As the owner of Lakeview Vineyard, he knows the value of hard work. He also knows the importance of commitment to family and of having a good sense of humour. Joseph brings these experiences together to as a basis for his stand-up comedy routines. He has performed more than 50 times, and donated the proceeds from his shows to charities and causes he supports, including local sports teams for youth and other community organizations. He is an active member of his faith community, and of the Niagara-on-the-Lake community, where he was named Citizen of the Year in 2014.
FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO FAITH, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE COMMUNITY, WE ARE PROUD TO INCLUDE ROB R O B B I N S A S O N E O F N I A G A R A C AT H O L I C ' S DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI. Following his graduation from Saint Paul Catholic High School, Rob Robbins had a busy career as a sound engineer when he was critically injured by a drunk driver. Doctors advised he would never walk again, but God had other plans. Three months later, he was back at work, providing the communications system for evangelist Franklin Graham. Through the Billy Graham Crusades, Rob has travelled to some of the most dangerous places in Africa. On one trip, he was mugged, whipped and left stranded on the side of the road, with only God at his side. Miraculously, his identification was turned in to the Canadian Embassy, and he was able to return home. Rob is also an active philanthropist at home, giving of his time to many community events, which he elevates to beyond extraordinary.
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Joseph Pillitteri is a graduate of Denis Morris Catholic High School in St. Catharines. His family and his education laid the foundation for two very important parts of his life, which he now shares with others.
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FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO BUSINESS, PHILANTHROPY AND COMMUNITY, WE ARE PROUD TO INCLUDE JOSEPH PILLITTERI AS ONE OF NIAGARA CATHOLIC'S DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI.
Father Mulligan is the author of five books on Catholic education, and is widely recognized as an expert and passionate speaker on the subject. He was recognized with a Niagara Catholic Award of Distinction in 2010.
FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO FAITH AND EDUCATION, AND FOR PIONEERING NIAGARA CATHOLIC’S PILGRIMAGE, WE ARE PROUD TO INCLUDE FATHER JAMES T. MULLIGAN C.S.C. AS ONE OF NIAGARA CATHOLIC'S DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI. Father Mulligan is a graduate of Notre Dame College School. He became a member of the Holy Cross Fathers, and returned to Notre Dame College as a teacher and head of the school's Religion Department. In the 197s, he participated in a pilgrimage and was so moved by the experience that he spearheaded the Notre Dame Pilgrimage in 1975. It has since been adopted across Niagara Catholic, and has raised millions of dollars to support development projects around the world.
A graduate of Saint Paul Catholic High School, she received more than 60 scholarships, which allowed her to continue her musical education from her undergraduate degree through her Doctor of Music. Christina believes that music plays a fundamental role in a vibrant Catholic community, and shares her gift by volunteering as a cantor, pianist and accompanist at parishes. She also mentors young musicians, and speaks passionately about the importance of the arts in higher education. Dr. Le Rose is also a teacher with Niagara Catholic, bringing music to life in classrooms at Loretto Catholic and Cardinal Newman Catholic Elementary Schools.
Hector is currently an elementary school principal. He remains active with a number of organizations in his adopted hometown.
Christina is an award-winning classical pianist who has performed in venues across North America and Europe.
An example of servant-leadership, Hector often donated his time during his playing days to accompany children in the community. He was also actively involved in the Carnival of Champions, raising funds for many causes in Edmonton.
Hector Pothier was a talented multi-sport athlete during his years at Denis Morris Catholic High School, but it was on the gridiron that he really excelled. In 1978, Hector joined the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos as an offensive lineman, and played his entire 12year career with the team. He is a two-time CFL All-Star, has six Grey Cup rings and has a place on the Edmonton Eskimos' Wall of Honour.
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FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO BUSINESS, PHILANTHROPY AND COMMUNITY, WE ARE PROUD TO INCLUDE HECTOR P O T H I E R A S O N E O F N I A G A R A C AT H O L I C ' S DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI.
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Ms. Lacavera is committed to giving back to others. She is a mentor at the University of Toronto's entrepreneurship centre, and a builder with the California Women Lawyers' In-House Counsel Network. She has been named one of Fortune Magazine's 40 Under 40, and one of the 50 Most Influential People in Intellectual Property.
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FOR HER OUTSTANDING COMMITMENT TO SCIENCE, LAW, EDUCATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP, WE ARE PROUD TO INCLUDE CATHERINE LACAVERA AS ONE OF NIAGARA CATHOLIC'S DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI. Catherine’s resume is an impressive list of career successes and mentorship. She is a graduate of Notre Dame College School, has a degree in computer engineering, was called to the bar as a lawyer, and also holds an MBA. She has had an illustrious career as an intellectual property lawyer, and is currently Director of Litigation at Google. Catherine remains passionate about computer engineering, and continues to speak to girls and young women about the many opportunities in the STEM fields available to them.
Anthony studied computer engineering after graduating from Notre Dame College School, but he is most readily identified as an entrepreneur as the creator of WIND Mobile. He was named CEO of the Year in 2010 by the Globe and Mail's Report on Business Magazine, and also listed as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 in 2006. Eager to share the wealth he accumulated through his endeavours, he created the SHAMBA Foundation, a charity which has raised more than $1 million to assist Canadian charities to increase their efficiency and capacity, helping them do more for the areas they serve. He donates a scholarship to his alma mater, mentors and financially supports up-and-coming entrepreneurs and seeks to be an agent of positive change in society.
Jennifer is an outstanding model of global citizenship and Catholic social teachings. She travels to Guyana several times a year in partnership with a colleague, donating her medical expertise, surgical assistance and medical supplies to hospitals there. While in Guyana, she assists her surgical partners in procedures that allow patients with end-stage renal failure to receive dialysis treatment to improve or extend their lives.
FOR HIS OUTSTANDING COMMITMENT TO SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, THE ARTS, BUSINESS, EDUCATION AND PHILANTHROPY, WE ARE PROUD TO INCLUDE ANTHONY LACAVERA AS ONE OF NIAGARA CATHOLIC'S DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI.
Dr. Jennifer Frendo is a graduate of Denis Morris Catholic High School. Through her vocation as a family physician in Niagara, Jennifer actively lives the Catholic Graduate Expectations. She is involved in the St. Vincent de Paul Parish, and in her own community and is beloved by her patients as a caring, compassionate doctor.
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FOR HER OUTSTANDING COMMITMENT TO HER LOCAL AND GLOBAL COMMUNITY, WE ARE PROUD TO INCLUDE DR. JENNIFER FRENDO AS ONE OF NIAGARA CATHOLIC'S DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI.
FOR HER OUTSTANDING COMMITMENT TO MUSIC MINISTRY, WE ARE PROUD TO INCLUDE DR. CHRISTINA L E R O S E A S O N E O F N I A G A R A C AT H O L I C ' S DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI.
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FOR HER COMMITMENT TO HER LOCAL COMMUNITY AND FOR TEACHING STUDENTS ABOUT THE VALUE OF GETTING THEIR HANDS DIRTY WHILE THEY WORK, WE ARE PROUD TO INCLUDE LYDIA TOMEK AS ONE OF NIAGARA CATHOLIC'S DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI.
Lydia Tomek has been heralded as the youngest female winemaker in Niagara, but life is about more than the grape for the graduate of Notre Dame College School. The lessons she learned at home and at school taught her about the value of hard work and about the importance of giving back to others.
She is best known for her creations Pink and Pink 2.0, rose wines, raising $250,000 for the Walker Family Cancer Centre in St. Catharines. Most recently, Ms. Tomek created the LocaLove Garden Project. Through this, she joined students from her former Catholic elementary school, St. Andrew, in creating a community garden. It was truly a labour of love born of her yearning to introduce the students to the same love of gardening and wonder of watching things grow her parents instilled in her as a child.
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