Angelito Junior Huang, 1995 - 2000
Angelito Junior Huang was a student at Blessed Cardinal Newman from 1995-2000. He was the recipient of
the Anthony Labriola Award for Excellence in the Arts for his graduating class in 2000 for his commitment and dedication to the arts as a student at Newman. He was involved in the school’s theatre productions throughout
his high school years, as an actor, singer, set designer and painter, programme designer, and costume hand.
He was also very much involved in the school stage band, newspaper, choir, Peace Garden, and photography club. He exhibited art works in the school’s Annual Arts Festival and performed in numerous Talent Shows.
His theatrical foundations at Newman came to fruition and full circle when he directed his second year
architecture class in the production of Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children” in the summer of
2002 at the University of Waterloo. Also, as an honour and privilege to give back to Newman for setting the foundations of Angelito’s design career, he volunteered to design the stage set for the school’s musical
production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” in 2011.
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.
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.
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Anne-Marie King, 1994 - 1998
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.
attended Humber College from 1999 until 2001, where she obtained her Diploma in
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 at jean Vanier. She also found time to complete
her Master’s in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE) in Sociology and
Equity Studies in Education.
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
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
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".
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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
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
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 - pictured above), opposite Eric Roberts and Sandra
Bernhard. Ryan also
stars in the upcoming horror thriller, Digger 3D (2013)
opposite Frank Vincent and Vincent Pastore, and the upcoming romantic comedy,
Sam (2013). He also co-starred in a new comedy TV Pilot called, Water With
Lemon (2013) and starred in the feature film, Jan:1988 (2013). Ryan just had
his first Broadway audition for
the show The Winsloe Boy. He continues to work hard and pursue his
dream every day.
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Tim Rose, 2001 - 2004
Tim Rose was a student at Blessed Cardinal Newman from 2001 until 2004. Tim was born with cerebral palsy spastic quadriplegia, and says he has been lucky enough to have lived his entire life with a physical disability.
He graduated with a High Honours Degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, followed by a Masters of Law in Human Rights from the University of Nottingham in the UK. He is a long time advocate for disability issues, and he has a wide range of experience fighting for the elimination of barriers. He believes that everyone has a right to live in a barrier-free country, and he says that he will not stop working until that goal is achieved.
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.
Francis Manapul, 1994 - 1998
Blessed Cardinal Newman from 1994 to 1998, where he greatly benefitted from Ms.
expertise in visual arts
classes. He is known
for his work on Witchblade and The Necromancer for Top Cow
Productions, working on the former for three years, off and on, returning for the tenth
anniversary issue in 2005.
He has provided
covers for various titles, most notably for some G.I Joe comics. In 2007, he
signed an exclusive
contract to work with DC Comics. In 2008 Francis
became the artist for DC's Legion of Superheroes with Jim Shooter as the writer. Francis co-created the character Gazelle with Shooter before leaving the title.
In 2009, he was
named to be the artist in DC's new Flash series written by Geoff Johns.
In May 2011, DC
Comics announced a massive revamp and relaunch of their entire superhero line,
as part of this Francis was named writer/artist on the Flash, with his longtime
colorist/collaborator, Brian Buccellato co-writing with him.
awarded the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Artist in 2011. He also received the All-in-One Award 2011 (Favorite artist known for
almost-exclusively inking his/her own interior comic book pencil work and
rarely the work of others in ’10) from the Inkwell Awards.
Victoria Altomare, 2005 - 2009
Victoria Altomare was a student at Blessed
Cardinal Newman from 2005 to 2009.
She was the valedictorian at her graduation ceremony. During the past
two years, Toronto native Victoria Altomare has emerged as one of the bright new lights on the beach volleyball scene, with a cluster of glowing
achievements. These include gold medals in two National Championships, a first
ever gold for a Canadian in the 18-under American National Championships, and
an unprecedented silver medal with her partner Melissa Humana-Paredes at the
2011 FIVB Under 21 World Beach Volleyball Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia
(the first Canadian women ever to stand on the podium at a FIVB event), as well
as a curio’s store of sportsmanship and outstanding athlete awards.
This past April, Victoria and Melissa
Humana-Paredes mounted the podium again at the 2012 Ontario Sports Awards
(Ontario Place), where they picked up the prestigious “Team of The Year”
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 may be 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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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'
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
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