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Leadership Team

  • Tiernan Murphy

    Owner and Founder

    In 1994 I started teaching swimming lessons to neighbourhood kids out of my parents backyard pool in Brampton. I couldn’t have realized then what Making Waves would grow to become. Our success as a company is a tribute to the motivated, creative, talented and caring staff that have fuelled Making Waves today and all along the way. I am really excited about the mentorship that happens every day at Making Waves and I am really passionate about the life skills we are teaching both our students and our staff.  I like to live by the mantra “if it’s not fun, make it fun!” and outside of the business you may find me biking, cooking something spicy, baking bread or spending some quality time with my 3 amazing kids!

  • Stephanie Orefice


    Making Waves is truly a part of our lives and very much a family business that has evolved over time. Tiernan and I love meeting new parents enrolled in our program and hearing how pleased they are with their child’s progress. I am involved from behind the scenes at Making Waves these days, helping with strategic planning for the company and assisting with facility building and design. As a mom trying to balance life with 3 active kids I can also really relate to our families at Making Waves. I have a passion for the creative and love visiting art galleries, taking pictures and eating delicious food from all over the world!

  • Angel Massey-Singh

    Vice President

    I have been a parent at Making Waves for over 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 company; all passionately dedicated to safely teaching your children to swim.  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!

  • Asmaa Hussain-Shakil

    Director, Operations

    Hi, I’m Asmaa and I help on the operations side of Making Waves. It brings me joy to see our little and big swimmers having fun while learning a skill that could, potentially, save a life. I’m fortunate to work with a dynamic, caring, and inclusive team of people whose core values shine through every interaction, every day. Outside of work, I love to travel and discover new cultures, one bite at a time — I’ve eaten very strange things along the way. Through the dozens of places I’ve traveled, I’ve come to find we all have the ability to be a positive agent for change. I can’t wait to meet you and learn about your interests!

  • Carrie Mendlow

    Director, Learning & Development

    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.

  • Debbie Percy

    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.

  • Simon Allen

    Marketing Specialist

    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 coaching 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 2 sons!

  • Rachel Singh

    Manager, Brampton

    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 Coaching 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.

  • Laura O’Driscoll

    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.

  • Jennifer Stone

    Manager, Milton

    My journey in aquatics began after a near drowning incident at the age of 3. With the help of great coaches and mentors, I developed a passion for swimming that would open the door to many incredible opportunities, including representing Canada on the National team for over a decade. My greatest accomplishment has been learning to be safe in the water; a skillset that I have since dedicated my career to- and strive to deliver in a friendly and fun environment for every swimmer who walks into our facility at Making Waves. I look forward to meeting you at the pool and being a part of your journey!

  • Kevin Nunn

    Manager, Mississauga

    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. I was responsible for leading the opening of the Vaughan and Mississauga locations and developing teams at those sites.  Growing our teams and growing our impact on communities is my passion and purpose. Come join our family and … see you at the pool!

  • Marek Holke

    Manager, Vaughan

    Over the past 20+ years, Aquatics has taken me around North America where I have had the opportunity to share my knowledge, expertise and passion with others and love that I’m able to share that with Making Waves every day! One thing I’m proud of is developing our new Making Waves learn-to-swim program! When I am away from the pool you can find me running or out on the water, travelling the world, playing board games or just spending quality time with my wife.

  • Richard Weaver

    Maintenance Coordinator

    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!


Our Supervisors are the people in charge of your overall customer experience. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, they can help you.

  • Adam Dryer

    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!

  • Amrit Kenth

    Hi, my name is Amrit and I’ve been working at Making Waves since 2015! I’ve always loved to swim, and even started swimming at our Brampton pool when I was 5! My favourite stroke to teach is breaststroke. I absolutely love the family atmosphere at Making Waves and love to teach. When I’m not at the pool you can find me travelling, I want to go to Thailand next!

  • Alessia Gileppo

    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!

  • Aliannah Muzaffar

    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!

  • Bobbi Kerr

    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!

  • Cynthia Chorobik

    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.

  • Cory Garraway

    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!

  • Danielle Daponte-Melo

    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!

  • Daniel Singh

    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 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!

  • Janae Richards

    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!

  • Jessica Maiorano

    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!

  • Macy Lehoux

    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!

  • Madison Rawding

    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!

  • Megan Andrews

    Hey everyone! My name is Megan but you can call me Meg! I love being apart of the Making Waves family! I love snowboarding, reading and of course swimming! I have always wanted to go skydiving and my favourite sport to play is lacrosse! I am always up for a new adventure or a new challenge. My favourite stroke to swim and to teach is breaststroke. I love to talk so when you see me at the pool please come say hello!

  • Maurice James

    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!

  • Nathalie Barragan

    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 children how to swim, I am striving to become a school teacher too! Come visit me at the pool!

  • Nicholas Carvalho

    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!

  • Noor Sekhon 

    Hey! I’m Noor. I have worked at Making Waves since the Spring of 2019 and I love the environment here, it is like my second home! In my first year I started as a Coach, then on to Head Coach, and CSR, and now Supervisor! I play Flag Football and Volleyball, but my favourite sports are SWIMMING and Lacrosse! I hope to one day travel to see places around the world where my favourite movies and TV shows have taken place such as England where Harry Potter is based! I hope to see you and your little fish at the pool soon!

  • Roman Monteiro-Pagliei

    Hi there! My name is Roman! I have been working with Making Waves since 2014. I’m also a Head Coach 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!

  • Salia Moeini

    Hi, I’m Salia! I have had the pleasure of working with the enthusiastic team at MWSS as an Coach, Head Coach, and 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!

  • Samantha Calautti

    Hi, my name is Samantha and I’ve grown up at Making Waves. After taking lessons here as a child I became a Volunteer and then Coach. Over the years, I became a Head Coach, 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!

  • Stephanie Leslie

    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!

  • Sydney Spearing

    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 swimmers 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!


Save these dates!

Year round swim sessions offer daytime, evening and weekend options to suit every schedule.  Session start dates are listed below. Individual class start and end dates will vary based on the day of the week you are registered for.

Below are important dates throughout the year to remember, including session start and end dates, closures, and registration periods.

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ATTENTION: Making Waves is closed to align with directives based on the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health regarding COVID-19. Please know that we are ready to open as soon as children’s activities resume in our communities. We all want our children back to a normal routine as soon as possible. We will keep in touch as this situation unfolds and will continue to respond to email and phone communications as promptly as possible during this time. Please continue to stay connected with us on our social media channels. We are so looking forward to laughter and learning filling our pools again!