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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

    Owner

    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!

  • 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 in Operations.  Fun fact: I was the first official Head Coach, Customer Service Representative, Manager and Director of Operations.  My passion and purpose over the years has been working closely with the owners to develop systems that have allowed us to grow and have allowed our talented teams to develop and work within.  My role now is to continue to develop our programs and training systems to be the best they can be and still maintain the ‘family-run business’ feel within our operations.  Making Waves has had a huge impact on my life and I enjoy seeing how our work impacts the lives of our families, staff and swimmers.  When I am not at the pool, you’ll find me cooking, gardening, meditating or spending time with the people who matter most to me.  Hope to see you at the pool!

  • Laura O’Driscoll

    Director of Operations

    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 three children.  We love going to the park and going for hikes with our dog.

  • 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.

  • Matas Eimantas

    Manager, Brampton

    Hi!  I’m Mat!  I’ve worked in Aquatics for over a decade with the Town of Halton Hills and am very excited to become part of the Making Waves family.  I feel that Aquatics is such a great way to foster connections with people.  Living in Canada, I believe that swimming is such as valuable life skill and view it as part of our Canadian identity. Who says we are all about frozen water!  In my spare time, you can find me listening to the latest podcast while in the car, on my bike or just doing household chores, I enjoy being able to put on a story and get lost in the words.  I hope to meet you at the pool soon!

  • Nirvana Alli

    Manager, Milton

    Hi Making Waves Family! I started my journey with Making Waves as a parent bringing my son to learn to swim at an amazing swim school. I was so impressed I decided I wanted to join their team. I began as a CSR in 2014 and then moved into an administrative role to assist some of the Managers and the awesome team at Head Office. When I’m not working I am spending time with my husband, son, friends and very large extended family. One thing we love to do is travel and see the world. Looking forward to the next adventure and can’t wait to see you at the pool!

  • Jennifer Stone

    Manager, Milton (Parental Leave)

    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!

  • Marcy Singh

    Manager, Mississauga

    Hi, I’m Marcy!  My love for swimming began when I was just 6 months old and only grew from there. I spent years involved in swim teams, diving, synchronized swimming and then onto instructing and lifeguarding throughout high school and college.  I am passionate about creating great experiences and building meaningful relationships with everyone I interact with.  I am very happy to be a part of the Making Waves team.  When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my husband, nieces and nephew. I love going to the lake, reading and I love to travel!

  • Sydney Spearing

    Manager, Vaughan

    Hey! I’m Sydney!  You may have seen me at Making Waves Milton but you can now find me at the Vaughan Making Waves. I love everything about Making Waves because it’s where I’ve grown up. Watching the swimmers and staff I have taught grow up and improve is the best feeling in the world. I chose aquatics as a career as I love everything about water! I’ve done competitive swimming and I am finishing my degree in Marine Biology. So be sure to tell me your favourite marine animal when you see me at the pool!
  • Salia Moeini

    Manager

    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!

  • 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!

  • Bobbi Kerr

    Onboarding Coordinator

    Hello! My name is Bobbi and I love being in and around the water. I have been a part of the Making Waves family since I was two and started my swimming lessons. I have a passion for teaching and water safety. My favourite place to go in the summer is my cottage, where I get to spend lots of time in the lake! I am a very talkative person, next time you see me at the pool please come say hi!

Supervisors

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!

  • Anna Lazarchuk

    Hello everyone! I’ve been at Making Waves since 2019. My favourite skill to teach is front crawl. In my free time I’m a part-time student at the University of Toronto studying engineering or spending time with my friends and family. If you have any questions or concerns or if you just want to say hi, you can find me at the pool!

  • Anthony Dawood

    Hi I’m Anthony! I’ve been working at making waves for over 3 years now and I’ve enjoyed every moment. One of my favorite strokes to swim and teach is back crawl. One of my favorite things is when I see my swimmers progress in their swimming as they gain confidence in the water. When I’m not at the facility, I love to bake and watch Netflix. Whenever your at the pool feel free to come say hi!

  • 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!

  • Daniel Da Silva

    Hi, my name is Daniel and I’ve been working at Making Waves since 2016! My favourite sport to play is soccer and I love to watch hockey with my friends and family. I love to travel, I have been to places such as Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Los Angeles and Italy! When I am not at the pool you can find me outside going for walks with my dog or at the soccer field playing soccer with my friends. My favourite soccer team is Porto FC! My favourite thing about Making Waves is the amazing and welcoming environment that I get to experience coming in to work every day. Come visit me at the pool!

  • Emma Melaragno

    Hi everybody, my name is Emma! I have been with Making Waves since 2019. My favourite part of Making Waves is seeing the joy in the swimmers once they accomplish something! One of my favourite strokes to teach is breaststroke, the happiness on the swimmers face once they do it makes my day. If I’m not at the pool you can catch me playing basketball or drawing. Hope to see you around the pool very soon!

  • Jason Quintal

    Hi, my name’s Jason and I’ve been swimming for quite some time! You’ll often find me teaching leadership courses like National Lifeguard at different Making Waves locations. I’m a big fan of music, distance swims and hiking! My favourite course to teach is Standard First Aid because it’s applicable in a lot of situations inside and outside of aquatics. In the future, I hope to travel to British Columbia and Portugal. See you at the pool!

  • Jenna Falvo

    Hi my name is Jenna! I have been teaching swimming lessons for 3 years now! My favourite skill to teach is back crawl. When i’m not at the pool, you can find me painting and spending time with friends and family! I love working at Making Waves because seeing our swimmers become better after each lesson really puts a smile on my face. Can’t wait to 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!

  • Kaitlyn Boyd

    Hey Everyone! My name is Kaitlyn but feel free to call me Kait! I have been with Making Waves for a while now, starting out as a little swimmer and slowly working my way to a Supervisor position! I love working here because of the uplifting and welcoming environment, I have also worked with children my entire life and love seeing their faces light up after mastering a skill! One of my favourite things to do is travel, I have been to New York, Nicaragua and BC, with Bora Bora or England next on my list! I would love to hear about your favourite places to go so come find me at the pool and say hi!

  • 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!

  • Mikayla Gregory

    Hi!  I’m Mikayla!  I’ve been working with Making Waves since 2015!  My favourite thing about working at the pool is being able to help people be more comfortable in the water while learning important safety skills.  My favourite skills to teach are Front Crawl and Treading Water.  When I’m not at the pool, I’m usually training my dog, going on hikes, or spending time with my family.  I can’t wait to see you at the pool!

  • Noah Pauley

    Hey guys, my name is Noah and I have been with Making Waves since 2018.  I love the game of basketball, both watching and playing it.  My favourite skill to teach is Breaststroke because it is so satisfying to see when a child learns a complex stroke.  I hope to see you around 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!

  • 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!

  • Ramya Vyas

    Hi I’m Ramya! I started my experience with Making Waves as a student when I was ten years old. From there I progressed through all the levels and completed my lifesaving certifications. Since then, I joined the Making Waves team and have now been here for four years. My favourite skill to both teach and do is breaststroke. When I am not swimming, I love to watch movies and dance. If you see me at the pool come say hi! I cannot wait to see everyone!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Sierra Calautti

    Hey, my name is Sierra, and I have been with Making Waves since I took lessons as a child. Later on, I became a Volunteer and since then, I became a Coach, Head Coach, Customer Service Representative and now a Supervisor. My favourite thing about Making Waves has been getting to make tons of new friends who are now like family to me. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, listening to music, and spending time with family. I can’t wait to see you at the pool!

  • Stephanie Henry

    Hello! I’m Stephanie, I’ve been working at Making Waves since 2019 and loving every minute of it. I enjoy working with children and being a part of their aquatic journey. I started as a student in their leadership courses and admired the drive and determination the staff takes every day to make everyone’s experience their best! Some of my hobbies include biking, swimming, baking and photography. I love to travel and experience the many different cultures and food the world has to offer. Looking forward to meeting 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!

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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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CLOSURE NOTICE

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!