Ellen Contardi


Ellen Contardi is a passionate child advocate.  She has spent time as an Educational Assistant with the York Region District School Board where she helped children with a range of abilities reach their full potential. Born to Italian immigrants in Toronto, she was raised in Etobicoke with her sister.  Along with her husband and their two sons, Ellen is now a proud Vaughan citizen and actively engaged in the community. Inspired by the challenging plight that individuals affected by autism face every day, Ellen is proud to serve as President of Waves of Changes for Autism in an effort to provide assistance to Vaughan families who are in need.


Loredana Presutto


 Loredana was born in North York to immigrant parents who early on instilled the value of “being good and doing good”! Loredana attended Madonna High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the University of Toronto in 1990. Between 1992 and 2006, Loredana and her family owned a family restaurant which enabled her to have the flexibility of raising her boys and volunteer in numerous school initiated activities and events and organize school and sports fundraising committees. Loredana currently works full time in an administrative capacity and though her children are adults, she continues to want to help children. The rise of autism is staggering and now more than ever her belief in “doing good” inspires her to want to be a strong community member dedicated and passionate about bringing awareness and raising funds for this charity.


Mark Di Maulo


Mark Di Maulo encompasses everyday with optimism and joy. True to his motto “live today as there is no tomorrow” Mark can always be found with a smile on his face, on to his next adventure. With a degree in Business from York University, Mark is currently a Manager of Customer Experience at a major Financial Institution. Mark is an avid volunteer in the community of Vaughan and is a member of many committees at work. One of his main focuses has been Children’s Miracle Network. In his free time Mark enjoys spending time with his family and friends, travelling and exploring places of interest. Mark is passionate and dedicated in raising  awareness and funds to support families in Vaughan who are faced with the challenges of autism.

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Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua P.C.

Mayor, City of Vaughan
Honorary Chair of Waves of Changes for Autism 

The Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua is currently serving his third term as Mayor of the City of Vaughan. Prior to becoming Mayor, he was a Member of Parliament for 22 years, serving in several roles including Minister of State for Finance, Minister of State for Science, Research and Development, as well as Chairman of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. He is presently the Chair of the Alectra Utilities Integration Committee, Vice Chair of York Region Rapid Transit Corporation, Chair of the Hospice Vaughan Capital Campaign as well as Chair of the Mackenzie Health Foundation $250- million Exceptional Care Belongs Here Campaign. Mayor Bevilacqua is a member of the York Region Police Services Board, a member of the Global City Leaders Advisory Board for the World Council on City Data, as well as a member of the Advisory Council for the Post-Grad Certificate in Business Administration at York University's School of Continuing Studies.  He is also a past Vice-Chair of VersaBank and past Chair of Powerstream Energy Services.

Mayor Bevilacqua holds the record for most votes ever received by a candidate in Canadian political history as well as most votes ever received by a municipal candidate in the history of the City of Vaughan. On October 22, 2018, Mayor Bevilacqua was re-elected in a sweeping victory that delivered another strong mandate to govern.  A passionate supporter of local charities and community groups, through his Spirit of Generosity initiative, more than $70 million has been raised in support of more than 200 charitable and not-for-profit organizations in Vaughan and beyond. His vision of Vaughan as a world class city has set new standards in city building and redefined the political landscape in Vaughan.



Lea Lacerenza

Michelle DeBuono

David Di Benedetto

Stacey Falbo

Mary Rossetti-Longarini

Romina Monaco

Stephanie Morgani

Mike Soragnese

Mary Valenzano  


A group of committed individuals who with their knowledge and enthusiasm help move this foundation towards our mission. 


  • Carmela Mantia

  • Anna Marino

  • Mattea Mastrogiacomo

  • Paula Medeiros 

  • Daniela Miceli

  • Nadia Nasciambien

  • Sandra Senatore

  • Julie Tavernese

  • Anna Vescio

  • Carm Viola


  • Hem Bhatt

  • Michelle Buonfiglio

  • Vanda Buttarazzi

  • Anna Cicione

  • Jennifer Contardi

  • Emanuella Cundari

  • Claudia Gagliardi

  • Louisa Grossi

  • Antonella Ierullo

  • Jessica Longarini 

  • Joe Magrone




A passionate artist.
A gifted storyteller.
What do they have in common?


Meet the Waves Ambassadors, Clarissa and Stefano.  These community champions show us that life on the spectrum is an adventure, and even through its many challenges, it can create truly rewarding experiences.