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Alumni 2000 to 2004

[Updated 1 February 2021]

Below are the profiles of the students who graduated from St John Henry Newman Catholic High School or as it was known in this era - Cardinal Newman Catholic High School between 2000 and 2004.

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


Years at Newman
​Susan Adegbesan-Badidi
1999 - 2003​
​Ewa Cerda-Llanos 1997 - 2002​
Donald D'Souza 1997 - 2001
Mike Duco 2002 - 2004
Jennifer Effendi ​1999 - 2003
Haydee Fernando ​1999 - 2003
​Jonathan Fetros ​1996 - 2000
​Cari Flammia
​1997 - 2001
Jacqueline Goordial 1999 - 2004​
​Stephanie Hill ​2000 - 2003
​Adam Hincks ​1996 - 2000
​Angelito Junior Huang 1995 - 2000
​Nicole Katsuras ​1995 - 2000
Miles Kenyon ​1999 - 2003
​Mary-Lyn Kieffer 1996 - 2001​
Evelyn Kostanska 1995 - 2000
Immanuel Lanzaderas 1997 - 2001
​Jona Rhica Mejiko 1996 - 2001
​Scotula Navaratnasingham 1995 - 2000​
Ryan O'Callaghan 2000 - 2003
​Kathleen O'Reilly
1997 - 2002
Meaghan O'Reilly 1998 - 2003
Jessica Quaile 1999 - 2004
Tim Rose 2000 - 2004
Maria Sagan
1999 - 2003
Sara Saljoughi 1995 - 2000
Melissa Seco 1997 - 2002
​Alexandra Shiels ​1996 - 2000
​Ryan Sullivan 2000 - 2004​
Desiree Tillo 1996 - 2001​
Ricky Tillo 1995 - 2000​
Peter Urbanellis 1999 - 2003​
​Martin Wojtunik 1998 - 2003​


Susan Adegbesan-Badidi   1999 - 2003

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.
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.
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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.


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.
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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.”
                                                        [31 December 2020]

Ewa is now the Manager of Place-Based Strategies at the Centre for Connected Communities. 


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.
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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.

[31 December 2020]

Donald received his Masters of Environmental Management in Economics Policy and Business Strategy from Yale University. He is currently the Director, Industrial Reporting and Control Climate Action Secretariat for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in Vancouver.

Mike Duco   2002 - 2004

 Mike Duco was a student at Cardinal Newman from 2002 until 2004, when he left to join the OHL hockey team the Kitchener Rangers.

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Following his stint in Kitchener, Mike played in the American Hockey League with the Rochester Americans.  He was then called up by the Florida Panthers of the NHL and made his debut in 2009 against the Colorado Avalanche. 

For the next three years Mike played for the Panthers and the Vancouver Canucks.  Later on he had stints in Austria, England as well as for the ECHL.

Mike is currently the interim head coach for the Elmira Jackals in the ECHL.

                                             [31 December 2020]
Mike works with the Peterborough Petes in a part-time capacity while jointly working in a Skill Development role with the Okanaghan Hockey Academy and as an American Hockey League referee. He was an Assistant Coach with the Petes for the 2017-18 season. Prior to joining Peterborough, he was the Head Coach of the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals after being promoted from Assistant Coach.

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.
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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.


Haydee Fernando   1999 - 2003   

Haydee Fernando attended Cardinal Newman from 1999 until 2003. 
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She participated in various sports, One Community, and was a student of Extended French.
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.


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. 
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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

                                                         [31 December 2020]

Jonathan is currently the Senior Clinical Program Director, Kidney and Metabolism Program/ Regional Director, Toronto Central for Unity Health Centre.

Cari Flammia - 1997 - 2001

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.
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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.”

[31 December 2020]

Cari is currently pursuing her biggest passions, visual arts, photography, writing and humanitarian activist work.


Jacqueline Goordial  1999 - 2004

Dr. Jacqueline Goordial attended Cardinal Newman from 1999 until 2004. She was part of the last OAC cohort and involved in biology-oriented activities. Jackie attended the University of Toronto for her undergraduate degree in cell and molecular biology as well as for her Master’s in Molecular Ecology. She obtained a Ph.D in Environmental Microbiology in 2015 from McGill University. Jackie Goordial 1999 to 2004.JPG

Jackie has recently finished up a three year postdoctoral research fellowship at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Maine, where she examined questions of microbial activity in deep marine oceanic crusts.  Her upcoming postdoctoral research fellowship will be at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in New York.

Jackie described her research interests and methods on her website by saying “I am an environmental microbiologist, investigating how active, dormant and DNA from dead microorganisms interact to maintain diversity and mediate biogeochemical cycling in the environment, linking microscale processes to global scale biogeochemical cycling.

I seek to understand the abiotic controls on microbial activity, growth, dormancy and death and how these physiological cell states relate to diversity, evolution and biogeochemical cycling in the environment. The environments I focus on are microbial dominated, such as the rock hosted life within oceanic crust, Arctic and Antarctic cryptoendoliths ("hidden within rock"), as well as in permafrost and nutrient poor deep marine sediments.  

To carry out my research, I employ a combination of genomic sequencing with culturing, microbial metabolic activity and viability measurements both in situ and in the laboratory. While less than 1% of known microorganisms can be cultivated in the lab and are known to us solely through molecular analyses, this approach results in a more holistic understanding of environmental microbiology than genomic analyses alone. “

For more details, please visit her website or copy/paste

[31 December 2020]

Jackie is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Guelph.

Stephanie Hill   2000 - 2003  

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.
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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.

Adam Hincks   1996 - 2000
 Adam Hincks attended Cardinal Newman from 1996 to 2000 where he was involved in the band, robotics and Reach for the Top. He went on to study at the University of Toronto and  Princeton University where he obtained a PhD in 2009. He then achieved a diploma in philosophical studies in Toronto and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia.  He entered the Society of Jesus in 2009 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2019.  He also studied theology in Rome at the Gregoriana and is currently working on his Masters in Theology at Regis College.
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Adam is also an astrophysicist specializing in physical cosmology. His work is mainly focused on developing the hardware and software for instruments that make cosmological observations. Much of his scientific energy is currently devoted to the new facility, the Simons Observatory in Chile.

Another great interest of Adam’s is contributing to the intellectual conversation between physical science, philosophy and theology and how they can be mutually informative.
[31 December 2020]
Adam has a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor, Sutton Family Chair in Science, Christianity and Culture and to the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at U. of Toronto, as well as, to St Michael's College.


 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.
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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.

Nicole Katsuras   1995 - 2000

Nicole Katsuras was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1995 until 2000.  She was very involved in the Art programme in high school.  Nicole received a Master of Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London, England and has an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.  She was a winner of the Mary Coyne Rowell Jackman Post Graduate Award.

Her work can be found in various corporate collections, including McCarthy Tetrault, Canaccord, Encana, RBC Capital Investments, Luciano Benetton, Holt Renfrew and the Mirvish Collection. Nicole has also designed an exclusive line of luxury hand-tuffed silk and wool rugs for Stark Carpet in New York City.  She has an upcoming solo exhibition in 2020 at the University of Arkansas.

Nicole has been represented by the Moore Gallery in Toronto.

Visit Nicole's website to find out more about her work.

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.

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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.


                Mary-Lyn Kieffer  1996 - 2001

Mary-Lyn Kieffer attended Cardinal Newman High School from 1996-2001. While at Newman, she was on the Varsity Cheerleading team, and had a short stint on the swim team.  Her passion for advocacy work came later in her 30s when she discovered her purpose and passion through personal experiences.

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Mary-Lyn is a mental health advocate and Director of Made of Millions Foundation, Canada. Made of Millions is a grassroots mental health advocacy nonprofit that uses media,art and technology to fight stigma and tear down barriers to mental health care. Their  award-winning properties educate over 3 million people globally each year, unite thousands through online support groups and in-person events.


Made of Millions was founded in NYC, and in 2018 Mary-Lyn incorporated it as a not-for-profit here in Canada, in order to further spread the work they were doing. She oversees all event production, digital programming, advocacy and fundraising initiatives taking place in Canada. Prior to her advocacy work, she was a marketing and business development professional in both the financial and legal industries, as well as an event producer, producing educational events for executives from Fortune 500 companies. Mary-Lyn holds a Master's Degree and Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Economics and Finance. 


In 2018 she left the corporate world after experiencing severe symptoms of OCD. Her personal experience opened her eyes to the lack of accessible mental health care, and drove her to seek out advocacy initiatives that allowed her to give back to the community. Through the Made of Millions mission, she and her colleagues hope to democratize access to mental health resources, improve mental health literacy, minimize the treatment gap, and break the cycle of suffering.

Evelyn Kostanska  1996 – 2000

Evelyn 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. 

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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. 

                                                         [31 December 2020]

Evelyn has been a Commercial Real Estate Counsel at Bloom-Lanys for the past four years. 


Immanuel Lanzaderas   1997 - 2001

Immanuel Lanzaderas was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1997 to 2001.  At Newman he was involved in Reach for the Top and played on the tennis team.  He was called to the bar in 2009. He is a graduate of Queen's Faculty of Law, where he was involved in the Society of Asians in Law, the Equity Committee, and helped to organize the Paths Less Travelled conference for non-traditional legal careers.  Immanuel did his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in French Literature and Political Science. 

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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.

                                                          [31 December 2020]

Immanuel has been Legal Counsel for the past three years at the Canadian Association of University Teachers. 

Jona Rhica Mejico    1996 - 2001

Jona Rhica Mejico was a student at Cardinal Newman from 1996-2001 and was a member of the Reach for the Top team. After studying English at York University – Glendon College and not knowing what to do next, she took on an entry-level role at a mutual fund company and realized that there were plenty of opportunities to work as an in-house editor for a large corporation.Jona Rhica Mejica 1996 - 2001.jpg

Currently, she is a Communications Manager at TD where she writes, edits, and designs colleague engagement material. She has over 10 years of substantive editing, copy editing, and proofreading experience, specializing in business communications (change management, executive communications, and external-facing communications) and employee engagement. She is also a communications co-lead for the Filipinos @ TD pillar that recognizes, elevates, and promotes Filipino culture and talent within the bank and in the community.

Jona recently completed the Editing Certificate at George Brown College. Outside of work, Jona is vice-chair of Editors Canada’s Toronto branch where she provides support for programming and development opportunities for members. She has also been an editor-at-large for a local literary publication, Blood & Bourbon, since 2018, editing collections of short stories, poetry, and essays

Scotula Navaratnasingham  1995 - 2000​

Scotula Navaratnasingham attended Cardinal Newman from 1995 to 2000. During her time there she started the One Community initiative that still runs today with staff member Gianna Helling. She led the Sri Lankan themed tables and dances and worked on the Peace Garden as well.Navaratnasingham, Scotula 1995 - 2000.jpg

Scotula graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. She received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa as well as her Masters of Education in Literacy from Mount Saint Vincent University. She recently finished taking the Principal’s course. Scotula is currently teaching high school at St. Michael’s Choir School.  She is a widow raising three children.

Scotula is a member of the Ms Brown organization, which focuses on brown women, their strengths, struggles and positive body image. She is also a Tamil advocate with the Tamil Centre for Civic Action. In January 2020 she was part of a delegation asking TCDSB trustees and superintendents to proclaim January as Tamil Heritage Month.  This came to fruition, with Scotula now the co-chair of the Tamil Heritage Month committee at the board level. She also helped put together the virtual celebration for Tamil Heritage Month this January 2021.

                                         Update - 6 February 2022

Scotula was promoted to Vice Principal in the TCDSB and has been working in that capacity at St. Patrick’s since September 2021.

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.

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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 

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.
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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. 
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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.

Jessica Quaile  1999 - 2004
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.
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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.

 Tim Rose    2000 - 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. 

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Tim is now Senior Manager, Inclusion Partnerships at CIBC.  He is also a disability and diversity consultant as well as a public speaker. 

You might enjoy Toronto Life's article on Tim's venture to assist children with disabilities called "Championing Change - One Cape at a Time".

You can join Tim Rose and thousands of others as they fill that gap and join forces with Holland Bloorview to reduce the inequities experienced by kids with disabilities and their families

From March 1 to 7, 2021 wear a cape wherever you go—whether that’s to the grocery store, during a Zoom call, or while hosting a virtual trivia night. Kids with disabilities need your help now more than ever. Be a hero and join a community that pushes boundaries to create a world of possibilities


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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.  
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Maria is fluent in Polish and holds an Elementary I and II French Language Certificate from the Centre Linguistique de Jonquiere and an Elementary I Spanish Language Certificate from the Barlovento School of Spanish. Prior to law school Maria graduated summa cum laude from York University with a degree in
Psychology. She joined McMillan as a summer student in 2009 and completed her articles with McMillan in 2011.
For more information visit:

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Maria was seconded in 2015 to a leading Canadian bank where she worked in the Derivatives Legal Group with a focus on negotiating derivatives contracts with international financial institutions. She routinely advises major banks, private equity firms and domestic and international corporations in domestic, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional financings. She is now a partner in the Financial Services Group.

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.
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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.

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

Alexandra Shiels  1996 - 2000

Alexandra Shiels attended Cardinal Newman from 1996 to 2000 where she was a proud Newman Knights cheerleader. Alexandra is a Developmental Movement Consultant who is one of only two consultants in Canada. She specializes in assisting children and adults to overcome issues such as developmental delays and disorders, to mood and anxiety disorders, and learning difficulties.

With a background in emergency medical services (she holds an Emergency Telecommunication Certificate for 911 dispatch from Humber College), Alexandra is a compassionate and calm person who is passionate about helping people live optimal lives.

She diligently searched for answers for her own son, Cameron, who has specials needs, and discovered the NeuroDevelopmental Movement Program. Cameron experienced life-changing growth through this program, causing Alexandra to travel to Indiana to train in and eventually start her Brain Development Coaching Program, in order to help others experience that same transformation.

Here is a link for more information on her program

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Ryan Sullivan   2000 - 2004
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".  

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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!

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Ryan Sullivan has now completed his professional sommelier program, graduating with Honours from George Brown College.  He offers private sommelier services and wine education. He was recently featured on CTV Morning Live Ottawa and can be seen here.


or join Ryan on Facebook 

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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. 

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             [ right - Desiree Tillo with colleague at John Hopkins University]

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

Ricky Tillo, 1995 - 2000
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Ricky Tillo attended Newman from 1995 to 2000. During his time at Newman he was active in the band and all things musical from the annual Talent Night to the numerous concerts. He started playing guitar when he was 12 years old. Ricky said that his life changed when he heard Van Halen's "Eruption". He formed a band called "Robotman" with two of his school fiends and has since played in the "Quilts" and "ActionFigureArmy".

Ricky is proud to say that he has shared the stage with the likes of Estero, Divine Brown, Saukrates, Slakah theBeachChd/ArtofFresh, Roz Bell, Kyprios, Kalan Porter and Kesha Chante.  

His influences on guitar range from Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen, Slash, Jimmy Page . . . . . . .  to Tom Morello, Wayne Krantz and Charlie Hunter to name a few . . . .  he said . . . . . . put them all in a blender with MSTRKFT, NIN, Justice, Soulwax and Daft Punk  . . . . . . .  and you are getting closer to what I sound like.

Ricky is rapidly building a reputation as one of the most sought after guitarists for high energy touring acts. He has made his mark playing in some of the most impressive stadium shows in recent memory, playing guitar for Lady Gaga since 2010]s critically acclaimed "Monster Ball" world tour. He is currently on the road doing live promo's for Lady Gaga's
Born this Way single.

For more on Ricky's achievements head to You Tube 

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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Peter has recently obtained his PhD in Medical Sciences.

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.
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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.