"Notable Newmanites"(Updated - January 2015)
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. Prior to that she 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. She 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. 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.
(Meaghan working with the Newman Robotics team at Ontario Skills)
Ewa Cerda-Llanos, 1997 - 2002
Cerda-Llanos was a student at Blessed Cardinal Newman from 1997 to
2002. She is currently the manager of Community/University Initiatives
at the University of Toronto at Scarborough Campus. Since April 2011 she
has been the manager at the East Scarborough Storefront on campus. 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.”
2009 Ewa was a research intern at the Institute of Public
Administration of Canada and worked for the Centre of Social Justice.
Ewa is trilingual, fluent in English, Polish and Spanish.
Peter Yeun, 1979 - 1983
Toronto police Supt. Peter Yuen is the commanding officer at 55 Division
Photo credit: InsideToronto.com
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.
When 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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” .
Michael Bunting, 2009 - 2012
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.
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
Michael Melling, 1994 - 1998
Michael Melling attended Cardinal Newman from 1994-1998, where he was involved in the Newman Times Newspaper, Newman Helps and the Concert Band. He is an award-winning journalist who is the News Director who leads CTV’s news team in Southwestern Ontario. As News Director, Michael is responsible for setting the direction of all news and current affairs programming, as well as newsroom management tasks such as budgeting, staffing, and strategic planning.
Michael joined the CTV Southwestern Ontario team in February 2005. In his time at the station he has reported, shot, edited, produced, anchored, and assignment edited for the station’s newscasts.
He joined the station from CTV’s Business News Network (formerly Report on Business Television). Michael has also worked at CTV.ca and CTV News Channel (formerly CTV Newsnet). He has an MA in International Journalism from Cardiff University, Wales, UK, and a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He also studied French and International Business at IECS Strasbourg, France.
Michael is the winner of two International Edward R. Murrow Awards for Hard News and Best News Series. His work has also been honoured a number of times on the national and regional level by RTNDA Canada.
You can follow Michael on Twitter @michael_melling
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.
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.
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. 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
Edward Keenan, 1988 - 1992
Edward Keenan was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1988 until 1992. An eight-time National Magazine Award nominee, he now is a columnist for The Star, he is a Senior Editor of The Grid who writes regularly on politics, cities and culture. Edward is the author of the book Some Great Idea which was published in January 2013 by Coach House Books. He has been a contributing editor at Spacing magazine, a blogger for The Walrus, senior editor of Eye Weekly, and an editor for Yonge Street, Canadian Immigrant, Vacancy, Sway and a variety of other publications. He edited the book Stroll by Shawn Micallef (winner of the 2011 Toronto Heritage Award) for Coach House Books, and also contributed essays to Coach House’s anthologies uTOpia: Towards a New Toronto (a Toronto Book Award finalist) and Local Motion. His writing on politics, cities, the environment, the arts, sports and sexuality have appeared in a variety of publications including Maissoneuve, ,Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail and On Nature, and he has also recently written scripts produced and aired on television. He is a nine-time National Magazine Award finalist, including honourable mentions in the Arts, Society, Columns and Essays categories. Last year, he was shortlisted for the Canadian Online Publishing Association award for best blogger.
In addition to running a freelance writing business as a sideline to his full-time job, Edward has received media executive training through the Rotman School of Management, has experienced the writer-editor relationship from both sides of the desk, served in management in both small and large companies and once owned and operated a restaurant.
A Ryerson University School of Journalism dropout, he has been a visiting lecturer in various courses on writing and publishing at the University of Toronto and Centennial College, and has taught and mentored dozens of editorial interns over the course of nearly a decade.
He lives in The Junction with his wife Rebecca and their three children. You can follow Edward on Twitter at @thekeenanwire.
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."
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".
Anne-Marie King, 1994 - 1998
Anne-Marie King was a student at Blessed Cardinal Newman from 1994 until 1998. While at Newman she was involved in many sports, particularly basketball, and was one of the founding student members of One Community. She has had a rich academic career which has led to many contributions in education.
Anne-Marie attended Humber College from 1999 until 2001, where she obtained her Diploma in Child and Youth Work. This diploma laid the groundwork for her studies at York University for her Honours B.A. in Psychology and Education from 2001 until 2005. In 2005 Anne-Marie began teaching at St. Theresa Shrine where she experienced many grades, including grades 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 and 8. After that she taught at the Intermediate level at St. Albert. In 2011 Anne-Marie made the move to high school where she teaches both Religion and Career Studies. She also found time to complete her Master’s in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE) in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education.
Anne-Marie continues to enjoy coaching basketball and is involved in her church as well as many initiatives at Jean Vanier. She has two children and will undoubtedly continue to contribute in her vocation as a Catholic educator.
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.
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.
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.
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 day.
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.
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.
Tim Rose, 2000 - 2001
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.
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.
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.
For more information visit: www.mcmillan.ca/MariaSagan
Francis Manapul, 1994 - 1998
Francis attended Blessed Cardinal Newman from 1994 to 1998, where he greatly benefitted from Ms. Root’s expertise in visual arts classes. He is known for his work on Witchblade and The Necromancer for Top Cow Productions, working on the former for three years, off and on, returning for the tenth anniversary issue in 2005.
He has provided covers for various titles, most notably for some G.I Joe comics. In 2007, he signed an exclusive contract to work with DC Comics. In 2008 Francis became the artist for DC's Legion of Superheroes with Jim Shooter as the writer. Francis co-created the character Gazelle with Shooter before leaving the title. In 2009, he was named to be the artist in DC's new Flash series written by Geoff Johns.
In May 2011, DC Comics announced a massive revamp and relaunch of their entire superhero line, as part of this Francis was named writer/artist on the Flash, with his longtime colorist/collaborator, Brian Buccellato co-writing with him.
Francis was awarded the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Artist in 2011. He also received the All-in-One Award 2011 (Favorite artist known for almost-exclusively inking his/her own interior comic book pencil work and rarely the work of others in ’10) from the Inkwell Awards.
Victoria Altomare, 2005 - 2009
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.
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.”
As for her Italian/Australian heritage, Victoria equally embraces both sides of her family, and admits a few, perhaps predictable culture clashes. It seems Nonna Altomare and Grandma Cheridan compete a little as cooks - diplomatically, Victoria concedes that “stuffed eggplant,” is her favourite dish, full stop.
Heeding her parents’ counsel, Victoria isn’t about to put all her eggs in one basket. “Education is key,” she believes. And despite a grueling daily training regimen, she’s taking kinesiology and psychology courses at York University, with an eye on a possible career in child psychology or law enforcement. Already cultivating her rapport with children, she volunteers precious weekend time to the Pacman Volleyball Club in Mississauga, a developmental league run by educator Kelly Smith.
When asked what she thinks the future holds for her, Victoria offers a sage and level response. “You know, as cliché as it sounds, I’m taking it one day at a time."
Patrick Kriss, 1994 - 1999
Patrick Kriss attended Blessed Cardinal Newman from 1994-1999. While at Newman he was very involved in the Visual Arts programme with Ms. Root, but his culinary interests had seemingly not been awakened. Patrick discovered his love for culinary arts while attending George Brown’s apprenticeship program and working at the Rosedale Golf Club. He graduated from George Brown Chef School in 2006, then joined Auberge du Pommier in the role of Chef de Partie. Patrick moved to New York City and started working at Restaurant Daniel as Chef de Partie, and was soon promoted to Sous Chef under Chef Jean Francois Bruel. Over the years, Patrick has had fabulous work experiences: in France at Régis et Jacques Marcon and at Maison Troisgos; and in New York City at Per se, Le Bernardin, Gramercy Tavern and Eleven Madison Park. Recently Patrick headed the kitchen at Splendido as Chef de Cuisine where he applied all of his learned skills, talents and passions.
Patrick earned the distinction of being the first ever Canadian at the San Pellegrino “Almost Famous Chef” competition in California by winning the regional title in Montreal earlier in the year. It was a feat that Kriss attributes to "lots of hard work and early mornings at the Chef School with my coach, Chef Charlton Alvares, combined with learning from a number of different instructors at George Brown Collge with different styles."
Patrick is currently the chef at Acadia at Clinton and College streets in Toronto where he is getting stellar reviews in Toronto Life, The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.
Patrick’s food philosophy is to use great seasonal ingredients while highlighting them with classic techniques. Ontario’s changing seasons and great produce inspire him. His ultimate goal is to have an intimate restaurant with a tasting menu that reflects what’s available in the markets daily.
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 Director 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.
June Kang, 1984 - 1989
June Kang attended Cardinal Newman High School from 1984 to 1989. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario before returning to her the homeland of her parents to enter the Miss Korea pageant. The rest is history.
Don't call her the former Miss Korea or wife of a famous movie star. Not that she would mind being called those things. Rather, June Elizabeth Kang looks and sounds quite comfortable being addressed as such, but spending five minutes talking with her makes you see her other side - an independent-thinking, change-oriented career woman who no longer needs her widely-known associations to get recognized. Kang is now the director of communications and development at Seoul Foreign School.
Of course, it all started with her meeting Choi Min-soo, a movie star known for his rebel- without-a-cause image and unique presence in movies, back in 1993. She was a 22-year-old college student aspiring to be a dentist who came to Korea to represent Canada in the Miss Korea pageant. Choi, now her husband, fell in love with her at first sight and spent three hours persuading her to get married. The two got hitched the following year, with a confession he made during the three-hour discourse perhaps playing a key role in moving her to give up her life in Canada and settle in her parents' nation, where she didn't have any friends. Choi's confession was that he had planned to live a bachelor's life - because of his father's four marriages and four breakups - before he met her.
June with her husband & two sons
Their love story may sound corny until you hear her compare it to the "white feather" from the novel and movie Forrest Gump. "It was a start," she said in an interview with the Korea Times. But that start may have turned out to be more like a "box of chocolates," another reference from the film, as it has led to unexpected boons. A Korean cook book was one of the first gifts her husband gave her. She studied the recipes and prepared meals for him in their early days of marriage. She hasn't said how much her husband liked those meals. She had a maid come to the house twice a week but the rest of the household chores fell upon her.
Kang implied that this Cinderella-like role was pleasurable, saying, "I was a princess of my own back in Toronto." The very reason she decided to participate in the beauty pageant was because of the encouragement from her mom and professors to broaden her horizons by learning more about her parents' country.
In a way, those years of learning about her new environment also apparently prepared her well for her present position as the communication director of one of the best foreign schools in Korea. She has her whole heart in the task and appears to be ready to push for changes not just for her school but in the Korean school system. She thinks she knows how to strike a balance so as to bring about changes without upsetting the existing order. "I know that Korean schools can be more attentive to the needs of individual students," she said. In other words, helping athletic students excel in sports and academic students fulfill their potential is a mission of the schools, she believes. "Just because I was educated in the western school system and my two kids study at Seoul Foreign School, I don't think my contributions should be limited to my immediate community," she said.
She believes that she stands at a crossroads between the two systems, enjoying the benefit of seeing from both perspectives, which gives her the position of helping the two sides learn from each other. She said that she has already talked to some people who can influence Korea's education policies and is planning to continue to do so. Changes are already taking place in her school, observers say. They say that Kang is closely working with the new chief of the school and that change is their common theme. In addition, regional alumni reunions are being planned, with a gathering of all graduates in the pipeline. "Our school has produced a great number of graduates, but keeping them informed about their school ties gives them a sense of pride and camaraderie," she said.
Asked what plans she has in store, she said, "I do the best doing what I should, day by day." In a country where Lee Charm, a German-born naturalized Korean citizen, set a new precedent by being appointed to head the Korean Tourism Organization, it can't be ruled out that Kang may be one of the next candidates to help globalize Korea.
Ted Atherton, 1976 - 1981
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.
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.
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.
Julian De Guzman, 1994 - 1997
To learn more about Julian, visit his website (http://www.juliandeguzman.info/).
Dr. Jesmen Mendoza, 1986 - 1991
Ricky Tillo, 1995 - 2000
Listen to Ricky @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNuBlzEuA-8
Nicole Katsuras, 1995 - 2000
Nicole has been represented by the Moore Gallery in Toronto.
Visit Nicole's website to find out more about her work. http://www.nicolekatsuras.com
Adam Hincks, 1996 - 2000
Watch Adam's First Vows in the Society of Jesus.