Why it Matters:
The programs offered at King Campus attract a certain kind of student.
They appeal to those who put others first; the ones who build strong communities.
They address the core needs of every community (nursing, policing, emergency response, therapeutic recreation, early childhood education and social services) and their graduates make a difference.
Armand La Barge
Armand La Barge began his career with York Regional Police in 1973 and served as Chief of Police from 2002 until his retirement in December 2010. His work in and for the community has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2012 Black Business Professional Association Harry Jerome Award for Diversity, the Wilf Wilkinson Rotary Peace Award and the YMCA Peace Medallion.
Jo Gomes, is a graduate and a professor who has spent more than 20 years in the social service field. She has assisted disadvantaged youth and adults, including those suffering from mental health issues, homelessness, addiction and violence. She also helped to start a project that provides training and expertise to people in need in Jamaica and is a Premier’s Award winner in the Community Services category.
Aaron Griffin, a graduate of Underwater Skills, trained Parks Canada marine archeologists to work in the icy waters of the Arctic in order to explore the recently found HMS Erebus. One of two ships on an ill-fated 1845 expedition, the Erebus has become a part of Canadian folklore due to several unsuccessful attempts to find it.
Since graduating from Seneca, Major (Retired) Lee-Anne Quinn dedicated her life to making a difference through her commitment and leadership in nursing. During her 21 years of service with the Canadian Forces, Major Quinn has travelled across the globe with peacekeeping missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Somalia, Rwanda, and Kandahar, Afghanistan and been honored with a prestigious Nightingale Award, Governor General’s Award.
After graduating from Recreation Facilities Management, Marc Neeb spent a number of years working in municipal government, eventually serving as the CAO of the Town of Aurora. This led to his current postion as the Executive Vice-President, Global Human Resources at Magna International.
Geraldine is the third woman in the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Recreation Facilities Managements graduate was a long serving member of the Canadian Women’s National Hockey Team and led Canada to seven consecutive International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship gold medals.
On a cold March day, off the shores of Lake Simcoe, Police Foundations graduate Constable David Flood and colleagues from the York Regional Police Marine Unit saved four men from the frigid water after a kite surfing accident. David is one of the many men and women serving their communities after graduating from Seneca.
Diana Di Clemente
Diana Di Clemente, Child and Youth worker graduate, finds great rewards in her work as a Relief Child and Youth Worker in Residential and Day Treatment at the Blue Hills Child and Family Centre.