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Alumni Profiles

Alumni Spotlight: Samer Bishay (BSc ’98)

Long before becoming a pilot, Iristel Inc. president and CEO Samer Bishay (BSc ’98) was always gazing at the stars. “That’s probably where I developed my celestial cravings."

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Alumni Spotlight: Amanda Cordner (BA ’11)

Actor-writer Amanda Cordner (BA ’11) shot Body So Fluorescent over three days in late February, just before the pandemic hit: “It raises questions about identity, self-expression, sexuality and race.”

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Alumni Spotlight: Mary Dalimonte (BA ’79)

As with most things in a post-COVID-19 world, grocery shopping will never be the same. Mary Dalimonte (BA ’79), shares her experiencean industry veteran with over 40 years of experience in grocery retail in Canada.

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Alumni Spotlight: Cynthia Loyst (BFA ’98)

Cynthia Loyst (BFA ’98) is a sex educator and media personality. She is a co-host on CTV’s The Social and the creator of Find Your Pleasure, an online destination and author of a published book of the same title that inspire people to find things in their lives that bring passion and joy. 

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York University School of Nursing graduate Nicole Bradbury

Alumni Spotlight: Nicole Bradbury (BSCN ’19)

As a registered nurse on the Nursing Resource Team at St. Michael’s Hospital, Nicole Bradbury works at the hospital’s COVID-19 assessment centre in downtown Toronto

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Alumni Spotlight: Gail Teixeira (MA '76)

We recently interviewed Gail Teixeira, Chief Whip/Member of Parliament of the Government of Guyana, to discuss her experience at York as a student and her career since graduating with a degree in political science.

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Alumni Spotlight: Jemaine Wallace (BA '08)

Jemaine Wallace is Vice Principal at Rawlinson Community School in Toronto. In addition to his time as VP, as a graduate of the Kinesiology program, Jemaine has coached student sports including basketball, soccer and track and field. We caught up with Jemaine to learn more about his journey from student to alumnus.

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Alumni Spotlight: Michael Eubanks (BA ’93)

With over 25 years of entrepreneurial, retail, and technology experience, Michael Eubanks is currently the Senior VP and CIO at the LCBO where he oversees a team of 200-300 employees across 650 stores in Ontario. We recently spoke with Michael about his time at York, advice for students, and his goals for 2020. 

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Alumni Spotlight: Emily Mills (AMPD ’02)

Emily Mills is the founder of How She Hustles, a network that reaches more than 10,000 diverse women who share their personal and professional journeys through digital content and at sold out events in Toronto. Mills shared the passion that drives her efforts to see more diverse voices represented in Canada. 

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Alumni Spotlight: Stacey Ann Berry (BA ’08, MPPAL ’14)

Stacey Ann Berry is an author, speaker, founder and president of Bstellar Group Inc., a government relations and professional development firm. We caught up with Stacey to chat about the evolution of her business and her connection to Black History Month.

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Alumni Spotlight: Amuna Baraka-Clarke (MPPAL '18)

Amuna Baraka-Clarke is Director of Human Resources & Operations at Jane/Finch Centre. We iscussed her experience at York after going back to school after 25 years to get her Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL), and why she joined the York University Black Alumni Network.

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Alumni Spotlight: Tiffany Ford (BA ’06)

Tiffany Ford, BA ’06, is a serial entrepreneur, advocate for youth at-risk, and the chair of the newly launched York University Black Alumni Network (YUBAN). We recently interviewed her to learn about her York experience and how she is creating a positive impact within her community.

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Alumni Spotlight: Alokananda Dasgupta (BFA ’09)

Alokananda Dasgupta (BFA ’09) is a leading global contemporary music composer located in Mumbai. She most recently composed the background score for Netflix’s Sacred Games, to international acclaim. We caught up with her in Toronto to talk about her experience at York and her career to date. 

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Alumni Spotlight: Lynn Factor (MSW ’88)

Lynn Factor, C.M., O.Ont., (MSW ’88) is an exceptional advocate for disadvantaged youth. She has devoted more than 35 years to improving services and programs for society’s most vulnerable children as a front line social worker, philanthropist and leader.

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Alumni Spotlight: Melissa Maker (BBA ’05)

Melissa Maker is host of the CleanMySpace YouTube channel and founder of the housekeeping service Clean My Space. Maker provides useful, time-saving cleaning tips, tricks and recommendations to her YouTube following of 850,000 subscribers. She shared her success since her time at York with us.

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Alumni Spotlight: Franco Boni (AMPD)

Franco Boni is an award-winning arts and community builder. In early 2019, Franco took on the role of artistic and executive director at one of Vancouver’s signature events, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Recently, York theatre students and artistic directors of playground Festival at York, Cat Brown and Jade Silman, caught up with Franco to talk about his career to date.

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Alumni Spotlight: Ori Dagan (BFA '07)

Ori Dagan graduated from AMPD with a BFA in Music. Since his time at York, Ori has been a staple of the Toronto jazz music scene and in recent years, has been showcasing his work on the international stage.

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Alumni Spotlight: Habiba Nosheen (MA ’08)

Emmy and Peabody award-winning investigative journalist and filmmaker Habiba Nosheen (MA ’08), recently sat down with Julie Lafford, York’s Executive Director of Alumni Engagement, to reflect on her time at York and her life since leaving campus.

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Alumni Spotlight: Mike D’Urzo (BA ’07)

Mike D’Urzo is an international award winning magician and mentalist. He performs hundreds of shows annually for some of the largest corporations, theatres and television networks across North America. We talked briefly about his experience at York and what impact his time here had on his career.

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Alumni Spotlight: Oksana Sirju (BFA ’17) and Katelyn McCulloch (BFA ’11)

The York University Alumni Engagement recently team sat down with York alumni Katelyn McCulloch (BFA ’11) and Oksana Sirju (BFA ’17), both actors at Ontario’s Stratford Festival. For both, the pair stay busy balancing their time between rehearsals and shows.

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Alumni Spotlight: Larissa Crawford (BA ’18)

Larissa Crawford is from Calgary, Alberta, and her work applies anti-racism and Indigenous knowledge to renewable energy policy and program development in Canada. In 2018, Larissa founded Larissa Crawford Speaks, extending her research, consulting, training, and speaking services to diverse clients working with renewable energy, youth upskilling, and policy.

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Alumni Spotlight: Gregory Scott (BA ’03)

Gregory Scott graduated from LA&PS with a BA in East Asian Studies. He earned his master’s degree at the University of Toronto before completing his PhD at Columbia University. He is currently a lecturer of Chinese Culture and History at the University of Manchester in the UK. We chatted with him about his time as an undergraduate at York as well his current role preparing the students of today to understand and interact with China.

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Alumni Spotlight: Doug Ross (BA '83)

"Who would have known that from my start on York’s Keele campus I would spend much of my professional live as an international executive working in over 20 countries around the world and gaining extensive experience in Africa and Asia Pacific as well as Europe?"

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Alumni Spotlight: Diana Golts (BA '10)

Diana is currently a producer living in NYC since graduating with an MFA in film from Columbia University. She is currently working on the the second season of Dirty Money on Netflix. We chatted with her about her experience as a student at York as well as her current work in film and television.

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