Owner and Founder
Making Waves was born back in 1994 when I started teaching swimming lessons to neighbourhood kids out of my parents backyard pool in Brampton. I truly believe that our growth as a company is a tribute to the motivated, creative, talented and caring staff that have fueled Making Waves today and along the way. When not in pursuit of all things aquatic, you may find me biking, golfing, cooking or just having fun with my 3 amazing kids!
I’m the one without the webbed feet contributing from behind the scenes on marketing, management development and strategic planning. You are more likely to find me running after our kids and editing copy than doing front crawl at the pool! I love meeting new parents enrolled in our program and hearing how pleased they are with their children’s progress. It is such a rewarding industry to be a part of! Besides building Lego City with our boys and spending time with our beautiful daughter, I also love painting, photography, soccer and eating lots of good Italian food!
I have been a parent at Making Waves for almost a decade and I loved our family experience so much that I’m now working here! I’m proud to be a part of such an organized, smart and caring group of individuals; all passionately dedicated to safely teaching your children to swim and growing along with them. I love hearing the stories and encourage you to share them with us in person and online! When I’m not here, I am serving on the Board of Directors with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel – yep, I believe deeply in helping kids – as well as hanging out with my own two children, my husband and my mom. Hope to see you soon!
Director of Operations
I have been working at Making Waves since 1999 and can officially say I’ve done every job there is to do here! It has been amazing to see the company grow over the years and to be a part of such a dedicated and motivated team. The company has touched so many lives, including my own; many of my best friends are people I met here! When I am not at the pool you may find me in the kitchen. I love to cook! If the leaves are falling and it’s Sunday you will find me in my Green Bay Packers jersey watching football and spending time with family and friends.
Senior Manager, Training Systems
I originally started with Making Waves back in 2004, and after 18+ years working for various municipal recreation departments, I am re-joining this amazing team! Aquatics has taken me around North America where I have had the opportunity to share my knowledge, expertise and passion for aquatics with others! Did you know I’ve taught / trained / certified over 10,000 people in aquatic or leadership courses?! When I am away from HQ, you can find me teaching at Humber College, travelling the world or spending quality time with my partner in crime, Colleen, and fur-baby, Klondike.
Project Manager (Parental Leave)
Hi, everyone. My name is Lisa! I get to work on some of the projects that help our team Make Waves ! Prior to this, I managed our Brampton location for 3 years! I also really enjoy teaching Advanced Leadership courses such as specialized Instructor courses and lifeguard training programs, building our next generation of exciting Instructors! I am passionate about music. One of my favourite experiences was recording at Abbey Road Studios with the band Sigur Ros; the track can be heard on EMI Records and on YouTube. It was an incredible experience! See you at the pool!
Controller / HR Administrator
I have spent the last 10 years consulting with a broad range of businesses in their growth phase and loved Making Waves as a client so much that I decided to join full-time! I contribute a unique entrepreneurial and small business perspective, specializing in human resources and financial roles. Fun fact: I actually worked as an RN early in my career! When I’m not crunching numbers, I love crunching snow while downhill skiing and crunching mulch when gardening.
Marketing Coordinator, Brand & Design
Hello! My name is Simon. I have been surrounded by the aquatics industry since as long as I can remember. I am grateful for my prior lifeguarding and instructing experience because it fuels the creative passion I have for Making Waves. You will often find me “behind the scenes” plugging away on a computer to develop new concepts for marketing collateral, ranging from video and photography to print and digital promotion. When I’m not at work you’ll most likely find me spending family time with my lovely wife and my beautiful handful of a son!
Marketing Coordinator, Social Media & Events
Hi there, my name is Ridhima! I graduated from Ryerson University, completing my undergrad degree in the Radio & Television Arts: New Media program. During my university years, I was very involved with my school and helped develop marketing concepts for various organizations. Throughout this experience I realized I have a passion for digital marketing and storytelling. To further enhance my knowledge I will be pursuing my masters at Ryerson University in Digital Media. I am very happy to be making waves with such amazing individuals and cannot wait to showcase exciting stories!
Hi my name is Rachel and I have been working for Making Waves since 2009. You can find me in the pool teaching your little fish to swim, at reception getting those little fish registered, or head instructing and supervising at any one of our locations! I enjoy working at Making Waves because of the fun and energetic work environment. I love travelling to beautiful islands such as Barbados whenever I get the chance.
Manager, Brampton (Parental Leave)
Hello! I originally started with Making Waves in 2013, managing the Brampton location. Aquatics has always been a passion of mine. I enjoy teaching advanced leadership courses and love to continue taking courses myself! When I am not at the pool, you are most likely to find me spending family time with my husband and daughters. We love going to the park and going for hikes with our dog.
Manager, MiltonHi, I’m Paige! I am super excited to join the Making Waves team! Aquatics was my first love, and it was the career path that chose me! I have experience in both public and private sectors of this industry. I love the world of aquatics because we teach an essential life skill while having fun! My other passion is theatre! I act, sing, write and direct. My favourite quote of all time is, “When you wake up in the morning you have two choices: to go back to sleep and keep dreaming, or to wake up and chase those dreams.” Please come and say hello when you see me at the pool!
Manager, Milton (Parental Leave)
I’ve been involved in aquatics my entire life! After almost drowning at the age of 3, I was put into swimming lessons, and my love for swimming quickly blossomed. My humble beginnings in lessons developed into a swimming career spanning 15 years, 8 of which I spent representing Canada on the National Team. Some of my greatest accomplishments include being a National Champion, Canadian Record Holder and Youth Olympic Gold medallist. Despite my success in competitive swimming, perhaps my greatest achievement of all was learning to feel comfortable and safe in the water, something which I owe to all of the great instructors and coaches I’ve had along this journey. My passion for Aquatics stems from the great experiences I’ve had, and now I’m dedicating my career to making sure other children get the same opportunity. I look forward to meeting you at the pool and being a part of your journey!
Hi! I have been enthusiastic about the growth of our company and the opening of new locations since 2009 before we even had our own pools! I have built many long lasting relationships at all locations and am currently fulfilling the role of Manager of Mississauga. In 2016, I managed our newly opened Vaughan location – you could say I’m the opener! Growing our teams and growing our impact on communities is my passion and purpose. A little bit about me… I’m an Urban Planner, a Project Manager, a transit guru, a devout Torontonian and world traveller. Come join our family and … see you at the pool!
Hello! My name is Deanna, but you can call me “D”. I love being active and playing sports. In fact, I play so many sports, it’s hard to pick a favourite! I would love to travel to Thailand as I think it would be an amazing experience! Something that I have always wanted to do, but have never tried, would be skydiving! Something that not many people know about me is that I love Olympic weightlifting and cross fit! I love working at Making Waves because of how much everyone supports each other.
Hey everyone! My name is Matthew, but my friends call me Matt. I have been working at Making Waves since 2012, but I started much earlier when I took lessons here! My favourite thing about Making Waves is the friendly staff and the family atmosphere. When I’m not at the pool you can find me watching or playing sports. My favourite team is the Toronto Blue Jays, and I hope one day I can watch them win the World Series. If you see me at the pool, come say hi!
Hi, my name is Richard. I have been working at Making Waves since 2003. You may have seen me at the pool teaching your little fish how to swim or helping you out behind the scenes as one of our Site Supervisors. I have also now taken on the Maintenance Coordinator position. I am the one that is making sure that the building and pool are operating at it’s best, so you can have the best experience possible here at Making Waves. If I am not at the pool, then you can catch me watching the Blue Jays win (or lose). If you see me around don’t be shy and say ‘Hi’, I love talking with everyone! See you at the pool!
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My name is Adam! My favourite sport to play and watch is baseball. I have been to Aruba, New York, Hawaii, and I would love to visit Italy. My favourite skill to teach at the pool is dives. I have been working at Making Waves for 4 years. I love working at Making Waves because I love being able to help children learn a life skill. One day I hope to be a teacher!
Hi I’m Alana! I love going to the beach and traveling to new places. One day I hope to travel to Australia! I love to teach kids how to swim and see all of the progress they make! My favourite skill to teach is Front Crawl. See you at the pool!
Hi my name is Alessia. I have been teaching swimming lessons for four years and my favourite skill to teach is Front Crawl. I love to travel and have seen so many places such as Italy, Los Angeles and San Francisco and I hope to visit London, England one day. I also enjoy shopping and watching movies, my favourite movie is The Great Gatsby. I love teaching kids and having fun with them in the water. See you at the pool!
Hi! My name is Aliannah, but most people call me Ali. If I’m not in the pool here at Making Waves you can probably find me in the water somewhere else! I love the water!
Hi everyone, I am Angela, but you can call me Angie. I love going for bike rides and eating ice cream. Other than swimming, I love to play lacrosse. I have a long list of exciting adventures I would like to take: I want to sky dive, go to a Jason Aldean concert, and go scuba diving! Working with kids is so much fun! I love seeing the progress they make. Next time you see me at the pool, come and say hello!
Hey! My name is Ben and my favourite thing about working at Making Waves is making the kids smile, as well as my co-workers! My favourite skills to teach are Side Glide with 4 arm rotations, and Rocketship Rollovers. I love scuba diving and I have gone all over the world to do it. One time I even scuba dove with 2 sharks! I can’t wait to teach your little fish in the water!
Hello! My name is Bobbi, and I absolutely love to teach swimming. My favourite skill to teach is glides! Outside of swimming, I enjoy hanging out with friends! What do you enjoy? See you at the pool!
Hi, I’m Cynthia! I started working at Making Waves in 2011 at the Milton location but you can now find me in Vaughan. I started swimming as a baby in Parent & Tot classes and haven’t been able to stay out of the water since, doing everything from springboard diving to synchronized swimming. I enjoy being able to pass on my love for swimming in such a rewarding way working at Making Waves. Aside from my passion for swimming I also love animals so in 2015 I started my own dog walking business. When I’m not at the pool or out walking dogs, I like to play board games with friends and travel as much as I can.
Hey everyone, my name is Cory! I love to interact with the kids and watch them realize what they can achieve when they put in the hard work. My favourite skill to teach at the pool is dives because they are so much fun. When I’m not in the pool you can find me playing the piano, which I taught myself to play. I have even written a few original songs. I’ll see you in the water!
Hey, I’m Danielle! I love working here because the vibe is great and I love seeing the same faces, whether it is the family and kids or the staff members. My favourite skill to teach is Sidestroke and Front Crawl (bent arm). I’m obsessed with sea food, and my favourite sport to watch is hockey, however my favourite to play is boxing, Muai Thai and kickboxing. I’d really like to visit is the Middle East! So far, I’ve been to Portugal, Cuba, and Mexico. Something I would like to do is Travel with a group and see all of Europe. See you at the pool!
Hi, my name is Daniel, and I have grown up through the Making Waves family. I started as a swimmer here, and now I am one of the Site Supervisors! I love science, biology in particular, and I hope one day to be a doctor. My favourite thing about Making Waves is the positive atmosphere, and the family-like feel. If you see me at the pool, come say hi!
Hi, I’m Danielle! You can call me Dani if you’d like! I love nature walks and travelling new places. I have been to Israel, New York, Aruba, and one day hope to travel all of Europe and learn all the languages. I love teaching kids and have so much fun bonding with them in the pool! Come Make Waves with me in the pool!
Hi! My name is Daphne. I have been working in aquatics for four years, and I love to swim! My favourite skill to teach in the pool is Front Crawl. Some places I have travelled to are Italy, Israel, British Columbia and I would love to visit Kenya to see the giraffes. Come say hi at the pool!
Hi! My name is Janae, but my friends call me Nae Nae! I love teaching Front Glides. I love working here because I love to see how hard the children work and how they learn such an important skill set. I went on a missions trip where I was able to work with orphanages and actually taught some of them how to swim! See you at the pool!
Hello my name is Jessica but you can call me Jess. I have already visited Jamaica, Nova Scotia, Vegas and Florida, but the next place I would love to go is Belize. I am a positive spirit always ready for an adventure! In the summer, you can find me outside enjoying the nice weather but when the colder weather hits, the only time you will find me outside is if I am hitting the hills for some snowboarding! In my downtime, I enjoy reading, going for walks and catching up with my loved ones. See you at the pool!
Hi my name is Macy! I’ve been working at Making Waves since 2012! You will normally catch me working at the Milton facility. The number one thing I love about Making Waves is the positive environment! I also love seeing the smile on a child’s face when they accomplish their goals! I can’t wait to see you at the pool!
Hi! I’m Madison, but you can call me Madi. I have worked at Making Waves since the Spring of 2014 and love working here because of the culture and how everyone treats each other like one BIG family! Frozen and Moana are my favourite movies. Hockey is my favourite sport, besides Swimming, obviously! My dream is to own a pig and live in NYC. Can’t wait to meet you at the pool!
Hey! My name is Maurice. After taking lessons here as a kid, I became an Instructor. Over time, I became a Head Instructor, Customer Service Representative and now I am a Supervisor! I have grown up at Making Waves and just love it all! When I’m not at the pool you can find me watching movies with my friends. My favourite movie is “Rush Hour 2”. One day I hope to be an Optometrist. See you at the pool!
Hi my name is Meghan! I have been working at Making Waves for over 5 years and you can find me swimming and supervising at multiple facilities here. At Making Waves each day is a new experience. I enjoy listening to what children have accomplished, as well as helping the staff to grow and become independent. I love helping our swimmers succeed in their classes because I believe it is an important life skill. Making Waves has become like a second family to me and it truly the best place to work! When I am not at Making Waves I love listening to music at home or in concert, riding in my big pickup truck, and just relaxing with my friends! Hope to see you at the pool!
Hello, you can call me Nat! I love to travel as I have visited Colombia, Mexico and New York!! One day I hope to visit Germany. When i’m not at the pool, you can catch me going to the movies, out to dinner or shopping! My favourite thing about Making Waves is the friendly staff I get to work with everyday. Even though I love teaching kids how to swim, I am striving to become a school teacher too! Come visit me at the pool!
Hey! My name is Nicholas and I enjoy working at Making Waves because I love interacting with people. The amazing staff and customers make it so fun being here and I love being part of something that is productive and beneficial to others. My favourite skill to teach in the pool is definitely Sidestroke. When I’m not in the pool you can find me playing basically any sport or the guitar because sports and music are my 2 favourite things. Also, I’m a huge car enthusiast so be sure to tell me if you like cars too when you see me in the water!
Hello, my name is Parth. I’ve always loved teaching both kids and adults how to swim. I’ve been Sea Swimming and would love to swim in the Niagara Falls one day. I grew up playing Cricket and Table Tennis, but I do tune into Football once in awhile. When I’m not at work I love spending time with my family and friends. Come find me at the pool and let me know what you like to do!
Hi there! My name is Roman! I have been working with Making Waves since 2014. I’m also a Head Instructor and Customer Service Representative. I enjoy working at Making Waves because everyone here is like a second family to me. In my spare time, I like to read and spend time with my friends. See you at pool!
Hi, I’m Salia! I have had the pleasure of working with the enthusiastic team at MWSS as an Instructor, Head Instructor, and Site Supervisor, so I can help answer any questions you may have about your child’s progress. My favourite thing about my job is coming up with creative ways to teach new skills. I’ve got lots of tips and tricks to show you, so come Make Waves with me in Vaughan!
Hi, my name is Samantha and I’ve grown up at Making Waves. After taking lessons here as a kid I became a volunteer and then instructor. Over the years, I became a Head Instructor, Customer Service Representative and now I am a Supervisor. I love working at Making Waves because of the amazing atmosphere. When I’m not at Making Waves I enjoy dancing and travelling. See you at the pool!
Hi, I’m Steph! I’ve been at Making Waves for 15 years and it’s like a second home to me! I love teaching all classes, especially pre-school children. When I’m not at the pool I’m spending time with my family or skiing! If you see me around, come say hi!
Hey! I’m Sydney and I love everything about Making Waves because it’s where I’ve grown up. I’ve been at this pool since I was 2 years old and can’t imagine being anywhere else. Watching the kids I’ve taught grow up and improve is the best feeling in the world! My favourite skill to teach is Breaststroke because it’s my favourite to swim as it’s relaxing yet effective. I’m currently in school for Marine Biology so be sure to tell me your favourite marine animal in the water! Can’t wait to see your little fish in the pool!