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Toronto Catholic District School Board




"Notable Newmanites"            

                                            (Updated - 1 April 2019)



Alumni - welcome back to Newman.
For your convenience, the links to alumnus profiles are arranged in alpha order by surnames, in two groups.

On the left are those alumni who came to Newman between 1979 and 1999 and on the right are those alumni who enrolled at Newman from 2000 onwards.
The profiles are below the link list, arranged in the order in which they were received - thus it is easiest to access an alumnus profile by clicking on their name in the list below [ please note that the links for the first nine entries no longer work, you will have to scroll down to find the alumnus entry.]

 Accordion List


​ ​Alumni from 1979 to 1999 ​    ​Alumni from 2000 onwards
Christiana Agustin 2011 - 2015
John Acosta  
1983 - 1987  Victoria Altomare 2005 - 2009
James Anok 1983 - 1988 Mary Anne Barnes 2000 - 2004
Susan Adegbesan-Badidi 1999 - 2003 Abigail Bernardez 2003 - 2007
Ted Atherton 1976 - 1981 Michael Bunting 2009 - 2012
Eric Bauza 1994 - 1997 Frederiz Cantilado 2009 - 2013
Kyle G. Brown
1984 - 1986
Ewa Cerda-Llanos 1997 - 2002 Eric Carteciano 2002 - 2006
Anthony Chau 1989 - 1994 Lequanne Collins-Bacchus 2005 - 2009
Bradley Connor
​2008 - 2012
Julian De Guzman ​1994 - 1997 Joella Crichton ​2003 - 2005

Ashley Da Silva 2005 - 2009
Brandon Diggs 2004 - 2008
Chris de Sa 1986 - 1991 Mike Duco 2002 - 2004
Barbara (Campitelli) Doran 1989 - 1993 Alicia K. Harris 2007 - 2011
Donald D'Souza 1997 - 2001 Stephanie Hill 2000 - 2003
Dan Dumsha 1994 - 1999 Monika Marczyk 2007 - 2010
Jennifer Effendi 1999 - 2003 Alonzo Moore ​2008 - 2010
Haydee Fernando 1999 - 2003
Jonathan Fetros 1996 - 2000 Ryan O'Callaghan 2000 - 2003
Cari Flammia 1997 - 2001 Michal Prywata 2004 - 2008
Adam Forbes 1991 -1996 Ryan O'Reilly 2006 - 2007
Blair Francey 1994 - 1998 Tim Rose 2000 - 2004
Tricia Goulbourne ​1992 - 1997 Shawn Setyo 2004 - 2007
Michael Halder 1994 - 1999 Ryan Sullivan 2000 - 2004
Adam Hincks 1996 - 2000 Caddy Superville ​2004 - 2008
Marisa Tran ​2002 - 2006
Adam Hincks 1996 - 2000 Francesco Yates 2008 - 2011
Sherylee Honeyghan 1995 - 1998 Sinead Zailtach ​2005 - 2009
Angelito Huang  1995 - 2000
June Kang 1984 - 1989
Nicole Katsuras 1995 - 2000
Edward Keenan 1988 - 1992
Miles Kenyon ​1999 - 2003
Anne-Marie King 1994 - 1998
Evelyn Kostanska 1996 - 2000
Patrick Kriss 1994 - 1999
Immanuel Lanzaderas 1997 - 2001
Waleuska Lazo
1987 - 1990
Bridget MacIntosh 1992 - 1997
​David MacPherson 1988 - 1992
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Francis Manapul 1994 - 1998
Julius Poncelet Manapul 1995 - 1999
Nicholas McCowan ​1994 - 1999
Michael Melling 1994 - 1998
Jesmen Mendoza 1986 - 1991
Elisa Moolecherry 1986 - 1991
Chris Murphy 1985 - 1990
Kathleen O'Reilly  ​1997 - 2002
Meaghan O'Reilly 1998 - 2003
Jessica Quaile 1999 - 2003
Danny Raponi 1990 - 1995
Maria Sagan  1999 - 2003
Sara Saljoughi 1995 - 2000
Melissa Seco 1997 - 2002
Krista Slade 1983 - 1988
James Teresi 1984 - 1989
Andrea Thykootathil 1993 - 1998
Desiree Tillo   1996 - 2001
Ricky Tillo  1995 - 2000 
Peter Urbanellis ​1999 - 2003
Martin Wojtunik 1998 - 2003
Peter Yuen 1979 - 1983


If there are errors or omissions in the information below, please contact the webmaster at

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
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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. 

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.


David MacPherson was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1988 until 1992.  After high school he studied at McMaster University where he earned an Honours B.Sc. in Biology and Pharmacology in 1998. David then went on to complete his Ph.D. in Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005.  In 2004 while at MIT he was awarded the David Koch Graduate Fellowship for his studies. 
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David did his graduate work with Tyler Jacks at MIT where his research focused on mouse models of retinoblastoma and other cancers. 

After graduating in 2005, he joined the faculty of the Carnegie Institution Department of Embryology as a Staff Associate, an alternative to traditional postdoctoral work, where he expanded his research program to include study of small cell lung cancer (SCLC). 

During the years 2011 to 2015 David was an American Cancer Society Research Scholar. 
In 2012 he moved to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center as an Assistant Member, where he now leads a research group with a major focus on understanding the mutated genes that drive SCLC.  

His research includes the generation and study of a panel of genetically engineered mouse models of SCLC harboring different driver gene mutations, as well as patient-derived xenograft models. His lab is using these tools to link mutations in specific genes to sensitivity towards novel therapeutic approaches.

Nicholas McCowan attended Cardinal Newman from 1994 to 1999.  He was very active in the Outers Club, Student Council, volleyball, the school plays and numerous talent shows and Christmas concerts. He was Class Valedictorian in his graduating year.

Nicholas has  been a full-time educator at Jean Vanier for eight years, teaching Science, Leadership and Student Success. He coaches basketball and has run the Camp Olympia Leadership team as well as the Robotics Club. 

In the summers Nicholas teaches senior Biology courses at MEI Academy.  These are experiential learning opportunities where students get to take in course info while diving on the coral reefs and hiking through the rainforests of Central and South America. 
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His passion for technology in the classroom and his vocational pedagogy, rooted in global experience, resulted in Nicholas being nominated for and winning the Visionary Teachers Contest with Lenovo Canada.  He competed against 140 other nominees and was was awarded a class set of VR helmets, tablets and laptops. 

He will be part of a new series of tech lecturers that circuit universities, Apple Canada, Microsoft and other institutions.  Due to this he has also become an Apple Educator and will further perform PD opportunities for teachers across Ontario, Alberta and B.C.

To find out more about his award, click on this link or copy/paste the url below:

Kyle G. Brown attended Cardinal Newman from 1984 to 1986. He was a member of the badminton team while there.  Currently Kyle is a Parisian-based journalist who has reported, written and commentated for several media outlets including the BBC, France Télévisions, France 24, CBC, The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star.

He has unearthed stories of street children in South Africa swept out of cities by the authorities and subjected to physical and sexual abuse; Mexican migrant workers lured to promising pastures in Canada only to find low pay, high rent and the economic misery they had tried to escape; elderly Canadians whose adult children appropriate their assets and clean them out; of homeless Parisians who have occupied public buildings; and a village of squatters in Denmark who have fought the government for decades to remain independent, in the middle of Copenhagen.


Kyle has a Masters Degree (MSc) in Development Studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and a BA in History from McGill University in Montreal.

Much of his academic work has concentrated on the political economy

of Sub Saharan Africa and on immigration and asylum. He began his journalistic career in the UK, where he worked as a reporter, radio presenter and producer, and now files stories from a number of countries for radio, television and print, specializing chiefly in social and human rights issues.

 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 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.

To see some of Ashley’s performances, click on ths link.
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Haydee Fernando attended Cardinal Newman from 1999 until 2003.  She participated in various sports, One Community, and was a student of Extended French.

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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.


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.

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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. 

“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 the link below. 

Waleuska Lazo, 1987 - 1990

Waleuska Lazo attended Cardinal Newman from 1987 to 1990 after coming to Canada as a refugee from Nicaragua.   At Newman she was a student in ESL. She is now an entrepreneur, writer, and mother of two with a flair for telling compelling, relevant, and thought-provoking stories. Her writing is raw and healing because it evokes a range of emotions and life-changing behavior in her readers. From her persoWaleuska Lazo book coverV2.jpgnal journey of self-development has come the mission to help women reclaim their natural power. Her latest book is The Best Worst Thing that Happened to Me.

She earned a bachelor’s degree and then a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Toronto. In 1995, Waleuska cofounded Embanet, an e-learning provider of higher education, and sold it in 2007. In 2009, she cofounded the Magnum Opus Group. MOG builds homes for discerning home buyers, homes where dreams are born and legacies are made.

Waleuska’ s passion for writing led her to establish DreamCatcher Print in 2011. Through its aegis, she has published a series of books for young readers about real-life heroes, which inspire children to lead better lives.

Waleuska Lazo splits her time between homes in Hollywood, Florida and Toronto.

Tricia Goulbourne, 1992 - 1997

Tricia attended Cardinal Newman High School from 1992 to 1997. During her time at Cardinal Newman, she played on the softball team, was a member of the Yearbook Committee and Black Students’ Association as well as Student Council. Currently, Tricia works for the Government of Canada, as a Director of Internal Audit Policy and Professional Practices. Tricia started her public service career as a student in the Human Resources Division at Canada Revenue Agency. In June 2010, she joined Treasury Board Secretariat in Ottawa Ontario, and has held various positions in the department over the last 8 years. 
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Question-asker, status-quo pusher, client-focused and a dynamic leader, Tricia eagerly seeks opportunities to support community endeavors with her skills and expertise. She is currently Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors for the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre (DSYTC). DSYTC is a non-profit, residential, and community-based agency that is dedicated to helping youth (13-21) and families across Ontario overcome substance abuse and related issues and to achieve a healthier lifestyle. 
She is also a proud team member of Kind  Village, a social enterprise that puts profit and purpose on equal footing, changing the way the world does business for the better. She credits her time at Cardinal Newman with creating a foundation upon which she built the desire to create meaningful impact and kinder communities close to home.
 Tricia is a CPA, CMA and has a Master’s degree in International Trade and International Finance from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (Carleton University) and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Western University.

Melissa Seco, 1997 - 2002

Melissa Seco attended Cardinal Newman from 1997 to 2002, where she was on the Honour Roll. 

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

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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.

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.

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.

In the photo below, Ryan is addressing the Newman athletes at the Athletics Night Awards ceremony on 12 June 2018.

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and Ryan during a Buffalo Sabres match

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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.

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. 

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You can follow Caddy's career through her You Tube videos here.

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. 

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.


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.

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.

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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 aiming for the top scholarship.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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”.
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” at

Chris de Sa, 1986 - 1991

Chris de Sa was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1986 to 1991.  While at Newman he played rugby and was the class valedictorian at graduation.

Chris received his B.A. from York University and his LL.B. and M.B.A. from the University of Toronto. While in law school, he was a research assistant to Professor Kent Roach, one of Canada's foremost experts in criminal and constitutional law. He  articled and practised civil litigation at two large firms before joining the Department of Justice Canada as extradition counsel in 2002. In 2004, he became Crown counsel with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. His work has included large-scale investigations and prosecutions, as well as criminal appeals before the Ontario Court of Appeal. In addition, he has published academic papers on issues related to evidence and criminal law, including entrapment and informant privilege. In October 2016 Chris was appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in and for the Province of Ontario in Newmarket.

Justice de Sa was born and raised in Scarborough. His parents, both of South Asian descent, immigrated to Canada from Kenya and both worked in the justice sector. From them, Justice de Sa inherited a deep-seated commitment to hard work, public service, fairness, and compassion. He lives with his young family outside of Toronto, where he coaches youth soccer and volunteers at his church on a weekly basis.

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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.

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.

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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. 

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.
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Julius Poncelet Manapul, 1995 - 1999


Julius Poncelet Manapul was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1995 to 1999.  At Newman he was involved in the Art Club, drama, improvisation and choir. He also did many set designs for plays and was instrumental in starting a support group for sexual diversity. 

He attained his Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2009 from the Ontario College of Art and Design University. He completed a one-year residency in Paris, France from 2009 to 2010 and earned a Professional Art Studio certificate from the Toronto School of Art in 2010-2011. Julius completed his Masters of Visual Studies at University of Toronto in 2013, along with his Sexual Diversity Studies Certificate from University of Toronto.
His work had been presented at Koffler Gallery (2016), University of Waterloo Gallery, A Space Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario (2017), and had shown works in London-UK, Paris-France and Berlin-Germany.
Julius’ work addresses themes of post-colonialism, immigration, diaspora, sexual identity, and identity construction. His work focuses on the personal hybrid nature of Filipino culture and queer identity. These hybrid images reflect his identity in a queer community that upholds homonormativity.
His experience is a personal journey informed by religion, queer culture, and the postcolonial issues as they relate to queer identity and is a reflection of his experience of immigration and transformation. Looking at the reality for many diasporic queers of color to create a space of my own crafted domestic shrines of queerness that begs the questions: What is sacred? What is worshiped or held up as perfect? What is masculine? Who decides? and who has the power?
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Michael Halder, 1994 - 1999

Michael Halder attended Blessed Cardinal Newman between the years 1994 and 1999. Aside from his studies, he was an active member of the Reach for Top club and the Newman Youth Service in Action Committee (formerly known as Newman H.E.L.P.S.).  He was also a key member of a number of initiatives to make Newman a better place for all. 

Among them was the Peace Garden project, which continues to serve as a refuge to reflect and re-connect with the natural world. He was among the first students to join the One Community Initiative that celebrated the cultural diversity of staff and students and worked to fight all forms of discrimination. 
Following Newman, Michael set out to pursue an Honours Bachelor of Science from University of Toronto in International Development Studies and Environmental Science and a Masters in Environmental Studies at York University. Currently, Michael takes pride in his work as a Research and Planning Analyst with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change where he serves to protect the sources of our drinking water supply.
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 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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Dan Dumsha, 1994 - 1999 

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

Bridget MacIntosh , 1992 - 1997

Bridget MacIntosh was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1992-1997 where she was involved in theatre, Radio Newman, Cabaret Voltaire and as an emcee for many arts events.   She was awarded the Anthony Labriola Award for Excellence in the Arts upon graduation.  Bridget is an accomplished arts and culture manager who fuses her love of festivals, theatre and cities together. 

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Her work at the City of Hamilton has included the develo
pment and management of the city's Inaugural Events Office, leading the design and delivery of numerous civic events and special projects, policy and program creation, strategic planning and community engagement to support the 400 + events that take place throughout the city each year. 

Bridget has been recognized with a City Manager's Award for Public Service Excellence for her work on the 2015 JUNO Awards Host Committee, a Harold Award for her contributions to Toronto's theatre community and was recently named a Top 40 Under 40 Hamilton Business Leader in recognition of her work to support Hamiltons cultural sector. 

As a former event supervisor with the City of Toronto, Bridget was part of the producing teams for WinterCit and Cavalcade of Lights, and is the past producer of the Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival.  She has also worked extensively with the Toronto International Film Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Factory Theatre and Theatre Passe-Muraille. 

She is currently the Vice-President and Advocacy Chair for Festivals and Events in Ontario where she remains a passionate champion for the arts and is a firm believer in the importance of municipalities providing opportunities and infrastructure for the festival, event, tourism and arts sectors.  Twitter: @bridgetannmac

Blair Francey, 1994 - 1998

Blair Francey attended Cardinal Newman between 1994 and 1998, where he was involved in drama, yearbook, the AV Club and Cabaret Voltaire.  He is the Executive Director and Co-founder of the Department of Imaginary Affairs and is currently the Senior Design at Trajectory Brands Inc.
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In August 2007, Blair established BFdesign, a boutique design agency offering branding, website design, marketing strategy and print design to a variety of organizations from small not-for-profit to large-scale educational institutions, including: Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation, Toronto Fringe Festival, The Chang School of Continuing Education (Ryerson University), Oakville Symphony, Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, Glenn Gould Foundation, and Professional Association of Canadian Theatres.
In 2012, Blair graduated with Distinction from Goldsmiths, University of London with a Masters of Arts (Design: Critical Practice). The program allowed him to explore his love of transit, civic-engagement and city-building through the development of two projects in particular; technology and narrative. This exploration culminated in his thesis project, Public Transit: Remixed, a look at designing a holistic transit system from an experiential, as opposed to an infrastructure, standpoint. He was selected as one of four finalists in the Global Engineering Innovation Challenge hosted by the Toronto chapter of Engineers Without Borders in March 2013 where he presented some of his ideas from Public Transit: Remixed to much enthusiasm.
In 2015, Blair and his colleague Jennifer Chan (Exhibit Change) co-founded the Department of Imaginary Affairs. The DIA made its public debut with an independent installation at the 2015 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche  titled The East Side Stories.
Blair is also a graduate of the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada’s playwriting program (2004). In 1997 he was the youngest produced playwright at the Rhubarb! Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre,
He has also had a selection of monologues and scenes published in an anthology of queer writers, edited by Sky Gilbert.

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. 

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.

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 below shows Fredriz with a group of Ghanaian artists.
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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. 

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!

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John Acosta, 1983 - 1987

John Acosta attended Cardinal Newman from 1983 to 1987, where he performed in the stage and concert bands.  He met fellow student Jimmy Russell at school and they formed a successful duo aptly named Acosta/Russell.  They had many successful hit singles and several albums under Eureka Records in the early 1990s. 

John is originally from Montevideo, Uruguay and briefly moved back there from Toronto as a boy.  It was there that he really began to listen to and appreciate the music of the Bee Gees which was frequently played on the radio.  As an adult, John was part of a Bee Gees tribute band in Canada for eight years then decided to try his luck in Las Vegas where he started as a member of a Latino trio.  He eventually built his own tribute band, Bee Gees Gold, which performs all over the world.  His portrayal of lead singer Barry Gibb is flawless.  From the clothing, hair and look to the falsetto vocals one would think Barry Gibb himself was in the house!  We hope to see John and his Bee Gees Gold Tribute Band in Toronto very soon.  Have a look at John Acosta's Tribute to the Bee Gees You Tube video.

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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.  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.  

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Sherylee Honeyghan, 1995 - 1998 

Sherrylee is a 1998 Newman graduate.  She was a member of the Jr then Sr. girls Volleyball team, grade 12 Student Council Rep ('97-'98), a member of the A Cappella group, chapel choir, and she participated in several talent  shows.  One of the many things that she loved about being a Newman Knight was the motto "One Community".  Newman was a diverse community and no matter who your friends were, there was always a respect and appreciation for multiculturalism and inclusion.  She did support students with special needs at times and she thinks that this was one of her first experiences really getting to know a person who was different from her.  Little did she know that this was a step towards her future.
In 2006 she gave birth to a beautiful daughter and she was born with a left arm congenital limb reduction.  Her daughter, Sheriauna, has always been an independent person with very strong thoughts and opinions. She cares for people and is as beautiful inside with her kind heart as she is on the outside with her bright eyes that speak volumes.  Sometimes one would never realize that she has a limb difference unless one looks down because her personality fills the room as she brings smiles to the people’s faces around her.  Sheriauna is a competitive dancer who is passionate about life, her friends, and making people laugh.
Sherylee wrote "I Am Sheriauna" when she was 4 years old when she saw her facing challenges around talking to children about her limb difference.  She didn't always have the words to express herself and she would get angry and sad when other children would stare and ask too many questions.  The book took some time to become a reality as she finally connected with a wonderful illustrator in 2016 but it was finally completed and published in March 2017 and launched via social media in the summer of 2017.
Through promoting the book on social media, Sherylee has connected with some great people who are very passionate about promoting diversity in media, books, government and other platforms.  One person in particular, MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes really liked their message and story and made an effort to reach out and invite them to Ottawa to hear Prime Minister Trudeau announce that Canada will recognize the UN Decade for People of African Descent. They were afforded the opportunity to meet the PM personally and share their story and present him with a copy of the book. 
It was an honour to meet the leader of Canada and to attend such a historic day in Canadian history as we recognize that people of African descent have made significant contributions that are deserving of respect and acknowledgement.  Her hope is that as the message of acceptance, embracing our differences and being kind to others is shared more people will advocate for others and the word will become a more accessible place for everyone regardless of gender, race, and exceptionalities.
Sherylee truly believes that we all have our purpose in life and a reason for being here; sometimes it is just a process of getting there.  When you find it hold onto it and give it your all!



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". 

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!



Eric Carteciano, 2002 - 2006

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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. 





Eric discusses his passion and his achievements in this YouTube video.



Cari Flammia, 1997 - 2001



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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.

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.”
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.
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.

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.

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.

The 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. 


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.

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.


James Anok, 1983 - 1988


James Anok was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1983 to 1988.  At Newman he was involved for three years in the Peer Counselling Programme.  After his time at Newman, James did a B.A. at the University of Toronto in Sociology and Philosophy.  He graduated in 1991.

Currently James is a senior consultant at Fireman & Company. He has acted as a consultant and project manager for a number of North America’s largest law firms and in house corporate law departments. James was a member of the Library and Knowledge Management group at one of Canada’s largest law firms, and has been immersed in the legal industry segment for almost two decades. Working with both clients and vendors, he has led the development and deployment of enterprise wide knowledge management, search, library and document management initiatives. In addition he has worked with clients to identify gaps in workflow, evaluate technology vendors, identify risk management opportunities, and develop strategic plans focusing on implementation, adoption planning and change management.

James is also the chair of LOFT Community Services’  Board of Directors and sits on their Board membership, and special task force committees. James has been on the LOFT Board for 5 years, and firmly believes that volunteering is an important part of contributing to the social well being of all the communities we are part of. He is committed to the advancing the success of LOFT, its programs, and the individuals that LOFT serves. His focus is providing long term strategic planning and focusing Board development of a deeper understanding of the regulatory and system frameworks, and other sector players, that the organization works in and partners with.

LOFT provides permanent housing and community support services for the most vulnerable, including those with mental health and physical and addiction challenges, the homeless, the abused and the abandoned. Their services provide recovery and independence and respond to the changing needs of our diverse community.

James also has his own photography business. One can view his work @ jamesanok



Evelyn Kostanska, 1996- 2000



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elyn 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.

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. 

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Evelyn has always had a passion for animals and was the president of Animal Justice Canada for four years.  It was only natural then that she become a founding member of Gartner Kostanska, Animal Lawyers and Mediators. 

Gartner Kostanska is built on the premise that animal law matters. They believe in only doing one thing -- animal law -- and doing it well.

Animal law is a broad practice area that encompasses various types of law and refers to how the law impacts animals and their guardians. At Gartner Kostanska, their animal law practice includes everything from drafting animal-centered wills to mediating animal custody disputes. For more information, please visit their website at:


Dr. James Teresi, 1984 - 1989



Dr. James Teresi attended Cardinal Newman from 1984 to 1989 and graduated in 1988 with awards in Mathematics, Science, Religion and General Excellence. He especially thanks Mrs. Sobanski, Mrs. Perron and Mrs. Holland as well as Mr. Wood, Mr. Wrobel and Mr. Curran for shaping his academic interests.  While in high school James concentrated primarily on his studies but pursued his interest in veterinary medicine by working at an animal hospital.  In Grade 12 he decided to pursue another side of medicine and therefore attended the Scarborough Campus University of Toronto and was enrolled in a four year Specialist Degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry.

After completing two years James received early admission into the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.  During those two years he was on the Honors List at Scarborough Campus and received the Canada Scholar in 1989 and 1990 – a scholarship by the Government of Canada for Studies in Science and Engineering. James attended the Faculty of Medicine at U of T from 1991 to 1995 and graduated with his Medical Degree in 1995.  He entered medical school with the intention of becoming a family doctor but left with the desire to be an Anesthesiologist.

James was accepted into the Anesthesia Residency Program at the University of Toronto  (5 year program) from 1995 to 2000 and he obtained his Licentiate, Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) certificate in 1997.  He also received his Specialist Certificate in Anesthesia from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in June 2000 and his Fellow status (FRCPC) in August 2000.

James became an Active Staff Anesthesiologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and an Associate Staff Anesthesiologist at the University Health Network in 2000 with a Lecturer appointment at the Faculty of Medicine, U of T.  He also holds  appointments as Associate Staff Anesthesiologist at the Kensington Eye Institute (2006 to present) and as the Consultant Staff Anesthesiologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) (2008 to present).

 Along with his clinical duties he is active in ongoing medical education at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels.  His teaching role is broad and ranges from medical students, residents and fellows to nursing and pharmacy students at varying levels of their education.  There is both “bedside” teaching as well as informal and formal seminars and lectures.  He has come to realize throughout his career that it is through teaching that one gains insight into one’s own knowledge and truly allows the “teacher” to further his or her own education.  In essence, the teacher/student interaction is symbiotic from a learning point of view.

James was promoted to Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine at U of T in December of 2004 and in 2008 received the Dr. Gerald Edelist Award, Department of Anesthesia, Faculty of Medicine, U of T. in recognition of excellence as a clinical teacher of residents in anesthesia. In 2011 he received the Clinical Excellence Award, Department of Anesthesia, Faculty of Medicine, U of T. in recognition of being an outstanding Clinician within Anesthesia (as chosen by hospital department’s Faculty, Fellows and residents).

Some of his administrative duties include being the Director of the Acute Pain Service at Mount Sinai Hospital, participating in the Quality of Care and Risk Management Committee and serving on the Renew Sinai Project from 2010 up to the present time. 
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On a professional level, James’ future goals are to continue practicing Anesthesia in an academic environment; to further the development of medical and allied health professionals at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels and to provide the best patient care possible.  In addition to medical education he firmly believes that treating every patient, and his or her family, with the respect and dignity that every human deserves enhances the quality of medical care.

On a personal level, as a husband and father to two beautiful twin girls, he prays  that God continues to give him the wisdom, knowledge and abilities to nurture his family such that each individual may realize their full potential and the importance of the family unit.  He is grateful for the education and life experiences that he has  had and he hopes to foster similar wellbeing in others.

Andrea Thykootathil, 1993 - 1998



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

At the Ontario Science Centre Andrea teaches Grade 12U biology as well as delivering school programs to visiting schools ranging from JK-Grade 12 from all throughout Ontario.  

Andrea is a shining example of a great educator.  We are proud to feature her as part of our Newman Notable Alumni.
Andrea next to Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield @ the OSC



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.

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.
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. 

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. 

Adam Forbes, 1991 - 1996





Adam Forbes was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1991 to 1996.  He was heavily involved in theatre at Newman, appearing in the productions of Into the Woods, Seven Stories and A Midsummer Night' s Dream.  Adam attributes his ability to speak persuasively in court on a daily basis and the development of his beliefs, values and critical thinking skills to his course work with Mr. McCabe and Mr. McBride and his theatrical training under Ms. Gatensby.
Adam  is an associate with Hicks Adams LLP. He articled with the firm and joined as an associate after his call to the Bar of Ontario in June of 2008. Adam graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2007 with an LL.B., having focused his studies in the area of criminal law. He spent his second year at Osgoode working for the Innocence Project, a clinical program in which students, under the supervision of faculty, examine the cases of individuals who claim to have been wrongfully convicted and, where feasible, reinvestigate and seek proof of the claim of innocence. Prior to law school, Adam completed a Masters of Arts in Criminology at the University of Toronto in 2002. He earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Political Science at the University of Toronto in 2000. 


Barbara (Campitelli) Doran, 1989 - 1993





Barbara (Campitelli) Doran attended Cardinal Newman from 1989 to 1993.  At Newman she was involved with the concert band where she played the flute and piccolo, stage band as a singer as well as talent nights and fashion shows.  Barb was a soloist at many school masses.  She was the first to complete the OAC music credit at the school as Mr. Marrone received special approval to grant her the credit for her independent work.


Barb’s education included three years at York University as a Fine Arts major as well as one year at Fanshawe College in Recording Engineering.  Barb is now pursuing an exciting career as a country singer.


Once Doran got serious about a career in music, she never looked back.  She put a band together and took every gig she could before recording her debut EP in 2009.  Along the way she's developed a unique style influenced by a diverse group of artists ranging from Miranda Lambert and Sara Evans to Sheryl Crow, Deric Ruttan, Kacey Musgraves and Tori Amos.  "I've always looked for good songs, in any genre," she says, "something that's like, 'Wow, what an interesting way of saying that." 


Since her debut, Doran's unique brand of country and singular voice have garnered her a number of opportunities and accolades, including nominations for the first round ballot at the inaugural 2012 CMAO awards in four categories and the chance to perform at The Diamond in the Rough Showcase in Saskatoon at Canadian Country Music Week. 


Most recently, Doran also qualified as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, a finalist in the Great American Songwriting Competition and landed a spot on the Nashville Songwriter's Association 2014 "Ones to Watch" list.  Additionally, as a coordinator with the Nashville Songwriter's Association, Doran runs songwriter's workshops for Canadian-based artists, and regularly travels to Music City to meet and perform with a vast number of other songwriters at local open mic nights




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Anthony Chau, 1989 - 1994



   (Taken from The Senecan, News at Seneca College February 2009 Volume 11 Number 2)


Anthony Chau attended Cardinal Newman from 1989 to 1994.  At Newman he was involved in Reach for the Top, the yearbook, the musical production Into the Woods, the choir and the keyboarding ensemble. He attended Seneca College, and after graduating as a computer and electronics technologist and working in industry, he went back to school for Tool and Die and completed his Apprenticeship to become a certified Tool and Die Maker. He is currently a machinist and machine designer at Sunnybrook Research Institute where he designs and builds pre-clinical therapeutic ultrasound devices for use in MRI, CT and diagnostic ultrasound modalities.

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



Abigail Bernardez, 2003 - 2007


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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 programme as well.

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”. 


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.

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.”

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 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. 

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)

Peter Yuen, 1979 - 1983



Toronto police Supt. Peter Yuen is the commanding officer at 55 Division
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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 homicide.

Peter said the key to making all of his hopes and dreams for 55 Division a reality is by building a strong team and a great work environment for his officers. “This is not a job, it should be a place they enjoy coming to work,” he said. “The most important thing is that my officers enjoy coming to work and serving the community.”
(Superintendent Peter Yuen and Asian Business Network Association President Bammy Wong)

Superintendent Peter Yuen has been recognized for being a pioneer in his profession who recognizes his role as a role model to youth.
"Peter is a hero and role model who motivates and shares his knowledge and experience with young people".  He is one of this year’s Chinese Canadian Legend Award (CCLA) winners.

Since the last posting here, Peter Yuen has been promoted to Deputy Chief with the Toronto Police Services, further details on his career are available at this link.

Adapted from:
55 DIVISION: Supt. Peter Yuen looks ahead to 2015
Beach Mirror  - Joanna Lavoie
Dec 31, 2014

Yuen Recognized As Role Model
By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service
Published: September 19, 2014


Immanuel Lanzaderas, 1997 - 2001


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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


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.


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.
 NHL Cardinal Newman Grad
Photo courtesy of Today's Slapshot



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 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_mel


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.

Edward 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 @thekeenanw


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


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.

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Francis Manapul, 1994 - 1998


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ncis 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.

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.


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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




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Dr. Jesmen Mendoza, 1986 - 1991

Ricky Tillo, 1995 - 2000


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Nicole Katsuras, 1995 - 2000

Nicole has been represented by the Moore Gallery in Toronto.

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Adam Hincks, 1996 - 2000