Markham grads among Distinguished Alumni Award winners

Three Markham high school graduates, including a Toronto Blue Jays pitcher, are among the York Catholic District School Board’s (YCDSB) 2024 Distinguished Alumni Award winners.

Jordan Romano

Jordan Romano, the closing pitcher for the Blue Jays, is a two-time Major League Baseball All-Star and won the Tip O’Neill Award in 2022. The award, given annually to a Canadian baseball player, was created the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and first presented in 1984. Romano graduated from Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy.



Saneliso Moyo

Fellow award winner Saneliso Moyo is a labour, employment and human rights lawyer, and partner at Goldblatt Partners LLP in Toronto. She frequently speaks in YCDSB schools on issues related to equity and activism. She also graduated from Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy.

Marsha Pinto, a speech therapist in San Jose, Cal., founded “Softest Voices,” an organization that advocates for quiet and shy students. She graduated from San Lorenzo Catholic Elementary School (CES) and St. Brother Andre Catholic High School (CHS).

Marsha Pinto

This is the 20th occasion that the YCDSB has recognized Distinguished Alumni for their significant contributions to their respective careers and communities. Other award winners include Scott Birchall, a priest in the Archdiocese of Toronto and a professor at St. Augustine’s Seminary. He attended St. Mary Immaculate CES in Richmond Hill and Notre Dame CES and Sacred Heart CHS in Newmarket.

Jessica Dizon Burns, an aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) and professor at Centennial College in Toronto, is among two per cent of women worldwide who hold an AME licence and the first at WestJet’s Toronto base. She graduated from St. Charles Garnier CES and St. Elizabeth CHS in Thornhill. Jeffrey Man is a senior policy advisor at the Ontario Public Service, where he advises executives on decisions that affect older Ontarians and people with disabilities. He graduated from St. Theresa of Lisieux CHS in Richmond Hill.

Kevin McCloskey is a deputy chief with the York Regional Police, where he oversees the Support Branch, which includes Operational Command, Information Services, Support Services and Community Services. He graduated from St. Robert CHS in Thornhill. Sierra Scodellaro is a clinical research project manager and pharmacogenetics data analyst at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She graduated from Our Lady of Hope CES in Richmond Hill and St. Elizabeth CHS in Thornhill.

View full profiles and video clips of each Distinguished Alumni, along with this year’s poster, on the YCDSB website.


Photo: YCDSB’s 2024 Distinguished Alumni Award winners. (YCDSB photo)

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