Our Team



   Victoria De Angelis



 Our Story began in 2000 when my fourth daughter Victoria was born. She was a healthy seven pound girl with  an Apgar score of nine. She was a bundle of joy, but after her 1st birthday we noticed something wasn't right Victoria started suffering from multiple seizures, and at the age of two she was given a 50/50 chance of living.

Victoria had regressed to a three month old infant. Several doctors and therapists told me that she may never walk or talk. As a parent, the diagnosis was unacceptable. We needed to do something, we needed to ensure that her surroundings would be positive and not have any obstacles or limitations. It was a long road and it was not an easy one but we were determined to take on all the challenges that came our way.

I strongly believe in therapy, I watched how the Physio, Speech and Occupational therapist would do their work, and then applied the same technique at home. We are happy to say that she has thrived in all areas of development.Today I feel very passionate about helping families that have a child or children with special needs. Through the funding that is raised we would like to provide children of under- privileged families the therapy required.


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Maddie Pettigrosso

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 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.

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 own time and energy into MSNF. Her amazing amount of energy is a blessing to this organization. 



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, 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 of the founder,  Maddie and aunt to our special lady, Victoria. Diana has created her own line of natural spa creations and brings her organizational skills as well as her wonderful personality to MSNF.




                       Patricia( Pat) Marshall                       

 Managing Director

Pat is a volunteer with the organization and brings her more than 50 years of experience in business, programand 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 is an asset to MSNF.



                                                                                  Moses Chemtob       


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 the President and Founder of MSNF, 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.



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






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.


Tina Chapman (Parent)

Tina Chapman (Parent)

Mariyka Beely(Team Leader)Fundraising

Mariyka Beely(Team Leader)Fundraising

Beryl Faure (Social worker)

Beryl Faure (Social worker)

Saleheh Nargesian    (Fundraising)

Saleheh Nargesian