Alumni

Hear from our Alumni

Where are they now?

Would you like to share what you've gone on to accomplish with your degree? Have you travelled, found a great job, or gone on to future studies for which Portuguese was an asset? If you would like to share your story, fill out Alumni Form. We'd love to hear what you've been up to! For questions regarding your update, please contact Professor Maria João Dodman (mdodman@yorku.ca) or Professor Inês Cardoso (icardoso@yorku.ca).

See below to learn more about our Alumni, their time at York and what they are doing now.

2009-2012

Sylvia Vieira Mira

Major(s) and/or Minor
Portuguese Studies

After graduating from York, I went on to study /Após a licenciatura continuei a estudar
B.A of education at Lakehead University

After graduating from York, I worked at / Since graduating from York, I have been working at / Após a licenciatura trabalhei em/ Após a licenciatura tenho andado a trabalhar em
I went on to work for the TCDSB

 

2013-2016

Andrea Coelho

Andrea Coelho

Andrea Coelho

Andrea Coelho - 2013 BA (Hons)/ Major(s) and/or Minor(s): History and Portuguese Studies

The Importance of Portuguese
Having studied Portuguese, I now have a greater knowledge and appreciation for my culture and the history of the Portuguese-speaking world. I care deeply about the local Portuguese community and continue to volunteer. However, I also enjoy relaxing on my patio after a stressful day with some great Portuguese and Brazilian literature. I particularly love reading books by Jorge Amado and José Luís Peixoto.

Studies, Work and Volunteering
After graduating from York, I went on to study Government Relations at Seneca College (Post-grad diploma). I have been working at Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services. I will be starting a new position in communications at IESO in September.

I continue to volunteer as an advisor to the Toronto Catholic District School Board, assisting the board and the Partners in Motion advising team to develop solutions that will solve the academic underachievement issues of Portuguese-speaking youth in Toronto.

Travel after York
After graduating from York, I travelled to Cuba, Dominican Republic and Portugal.

Future plans
In the near future, I plan to become a lobbyist. I will continue to travel. I cannot get enough of it. Still on my to do list are: Angola, Brazil, Scotland, Iceland and New Zealand.

Joe Correia

Joe Correia

Joe Correia

Joe Correia -  2013 Linguistics major, Portuguese Studies minor

Studies and Work
After graduating from York with a Linguistics Major and a Minor in Portuguese Studies, I continued my studies at York where I am currently an MA candidate in the program of Linguistics. I have also worked as a research assistant to a professor at York University.

Travel after York
After graduating from York, I travelled to Portugal, the United States and to Northern Canada.

Community
I have continued to participate in community events. I have attended workshops on the Portuguese community; I have also volunteered at the 2015 Pan Am Games.

Jessica Cunha

Jessica Cunha

Jessica Cunha

Jessica Cunha 2014 BA (Hons), Kinesiology (Major), Portuguese Studies (Minor)

Portuguese Studies
The Portuguese Studies program taught me a lot about the amazing writers Portugal has to offer, and it also helped me improve my confidence in speaking and writing in Portuguese with my family.

Studies, Work and Volunteering
After graduating from York, I went on to study Sport Management at Humber College.

Since graduating from York I have been working at the University of Toronto, as well as West Toronto Skating Club, coaching both figure skaters and hockey players on improving their skating techniques.

I visited high schools, as well as middle schools to speak with Portuguese speaking students regarding continuing their education as well as what they can expect as they advance in their academic career. I also assisted LusoGolf with their golf tournament where money is raised to give out as scholarships to students.

Travel after York
After graduating from York, I travelled to Portugal for one month to visit friends and family. (the photo above is in Sintra, Portugal).

Future plans – commitment with the Portuguese community
To start my own powerskating school and work with elite athletes. I also plan to work as a certified kinesiologist and obtain my certification as a personal trainer to offer more training workshops for athletes. I would also like to start my own Lusophone Club within the Portuguese-Speaking community to raise scholarships for Portuguese-speaking students to continue in their academic careers.

Tali Yanuka Paonessa

Tali Yanuka Paonessa

Tali Yanuka Paonessa

Tali Yanuka Paonessa BA (Hons), Portuguese (Major) and Spanish 2014

Portuguese Studies
To me, studying languages at York was much more than learning how to communicate, read and write in those languages. The courses which I took enriched my intellect by providing me with profound study materials that ranged from history, literature, poetry, linguistics and much more. Each course was full with interesting topics that made me really excited about attending my next class. Learning about the different cultures of the Portuguese and Spanish worlds opened my eyes to so many things that in my day to day dealings I do not come across. It was a journey into another, distant world and I was so happy to have experienced it.

Studies, Work and Volunteering
After graduating from York, I started my own business dedicated to growing organic, wholesome foods as well as headed a Not For Profit organization that operates as an animal sanctuary which houses cows and bulls that were about to be sent to slaughter.