Class of 2005
Melissa Grelo (JBC '05)
Melissa is one of Canada’s most-popular television personalities. Since 2009, this former school teacher has been co-host of “CP24 Breakfast.” Melissa also co-hosted CTV's “Olympic Morning” during the 2010 Olympics.
An alumna of Seneca’s Journalism-Broadcast program, Melissa began her career as an intern. Since then, she has held positions as a commuter specialist, news writer, reporter and anchor. Melissa is devoted to getting to the heart of stories that matter most to her viewers and committed to giving back to the community. She raises funds for the Kids, Cops & Computers Program and the Community Association for Riding for the Disabled.
Lyndsey Vanstone (JBC '05)
Lyndsey has worked primarily in the radio business for the last 10 years with a brief dip into the television world. She is the morning show producer for the John Oakley show on AM640 in Toronto and absolutely loving the gig. She acts as a co-host on the show and has also been hosting and co-hosting other talk shows on the station. Other career highlights include being John Tory's primary producer during his time hosting the Live Drive at CFRB and working on the assignment desk at CP24 and Global News Toronto.
Since graduating from Seneca she has also worked at The Fan 590, KOOL FM in Kitchener, Heart FM in Woodstock, 570 News in Kitchener, CKNX in Wingham, B101 and Chay 93.1 in Barrie, Newstalk1010, CP24, Global News Toronto and currently AM640.
Jennifer Laurin (CAB '05)
Jennifer moved back to Winnipeg after graduating from Seneca, and her instructors were right, there was no work for her there. She went back to school and got her ECE2.
She got married in September 2014, and bought a house in November 2014. In January 2015, she started her own local freelance business. On the side, Jennifer also works as a freelance photographer, event planner, and graphic designer.
Jennifer conducts photo-shoots for families, children, and friends, and offers custom creative services, such as wedding stationary, personalized clothing for special events like Stagette parties, model comp cards, and more. She plans to return to marketing down the road, possibly with the Manitoba Child Care Association.
Helen Lightstone (CRT '05)
In 2008, Helen accepted a contract as a conflict management practitioner at a Canadian Forces Base in Petawawa.
Helen worked in the Department of National Defence for the Director, General Alternative Dispute Resolution, on the “Community Conflict Management Pilot.” She taught a course called “Approaching Conflict Effectively.”
The concept of the Community Conflict Management Pilot was to provide the military community with consultation, conflict coaching, training and facilitation so disputants at home could resolve their own issues without troubling their deployed partners.
Helen has also taught a conflict resolution course, and gave pre-deployment briefings to troops so that they could better handle conflict and maintain mission focus while away. For Helen, working at CFB Petawawa was truly a remarkable experience, which provided her with life-long memories.
Helen Lightstone is back in Toronto and can be reached at www.lightstonemediationservices.com.
Jennie (Tomkins) Joly (MKT '05)
While studying Marketing at Seneca College, Newnham Campus, Jennie held various positions with the Seneca Student Federation, including Orientation Coordinator and Vice-President. Since leaving Seneca, her passion for helping students has never wavered.
She is currently a Program Officer in the Talent Portfolio at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). At SSHRC, they support students and post-doctoral fellows in order to develop the next generation of researchers and leaders across society, both within academia and across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Her passion for helping students has been a huge part of her academic and professional life.
In her downtime, Jennie enjoys making art with her young child, specifically using finger paints, and enjoys spending time in Constance Bay (Woodlawn), Ontario. Jennie also loves wine, music, dancing and travelling. In her most recent travels, she visited Jaco, Costa Rica.
Cole Mackin (CAB '05)
Cole is the president of Keele UX Inc, a cutting-edge user-experience design and development shop based in Vancouver. With a focus on large community sites, as well as web and mobile apps, Mackin and Keele UX have worked with some of the world’s largest brands (InStyle magazine, People magazine, DailyBurn, Geeknet, Pond5, among others). He is also co-founder of Olioboard.com, a web and mobile app that allows interior designers and decor lovers to shop through the creation of 3-D virtual room designs that can be shared with others.