"With over 1,900 alumni, you're joining a community that is rich in knowledge and experience and whose personal and professional achievements are unique and diverse."
- Kathryn (Rutherford) Foster '03 HTS Alumni Association Past President
Alumni Supporting Alumni and the Community during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Check out @wetheorigin, founded by Abbas Alidina ’00 which works to solve coffee’s biggest problems with technology and innovation. Disrupting coffee supply chains. One farmer at a time.
Edward Moon ’14 and his coworkers have started a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Drive for items needed to care for COVID-19 patients. Visit theppedrive.com.
Courtney Ferguson ’02 and her fiancé, Rafael Tricta, have started an initiative to support Toronto businesses. On their website, neighbourism.ca, you can browse local businesses, learn more about them, and support them by purchasing gift cards. Courtney and Rafael hope to help these businesses during these challenging times while introducing individuals to new local spots along the way.
HTSAA Mentorship Program
An ongoing program, the Mentorship Program serves as a tool to engage, connect and network primarily for professional development opportunities for all HTS alumni. You can still register, click the links below!
When Mark Farrant ’90 discovered there was nothing in place for jurors with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), he felt compelled to do something.
Mark created a campaign that resulted in the provinces of Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia creating juror support programs, as well as other provinces beginning to work on making changes. Owing to Mark’s efforts, in May 2018, the federal government released 11 recommendations to improve the lives of those who serve on juries.
“I think integrity is probably the biggest core value that I got from HTS — truth and integrity. Those things are part of what made me want to undertake this mission in my advocacy work, and I certainly got that from the school.”
After graduating from HTS, Dr. David Flusk ’95 studied immunology at Dalhousie University before moving to Ireland to attend medical school at Trinity College Dublin. Once he finished his coursework, David came back to Canada and completed his residency at Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Today, David works in St. John’s at Memorial University as an anesthesiologist and chronic pain physician and supervises medical residents. Despite wearing many hats in his medical career, David manages to find time to give back to the community in a volunteer capacity as the Deputy Director for the Atlantic Mentorship Network — Pain & Addiction (AMN-P&A).
HTS taught David the value of friendship and the power of community, which have been the foundations of his career and volunteer efforts.
Amanda Gossai ’03 has practiced corporate law for almost a decade, primarily representing very large banks, hedge funds and real estate developers. However, in her self-written article, she explains how her most important client was a five-year-old African American kindergarten student who was expelled from school.
Read more about the case and Amanda’s experiences as through her efforts, a new bill was passed in California which prohibits schools from expelling kindergarten students, the first law of its kind passed in the United States.
Hoda Gray ’07 is an Indigenous Relations Advisor for Parks Canada, a federal agency under the leadership of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. She grew up hearing about Indigenous issues, policy and context, in part through HTS classes and in part through her father, who was born in northern Newfoundland.
Wanting to work in an outreach capacity, and to “learn more about how this country is run,” Hoda decided to pursue a joint undergraduate degree in global development studies and political science at Queen’s University.
While she is currently working remotely from the United Kingdom, her Senior School dream of being of service “in her own backyard” has come true.
Lifelong Learner Making an Impact in the Healthcare Community After graduating from HTS and completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Jessica Lam ’09 worked as a nurse at the University Health Network (UHN) — consisting of the Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and The Michener Institute of Education. Jessica’s first couple of years of nursing entailed working on roughly fifteen different medical and surgical in-patient units attaining knowledge and skills in a variety of specialties. While caring for many patient populations, Jessica always felt more connected to those living with cancer and at the end of their life. After her time at the Toronto General Hospital and the Toronto Western Hospital’s in-patient units, Jessica transferred to The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre where she currently resides and cares for adults living with cancer.
Kevin Leung ’06 launched into teaching early in his life as a dedicated peer tutor during his time at HTS. A decade later, he has a successful teaching career as a university lecturer in Industrial and Organizational Psychology — a unique field with fewer than 300 practitioners in Canada.
From the early days, Kevin thrived in the challenging but supportive environment HTS offered. While focusing on academics, he maintained a balanced life by getting involved in Jazz Band, and by volunteering and playing on sports teams. He particularly loved Mr. Rehill’s geography
class and Mr. Doma’s math class and is thankful for how well they prepared him for university.
After graduating from HTS, Kevin Robertson ’89 studied history at Huron College. He took one year off to travel to Australia and New Zealand, then went to Trinity College at the University of Toronto for his Master of Divinity, while also going through the postulancy process in the Diocese of Toronto. He was ordained in 1997 as a deacon, and as a priest one year later.
On January 7, 2017, Kevin was consecrated a bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada, and notably, as the first openly gay (and partnered) priest elected bishop in the Anglican Church in all of Canada.
After graduating from HTS, Seher Shafiq ’08 knew she wanted to pursue her interest in international affairs and continued her studies at the University of Toronto, where she earned her bachelor’s degree with a double major in International Relations and Ethics, Society and Law. Following her undergraduate degree, Seher earned her master’s degree in Global Affairs at the Munk School of Global Affairs.
While completing her master’s, Seher accepted an internship at the United Nations Office in Geneva, where she was involved in the United Nations Population Fund. There, she covered the emergency response to the Syrian refugee crisis, including participating in the UN Human Rights Council.
Seher is currently working at the CivicAction Leadership Foundation and also volunteers with The Canadian-Muslim Vote (TCMV).
Viren Shastri ’13 graduated from HTS with plans to study engineering at Queen’s University. He initially intended to combine his studies with his passion for athletics by becoming an engineer and designing golf clubs. And while he considered mechanical engineering in his early years, his interest soon shifted toward the field of mining.
After completing his program at Queen’s, Viren jumped straight into working for a Canadian mining company, Kinross Gold. Kinross is one of the top gold mining companies in the world, with projects in countries including Brazil, Chile and Russia. The cultural adjustments were difficult at first, but he adapted quickly and has even picked up some of the languages.
Viren says his ability to adapt to new situations is a vital skill that he attributes to his time at HTS and his involvement in co-curricular activities.