Category Archives: Alumni In The News

Jennifer Wahlroth (’79)

NT alumna Jennifer Wahlroth was recently the recipient of a rare honour, bestowed on her by North West Territory Pipe Band. A certified accountant by day with Avery Cooper & Co. in Yellowknife, Jennifer started piping lessons in 1992 and began performing with the pipe band two years later. She also put her accounting skills to work as secretary/treasurer of the organization. This past January, her dedication to the band was recognized at its annual Robert Burns Dinner, when she was presented with a Lifetime Honourary Membership. Only the fourth person in the pipe band’s 40-year history to be thus honoured, she was previously awarded the Pipe Major Floyd Adlem Award in 2008 for outstanding service.

Daniel Levy (’02)

Daniel Levy, co-creator, writer and star of the highly popular CBC comedy Schitt’s Creek was featured in the December 2016 issue of Professionally Speaking, the journal of the Ontario College of Teachers. In the Remarkable Teacher segment, he paid tribute to Anne Carrier, Head of English at NTCI from 1998 to her retirement in 2005, and the pivitol role she played in helping him “find his voice.”

Levy recalled, “High school was a tricky time… I knew I wanted to write, to create, to have my voice heard but I had no idea how to do it.” But being in Anne Carrier’s class in 2001 was perfect timing: “She came along at just the right moment.” Dan specifically praised Anne for her emphasis on subtext and the “challenge of reading between the lines… She inspired me to think differently and continue to write.”

Kudos to Dan on his successful career and for recognizing
the major role Anne Carrier played in his journey to success.

Dr. Shaf Keshavjee (’79)

In January 2017, all media outlets were buzzing with the inspirational story of double lung transplant recipient Melissa Benoit. The surgical team behind this remarkable achievement was led by NT alumnus Dr. Shaf Keshavjee.

Recognized as a world leader in thoracic surgery, Dr. Keshavjee graduated from University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine in 1985, then trained in surgery at U of T, Harvard, and the University of London. A key member of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at University Health Network, Dr. Keshavjee is also an Officer of the Order of Canada (2014) and the developer of the Toronto XVIVO Lung Perfusion System, which allows donor lungs to be kept alive outside of the body in order to be assessed, treated and repaired before being transplanted into a patient.

Congratulations to Dr. Keshavjee and his team on their lifesaving innovations and remarkable achievements.

Emily D’Angelo

Those who attended the 2016 edition of Maytime Melodies, featuring the Mozart Requiem, were treated to Emily D’Angelo’s stunning performance as the contralto soloist. Recognized as one of Canada’s most gifted young operatic stars, Emily graduated from NT in 2012 and furthered her studies in music performance/voice at the University of Toronto. She graduated last spring and earned a coveted position with the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio. This fall, she will also be making her debut with the Canadian Opera Company, playing Zweite Dame in their production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Her achievements and rapid rise to fame in the world of opera were recently highlighted in November issue of the North Toronto Post. The digital version of the Postarticle can be found at

http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/Do/November-2016/Singer-Emily-DAngelo-is-happily-hitting-some-career-high-notes/

Lorraine Clarkson

Ins Choi

Kim’s Convenience—the new CBC show about a Korean-owned convenience store in Regent Park—has a North Toronto connection! The ground-breaking comedy, which debuted this fall, is based on the play Kim’s Convenience written by NT alumnus, Ins Choi. The play successfully debuted in 2011 at the Toronto Fringe Festival, winning the Best New Play award with Ins both acting in and directing this production. The following year, Soulpepper Theatre remounted the play. An incredible hit, the production won the Toronto Theatre Critics and Best Canadian Play awards, and was nominated for the 2012 Dora Mavor Moore award for Outstanding New Play. After graduating from NT in the early ’90s, Ins attended York University and graduated from the acting program in 1998. Actor, playwright and poet, Ins is performing his celebrated one-man spoken-word play Subway Stations of the Cross at Wycliffe College, Toronto, on Saturday, November 26, starting at 7:00 p.m. For more on Ins Choi, visit http://inschoi.wixsite.com/inschoi

Lorraine Clarkson

Paul Raff ’86

An innovative backyard addition to a typical North Toronto home by award-winning Canadian architect and NT alumnus, Paul Raff, was recently featured in the Globe and Mail (June 3, 2016: http://evykb1pu18t3wms9b2yqgmtt.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/160603_GVR-004_Glencairn-House-Addition_The-Globe-and-Mail.pdf) and the National Post (July 23, 2016). The addition, described as “spirit in the sky from the backyard” and a “theme and variations” is, according to the National Post’s Martha Uniacke Breen, a brilliant combination of Paul’s belief that “there are spaces you design that are visually beautiful, with handsome materials, graceful lines and plenty of style. And there are designs that were primarily guided by the way the inhabitants want to live.” To read more about Paul Raff and the work of the Paul Raff Studio, visit http://paulraffstudio.com/ or http://torontolife.com/style/home/great-spaces-built-to-last/

Lorraine Clarkson