Class of 1980
Michael Landry (LCD '80)
Michael’s policing career has spanned the law enforcement spectrum, from front-lines to detective work, special projects and management. After graduating from Seneca, Michael was hired by Canada’s Wonderland to be the park’s first security officer while the park was still being built.
In 1982, Michael began his 30 year career with the Ontario Provincial Police at the Bracebridge Detachment. He was transferred to the Haliburton Highlands Detachment in 1988 and retired in the spring of 2012. During those 24 years, he also worked at the OPP’s General Headquarters, the Casino Enforcement Unit at Casino Rama and the Bancroft Detachment.
Michael was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 and was the Acting Staff Sergeant, Detachment Commander for six months prior to retirement. He was also a member of the Front Line Supervisors Council.
Michael has since been hired back by the OPP to continue his role as a Critical Incident Stress Responder.
Julia Bridges (GVA '80)
Julia is the manager for South court operations with the Toronto Court Services. She has spearheaded several courtroom design improvement initiatives—most notably, she was the Project Manager for the Digital Audio Recording Project, which has made a dramatic impact on how court proceedings and endorsements are preserved on record.
While finding success in her career, Julia has been an outstanding supporter of Seneca. Each year, she welcomes and mentors a number of field placement students, and she has volunteered as an advisory committee member, while serving as a Divisional Lead for co-op student placement opportunities with the Toronto Court Services. Julia was honoured with a Senecan’s of Distinction award in 2011.
Bonita Pietrangelo (GVA '80)
In 1978, Seneca Professor Jerry Bernie arranged for his students to volunteer for the City of Toronto municipal election as poll workers. This was Bonita’s first exposure to elections. Over 30 years later, she is the person behind the scenes planning municipal elections in her role as Director of Elections Toronto.
As part of Seneca’s Government Administration Program, Bonita interned at the City of Toronto Clerk’s Office in the Elections & Legislative Services unit. Her Manager kept her on as a summer student, thus beginning Bonita’s career in municipal government. She continues to collaborate with retired Seneca Professor Peter Bartram, ensuring that students are involved in the election as election-day workers.
Bonita fondly remembers chatting with classmates in the cafeteria, and fitting in a quick badminton game between classes. Not only did Seneca set Bonita on her career path, but she also met her husband in the Government Administration Program.
Catherine Romano (DNS '80)
Catherine has worked in neurosurgery, neonatology, orthopedics, home care, long term care and is presently working in the emergency department at Peterborough Regional Health Centre and for Health Canada in First Nation Communities in northern Ontario. She is also the owner and operator of LOL First Aid and CPR, teaching CPR and First Aid for the Red Cross, Heart and Stroke and Lifesaving Society. She has recently become a Heart and Stroke PALS (Pediatric Advanced Lifesaving) Instructor.
Her passion is an 18 year volunteer stint at Camp Kawartha and the Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre. She started as the camp nurse and is now the Health Care Coordinator ensuring the health and safety of staff, campers and students.
Catherine is a happily married mother of four. One of her Seneca instructors, Helen Best, taught her that if you were going to call yourself a Registered Nurse you better do the job to the best of your abilities.