For Notre Dame Grads and Friends

The 70s

Joanne Harrington (nee Riddell) (1970)

After leaving Notre Dame Joanne entered into a career in Dentistry. She is presently working as an office manager for a dental practice in Toronto. She is married to Norm and has one son.

Pat Murphy (1970)

(Updated July, 2011)

Class of 1970. Hi everyone, I am thrilled to find this website and hope some of my old classmates will be in touch. I was a registered nurse but I am now retired due to the fact I need both my knees replaced(old age eh?) I married Ted Spong (an old Neil boy) some 37 years ago and we are still going strong. Ted is a lawyer and we have one son Stephen who is now 29. I had lunch with Cathy Barbetta some years ago but other than that i have not seen anyone else from the class of 1970, so I hope to see some of you on October 15.

Joanne Mullen (1970)

Joanne attended nursing school after graduating from Notre Dame. She is presently a teacher in the Nursing Program at Centennial College.

NancyTtina Morana (nee Pecorella) (1971)

Nancy worked as a dental assistant for many years. She married Sam, has two children and devotes most of her time to volunteering at her children’s school and is involved in her children’s many outside school activities.

Virginia Gibas (nee Treadwell) ( 1971)

Upon completing high school Virginia went to Western University and later worked in the field of Early Childhood Education. She now resides in Vancouver, B.C. with her son Nicholas.

Patricia Rotman (nee Vaillancourt)

Patricia is the mother of two children and is an executive assistant for the Corporate Finance-Teknion Corporation

Antonina (Lupo) Schembri , 1971

After Leaving NDHS, Antonina attended the University of Toronto and continued her education at Teacher’s college. After graduation in 1976, she worked for various schools with the TDCSB. Antonia married Sam in 1975 and they had two children, Teresa and Corrado. Both children are married. Antonina is now retired and she is enjoying her two grandchildren, Lorenzo and Sebastian.

Joanne (Genier) Thauberger (1971) spent twenty years in the Yukon and in rural Alberta setting up a home care system. She worked in small rural hospitals and in Aboriginal hospitals. She then got her nursing degree in Alberta. She is now the assistant director of care at a long term facility in Toronto. She has a son who works in an automotive garage. Her pets include a beagle, two cats and a bird. She enjoys spending time with her cousins, doing crafts.

Louise (Burt) Doherty 1973

Louise was a member of the school band for five years. She keeps in touch with three other Notre Damians. She presently resides in Calgary, Alberta with her husband, Brian whom she met when he moved out west in 1980. Their three children were bon three and she now is a Calgary Catholic School Board Administrator.

Lucy (Meriz) Pires, 1973

Lucy left Notre Dame and has made a career out of Bell Canada. Lucy married and had two children. Lucy’s daughter, Laura, attended Notre Dame and now works as a teacher for the TCDSB.

Carmel O’Hara (1975) works as an administrative officer for Service Canada. She enjoys collecting stamps, gardening and travelling. She has pen pals all over the world.

Vicki (McElcheran) McCrae (1976) received her BA degree from UofT then from the Ontario College of Art. She and her husband Mike live in Toronto and have raised six children. She is actively involved in St. Brigid parish as choir director. She has been a vocal music teacher for the Toronto Catholic District School board and is now attending OISE.

Donna McElligott (1976) has been working with both CBC Radio and Television since 1984. Her work has taken her around the world. She worked in 1987 as the foreign expert for Radio Beijing. Donna reported from Moscow on the changing face of democracy there and on the guerrilla war against Communism in Afghanistan. She also worked as a reporter in Charlottetown, a senior news editor in Inuvik, a legislative reporter at Queen’s Park, and a parliamentary correspondent in Ottawa. In 1994, Donna was appointed National Reporter for Alberta, based in Calgary. In 1996, she became News Editor for CBC 1010 and went on to co-host the station’s morning show, the Calgary Eyeopener. Donna was appointed the host of Wild Rose Country in November 2002, the noon hour show heard on the CBC across Alberta from Monday to Thursday. Now on Fridays, she also turns her attention to politics on Friday Scrum.

Sabina Petri 1977

Sabina attended Sir Sandord Fleming College for Forestry . After completing her program from College she continued her education in Cartography (Map Making). Sabrina married and had two children, Natalie and Eric.  and at one point was working for a Photography shop and eventually both Sabrina and her husband became owners of the Lindsay business and ran it for fourteen years. From there they went on to their own Wine Making Business. They have been operating this business for fourteen years. She now resides in Fenelon Falls, Ontario.

Suzanne Tomaiuoli (nee Cushinan) (1978)

Suzanne resides in Geneva, Switzerland. Suzanne works as an administrative assistant with World Council of Churches.

Ann-Marie Gaudet (nee Boyland) (1979)

(Updated July, 2011)

One year after graduating ND I attended a party where I met a Neil McNeil grad (Luc Gaudet) and it’s the fact that we went to those schools that got us talking and we’ve been together ever since (married in 1983).  We have 3 beautiful daughters and have resided in Pickering for 24 years where my hubby is a Firefighter.  I was a stay at home Mom for 10 years.  When my youngest started Junior Kindergarten I started night school at Centennial College in Travel & Tourism.  After graduating I became a travel agent and then in 1998 started my own cruise only travel agency in Pickering called Cruise Holidays of Metro East.  In 2006 I bought a century old house in Pickering Village (Ajax) and moved my business there.  I have been blessed with a wonderful family and the opportunity to travel and see the world.  In January 2012 my husband and I are going to be travelling to Equidor and sailing around the Galapagos Islands.




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  1. June 14, 2011    

    Margot continues to deepen her vocation, which is centered on the belief that writing our voice shapes hope and healing. She is often invited to offer talks and workshops at prisons and healing centres across Canada and the US. She has shared the stage with Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, speaking of the fact that hope and healing can come even after violent crime. Her published books include Sawbonna: A Real Life Restorative Justice Story and The Other Inmate. Mediating Justice-Mediating Hope. Poetry and Workbook for Restorative Practices. Margot is the proud Mom of Olivia and Jessica, the elated Grandmother of Riley, and is soon to be blessed with a Grand-daughter.

  2. June 14, 2011    

    Margot graduated from Notre Dame in 1980, and will always have the deepest love for Sr. Lucille Corrigan, who was her poignant support after her Father, Theodore Van Sluytman was murdered in Scarborough in 1978.

  3. Pat Murphy's Gravatar Pat Murphy
    July 18, 2011    

    Class of 1970. Hi everyone, I am thrilled to find this website and hope some of my old classmates will be in touch. I was a regisered nurse but I am now retired due to the fact I need both my knees replaced(old age eh?) I married Ted Spong (an old Neil boy) some 37 years ago and we are still going strong. Ted is a lawyer and we have one son Stephen who is now 29. I had lunch with Cathy Barbetta some years ago but other than that i have not seen anyone else from the class of 1970, so I hope to see some of you on October 15.

    • Laura L. Greco's Gravatar Laura L. Greco
      October 11, 2015    

      Hey there,,,Pat… are you doing….
      Sooo nice to hear you…..
      i remember you as if we”d seen each other yesterday…..
      Iwill write my info soon and I surely will do my very best in coming for the 75th….
      biggest hugs , Laura

    • Laura L. Greco's Gravatar Laura L. Greco
      October 11, 2015    

      Hey there,,,Pat… are you doing….
      Sooo nice to hear you…..
      i remember you as if we”d seen each other yesterday…..
      Iwill write my info soon and I surely will do my very best in coming for the 75th….
      biggest hugs , Laura

  4. Carol Taggio( DeLisa)'s Gravatar Carol Taggio( DeLisa)
    July 28, 2011    

    Hi everyone
    Found out about this website through a colleague.
    I graduated in 1971. I went on to University of Toronto graduated with an arts degree, then to Toronto Teacher’s college. I entered teaching in 1976 for the TDSB and then to YCDSB where I am currently enjoying my principalship at Notre Dame CES in Newmarket where I live.( what a coincidence huh?) I have been married to the same guy for 31 years( he attended my gr. 12 Prom with me as my date)We have three beautiful daughters, one of whom just married in May.My middle daughter is a social media specialist and my youngest finishing her last year in Visual display arts. In my spare time I volunteer at my local parish, golf, teach scrapbooking and cardmaking.

    • Mary-Anne Godfrey(McCann)'s Gravatar Mary-Anne Godfrey(McCann)
      October 10, 2011    

      Hi Carol,
      Wow, after all these years. Would love to get together some time and talk over old times adding a splash of the current. Maybe we could touch base with a few others and meet at a convenient location for all.
      Keep well,

  5. Joan (Cooper) Hebbes's Gravatar Joan (Cooper) Hebbes
    August 22, 2011    

    Class of ’78.
    I’m delighted to have found this site – thanks to Teresa D’Agostino (Plati) for sharing. I attended U of T (Scarborough campus) majoring in English after Notre Dame. I have three wonderful children, Miriam, Matthew and Mark. Miriam just attained her Masters in Applied Disability Studies, specializing in Autistic Behavioural Therapies. She is married, with a wee daughter Kealii (meaning ‘Beautiful One’ in Gaelic) and with another babe on the way.
    After Notre Dame, and raising the children, I worked for a local newspaper and advanced to position of Editor. I now work for Mercedes-Benz Financial, Sales & Marketing, in Mississauga. I’m enjoying life and friends/family in many sports (including ball hockey, volleyball) and sailing my 36′ Catalina in the beautiful waters of Georgian Bay. And I thank God every day for all my blessings!

  6. Lorraine (Connolly) Bird Class of 78's Gravatar Lorraine (Connolly) Bird Class of 78
    September 25, 2011    

    Wonderful to have heard about the anniversary celebration through my parish bulletin. After leaving ND in 78 I went into Nursing graduating with my diploma in 80. I went to work at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and have been there ever since. I recevied my BScN and MSc from Mc Master University and work full time as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in children’s pain. I married my high school sweetheart and we are celebrating 30 years of marriage next month. We have an amazing son who is in his second year in the Respiratory Therapy Program in North Bay.
    We moved from the East End to Mississauga where we have stayed.
    I still keep in touch with Kathy McLellan a 78 grad but that remains my only tie back to Notre Dame. They were wonderful times with many great memories.
    Hope to hear from more 78 grads! Looking forward to attending the celebration in October.

    • Marilyn McDonald Middlestadt - Class 78's Gravatar Marilyn McDonald Middlestadt - Class 78
      April 29, 2014    

      I ran into someone I know who graduated years before me. She mentioned the Notre Dame website and I thought I would take a look. It was nice to see Lorraine’s comments. I was a Manager at Bell Canada until 1996. I then stayed home for a few years with my girl’s. I went back to work as a Senior Telecommunication Specialist from 2002 to 2012 at WSIB. I will be married to my husband Dave for 30 years in August 2014. We have two great daughters. Alexa is 24. She graduated from Trent University with a Bachelor of Arts and Education. She is a teacher for the Durham School Board. Sarah is 20. She graduates as a EA from Fleming College in June. She will be going to George Brown in September for Post Grad specializing in Autism Behaviour. My only ties with Notre Dame is with Elizabeth McRae. We were each other’s Maid of Honours and she is Godmother to my daughter Alexa. I live in Pickering and life is good.

  7. Betsy Brandiferri (nee CIRINNA)'s Gravatar Betsy Brandiferri (nee CIRINNA)
    October 3, 2011    

    I’m a graduate of Class of 73. I got married in 1974 and raised 3 children, 2 girls and 1 boy. I am a proud grandmother of a 2 1/2 year old girl. I have worked for the TCDSB for the last 27 years as school secretary and just recently moved to the Head Office. I hope more 1973 graduates post updates on their lives.

    • Cathy Hayes (Furlotte)'s Gravatar Cathy Hayes (Furlotte)
      October 19, 2012    

      Betsy, I was just thinking about you the other day. And of course, not just because of NDHS but also about our good times at St. Aloysuis School. So happy to hear you are well. You were a good friend. God bless you and your family.

  8. Theresina McDermott (Castaneda) class of '78's Gravatar Theresina McDermott (Castaneda) class of '78
    October 6, 2011    

    Hi everyone! I am so excited to have found this site! I am an RN and have recently left my job in community nursing to start my own nursing foot care business, McDermott Footcare. I have been married for 26 years and am the very proud, doting mom of 8 kids, ages 23 to 9, 6 boys and 2 girls. We live in North York and attend Blessed Trinity parish where I teach a very spirited group of Gr. 2 catechism students every Saturday morning.

  9. Mary Kathleen Gunn's Gravatar Mary Kathleen Gunn
    January 17, 2012    

    Hi there!!!!
    I have been living in Chile, South America for the last 30 years- I have 5 kids and two grandchildren……I´d love to find my old friend, Mary Cooper from my class of ´71.
    Was so sorry to hear of the death of Sister Anne McNally.
    It would be great to hear from my friends from Notre Dame. I would love to see pics from our yearbooks since I long ago lost them all.

  10. Roseanne Avola-Rader's Gravatar Roseanne Avola-Rader
    February 6, 2012    

    Hello to all of you who attended N.D. especially 1972 – 1976. Although I left after graduating from 11th grade I have fond memories of many friendships from those years.
    At the tender age of 54 1/4 I am looking forward to September 30th when I will officially be able to receive senior discounts! I’ve enjoyed a blessed life, of course with it’s ups and downs but Jesus my Savior has walked with me across each mountain and valley and His strength has sustained me. I now live in the greater Atlanta GA area with my husband who is one of my greatest gifts. My daughter is nearing 30 and she has given us a wonderful grandson, Nathaniel, who will be seven years old in July… he is the apple of his Sweet Peas (my grandma name) eye!

    I would love to hear from any of my old friends (not saying you are old) who would like to reconnect. Please feel free to email me. Sandy Thompson (Cheeseman) I’d love to hear from you.



  11. Sharon McAuley's Gravatar Sharon McAuley
    June 28, 2012    

    This web site is such a great idea.
    I am a 1971 graduate & live in Victoria BC.
    It would be so nice to hear from high school friends.
    Looking forward to chatting with you in the near future!
    Sharon McAuley

  12. loretta (wimbs) stesco's Gravatar loretta (wimbs) stesco
    August 29, 2012    

    I just found this site, and I thank everyone involved for making it possible. I graduated 1971. I was so sad to hear of some passings I was not aware of. Happy to see what others are doing esp. Pat Murphy. We go back a long way! I have been living in Seattle for over 20 years. I hope more folks leave messages on this site.

  13. Cathy Hayes (Furlotte)'s Gravatar Cathy Hayes (Furlotte)
    October 19, 2012    

    I am excited to read about so many of you. We have a connection even if we graduated years apart. I am Cathy Hayes of Class of ’73. My married name is Furlotte and am known as Kitty for the most part. I have three children, two boys and a girl and alas, no grandchildren yet. I have been involved in parish music ministry all my life but can thank Sr. Fortin & Fr. Don MacLean for encouraging me to lead Folk Masses. I am currently the Parish Music Director for St. Barnabas Church in Scarborough. My facebook name is Catherine Kitty Furlotte. We owe so much to the teachers of Notre Dame and to each other for the positive influence on our lives. Thank you. I have never forgotten you.

  14. October 28, 2012    

    Hi I graduated June 1975 and now live in St. Catharines. Would love to connect with more girls from that year. I speak with 3 of them to this day. It is great talking to old friends!

  15. October 28, 2012    

    I graduated June 1975 and would like to talk with some old classmates. I talk with 3 of the girls and we even get together. Would love to hear from more classmates.

  16. October 28, 2012    

    I graduated 1975 and would love to hear from old classmates.

    • Carmela Enright (nee Calleri graduate 1975)'s Gravatar Carmela Enright (nee Calleri graduate 1975)
      September 5, 2014    

      Agnes! I just found this website and was reading when I came across your comment! So nice to remember , will you be attending the reunion, would love to see you!

  17. Margaret O'Brien-Giles's Gravatar Margaret O'Brien-Giles
    November 9, 2012    

    Hello. My name is Margaret Giles (nee O’Brien). I graduated in 1973. I lived in Vancouver for a few years and now live in Toronto with my (as my graduation saying says “my knight in shining armour”) husband Michael. We have two sons; Graham, who is a chartered accountant and Jonathan who is completing his Masters’ Degree in Linguistic Anthropology. I am very involved in my church of Our Lady of Fatima where our graduation mass was held many years ago. I am a Bike Mentor with Culture Link (helping newcomers to Toronto discover the City by bike) and am an avid cyclist. I work as a legal assistant at a great firm in downtown Toronto. I ride my bike most days to work, from Scarborough. I still keep in touch with Anne-Marie Catalano (now Dodgson); we remain good friends. I love to travel and have recently returned from Ireland with my son Jonathan. We travelled to Greece a few years ago. I sometimes wonder what happened to some of my class-mates; most especially Linda Toots and Connie Tine (sp?). If you ever hear about them, let me know. God bless you all.

  18. Margaret O'Brien-Giles's Gravatar Margaret O'Brien-Giles
    November 9, 2012    

    I also meant to say that I also keep in touch with my long-time high school buddy, Sharon O’Reilly-Sevigny. Sorry Sharon!

  19. Cathy (Hayes) Furlotte '73's Gravatar Cathy (Hayes) Furlotte '73
    November 13, 2012    

    Hey Marg!!!!!!!
    Fantastic to hear about you. Love to talk. My email is A few of us have decided to try to put a 40th Reunion together this spring. (hahahaha Maybe 5 more groups of graduates are trying to do the same and just can’t find each other) \our group is at the gathering contacts stage.
    You can email me or go to our facebook site Notre-Dame Seventythree. I’d love to hear more about what’s been happening with you. Look forward to hearing from you.
    Cathy (Hayes) Furlotte ’73

  20. Nancy McLauchlan's Gravatar Nancy McLauchlan
    January 5, 2013    

    Hi my name is Nancy McLauchlan (nee Gaudet) after graduating in 1973 worked at the Bell until my son was born. I was fortunate enough to be able to stay home with him, a few years later I had a daughter and stayed at home until she went into grade 1. I returned to work and was the head bookkeeper for a local small town grocery store. I have since moved to Wasaga Beach and I am now managing Saga Resort. I would love to come to a 40th reunion if it’s not too busy here. Has anyone ever heard from Bernadette Connolly or Linda Toots???? You can find me on facebook Nancy McLauchlan

  21. Michelle McCartin's Gravatar Michelle McCartin
    February 27, 2013    

    I attended Notre Dame from 77 until 80 (give or take a year). I completed grade 13 at a public high school and then went to Western University. After that I moved up north and never kept in touch or saw any of my old school mates again. I was good friends with Joanne McManus and many others. I’ll have to try to dig up my year book from my parents’ place in order to jogg my memory on some last names. If anyone recognizes my name let me know.

  22. Rosemary Nardella-Lanni's Gravatar Rosemary Nardella-Lanni
    April 10, 2013    

    I would love to hear from anyone that graduated in 1978.

    • Carmela Enright (nee Calleri graduate 1975)'s Gravatar Carmela Enright (nee Calleri graduate 1975)
      September 5, 2014    

      Omg!, long lost, do you remember me? Carmela Ruscica’s cousin, lived in the same neighbourhood Birchmount & McNicoll? Email me,, would love to hear from you!

  23. Astrid Nijman Fabian's Gravatar Astrid Nijman Fabian
    September 8, 2013    

    Hi All! I graduated in ’78, and moved to the Chicago, IL area with my family. I graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Accounting. I moved to Dallas, TX where I met my husband of 25 years, Bill. We have two kids, Andrea who is a 5th year senior at the University of South Carolina, and Kyle, who is a senior at Clemson University. Both are majoring in accounting, but I have a feeling that Andrea will become a professional photographer, and Kyle, a musician. His band is Horizon (see facebook). At least they have Plan B in place :) I was on the “mommy track” for many years, and now work for a CPA firm. I studied karate for many years, and I love photography! Bill and I camp, cycle, and spend as much time with our kids as possible. Life is good!

  24. September 20, 2013    

    Hi Everyone! I graduated with the class of ’71 and have just discovered your site. It’s been fun trying to remember everyone. Would love to get in touch with Pam Barrans to say hello and see what she’s up to. After working for the Federal Government for 16 years, I changed career paths and have worked as a realtor for the last 21 years. I live in Vancouver, have 2 wonderful grown children and spend a lot of time in Palm Desert, California.

    • Mary Anne (Jackson) Thomas's Gravatar Mary Anne (Jackson) Thomas
      January 14, 2014    

      Hi Roseanne,
      I just came across this website and recognized your name from the distant past. I do have some funny memories of you…I don’t know if you remember me?
      I live in Kitchener Ont. and have 5 amazing sons and 1 grandbaby! I have been teaching for the past 17 years.
      So hello to you and to any other grads from 1971.

      • rosey naunheimer colautti's Gravatar rosey naunheimer colautti
        September 12, 2014    

        mary ann jack!
        is that you?
        how the hell are you.
        oh my god-how great to find you!!!!
        write back soooooon.
        your seat mate in grade 13.

  25. May 10, 2014    

    I graduated in ’74 and married my high school sweetheart, Pat Beirne (a former Neiler) the following year. We’re still together 39 years later and going strong! We raised three wonderful children in Ottawa where we still live and have 2 amazing grandsons. I went into banking for a few years then stayed at home to look after the family for many more. I went back to school to study design, and started a company. I also ran an Irish dance school for many years. I now work as an artist for the past decade or so. I’d love to hear from any other ’74 grads! It was great to see an entry from Pat Vaillancourt- I remember your infectious smile and laugh!

    • Patricia's Gravatar Patricia
      November 2, 2015    

      Hi Nora!!! So nice to see your entry here. I remember your lovely warm smile and sparkling eyes :)

      This phenomenon of melancholy has hit me … wondering what happened to and where are they now and looking back fondly on those good old days.

      I’m a Mom of two amazing children (David 23 and Elyse 21) both still in university. Living in Thornhill and working at Teknion.

  26. Carmela Enright (nee Calleri graduate 1975)'s Gravatar Carmela Enright (nee Calleri graduate 1975)
    September 5, 2014    

    Browsing the website I found so many names that I recognized and wonderful memories! I would love to connect with some classmates Angie Crupi, where are you?

  27. Theresa Turmel (nee Buckell)'s Gravatar Theresa Turmel (nee Buckell)
    January 30, 2015    

    Yes, about my e-mail, sorry be being so boastful. I was just excited to find this message board. Take care.


  28. Susan (Hansen) Keeble's Gravatar Susan (Hansen) Keeble
    March 10, 2015    

    I graduated in 1977. Worked as an Administrative Assistant at Ryerson and U of T. Have been Mom to five kids for the past 36 yrs. Married to my soulmate. Still singing in a choir. I guess Mrs. Kondraki had a big influence. Hope to touch base with other ’77 grads, especially Pat Holder and Lynne Anne Mulroney.

  29. Susan LeBlanc's Gravatar Susan LeBlanc
    April 25, 2015    

    I graduated in the class of 80. I look into the school online every now and then to see if anything interesting is happening and so glad to see some activity here. I’m still living in Toronto and working in accounting thanks to Mrs Clarks grade 13 accounting class. Hope to hear from other 80 alumnea’s

  30. September 2, 2016    

    I went on to get my bachelor’s degree from a california state University. I am so grateful for the education at Notre Dame Highschool.

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