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Alumni 1980 - 1989

[Updated 25 April 2020]

Below are the profiles of the students who graduated from St John Henry Newman Catholic High School or as it was known in the 70's and 80's - Cardinal Newman Catholic High School between 1980 and 1989.

The names in the list and the alumni profiles are arranged by family name in alpha order.


​Alumnus                             Years at Newman​
John Acosta 1983 - 1987​
James Anok 1983 - 1988​
Ted Atherton 1976 - 1981​
Kyle G. Brown 1984 - 1986
June Kang 1984-1989
​Catherine MacDonald Horlock 1986 - 1989​
Krista Slade ​1983-1988
James Teresi ​1984-1989
​Peter Yuen ​1979-1983
                                       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. 
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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.
                                     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.
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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

                                          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.
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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.
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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.

Kyle G. Brown   1984 - 1986
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.
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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.
                                      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. June Kung.jpg

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

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. The Kung Family in Korea.jpg

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

June is currently a TV personality and host of The Good Life in South Korea.  She is an author and was recently the cover model for Women’s Donga’s November issue.

Catherine MacDonald Horlock 1986 - 1989

Catherine attended  Cardinal Newman from 1986 to 1989, where she participated all social events and intramural sports. She was also  active in volunteer work with underprivileged children and youth as well as seniors.  Catherine spent years working with the Family Service Association in the role of camp councillor and program director giving the children some structure and stability. As well, she spent worked in a long-term care home where she would often just sit and listen to those who had no family or visitors tell their amazing stories. Catherine knew from an early age that she had natural leadership qualities and that she wanted to work with people in some capacity because making connections and building rapport came easily to her.

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Catherine attended Centennial College and then worked in the financial industry in many capacities. She spent five years at Fortune Financial in many roles, ending off as Manager of the Customer Service team and then worked as the Manager of Customer Service and Operations for the Financial Concept Group, which was taken over by Assante Wealth Management where she worked until 2004.

For the past 16 years, Catherine has worked at MedicAlert Foundation Canada where she gets the opportunity everyday to do her part in achieving its mission, which is to “Protect More Canadians”

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As a member of the senior leadership team, she feels very privileged to work alongside some truly gifted people at MedicAlert. In her role as Director of Growth and Partnerships, she is able to collaborate and create meaningful partnerships and programs with multiple organizations provincially and nationally to support vulnerable persons across Canada. She gets to do what she loves and that is to meet new people and create new partnerships and programs that support their remarkable cause.  

Catherine was instrumental in developing national partnerships with the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, Autism Canada, and Brain Injury Canada, among others. She is also honoured to have created amazing relationships and programs with some of Canada’s finest people like Police, Paramedics, Firefighters and Healthcare workers

In 2011, she established a partnership with the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada to implement an annual award called Legends of the Call.  This is public recognition of a paramedic for going above and beyond protocols to achieve a positive outcome for an MedicAlert Member. In 2015, she established a unique partnership program for Police Services across Canada.  This program allows Police services direct 24/7 digital access to the member’s key information in the event of an emergency.  It is so important to get information into the hands of first responders and police especially in those first critical moments either on-scene or on-route to the scene because it saves lives


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 DireSlade, Krista.jpgctor 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.

For the past six years, Krista has worked for the University of Toronto, where she is currently the Director of Strategic Partnerships.

 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.
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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. 
Acute Pain Service Team at Mount Sinai Hospital
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
James.jpgprovide 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.

 Peter Yuen  1979 - 1983
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.
Yuen, Peter.jpgWhen 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

                                    Update 21 February 2022

The Toronto police board announced Yuen’s retirement in a news release on Monday, saying the 35-year police veteran is stepping down from his role as second in command at the end of the month. Here is the link to the Toronto Star article.