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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Alumni 2010 to 2020

 

 

                                                   [Updated 26 May 2019]

Below, you will find the profiles of Newman alumni who graduated from Newman between January 2010 and the present day.

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

Alumnus                       Years at Cardinal Newman​
​Christiana Agustin 2011 - 2015
Michael Bunting 2009 - 2012
Fredriz Cantilado 2009 - 2013
Bradley Connor 2008 - 2012
​Alicia K. Harris   2007 - 2011
​Michael Manu 2009 - 2013​
Alonzo Moore 2006 - 2010
​Lory Mpiana 2010 - 2014​
Francesco Yates   2008 - 2011
 



Christiana Agustin 2011 – 2015
 
Christiana Agustin attended Blessed Cardinal Newman from 2011 to 2015, where she participated in Cross Country, Camp Olympia, Student Council and was a peer helper and mentor. She is currently attending the University of Toronto, where she is a fourth-year international development studies co-op student working in Bangkok, Thailand.
 
 
If Agustin, who is also working towards a minor in environmental science, travels an hour out of the city she can explore national parks and islands full of lush trees, wildlife and see the occasional snake slithering by her.

Agustin is interning at  The Centre for People and Forests (RECOFTC), where she is blending her passions for social justice and environmental science. The international organization works to enhance capacities for stronger rights, improved governance and fairer benefits for local people in forest landscapes in seven Asia–Pacific countries through community forestry. 

Community forestry is an approach to land management that emphasizes land is best protected when locals have the right to manage it, as opposed to private companies or governments. Agustin’s work as a monitoring, evaluation and learning intern involves research and collecting data, but she says the goal is community forestry.  

The year-long internship will include the opportunity for her to conduct research toward her undergraduate thesis, which explores the participation of women in land governance in the Mekong region. She has her sights on Nepal or Laos as possible locations because of their rising women’s movements. 
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“I would like to identify the challenges they face, and possibly come up with solutions or tools to help them better navigate these spaces so they can make a greater impact in the sustainability of their communities and forest landscapes.”

Her advocacy ties back to her time in politics. Agustin worked as a constituency assistant for her MP Gary Anandasangaree (Scarborough-Rouge Park), then in the Prime Minister’s office in Ottawa this past summer. With a background in outreach, specifically with Filipino and Indigenous communities, she worked with the provincial and federal governments on how to ensure concerns of marginalized groups are considered in policy-making.
“As a person of colour, as a woman and as someone who is young, you don’t always have a voice and there are so many challenges and barriers that are completely out of my control,” she says. “I want to see at a more local level if women have those same barriers.”

Having worked in the local, national and now international spectrums, with help of the Global Learning Travel Fund and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship, Agustin encourages students to take a risk on stepping out of your comfort zone.
“It’s only in discomfort where you’ll grow,” she says. That in itself not only speaks to growing professionally but also as an individual and to broaden one’s perspectives on the world.

To see Christiana speaking about women leaders today, click on this link or copy/paste the url below. 

https://www.facebook.com/LeadersToday/videos/1663340947045903/  

Michael Bunting   2009 - 2012
 
 
Mike Bunting has been called up by the Arizona Coyotes and made his NHL debut  11th December 2018, in Boston. Michael scored a goal in a stellar performance with the Coyotes in his first NHL game against the Boston Bruins.
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Newman Grad Signs NHL Contract (posted Sept 30/2015)
Mike Bunting, a 2013 graduate of Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic High School, signed a 3-year entry level contract (ELC) with the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League.


http://www.todaysslapshot.com/from-the-ice/michael-bunting-inks-elc-with-arizona-coyotes/
 
 
 
Michael Bunting is an 18 year old graduate of Blessed Cardinal Newman High School who has just been drafted into the NHL by the Arizona Coyotes.  Bunting was named the Blessed Cardinal Newman High School (Toronto) athlete of the year multiple times, excelling in ice hockey, badminton and volleyball. "I was all over the map with sports," Bunting said. "I also played ball hockey in the summer. That helped a lot." 
Passed over twice in the OHL draft, Bunting led the Don Mills Flyers to the 2013 OHA Championship with 27 goals in 28 games before drafted in the ninth round by Sault Ste. Marie last year. He suffered an MCL strain in January of his rookie OHL season but still made an impression on NHL scouts with his commitment, intensity, attention to detail and scoring.

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Bunting scored his first career OHL hat trick in the Greyhounds’ 8-3 win over the Sarnia Sting on Oct. 23, 2013 and finished with 42 points (15 goals, 27 assists) in 48 games in his rookie season with Sault Ste. Marie. He missed 20 of the team’s regular-season contests due to a knee injury, but returned to lead the Greyhounds with five goals in nine playoff games.
 
 
Michael describes his style in this way. "I like to fashion my game after a guy like (Boston Bruins forward) Brad Marchand. I'm kind of a feisty kind of guy that's not afraid to get into the corners and do the dirty work but be able to contribute offensively. That's what I love to do - I love to kind of get under other players' skins but I also love putting up big points for the team."
 
"The work starts now,” Bunting said. “I’m going to enjoy this day but when the next day comes I’ve got to know that this is a lot of work and it all starts now. I’m not going to give up."
 
The Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt describes Michael as  “  a real late bloomer from the Ontario Hockey League... When he came onto the scene this year it was a real pleasant surprise. Right away we started watching this kid and everybody was remarking on his smarts, his instincts, his battle level. He still needs to get bigger and stronger but coming where he's coming from he never really worked out before. He's a very committed kid and a great athlete.” 
 
You can follow Michael this season with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

 
 Fredriz Cantilado    2009 - 2013
 
Fredriz Cantilado was a student at Blessed Cardinal Newman from 2009 to 2013. While at Newman she was in the student council, stage band, and mentors, as well as, playing volleyball and ultimate frisbee. 
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Fredriz is presently a student at the University of Toronto (Scarborough campus), where she is pursuing a Social Sciences degree in International Development Studies and Health Policy, with a minor in Health Humanities. 
 
 
She is volunteer director of the student group Oxfam at UTSC and in 2017, was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship which allowed her to travel to Accra, Ghana as a Marketing and Branding Officer. 

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Fredriz was able to link World University Services of Canada in Ghana (WUSC Ghana) with her partner organization the Artisans Association of Ghana during her stay in Ghana. The photo above shows Fredriz with a group of Ghanaian artists.


Bradley Connor  2008 - 2012
 
 
Bradley Connor was a student at Blessed Cardinal Newman from 2008 until 2012. While at Newman he was a regular member of both the Stage and the Concert bands from grade 10 to 12 and took both keyboarding and instrumental music classes in those years. Bradley then attended Ryerson University for Radio and Television: Media Production and graduated in 2018.

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He is currently a professional drummer for Said the Whale, Scott Helman, The Reklaws, Iskwe, as well as several other bands.  He recently
recorded drums on Said the Whale’s new album ‘Cascadia’, including their current charting single’UnAmerican’.
 
Bradley has played some of the biggest stages and festivals in Canada, including a sold out Budweiser Stage in 2017 opening for Arkells.
 
Said the Whale says of Bradley
“While we were recording Cascadia it became abundantly clear that Brad is one of the best drummers in this country (not that we had any doubts before!). He tracked most of the songs in less than 3 takes, and had sometimes only heard the demo that same day. Brad will tell you “there are some drum mistakes on this record” to which I will reply “there is drum FEEL on this record”. He’s a perfectionist - he treats drumming like an Olympic sport, and it shows. He’s ??in our hearts, baby! We share Brad with @scotthelman, @thereklaws, @runningvioletofficial, @iskwe and many more, and I know all of those artists would say the same about him. #BradleyAppreciationDay”
 
 When home in Toronto, he works as a story editor for TSN on its highlight show program ‘Sportscentre’.
 
Here is Bradley's interview on Drummer to Drummer
 
or copy/paste
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=34x0ienbIaM

 
 Alicia K. Harris   2007 - 2011
 
Alicia K. Harris attended Blessed Cardinal Newman from 2007 until 2011.   At Newman she participated in Stage Band, Cross Country and the Mentorship Programme.  Alicia is an award-winning filmmaker who graduated from Ryerson University with an Honours BFA in Film Studies and a Certificate of Design for Arts and Entertainment. 

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Her films have been broadcast nationally on CBC, TVO, Bell Fibe TV and at festivals locally and internationally, most notably winning a Golden Sheaf Award for “Love Stinks” (Yorkton Film Festival). 

Alicia’s work has been supported by the National Film Board of Canada and the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils.  As a production designer, she has worked for clients like MTV and Vice.  Alicia is dedicated to creating stories that feature women and marginalized groups.  

More on Alicia on her Twitter account



 
 Michael Manu  2009 - 2013

Michael Manu attended Blessed Cardinal Newman from 2009 to 2013, where he participated in Cross Country, Track and Field and Soccer. Michael was the MVP of the Senior Boys Soccer team that finished 3rd at OFSAA in 2013. Michael holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in Accounting and Finance from the University of Waterloo. He recently completed the CPA Program at the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and will receive his full CPA designation imminently. He is currently working at the Canada Revenue Agency as a tax examiner to obtain more experience as a young accountant.

 While at the University of Waterloo, Michael played varsity soccer for the school for five years, captaining the team in his fourth and fifth years. Also during his Bachelor degree, Michael held internship positions at the Toronto District School Board, Canada Revenue Agency and a large international Financial Services company in the Metro Boston area.

 Michael is very interested in cities. Upon returning from the United States, he became more involved in municipal politics in Toronto. In 2018, Michael was appointed the Budget Lead for the Toronto Youth Cabinet. The TYC is the official Youth advisory body to the City of Toronto. He and his colleagues were recently featured in the Toronto Star to provide their views on the 2019 City Budget.
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 Michael is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Urban Planning at the University of Waterloo. His Masters thesis research aims to investigate the effect of School attendance boundaries in the City of Toronto.

To see the Toronto Star story, follow this link: https://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2019/03/06/this-young-torontonian-says-the-citys-budget-neglects-the-future.html


 Alonzo Moore   2006 - 2010
 
Alonzo Moore attended Cardinal Newman from 2006 until 2010, where he played drums in the Stage Band and was mentored by Marco Marrone along with other musicians he still plays with today.  He has been a professional musician since the age of 17 on the Toronto music scene. His main focus is on the drums but he also plays the guitar and bass. He enjoys playing drums in Mr. Marrone’s own group “The Salida Project”.

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Alonzo currently works with an ensemble of pro drummers called the “6ix Stix” who play for the Toronto Raptors during their home games at the Air Canada Centre.  The “6ix Stix” also do rhythm workshops for students ages 8 to 17 in Toronto schools.

He also performs in live sketch comedy shows at Second City, the Comedy Bar and the Social Capital Theatre as well as some stand up at Yuk Yuk’s.  He is a model for the local business “Brimz” hats.

Alonzo works for  the 10k Label group on his own music as well as that of others. In the summers he can be heard as a DJ, MC and sound engineer on Mariposa Cruises.
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Have a listen to the “6ix Stix”  

 
Lory Mpiana    2010 - 2014
 

Lory Mpiana attended Blessed Cardinal Newman from 2010 to 2014, where she was involved in cheerleading, basketball, volleyball, dance team and rugby.  She was a student in the Extended French program and placed third in a french speech competition. Lory is an African-Canadian actor currently living in Toronto. She was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and came to Canada in 2002. Her first language is French.

Lory fell in love with the arts at eight years old. She has been training and perfecting her craft ever since. She started improv in elementary school and believes that “Improv is a very essential tool for the actor . It makes them think quick on their feet.”
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After Newman, Lory studied at Armstrong Acting Studios with Dean Armstrong, Andrea Runge and Amos Crawley. She was also very fortunate to have the opportunity to train at the Cindy Tanas Acting School . “I believe that as an actor studying with Cindy was a turning point in my young adult life because we really went in depth with the work by working on our lives which really made me think of acting from a different point of view. I am forever grateful for this life-changing experience.”

Lory was cast to star as Halley Highcroft in Spell Bent. Here is the trailer: or copy/paste the url into your browser https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLbjFPwFFt8&t=1s

Her other roles have included a nurse in Untold Stories of the ER (2019), Cherry in Road Home (2017), Amy in Our Founding Fathers (2016) and Herself in Spalatlot (2010).

According to Lory what she loves about acting is that “there is always personal growth that is being achieved while working on your craft. It has made me empathetic towards others and more open minded. I believe that everyone should take an acting class at least once in their life, whether you are an actor or not. It will definitely awaken something inside of you.”

You can follow Lory Mpiana on her Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/MpianaLory/




 



 
                                            Francesco Yates   2008 - 2011

Francesco Yates was a student at Cardinal Newman from 2008 until 2011.  He was active in the stage band at school, all the while working on his own music which he started writing at age 11.  He signed to Atlantic Records when he was 16.  Francesco’s self-titled debut album EP, released in 2015, was co-produced by Robin Hannibal and Pharrell Williams.  

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In 2015, Yates got the Heatseeker Award at the Canadian Radio Music Awards and was a performer at the official Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa.  Francesco did the vocals on the Robin Schultz song “Sugar”.  He has also performed at We Days across the country in the past few years. 

.” Have a look at Francesco's latest You Tube video, Come Over!