, whose family hails from Cosenza, and her mother Cheridan, an Australian native. “They’ve worked so hard to give me this opportunity _and it’s slowly paying off. But let’s face it _ beach volleyball is kind of an elitist sport. I wouldn’t have gotten this far if they weren’t there every step of the way.”

 A late bloomer as an athlete, Victoria describes a radical growth spurt in grade seven that gave her a distinct advantage over her peers in volleyball. After mastering the indoor game, she turned to the beach variation during summer holidays to keep her skills sharp, and liked the game’s freedom from politics and combustible team tensions. “It’s just you and your partner,” she concludes. “You can’t run, can’t hide. So you have to be motivated.”
Of course, she relishes performing for ardent crowds and traveling the world. At her first world championship in Turkey, she recalls “receiving not so much a culture shock as feeling awed by the pure spectacle.” But even with all her medals and a strong debut on the pro circuit, she’s realistic about a career in beach volleyball. “Except for the top 10 players, most volleyball pros live paycheck to paycheck. It’s not an easy life.”

Mary Anne was a student at Cardinal Newman from 2000 to 2004. She was in the Extended French program and also played several sports as a Newman Knight. Mary Anne was named athlete of the year four times for her participation with the cross-country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, track and field, field hockey, and boys soft ball teams. 
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Mary Anne attended the University of Toronto and completed her undergraduate degree in English while competing with the Varsity Women's Soccer Team. She then ventured to Brisbane, Australia where she completed her Master's in Speech Pathology Studies at the University of Queensland.
Mary Anne has since returned from down under and has been working at Sunnybrook Health Science's Centre on the acute care stroke unit for the past three years. There she specializes in the identification, assessment, and treatment of swallowing and communication disorders after stroke. Mary Anne has also expanded her practice within the University Health Network as a speech language pathologist working in the acute care setting. 

Abigail Bernandez   2003 - 2007

Abigail Bernardez was a student at Cardinal Newman from 2003 to 2007, where she was an integral part of the cheerleading team and involved in the Athletic Assocation and Student Council.  She was a member of the Extended French programm, as well.
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She is currently an Occupational Therapist at the William Osler Health System, where she has worked since September 2014.  As an occupational therapist, Abigail assesses acute care clients in order to create appropriate treatments plans and prepare patients for safe discharge home or in their new facility.  She educates clients on the activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing and safe transfers to promote independence.  Her job involves liaison with her interprofessional team to provide continuity of care and an advanced level of communication. 

Abigail had the wonderful opportunity to do a two-month placement in Singapore in 2014 at the Hand in Hand Occupational Therapy , where she worked with children from age 2 to 12.  There she conducted treatment sessions with children and parents using various equipment in the context of sensory integration practices to educate parents in supporting their child’s sensory needs. 

In 2007, Abigail was chosen Miss Teen Toronto, where she won the Miss Congeniality award and had the chance to meet fellow Canadian Tonya Lee Williams.  She has appeared in the feature film “Charlie Bartlett” as well as the series “The Best Years”.

Eric Carteciano   2002 - 2006

Eric Carteciano was a student at Cardinal Newman from 2002 to 2006.  While at Newman he played on the hockey team and was captain in Grade 10.  Eric attended the University of Toronto where he studied Biology and Psychology.  He then pursued a teaching degree at Western, but his career was to take a different turn.  Eric had been working for 6 years at Mill Street Brewery to help with school expenses. Since the age of 17 he has handled many positions in brewing, from forklift driver all the way to Assistant Brewmaster and now Brewmaster in Edmonton.  
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Eric discusses his passion and his achievements in this YouTube video.

Ewa Cerda-Llanos   1997 - 2002 

Ewa Cerda-Llanos was a student at Blessed Cardinal Newman from 1997 to 2002.  She is currently the Manager of Community-University Initiatives at the East Scarborough Storefront, a community development organization that works closely with the University of Toronto Scarborough. The East Scarborough Storefront is located in the Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park community.
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She was a Community Resource Specialist with the same organization from 2010.  This storefront was established to provide leadership and support for initiatives developed in partnership with Universities, with a focus on building a strong partnership between the Kingston Galloway/Orton Park Community (KGO) and University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC).

Ewa’s work includes exploring and structuring new and innovative ideas, brokering and facilitating relationships between and among University faculty, students, residents, local agencies and other supporters and developing of systems, and structures to allow these initiatives to flourish.
In a recent Globe and Mail article, Ewa said that the university has been open to learning from the neighbourhood. “We try to minimize the power dynamics that are present just because of the size of the institution. We work on making residents in this community equal players in these initiatives.”

Lequanne Collins-Bacchus   2005 - 2009 

Lequanne attended Blessed Cardinal Newman from 2005 to 2009.  She was involved with the Treehuggers, in Concert Band, the Law Team, Day of Service and the National Society of Black Engineers. 
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An intellectual peripatetic, Collins-Bacchus has studied at Carleton University philosophically and has worked in various capacities from researching machine learning at OCAD University to copy-editing for online publications to participating in a Google hackathon for equality. Founder of Ryerson-incubated technology consultancy, PAERE, she has developed community-based approaches to technology engagement through makerspace programs, building a Chrome extension, and a public augmented reality gallery to be exhibited in summer 2018.  A digital inclusion advocate, she has spoken and presented her work in Toronto and London, UK at Mars Discovery District, Mozilla Festival, Toronto Offsite Design Festival, Make Change at the Design Exchange, the United Nations, Tineye, Toronto Public Library and upcoming in 2018,  Nuit Blanche Scarborough. A top-4 shortlisted inaugural 2017 Code for Canada Fellow, Lequanne is fascinated by the intersection of community engagement, digital media, and e-service.
In 2018, Lequanne will be honing her passion for technology governance and digital transformation in her Masters of the same name at Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia, the only country with a digital government. Just 26, she aims to continue growing in the field of innovation and e-governance while re-imagining how the public engages with technology.

Joella Crichton   2003 - 2005

Joella Crichton is a Toronto native. She attended Cardinal Newman from 2003 to 2005. She was involved in cheerleading and in her graduating year her team won the national championship. Joella is a graduate of York University’s Acting Conservatory. She is passionate about her Caribbean heritage and is the reigning Queen of Carnival here in Toronto, a title that she has won nine times times. Some of her recent credits include, a lead role in a web series, iLove (In these Streets); Burning Rubber (Callowgrove Ent); Noogie, or, I love you (Ryerson); Cherry (45 West Films); Exegesis (Ryerson); The Housekeeper (Canadian Film Centre); Luuvie (A Squared) and a guest star role on Degrassi. Joella graduated from the 2014-2015 inaugural acting program at Factory Theatre called The Mechanicals.
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This summer she performed at the Toronto Fringe, in a devised piece called Nasty with Maelstrom Collective and as Lysander in A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream with Shakespeare in the Ruff. In the fall she has the wonderful opportunity to play Regan in King Lear, with The Ad Hoc Collective directed by Ash Knight and will dive into a new play this winter with HERstory Counts.

Bechdel Bill was co-founded by Imogen Grace and Joella Crichton. These two Canadian filmmakers ask film professionals, producers and filmmakers to pledge that 80 per cent of their films will pass the Bechdel Test, (or rather, feature at least two named women who speak to each other about something other than men).
During the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival over 80 people joined together at the Spoke Club to celebrate the launch of the Bechdel Bill with a panel discussion including film leaders like Mackenzie Donaldson (Orphan Black), Hannah Cheesman (Whatever, Linda), Dan Bekerman (Scythia Films), Katie Boland, Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik and more. The Bill spurs creators to ask themselves, ‘What could I do so that I could make films with more women in conversation, see more women with their own narrative arc, and more women with agency?’ This coming year The Bechdel Bill promises to continue working at transforming the film industry with panel discussions and workshops. They have been featured in such publications as the Globe and Mail, The Mary Sue, and Wired Germany.

Ashley Da Silva   2005 - 2009

Ashley Da Silva was a student at Cardinal Newman from 2005 - 2009. She was enrolled in the Extended French Program and was the Cardinal Newman Ice hockey team scorekeeper throughout all four years of high school.
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Ashley Da Silva is a dancer, performing artist, dance educator and magician based out of Toronto, Ontario. Having trained in classical ballet, jazz and rhythmic gymnastics from a young age, dance and performance art has always been a part of Ashley’s life.
In 2011, Ashley teamed up with her partner Neil Croswell. As a magic duo they would go on to complete tours of Asia, Africa, North America and Europe, as well as to appear on television and cruise ships worldwide.
Notable Television appearances include “La Grande Magia - the Illusionist” filmed in Rome, Italy, “Penn & Teller - Fool Us” filmed in Las Vegas and “Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde”, the largest variety television show in the world, filmed in Paris, France.
While not on an out-of-town assignment, Ashley teaches ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and rhythmic dance to students of all ages.
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 Brandon Diggs   2004 - 2008

Brandon attended Cardinal Newman from 2004 to 2008, where he played rugby for two years and was very active in the weight room.  In Grade 12 he did a co-op placement at Bally Total Fitness which led to a job opportunity in personal training immediately after high school.
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Brandon is currently a coach at Fusion Fitlife. Being a natural athlete from a young age, his interests have always gravitated towards sports and competition.  Pursuing these interests led him to competitive amateur boxing and into the world of personal training. While boxing he picked up a wealth of knowledge crucial to his success in and out of the ring. He found himself in an extremely competitive atmosphere where he was constantly being tested and confronted with fears and doubts.  Learning how to overcome these obstacles and thrive in this environment gave him a deep sense of accomplishment and an even greater desire to share that knowledge with those who could benefit.
His training style is intense and relentless most of the time but patient when needed.  His training philosophy can be summed up in one phrase- “by any means necessary”.
To follow Brandon’s work, check out his Instagram page @digdeepwithdiggz.

Ashley Docking   2001 - 2005

Ashley Docking attended Blessed Cardinal Newman from 2001 to 2005. She played basketball and soccer while in high school. After Newman Ashley attended Seneca College from 2005 to 2009 for business and marketing. She then studied at the College of Sports Media from 2012 to 2014.  Ashley Docking  2001 to 2005.JPG

Ashley began her career as a community reporter, writer and producer with the Edmonton Oilers before taking on the role of sideline reporter for NBA TV Canada in 2015 and digital correspondent for the NBA Summer League in 2016. From there, she became the sports anchor for CHCH in Hamilton and went on to act as reporter, host and producer with the National Lacrosse League. A former college basketball and soccer athlete, Docking is also a member of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s (OCAA) Hall of Fame.

In February 2019 Ashley joined The Fan 590’s morning show as a co-host. “I couldn’t be happier to be joining Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup,” said Docking. “I’m particularly proud to be joining the country’s top sports talk radio station and I look forward to bringing a unique perspective to our audience. Greg and Hugh are both tremendous broadcasters and we’re all excited to get started and deliver a fun and fresh show to Toronto’s morning listeners.”

Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup with Brady, Docking and Burrill can be heard from 5:30-9 a.m. ET on Sportsnet 590 The FAN in Toronto. Ashley has considerable material on You Tube - you may wish to start with her advice on How to Get a Job on TV

You can follow Ashley on Instagram at @whatsupdOck. 

Donald D'Souza   1997 - 2001

Donald D’Souza attended Cardinal Newman from 1997 until 2001.  He was a student in the Extended French programme and a dedicated member of Reach for the Top. Don is now a senior analyst and project manager with the Pembina Institute’s Corporate Engagement and Consulting group, focusing on assisting energy companies with environmental improvements and sustainability initiatives.
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His previous experience as an engineering consultant included work with a wide variety of regulatory-based projects for the oil and gas and mining sectors, specializing in emissions inventory development, air dispersion modelling and ambient air quality monitoring. Don has also spent two years working in West Africa on sustainable agriculture issues with national and international development agencies.
He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical-Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto, and is a registered professional engineer in Alberta.

Mike Duco   2002 - 2004

 Mike Duco was a student at Cardinal Newman from 2002 until 2004, when he left to join the OHL hockey team the Kitchener Rangers.

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Following his stint in Kitchener, Mike played in the American Hockey League with the Rochester Americans.  He was then called up by the Florida Panthers of the NHL and made his debut in 2009 against the Colorado Avalanche. 

For the next three years Mike played for the Panthers and the Vancouver Canucks.  Later on he had stints in Austria, England as well as for the ECHL.

Mike is currently the interim head coach for the Elmira Jackals in the ECHL.

Jennifer Effendi   1999 - 2003

Jennifer Effendi attended Cardinal Newman from 1999 until 2003 where she was very involved in Chaplaincy, sports, One Community and Extended French.  Dr. Effendi did her undergraduate degree in Ontario and subsequently graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2012.
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Although an Ontario girl at heart, after graduation Jennifer she moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland.  She is employed as a vet at Paradise Animal Hospital in Paradise, Newfoundland. Dr. Effendi enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and has a special interest in surgery, pain management and preventative care (particularly nutrition, dermatology and client education).
During her veterinary education, she worked at veterinary clinics in both Toronto and Calgary. She also volunteered with “Global Vets” in East Africa working with both domestic and wild animals.
Dr. Effendi enjoys exploring all that St. John’s and Newfoundland has to offer. She is so grateful to have found such a great practice to welcome her to Newfoundland.


Haydee Fernando   1999 - 2003   

Haydee Fernando attended Cardinal Newman from 1999 until 2003. 
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She participated in various sports, One Community, and was a student of Extended French.
Haydee attended Ryerson University where she obtained her Bachelor of Commerce in 2007, majoring in Accounting and minoring in Law.  She first became a Certified Management Accountant and then a Chartered Professional Accountant at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.
Haydee has held various positions at Transport Canada for the past ten years.  She currently works as a Financial Analyst for this organization.


Jonathan Fetros   1996 - 2000 

Jonathan Fetros attended Cardinal Newman from 1996 until 2000, where he was very involved in One Community, many sports teams and Reach for the Top.  He graduated with a degree in Nursing as well as holding a Master’s of Nursing with a focus on Nursing Leadership from the University of Toronto.  He is passionate about health systems leadership, quality improvement, and chronic disease management.  He currently works at St. Michael’s Hospital as the Clinical Leader/Manager of the Diabetes Services and Renal Transplant Program. 
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Jonathan has also held several leadership positions in other hospitals including Toronto East General Hospital and CAMH, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.  He is also an Adjunct Lecturer of Nursing at the University of Toronto.   Jonathan was the recipient of the Values in Action Award for Social Responsibility awarded by St. Michael’s Hospital in 2011.
When speaking to students, Jonathan recommends that they get the education that meets their aspirations, and asserts that lateral moves within an organization can be as satisfying as moving up the ladder depending on the individual.  Fetros applies conflict management skills while enhancing interprofessional collaboration

Cari Flammia   1997 - 2001  

Cari Flammia attended Blessed Cardinal Newman from 1997-2001, where she participated in stage band, choir and the art shows. She has been chosen as one of the 150 Neighbours, a recognition program led by the University of Toronto Scarborough to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial. Cari credits her 24 years as a Scarborough resident to her passion for helping others.
Growing up, she was always volunteering with different youth and family initiatives throughout Scarborough. “Humanitarian work has been a real passion of mine for as long as I can remember,” she says and is so thankful to live in Scarborough where she is able to put this passion into action.
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Last year Cari founded The Beatitudes Movement, an organization dedicated to humanitarian efforts. The Beatitudes Movement has collected toiletries for Toronto’s women’s shelters, undergarments for Free The Girls: Fight Human Trafficking, which helps women rescued from sex trafficking, and fundraised for Indigenous centres in Toronto as a response to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe protest. This year the Beatitudes Movement is creating Blessing Bags to distribute at homeless shelters.
Cari is grateful to be part of the caring community that is Scarborough and says this is what makes her work possible. “Scarborough has shaped me to be the person I am. I’ve been able to thrive to make a positive difference in my community and beyond.”
“Scarborough has developed so much and this community keeps moving in a positive direction. My contribution is to continue the work I’m doing and try to inspire others and plant positive seeds.”

Joyce Fu    2004 - 2008

Joyce Fu was a student at Cardinal Newman from 2004 to 2008. She was part of various extracurriculars including Concert band (04-06), Dragonboat Team (06-08), Destination Imagination (07-08). She was also part of One Community where she contributed in the Hawaiian Dance (07-08).
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Joyce is currently a 4th year intern at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic Centre and has been an active member of VYbE Dance Company since 2010. It started as a hobby for Joyce, but through years of training in dance, she came to realize that she could develop her passion into a vocation. With a B.Sc from the University of Toronto, she got the opportunity to work abroad in Macau, China as a performing artist with Galaxy Entertainment. Since returning to Toronto, she has been training in the hip hop scene to perfect her craft and has worked alongside Footnotes Elite (directed by Andrew "Pyro" Chung and Mariano "Glizzi" Abarco), The Girl's Club (directed by Tamina Pollack-Paris), The Cast: Heels and The Cast: Apprentice (directed by Angela Mahoney), and VYbE'sprofessional team, VYbE FAM (directed by Jasmin Yeung).
Joyce has also trained in Movement Lifestyle’sworkshop (LA: theTOUR 2013) learning form choreographers including Kyle Hanagami, Parris Goebel, Vinh Nguyen and has trained at Millennium Dance Complex (Los Angeles) and Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio (Los Angeles). She competed in Beatdown 2013(2nd runner up) & 2014 (1st runner up) and won the title of “Sunshine Girl” in Sunshine Generation 2012.When she is not in school, she teaches weekly open classes at VYbE Dance Company and various workshops across the city. Upon graduation, Joyce is excited to introduce chiropractic into her dance community and to help dancers to do what they love!

Jacqueline Goordial  1999 - 2004

Dr. Jacqueline Goordial attended Cardinal Newman from 1999 until 2004. She was part of the last OAC cohort and involved in biology-oriented activities. Jackie attended the University of Toronto for her undergraduate degree in cell and molecular biology as well as for her Master’s in Molecular Ecology. She obtained a Ph.D in Environmental Microbiology in 2015 from McGill University. Jackie Goordial 1999 to 2004.JPG

Jackie has recently finished up a three year postdoctoral research fellowship at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Maine, where she examined questions of microbial activity in deep marine oceanic crusts.  Her upcoming postdoctoral research fellowship will be at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in New York.

Jackie described her research interests and methods on her website by saying “I am an environmental microbiologist, investigating how active, dormant and DNA from dead microorganisms interact to maintain diversity and mediate biogeochemical cycling in the environment, linking microscale processes to global scale biogeochemical cycling.

I seek to understand the abiotic controls on microbial activity, growth, dormancy and death and how these physiological cell states relate to diversity, evolution and biogeochemical cycling in the environment. The environments I focus on are microbial dominated, such as the rock hosted life within oceanic crust, Arctic and Antarctic cryptoendoliths ("hidden within rock"), as well as in permafrost and nutrient poor deep marine sediments.  

To carry out my research, I employ a combination of genomic sequencing with culturing, microbial metabolic activity and viability measurements both in situ and in the laboratory. While less than 1% of known microorganisms can be cultivated in the lab and are known to us solely through molecular analyses, this approach results in a more holistic understanding of environmental microbiology than genomic analyses alone. “

For more details, please visit her website at

Stephanie Hill   2000 - 2003  

Stephanie Hill attended Cardinal Newman from 2000 to 2003, where she was involved in many activities, including social justice issues, demonstrating strong but quiet leadership. Stephanie graduated with a BASc in Nutrition and Food from Ryerson University in 2009. She received her Masters of Health Management from McMaster in 2016.
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Stephanie was honoured in October 2017 by McMaster's School of Rebilitation Studies as one of four recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award.  She has practiced as a Registered Dietitian for the past seven years at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care where she has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to her profession and the advancement of dietetics in the field of mental health. As examples, she advocated for inclusion of dietitians on clinical patient meetings. She made dietetic practice more visible by creating a designated place to find nutrition related patient information on patient charts. She co-led the creation of the HEALING Group for the promotion of the physical health of patients. 
Stephanie has also made a strong contribution to clinical practice through her scholarly activities and is the principal investigator on two practiced-based research projects: a program evaluation of an outpatient treatment program for Metabolic Syndrome and a comparison of the effectiveness of intensive dietitian services on a mental health population versus outcomes to a group receiving the standard of care.

Adam Hincks   1996 - 2000
 Adam Hincks attended Cardinal Newman from 1996 to 2000 where he was involved in the band, robotics and Reach for the Top. He went on to study at the University of Toronto and  Princeton University where he obtained a PhD in 2009. He then achieved a diploma in philosophical studies in Toronto and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia.  He entered the Society of Jesus in 2009 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2019.  He also studied theology in Rome at the Gregoriana and is currently working on his Masters in Theology at Regis College.
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Adam is also an astrophysicist specializing in physical cosmology. His work is mainly focused on developing the hardware and software for instruments that make cosmological observations. Much of his scientific energy is currently devoted to the new facility, the Simons Observatory in Chile.

Another great interest of Adam’s is contributing to the intellectual conversation between physical science, philosophy and theology and how they can be mutually informative.


 Angelito Junior Huang   1995 - 2000

Angelito Junior Huang was a student at Blessed Cardinal Newman from 1995-2000.  He was the recipient of the Anthony Labriola Award for Excellence in the Arts for his graduating class in 2000 for his commitment and dedication to the arts as a student at Newman.  He was involved in the school’s theatre productions throughout his high school years, as an actor, singer, set designer and painter, programme designer, and costume hand.  He was also very much involved in the school stage band, newspaper, choir, Peace Garden, and photography club.  He exhibited art works in the school’s Annual Arts Festival and performed in numerous Talent Shows.  His theatrical foundations at Newman came to fruition and full circle when he directed his second year architecture class in the production of Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children” in the summer of 2002 at the University of Waterloo.  Also, as an honour and privilege to give back to Newman for setting the foundations of Angelito’s design career, he volunteered to design the stage set for the school’s musical production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” in 2011.
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Angelito graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Architectural Studies (2005) and a Masters of Architecture (2013) from the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture, Cambridge, Ontario.  Throughout his architectural education and career he has worked at various offices in New York, London, and Toronto on various scales of projects, from university masterplans, to high-end residential and commercial buildings, to museum and cinema designs, and to smaller galleries and private residences.  His masters thesis was titled, “On Resurfacing: A Case for a Cultural Renaissance,” which investigated the role contemporary art and architecture play in the making of culture and identity in contemporary Manila, Philippines. 

The investigation led to the proposal and design of a new cultural centre in the heart of the city of Manila, the Centre for Contemporary Arts.  This thesis proposal was presented at the Arts in Society conference in Liverpool, England in 2012 and is soon to be published in Espasyo, an architectural journal in the Philippines.  His architectural interest lies in the collaboration of arts and architecture in the making of place, strengthening of identity, and enrichment of culture.

He currently makes his home in New York City where he works as an Intern Architect in a small architectural firm and in the process of licensure.  He has also grown to be an avid traveler, and food, arts and culture enthusiast.

Nicole Katsuras   1995 - 2000

Nicole Katsuras was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1995 until 2000.  She was very involved in the Art programme in high school.  Nicole received a Master of Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London, England and has an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.  She was a winner of the Mary Coyne Rowell Jackman Post Graduate Award.

Her work can be found in various corporate collections, including McCarthy Tetrault, Canaccord, Encana, RBC Capital Investments, Luciano Benetton, Holt Renfrew and the Mirvish Collection. Nicole has also designed an exclusive line of luxury hand-tuffed silk and wool rugs for Stark Carpet in New York City.  She has an upcoming solo exhibition in 2020 at the University of Arkansas.

Nicole has been represented by the Moore Gallery in Toronto.

Visit Nicole's website to find out more about her work.

Miles Kenyon  1999 - 2003

Miles attended Cardinal Newman from 1999 - 2003, during which time he was actively involved in theatre, student politics and social justice issues. He went on to study at the University of Toronto, receiving his HBA with distinction in linguistics. He then moved to Dawson City, Yukon and passed several years there by working for the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation, volunteering for the annual music festival, learning to awkwardly chop wood and finding out exactly what -50 feels like (it’s cold– very cold). He then returned to school and attended the University of King's College in Halifax where he obtained his Bachelors of Journalism. 

He is currently a communications specialist at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab, a research group that tackles issues at the intersection of technology and human rights. He is also a freelance journalist and his work on Indigenous issues, LGBTQ2+ politics and human rights has been featured by CBC, the Toronto Star, TVO, Huffington Post and NOW Magazine.

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He is also an active volunteer, helping to rehabilitate baby squirrels at the Toronto Wildlife Centre and advocating for progressive politics with the Ontario Green Party.


Evelyn Kostanska  1996 – 2000
Evelyn Kostanska was a student at Cardinal Newman High School from 1996-2000, where she was involved in Reach for the Top, the Young Author’s club, NYSAC, badminton and the peer counselling program.  

She attended York University, where she won the York Faculty of Arts Scholarship in 2003.  This is awarded to five students in the Faculty of Arts who have the highest cumulative academic average. In any given calendar year, the number of students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts is approximately 25,000. In 2005 she won the Governor General’s Silver Medal, which is awarded to students graduating from a Bachelor degree program who have shown the highest distinction in scholarship across Canadian universities. The award is considered Canada’s most prestigious at the undergraduate level. 

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After finishing her degree at York, she went to Osgoode Hall Law School. She was the recipient of the prestigious Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP Award for two years in a row and then was named as a Dean’s Fellow at Osgoode in June 2007.   Evelyn practiced commercial real estate with Blake, Cassels and Graydon for nearly three years and then practiced for a year in litigation, e-discovery and document management counsel at Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt. 


Immanuel Lanzaderas   1997 - 2001
Immanuel Lanzaderas was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1997 to 2001.  At Newman he was involved in Reach for the Top and played on the tennis team.  He was called to the bar in 2009. He is a graduate of Queen's Faculty of Law, where he was involved in the Society of Asians in Law, the Equity Committee, and helped to organize the Paths Less Travelled conference for non-traditional legal careers.  Immanuel did his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in French Literature and Political Science. 

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Immanuel is currently a bilingual criminal lawyer for Legal Aid Ontario. He  works at various courthouses and locations around the city, providing support to the duty counsel program. Before moving to the public sector, Immanuel worked at a union-side labour and employment firm in downtown Toronto. He is a founding member of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, and served on their board of directors for five years. He joined the Board of Reel Asian in order to continue to support the arts and diversity. In his spare time, Immanuel plays as much tennis as he can. He is a fan of Fifth Generation Chinese Cinema. He has been involved with FACL since the first Fall Conference, and has helped to organize every subsequent conference .He also assists with the Scholarship Committee. For two years, he practiced labour and human rights law with a Toronto-based boutique firm. He now practices as duty counsel for Legal Aid Ontario.
Throughout law school, Immanuel was a caseworker with Queen's Legal Aid, where he represented clients before administrative tribunals and in relation to provincial offences. Immanuel is a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, the Ontario Bar Association, and is on the board of directors for the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, of which he is a founding member.

Ryan O'Callaghan  2000 - 2003
Ryan O'Callaghan, who grew up in Toronto, is the middle child of Andrew and Teresa O'Callaghan. Raised in the small community of Guildwood Village, Ryan attended St. Ursula and was at Cardinal Newman High School from 2000 to 2003. He made his theatrical debut at Newman as the lead role in the high-school production of "Little Shop of Horrors" as Seymour Krelborn. His family supported his decision to attend Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario where he excelled in his passion, Dramatic Arts.

During his studies, Ryan took acting workshops at the Shaw Festival and the Prince Edward Island Acting Conservatory. After graduating Queens University with honours, O'Callaghan sought grad schools in New York City. With recommendations from his friends, colleagues and teachers, he was accepted to the two-year acting intensive program at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.

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After graduating the Playhouse, Ryan landed the lead role and attracted critical attention for his performance as the teenage sociopath, Eric Harris, in the controversial play, "The Columbine Project".

Ryan appeared in his first short film, Beautiful, in 2009. He continued acting in several short films including: Enamour (2010), The Aristofrogs (2010), Inconclusive (2011), Any Day Now (2011), I Love You (2011), The Soul Traveler (2012), True Work (2012), Appetite (2012), Little Kung Fu Dude (2012). During this time, Ryan began to write and produce his own material. After co-writing his first screenplay, Fickle (2013), Ryan developed a new appreciation for film-making. Shortly following Fickle, Ryan co-wrote, co-produced and starred in his second screenplay called, Placebo (2012). Placebo has become an Official Selection at Six Film Festivals: Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF), Soho Intl. Film Festival (SIFF), Garden State Film Festival (GSFF), WorldFest: Houston Intl. Film Festival, Scarborough Film Festival, and the Golden Egg Film Festival . Ryan also co-wrote, starred in and co-produced, Muddy Boots (2013), which had its World Premiere at The Soho International Film Festival.
 Ryan is starring in, '79 Parts (2013), opposite Eric Roberts and Sandra Bernhard. Ryan also stars in the upcoming horror thriller, Digger 3D (2013) opposite Frank Vincent and Vincent Pastore, and the upcoming romantic comedy, Sam (2013). He also co-starred in a new comedy TV Pilot called, Water With Lemon (2013) and starred in the feature film, Jan:1988 (2013). Ryan just had his first Broadway audition for the show The Winsloe Boy.  He continues to work hard and pursue his dream every 

Kathleen O'Reilly  1997 - 2002
Kathleen was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1997 to 2002.  She was in the Extended French programme and played on the girls’ hockey team, was a member of the robotics team and played in the concert band, Kathleen completed her Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto in 2009.
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Prior to that Kathleen attended the University of Western Ontario where she studied Medical Biophysics and graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Sciences. Upon completing her physiotherapy degree, Kathleen worked in private practice in Guelph, Ontario before moving to Halifax in 2011.
Kathleen continues to work in private practice orthopedics and joined the team at the Atlantic Balance and Dizziness Centre in 2012. Her post-graduate education has been in areas of both orthopedics and vestibular rehabilitation. Kathleen recently completed the competency program in vestibular rehabilitation at Emory University.

 Meaghan O'Reilly 1998 - 2003
Meaghan O’Reilly was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1998 until 2003 (OAC) .At Newman she was a member of the Reach for the Top team, the concert and stage bands, a key player on the girl’s hockey team, a student in Extended French and an important member of our robotics team that competed at the Ontario Skills Competition. 
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Meaghan attended Queen’s University where she obtained a BSc in Mechanical Engineering.  After graduation she did her MSc in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oxford in England, where she played on their university ice hockey team.
Meaghan obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Physics from the University of Eastern Finland in 2012 (she did her PHD concurrently with her research work while at Sunnybrook.
Meaghan has been working at the Sunnybrook Research Institute in the Focused Ultrasound Laboratory for 6 years (as a Research Associate for the past 2.5 years).
She is the author and co-author of many publications in her field in various scientific journals, the latest being “A super resolution ultrasound method for brain vascular mapping” which was published in October 2013 in Medical Physics.

 Ryan O’Reilly  2006 – 2007
Ryan O’Reilly attended Cardinal Newman High School from 2006 to 2007 while he was playing hockey for the Junior Canadians. He found his time at Newman a very positive experience, which he spoke about at the June 2018 school Athletic Banquet.
With his work ethic and mental agility combined with clear raw talent it was no surprise that after playing a season with the Toronto Jr. Canadians, Ryan O’Reilly was drafted 1st overall into the Erie Otters in 2007. He was the recipient of the Jack Ferguson award as the first overall selection in the 2007 Ontario Hockey League draft. In Ryan O’Reilly’s rookie year as an Otter, he was voted as the Otter’s Rookie of the Year and the Most Sportsmanlike Player. He also earned a nomination for the Bobby Smith Trophy, which is given to the OHL player who best combines scholastic achievement with excellent play. In his second year with the Erie Otters, Ryan was named the Western Conference Best Penalty Killer.
Ryan O’Reilly was team Captain when Ontario took Gold in the 2008 World U-17 Hockey Challenge. Then at still only seventeen years of age Ryan was asked to join Team Canada in the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Slovakia. He was an important factor in Canada’s win over the Russians to claim Gold for the fourth time in four years, and was named the game MVP in the final game. In the 2009 IIHF World U-18 Championships Ryan O’Reilly was named Captain of the young Canadian Team. In 2012 Ryan once again made the Team Canada roster and played in the IIHF World Championships.
In the 2009 NHL Draft, Ryan O’Reilly went 33rd overall of the 2nd round by the Avs. He impressively is the youngest Avs player ever to make the roster. It is a testament that Ryan’s hard work and discipline are recognized on the ice. One reporter reported that, “Ryan O’Reilly plays tough defensively and is an extremely smart player” They went on to say, “The Avs obtained bottled lightning getting O’Reilly”. His fans heartily agree and could not wait to see Ryan back out on the ice. He loves Colorado and the fans of the Avalanche. He calls them “amazing” and “beautiful”.
Ryan now plays for the Buffalo Sabres.
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In the 2009 NHL Draft, Ryan O’Reilly went 33rd overall of the 2nd round by the Avs. He impressively is the youngest Avs player ever to make the roster. It is a testament that Ryan’s hard work and discipline are recognized on the ice. One reporter reported that, “Ryan O’Reilly plays tough defensively and is an extremely smart player” They went on to say, “The Avs obtained bottled lightning getting O’Reilly”. His fans heartily agree and could not wait to see Ryan back out on the ice. He loves Colorado and the fans of the Avalanche. He calls them “amazing” and “beautiful”.
Ryan now plays for the Buffalo Sabres.
Ryan is also involved in charity work. He actively supports Big Brothers and Sisters, and the Can fund, which is a Canadian charity that is devoted to raising funds and awareness for Canadian athletes. And as an example of his love for Colorado and his fans, Ryan also supports Foster Sports, an organization that attempts to improve the lives of displaced children in Colorado through athletics.

Michal Prywata   2004 - 2008
Michal Prywata (above right) was a student at Cardinal Newman from 2004 until 2008, where he studied Extended French and participated in our One Community celebrations with his Polish dance troupe.  He is the co-founder of a start-up company, Bionik Labs, with his friend Thiago Caires.  
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Both Michal and Thiago are working on Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering degrees at Ryerson University.  On a recent visit to Newman, Michal told Mrs. O'Sullivan "that it was largely because of taking physics with Mr. Potts that he was inspired to study engineering". 
Teamed up as students, Michal & Thiago won accolades and cash prizes for various inventions, which led them to start their company in 2009. Bionik Laboratories  was created to reinvent the standards of biomechatronics using creativity and uniquely advanced healthcare solutions for persons with restricted physical mobility.
Michal and Thiago won the Ontario Engineering Competition, placed second in the Canada Engineering Competition and in the top ten of the Innovation Showcase. 
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The company has grown quickly since their first product, which was an artificial arm controlled by human thought patterns. Media and industry response to the duo’s artificial arm only sparked further innovation leading to Bionik Laboratories’ first market ready product, the much-anticipated Exolegs™. The vision, technology and drive to develop the most advanced and powerful technology is evident in the rapid progress of the Exolegs™ and will continue to be the guiding factor propelling Bionik Laboratories to the forefront of biomedical innovation.
Bionik Labs develops a variety of medical technologies. Michal  and his business partner identify gaps in existing technologies and fill them with original, innovative solutions. Their prize-winning mechanical arm is one such invention: It uses a radical new way to move mechanical parts that Michal and Thiago have named “air muscle”. A traditional prosthetic (replacement) arm is controlled remotely by muscle of nerve signals that the patient must learn to exert physically. Michal and Thiago’s air muscle arm is the first to be controlled by a device worn on the head that monitors brain activity and translates one’s thoughts into arm movements.
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Next, they plan to develop a solution for total lung replacement, which could save hundreds of thousands of lives every year. Working in a start-up company is energy and time consuming, but rewarding. “Even if you work 16 hours a day you’re still having a good time,” Thiago says. That’s in part because Bionik Laboratories is located at Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ), a thriving community of young tech entrepreneurs who often help each other on projects. Michal and Thiago often go on the road to demonstrate their products at industry events and medical innovation contests. They’ve even been featured on The Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet!  Michal says, “If you have a crazy idea, just start with the basics and work on it. That’s what we did, and we eventually replaced an entire surgery with something we started from scratch” .

Jessica Quaile  1999 - 2004
Jessica Quaile attended Cardinal Newman from 1999 until 2003.  She is a graduate of the Extended French Programme.  Jessica has been proud to use her french all throughout her career and recently spoke to students at University of Toronto Scarborough about the role french has played in her life.
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She is currently a Program Advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services where she is responsible for enforcing provincial legislation and regulation in residential, respite and foster agencies across Southwest Ontario. Prior to that, she was a Bilingual Program Advisor for the Ministry of Education, where she was responsible for implementing new standards for child development into Ontario's curriculum. As well, Jessica has been an Executive Director for multiple GTA based child day care centres. In these roles, she worked as the senior leader overseeing the operations, budget and strategy while reporting to the Board, and ultimately accountable to parents and children for exceptional and consistent care. Finally, Jessica also spent several years as a Public Relations Consultant executing bilingual event management and PR & Communications activities and projects. Jessica has her BA in Sociology from York University along with an Honors Dipoma in Early Childhood Education (ECE) from Seneca College. She has earned several certificates in continuing education including leadership development.
Jessica has been invited to and participated in several panels as a guest speaker, talking to students on the key to success. She has also donated her time as a mentor.
In her spare time, Jessica is a competitive synchronized swimmer who competed in FINA Master  Worlds in Budapest in 2018. She is a volleyball enthusiast and has recently taking up cycling.

 Tim Rose    2000 - 2004
Tim Rose was a student at Blessed Cardinal Newman from 2001 until 2004. Tim was born with cerebral palsy spastic quadriplegia, and says he has been lucky enough to have lived his entire life with a physical disability. He graduated with a High Honours Degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, followed by a Masters of Law in Human Rights from the University of Nottingham in the UK.  He is a long time advocate for disability issues, and he has a wide range of experience fighting for the elimination of barriers.  He believes that everyone has a right   to live in a barrier-free country, and he says that he will not stop working until that goal is achieved. 
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In 2005, Tim and his mother Elizabeth jointly received the United Nations Online Volunteering Award. They successfully researched and identified donors of sports equipment, such as children’s soccer shoes, shorts and shirts, soccer balls, tennis rackets, basketballs etc. to be used by Zambian street children. Their host  organization, the Childcare and Adoption Society Zambia, runs two transit homes for homeless children, many of them orphans due to HIV/AIDS, and endeavours to re-integrate them into families.
Tim is the Co-Founder of the Rose Centre for Young Adults with Disabilities. The Rose Centre For Young Adults With Disabilities was created by Tim and his fiancee Natalie Sanborn. They have encountered many barriers as young people navigating the world with a disability, including stigma, accessibility issues and questions about dating. They know that they are not the only people who face these types of struggles and so the Rose Centre
for Young Adults with Disabilities was born.
Their goal is to create an organization that supports and empowers all young people with disabilities to have everything they want from life, and that includes love and sex. They know that they are new at this but are hoping to learn they go and share in their journey with everyone. 

Maria Sagan   1999 - 2003
Maria Sagan was a student at Blessed Cardinal Newman from 1999 - 2003. She is a lawyer in Toronto at the law firm of McMillan, where she is an associate in the Financial Services group. Her practice focuses on all aspects   of commercial financing and asset acquisition transactions. She is developing expertise in asset-based lending, derivative and structured transactions, securitization, syndicated lending, and project financing.  
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Maria is fluent in Polish and holds an Elementary I and II French Language Certificate from the Centre Linguistique de Jonquiere and an Elementary I Spanish Language Certificate from the Barlovento School of Spanish. Prior to law school Maria graduated summa cum laude from York University with a degree in
Psychology. She joined McMillan as a summer student in 2009 and completed her articles with McMillan in 2011.
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Sara Saljoughi   1995 - 2000
 Sara Saljoughi was at Newman from 1995-2000. She was very active in the drama club and was in the school play every year she was at Newman. She was also active in the Stage Band, the Outer's Club, Photography with Mr. McBride, and Art with Ms. Root.
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Sara is completing her PhD in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation is titled "Burning Visions: The Iranian New Wave and the Politics of the Image, 1962-1979." The dissertation explores experimental and art cinema in Iran. Her previous degrees include an Honours BA from the University of Toronto, and two Masters degrees from Ryerson University. She has received a number of awards and honors, including a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship and a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Sara's broader research interests are cinema and media studies, Marxism, postcolonial studies, and immigration and diaspora studies. She has articles published and forthcoming in Camera Obscura, Iranian Studies, Film International, Jadaliyya, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women, The Blackwell Enyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, Discourse, Film Criticism, and others.
Beginning in the academic year 2015 - 2016, she will be Assistant Professor of English and Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto.

Melissa Seco  1997 - 2002
Melissa Seco attended Cardinal Newman from 1997 to 2002, where she was on the Honour Roll.  
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She holds a BA, BEd and MEd as well as diplomas in Math and Early Childhood Education.  She is both a Math and Reading Specialist and has expertise in early years Mathematics,as well as, in inquiry-based learning.  Melissa has been both a teacher with the TDSB
and an AQ instructor at OISE. She has also been an instructional leader in Early Years [K-2] and Mathematics with the TDSB during the last ten years.
Melissa has made presentations at many conferences throughout Ontario and has taught at both the primary and junior levels.  In 2012 Melissa won the TDSB Teacher’s Excellence Award.   

Here is the link  to find out more about Melissa’s award.

Shawn Setyo   2004 - 2007
Shawn attended Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School from 2004-2007. While enrolled at the school, Shawn was an active and engaging member of the student body. He ultimately found his place on the track & field team, where he was a member throughout his time at Newman. Some of his fondest memories of high school occurred on the back field, where he practiced with the other track athletes. To this day, his closest friends remain the ones he made on that very field. 

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After graduating from Newman, Shawn went on to attend the University of Saskatchewan. He continued to be an active track & field athlete, however, he did find other avenues of interest, one being The Campus Greens Club. The club was a place where students concerned with global warming could meet and discuss how one could reduce their carbon footprint. This club eventually led Shawn to the Saskatchewan Green Party. He volunteered for the party on a number of campaign and eventually ended up running as a candidate in the Saskatchewan provincial election. Throughout his time at the university, Shawn worked closely with the Provincial and Federal Green parties. 

Today, Shawn is now the newly elected leader of the Saskatchewan Green Party. He hopes to push the ideals of sustainable development and social justice throughout the province of Saskatchewan.
Shawn may live in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but he will never forget his upbringing in Scarborough, or his time at Newman. 

Ryan Sullivan   2000 - 2004
Ryan Sullivan attended Cardinal Newman from 2000-2004 and helped to start the CNHS Ski Team. He enjoyed playing the church organ, doing some school announcements and running the Irish booth for One Community.  He maintains that it was at Newman he acquired the nickname "Fly Boy".  

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Graduating in 2004, he went to Sault Ste Marie College to become a pilot but before he could finish the second semester due to his weakness in advanced mathematics he failed out. He always knew his struggle with math would be a problem but leaving his dreams of becoming an airline pilot was devastating. He returned to Toronto, got a job as a server and eventually gained up enough confidence to try yet again. In 2005 he moved to Thunder Bay to attend the aviation flight management program at Confederation College. He studied hard and graduated to go on to flight instructing, flying in Northern Ontario as far north as Hudsons Bay in and out of gravel strips to now, 6 years at Porter Airlines with the last 4 years as Captain. 

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He ran for office against Bill Morneau, now current finance minister and although not successful the experience was certainly worth it. His search to be challenged further and hopefully start a small side business led him study wine, a subject he loves. He is currently halfway through the certified Sommelier program at George Brown College. He would still love to fly large jets to Europe and every year passing hopefully brings him one step closer to his dream job.
His words of advice to the younger generation are to follow their dreams no matter how ambitious they may be. It will probably be harder than they think and they may fail several times but it's all part of the path of life. Those who succeed are the ones who never give up!

Caddy Superville    2004 - 2008
Caddy Superville attended Cardinal Newman from 2004 to 2008.  At Newman she was a performer for the One Community celebrations as well as dancing on Newman’s stage on numerous other occasions.
Caddy is currently a dancer, instructor and choreographer.  Her teaching is primarily at the Underground Dance Centre in Toronto.  Her training consists of hip-hop, whacking and house dance in Toronto and in New York City. At 13 Caddy began training at the Toronto Dance Industry and soon after received a scholarship to attend the O.I.P.  summer programme with professional training from Luther Brown, Neekz and Mariano.  
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Caddy was on York University’s hip-hop team while studying for her degree in social work. Since then she has trained and performed with such companies as Nexx Level, DLM, Dark, BOSS and DEuCEnDIP dance crew.
Some of her major credits include opening for Chris Brown in 2006, back up dancing for PSY and Kiesza at the MMVA’s and performing and instructing the WE DAY dance at the Air Canada Centre in 2014. 
You can follow Caddy's career through her You Tube videos here.
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Desiree Tillo   1996 - 2001
Desiree Tillo was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1996 to 2001. While at Newman she was involved in girls’ softball and volleyball as well as Reach for the Top and the band.  

After high school she obtained her Honours Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Toronto in 2005. Following her first degree, Desiree got her PhD in Molecular Genetics in 2011. Her thesis title was "Sequence determinants of in vivo and intrinsic nucleosome occupancy". Since then, she has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel from 2011-2014. 

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Currently Desiree is a Visiting Fellow at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, doing research on understanding the basic mechanisms underlying cellular identity. Her research specialties include genomics and bioinformatics (using computational approaches to analyze and understand biological data). Desiree has authored a number of scientific papers, and her work has been supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Azrieli Foundation.  

Ricky Tillo, 1995 - 2000
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Ricky Tillo attended Newman from 1995 to 2000. During his time at Newman he was active in the band and all things musical from the annual Talent Night to the numerous concerts. For more on Ricky's achievements head to You Tube or copy/paste the url below:

Marisa Tran   2002 - 2006
Marisa Tran attended Blessed Cardinal Newman from 2002 until 2006. She participated in softball, stage band and concert band while at Newman.
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Marisa is a local business owner
co-owning Hollandaise Diner on Danforth near Woodbine.
Hollandaise Diner opened its doors in 2015 to the Danforth East community and is a small brunch spot known for their epic eggs benedict variations and pancakes.  It was recently acclaimed as one of the top 25 diners in the city by Blog
As a Human Resources professional entering the food industry, her focus has been to change the expectations for employees and to provide a safe space for marginalized groups while offering an exceptional home-perfected brunch.  One can find Marisa at Hollandaise Diner trying to think of a good brunch pun, but as eggshausting as puns may be,  most of the time she’s cracking egg-cellent yolks (get it?!)
Beyond the diner life, Marisa backpacks around the work and recently achieved her 30 countries by 30 (Marisa’s 30X30).  She continues to actively work towards an equitable world advocating for best practices and human rights issues internationally. Marisa lives  in Scarborough not too far from Newman and is a very proud East Ender.  

Peter Urbanellis  1999 -  2003
Peter Urbanellis was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1999 - 2003, where he was involved in Reach for the Top, Badminton and tutoring.  He also attended the Ontario Science Centre Science School for Grade 12 Science courses. 
Peter is currently a General Surgery resident at the University of Toronto and is completing his Ph.D. through the Surgeon-Scientist Training Program.  He graduated from undergraduate medical training at Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario in 2014.

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Prior to beginning his Ph.D. research, Peter has shown extensive interest in transplantation and immunology. Under the supervision of Dr. Gary Levy at UHN, he completed research in molecular and cellular immunology after establishing a mouse model of transplantation tolerance towards heterotopic cardiac allografts. Here, he showed rapamycin’s role in promoting regulatory T-cells in order to establish tolerance in this model. 
In addition to publishing this in highly ranked journals, he has also presented these findings in oral and poster sessions at the International Congress of the Transplantation Society, the American Transplant Congress, the Canadian Society of Transplantation, and the American Association of Immunology. In 2010, this work earned him a M.Sc. in the Department of Immunology at the University of Toronto.

With the mentorship of Dr. Markus Selzner, his present research examines the viability and function of renal grafts following normothermic ex-vivo kidney perfusion. He intends to utilize the skills and knowledge from this experience to further his career in academic surgery. The work of Peter and his team is highlighted at this link.
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Martin Wojtunik   1998 - 2003

Martin Wojtunik was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1998 until 2003.  While at Newman he was always filming various events which allowed him to develop some of the skills he has today. He studied at the Toronto Film School.
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Martin is now a Toronto based cinematographer.  His background in music videos and docu-lifestyle formats has given him a unique and fast-paced skill set that has propelled him into the glossy world of commercials and big brands.
Coming fresh off the success of the doc series starring Alan Thicke “Unusually Thicke” for HGTV he has focused his attention on brands such as Spinmaster, Rogers, Mega Blocks, RW & Co and Shopkins.
His eye for cinematic composition and lighting has garnished a 2nd nomination in the Canadian Society of Cinematographers as well as further solidifying his place amongst top agencies like Ogilvy and Mather, Edelman Canada and Moose.

Sinead Zailtach  2005 - 2009

Sinead Zailtach was a student at Blessed Cardinal Newman from 2005 until 2009.  She participated in We Day during that time.  Sinead lives with Parkes Weber Syndrome which is an extremely rare condition that impacts her vascular, skeletal, muscular and lymphatic systems on a daily basis.  She is very proud of the fact that she graduated from Newman on time, a huge achievement considering she spent much of high school in and out of the hospital and had to overcome sepsis. 
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Sinead is a board member of Citizens with Disabilities Ontario, an organization that actively promotes the rights, freedoms and responsibilities of persons with disabilities through community development, social action and member support and referral.  Its primary activity is public education and awareness about the social and physical barriers that prevent the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in Ontario. As a board member Sinead attended the independent AODA review with David Onley as well as participating in meetings and providing input to MPs about Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act.
She has been a member of the Holland Bloorview Youth Advisory council since 2012 and is its past co-chair.  Sinead has had numerous meetings with the accessibility critic at Queen’s Park to discuss how to implement proper Service Dog policy across all school boards in Ontario.  She is also working with the City of Toronto regarding service dog awareness and the Toronto Police-Community Police Liaison Committee to create a service dog awareness project which will help educate businesses about service dog access laws as well as their rights as a business.  Sinead has visited schools to educate students about service dogs and hopes to start her own business  as a service dog policy advisor.   She is featured in her photo here with her own service dog Paddington.
Sinead was introduced to Canadian clothing designer Hilary MacMillan by Jessica Mulroney.  In March she will be collaborating with Hilary to design appropriate pants for those who live with Parkes Weber syndrome.  Sinead was never able to comfortably wear Newman’s uniform pants, so she hopes to find more success working with Hilary! Sinead is a wonderful advocate for persons with disabilities.