MSNF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President and Founder
Maddie is the President and Founder of the Montreal Special Needs Family Organization. She is a wife, a mother of 4 girls and works full time as a preferred customer service representative for a large corporation. Maddie has a special needs child, Victoria, and is devoted to her development so she can be autonomous and contribute in own special way to society. Victoria is the motivation for the creation of the Montreal Special Needs Family Organization.
Although, Maddie works full time she volunteers with difference organizations, she is on the Board of Directors for the Peter Hall School and is VP Membership for the Federal Liberal Electoral Association for the riding of Dorval Lachine Lasalle. Maddie is the founder of this wonderful organization she also puts so much of her time and energy and is always smiling. Her amazing amount of energy is a blessing to this organization.
Diana is the Vice President of the Montreal Special Needs Family Organization. She is a wife and a mother of two children, a boy and a girl. She works full time as an administrative assistant.
Diana brings her family relationship to the MSNF organization and she is the sister to the founder, Maddie Pettigrosso and aunt to our special lady, Victoria De Angelis. Diana has created her own line of natural spa creations and brings her organizational skills as well as her wonderful personality and smile to MSNF
Moses is married and a father of 3 young children. He is the Treasurer for MSNF. He has worked for UPS for past 20 years. He also is on the Board of Directors for the West Island West Park Pool and manages their communications. He has been a great friend and mentor to the President and Founder of MSNF, Maddie Pettigrosso. Moses took the long journey with Maddie during Victoria’s illness and has been dedicated to getting this wonderful charity working. He is a great addition to the Board of MSNF and we are fortunate to have him with us.
Lina De fazio
Lina, is a Director for MSNF. She is a mother of 2 children; one child was born with a rare disease and was not able to be treated in Canada, however Lina did not stop with the answer no, she worked hard to get treatments for her child and today she is an adult and working as a social worker in New York and her other child is a well-known Doctor. Lina has worked for UPS for the past 24 years as a team leader, and trainer. She also worked as a consultant for the Alouette Cosmetics and is a free-lance make-up artist. Lina also volunteers with the Italian Church in Lachine. She met Maddie Pettigrosso at UPS and became friends and has walked the walk with Maddie during the time when Victoria became ill. She has dedicated herself to this organization and helps with lots of energy and always smiling. We are very lucky to have Lina in this wonderful organization
PATRICIA (PAT) MARSHALL
Pat is a volunteer with the organization and brings her more than 50 years of experience in business, program and project management in aerospace, defence, and the private sector and has written numerous documents. She has worked with clients in Canada in both the public and private sectors. She just became a volunteer with MSNF in the last number of months and brings a great deal of experience in project and program planning. Previously she volunteered in the Scouting movement for over 23 years. She is a VP for the Federal Liberal Association of Dorval-Lachine-Lasalle. She also volunteers with the Federal Liberal Association of Vaudreuil-Soulanges. Pat’s organizational skills will be an asset to MSNF.
ARLINE (LILI) MARCHAND
Lili is a mom, grandmother and great grandmother. Lili has had a career in human resources in the federal government and was Director of Human Resources at the Canadian Space Agency when she retired.
Her many skills and personal qualities will be used for the good of MSNF, who will benefit from her training as a translator, her fine pen and her proficiency in both official languages. MSNF is pleased to count Lili among its volunteers.
Amandeep is the Accountant for MSNF. He brings his unique qualities to the organization. He is a special young man and we are so happy to have him volunteer with us. During the day Amandeep is an Auditor with a big firm and works tirelessly for them.
Mariyka is a mother of 2 sons and is retired. She recently joined MSNF as a volunteer after becoming familiar with the organization through her son, who is marrying our Founder Maddie Pettigrosso’s daughter.
She has previously been involved in helping disadvantaged children enjoy camping weekends and has worked with senior residences to provide flowering plants to seniors to help brighten their environment.
Before her retirement, Mariyka worked for 25 years as a Senior Tax Paralegal in a national law firm. Her contribution of organizational and research skills will be useful in helping MSNF raise funds to continue its mission.
CASE WORKER AND MENTOR
Beryl is a wife and mom and our Volunteer Case Worker and Mentor. She has a beautiful smile and a delightful person to know.
She has been working in Health and Social Services for the past 18 years, of which 16 of those 18 years she has have been with the special needs population, a population that holds a special place in her heart. MSNF is so very fortunate to have Beryl volunteer with us.
Tina is a mom and a fierce advocate for children with special needs especially those with Autism. She is a founding member of the advocacy group Autism Alliance of Quebec. She, with three other founding members, put pressure on the Quebec Government to release the long awaited Autism Action Plan. She is now targeting the age cut off for therapy services and the lack of services in the school system.
Tina is a great addition to the MSNF team as she understands the difficulties children with special needs face. She also knows that it takes a village to raise enough funds to be able to help the children. She is fierce, friendly and capable of helping MSNF. We are very fortunate to have her on our team.