About Us

  

Our Team

   MSNF is made up of working and retired mothers and fathers who volunteer their time to try to help children with special needs the best way they can. They have come together from all walks of life and bring a multitude of experience and a need in all of us to help children and parents who have children with special needs. Our office is in LaSalle, Quebec, but we service the island of Montreal. MSNF will offer support to those who ask and are eligible. Mentoring is also offered to everyone who needs it.   

OUR TEAM

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Maddie Pettigrosso President & Founder

Diana Pettigrosso Vice President

Diana Pettigrosso Vice President

 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 UPS. Maddie has a special needs child, Victoria, and is devoted to her development so she can be autonomous and contribute in her own special way to society.   Maddie also puts so much of her own time and energy into MSNF. Her amazing amount of energy is a blessing to this organization.   

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Diana Pettigrosso Vice President

Diana Pettigrosso Vice President

Diana Pettigrosso Vice President

  Diana is the Vice President of the Montreal Special Needs Family Organization.  She is a wife and a mother of two children, She works full time . Diana brings her family relationship to the MSNF organization and she is the sister of the founder,  Maddie .Diana has created her own line of natural spa creations and brings her organizational skills as well as her wonderful personality to MSNF.  

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Patricia Marshall Managing Director

Diana Pettigrosso Vice President

Patricia Marshall Managing Director

 Pat is a volunteer with MSNF and brings a great deal of business experience in both the government and private sectors.  Her specialties include project management and systems engineering in the fields of Aerospace, and Defence.  She has written numerous technical documents and has worked with both clients in Canada and the US.  Pat’s organizational skills is an asset to MSNF. 

About Us

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Lina DeFazio Director

Lina DeFazio Director

Lina DeFazio Director


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 over 20 years as a team leader, and trainer. She met Maddie at UPS and became friends and has walked the walk with Maddie during the time when Victoria became ill.  She has dedicated herself to MSNF. We are very lucky to have Lina on our Team.

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Moses Chemtob Treasurer

Lina DeFazio Director

Lina DeFazio Director

 

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  communications. He has been a great friend and mentor to Maddie .

He 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 on our team.

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Arline Marchand Director/Translator

Lina DeFazio Director

Arline Marchand Director/Translator

 

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 have LiLi on our team.

Devinderpal (Dev) Singh B.Sc., LL.B., D.D.N

 

Dev grew up in LaSalle.  He has a B.Sc. in microbiology from the Universitė de Montréal and has a LLB and a graduate degree in notarial law and has been practicing as a Notary since 2015.  He is active with Desjardins LaSalle since early 2017, first as a member on the surveillance board and also a member of the Desjardins Board of Directors as an “intern” without voting rights.  He is also looking forward to passing the Bar to be a lawyer.

He is interested in municipal politics and politics in general.  He brings to MSNF his enthusiasm for helping children with special needs and his love of community service. 

VOLUNTEERS

 Mariyka Beely 

 Tina Chapman

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