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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 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.

  • Laura O’Driscoll

    General Manager (Interim)

    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!

  • Marek Holke

    Manager, Mississauga

    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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

Calendar

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!