Justin Paolo Lim
Justin Paolo Lim currently serves as the President of the Centennial College Alumni Association Board of Directors. His journey within the association began as a director-at-large, gradually progressing to the role of Vice President before assuming his current presidency. Throughout his tenure as Director and Vice President, Justin actively engaged in multifarious projects and committees, leaving a resonating impact not only within the alumni community but also across the broader society.
Despite being half Filipino and half Chinese, Justin grew up in Uganda. During the final years of his International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), he has been heavily involved in community service. One of his most notable achievements is, when he and his peers organized a charity fashion show. He showcased his talent in textile and fashion design, and with this, they were able to raise a sufficient amount of money to purchase a cauterizing machine for an underfunded public hospital’s oncology department
During his academic pursuit, Justin demonstrated his leadership capabilities by serving as the Vice President of the Centennial College Student Association Board of Directors for a commendable two-year span. In recognition of his exceptional contributions, he was honored with the CCSAI Board Member of the Year award in 2019. In tandem with his responsibilities at CCSAI and his role as a student, Justin received further recognition through his appointment as an executive member of the College Student Alliance. This provincial advocacy organization champions the rights of college students in Ontario and played a pivotal role in contesting the Premier’s student choice initiatives. Justin’s academic journey culminated in the successful completion of the Architectural Technology program in 2019, embellished by honors and a Distinction in Leadership. Notably, he was bestowed with the President’s Spirit Award, a testament to his remarkable commitment and contribution to the college community.
In his current capacity as President, Justin ardently strives to infuse the Centennial College Alumni Association with purposeful programming, while also spearheading the inception and expansion of diverse association projects. Beyond his professional and association commitments, Justin serves as a consultant for a software company. During his leisure moments, he indulges his passion for volunteering, global exploration, culinary adventures, and the arts.
Amy Sit is the Vice President of the Centennial College Alumni Association Board of Directors and a graduate of Recreation and Leisure, 2008. Currently, she is a coordinator with the West Scarborough Neighbourhood Centre where her responsibilities include coordinating licensed daycares and has coordinated the Boys & Girls Club in West Scarborough. As a board member, she is driven to help other alumni connect with the community and encourage graduates from all years to attend events and network with each other. When she has some downtime, Amy enjoys watching movies, TV shows, and reading.
Frincess Arbour is the Chair of the Centennial College Alumni Association (CCAA) Board of Directors, providing leadership and guidance to drive impactful initiatives that strengthen the alumni community. She is a dedicated Child and Youth Care Practitioner, currently working at Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, Frontenac Youth Services, and Lumenus Community Services. With a degree in Child and Youth Care from Centennial College and completion of Indigenous Studies, Frincess brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role. Additionally, she serves as the Communications Director for the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC). Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Child and Youth Care at Toronto Metropolitan University, Frincess leverages her expertise to make a positive impact within the Centennial College Alumni Association and the community. In her free time, she enjoys music, playing guitar and piano, and indulging her passion for collecting vintage items.
Jecema Hewitt Vasil
Jecema Hewitt Vasil is the Centennial College Board of Directors Director-at-Large. She is a graduate from the Public Relations Management program in 2020 and is continuing on the education path and is currently enrolled in teacher’s college. During her time on the board, Jecema would like to provide a wider reach to Centennial Alumni across the globe. In her spare time she enjoys the great outdoors and going for hikes and is a self-described coffee and tea connoisseur.
Alex Taraiev is a Director-At-Large on the Centennial College Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is a graduate of both International Business Management in 2014 and Project Management in 2015. Currently he is a financial consultant with IG Wealth Management and keeps himself busy by serving on other boards and committees including the Fundraising Committee at Ukrainian Canadian Congress and Ukrainian Canadian Professional Business Association along with others. Alex would like to see CCAA as a key department at Centennial College that engages students early in their journey (as soon as they start studying at our school) and maintain them engaged/active long after they graduated (regardless of where they will be at that time across the world). He also wants to see it as the biggest and strongest Alumni Association across North America. Alex enjoys golfing, jogging, playing soccer and reading.
Director of Marketing and Communications
TJ Taylor is the Centennial College Alumni Association Board of Directors Director of Marketing. She has graduated from three programs at Centennial College, Early Childhood Education in 2004, Medical Office Administration in 2007, and Legal Office Administration in 2008. TJ currently works full time at Centennial College. She is Part Time Learning Program Officer, and works part time in Continuing Education. During her time on the CCAA Board of Directors, TJ will use her strengths in marketing and ensure great and exciting events to reach alumni. She is excited to provide fresh ideas to the Board and alumni near and far. TJ is passionate about engaging and giving back to the community through community outreach work. She is currently Communications Secretary with Local 559 Centennial College Union, the Health and Safety representative, and Parent Council Secretary. In her free time she enjoys watching basketball, listening to music, and taking nature walks — although not all at once!
Hilary Pryce is a director-at-Large on the Centennial College Alumni Association Board of Directors. She graduated from York University with an Honors Psychology BA in 2011 and from Centennial College in 2016 with an Honors, Environmental Technology diploma. She previously worked on the Alumni Department at Centennial College for five years, and currently works with the Student Life team. With her time on the board, Hilary would like to bring her passion for Mental health and the Environmental science to provide supportive events and activities to the Centennial Community. She also loves playing video games and frequents Twitch and Youtube to connect with new friends.
Laura Morra is a Director-At-Large on the Centennial College Alumni Association Board of Directors. She graduated from the Corporate Communication Public Relations program in 2014, and is the recipient of the Distinction in Leadership award. During her time on the board, Laura would like to bring her passion and enthusiasm to engage and support alumni to ensure their education at Centennial College leaves the lasting impression encapsulated in CCAA’s motto: “Centennial First, Alumni Forever.” Currently she is a full-time International Language Instructor where she plans programs for primary, junior and intermediate grades. Her other passions include: interior design, Latin dancing, kick-boxing, Co-Ed Badminton, travelling, and cooking Italian and French cuisines. She is a proud mother of three young adults and also hosts international students from across Europe. Laura is enthusiastic about using the rest of her free time serving as an active member on the CCAA board
Randine is a Director-At-Large on the Centennial College Alumni Association Board of Directors. She graduated from the Community Development Work program in 2019. She currently works in real estate and volunteers within her community. As a CCAA board member, she hopes to assist in creating a more inclusive and accessible community for the incoming and current Centennial College Alumni — both near and far.
Brandon Ramdial is a Director-At-Large on the Centennial College Alumni Association Board of Directors. Brandon graduated from the Community and Justice Services, and Criminal Psychology and Behaviour programs in 2016 with honours and a Distinction in Leadership and holds a Bachelor of Professional Arts in Criminal Justice from Athabasca University. He is a Scholarship Donor, having established the “Brandon Ramdial Building Leaders” scholarship to recognize and celebrate students who exemplified outstanding student leadership while at Centennial. Brandon has worked across several ministries including the Ministry of the Solicitor General and Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services supporting diverse populations including at-risk youth and adult offenders in various areas including probation services and policy and program development. Currently, he is a Strategic HR Business Advisor with the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks where he delivers strategic HR programs focussed on championing the employee experience and redefining mental health supports in the workplace. Brandon is proud to be back at Centennial as a sessional Professor in the Community and Justice Services Program to prepare the next generation of the workforce, bringing his wealth of knowledge and experiences into the classroom. As Director-At-Large, Brandon hopes to enhance the Alumni experience through career mentorship opportunities, spotlight Alumni industry experiences, and strengthen connections between Alumni and the Association. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys reading, writing, traveling, baking and cooking along with exploring new ways to effect change in the communities he’s involved with.
Rowieda Aboutarie is a Director-At-large on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She recently received her BA in Child and Youth Care at Toronto Metropolitan University in 2023, and an advanced diploma in Child and Youth Care from Centennial College in 2021. Rowieda also obtained her certificate in Indigenous Studies: First People Stories in 2021. Presently she is working towards completing her MA in Child and Youth Care at Toronto Metropolitan University and her Community Engagement Leadership Development Certificate. Rowieda works for the Durham District School Board as an educational assistant and engages in volunteer work in her community. She is enthusiastic and passionate about giving back to the CCAA and Centennial Community. During her term as a Director-At-Large, Rowieda will do her absolute best to work alongside and support the CCAA team in building a stronger community. Rowieda’s
second passion is running; she runs 10-15km daily and attends Mauy Thai classes five times a week. She enjoys reading and doing art activities like acrylic painting and sketching in her free time.
Deepika came to Canada at the age of 18 from the comfort of my family and home in India to embark on the adventure of self-discovery as an international student to explore a new world and pursue higher education. While an International Student at Centennial College, Deepika was elected Vice President and President of Centennial College’s Student Association as well as the College’s Board of Governors as a student representative. Deepika was awarded the Board of Governors’ Student Leadership Award and the President’s Spirit Award. Deepika is a graduate of the Biotechnology Technician program with Distinction in Leadership from Centennial College and is currently enrolled in the Human Resources Management program at York University. She comes to us with a wealth of experience in operations, clerical, customer service, workforce budget planning, data management, and organizational development. In the last 7 years working for the TTC, Deepika has held numerous roles ranging from Customer Service, Clerical, Administrative and Managerial. Recently Deepika has also joined the Toronto Police Service (TPS) as a volunteer Auxiliary Police Constable which has allowed her to get the necessary training to engage in community events, crime prevention, defensive tactics, parades, patrol escorts, emergency callouts and a variety of other events that spreads the message of reliability, commitment and collaboration. Throughout Deepika’s professional history, she has acquired skills such as providing transformative customer service experience with a prime focus on Safety, Employment, Training & Development, Human Rights and creating a culture that respects diversity and Inclusion principles. Deepika has extensive experience in managing a large group of employees of various socio-economic backgrounds, relationship building, partnering with multiple functional areas, passion for strategic and innovative leadership, and ability to navigate complex, change management scenarios.