Meet Tonya & Brine

Tonya -
Brine -

Hello! We are Tonya and Brine, husband and wife of 14 years, parents of 4, podcasting team, and the owners of MMC!

Tonya spent 12 years working in the social work field with her first opportunity leading here to work at a shelter for mothers and children that were victims of domestic violence. From there Tonya went on to work at the Children’s Aid Society of York Region, Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo Region and facilitated sessions for the John Howard Society of Waterloo Region. She is also a home daycare provider and owner of Raising Our Gifts.

Brine spent over 15 years in the security industry focusing primarily on the healthcare vertical in roles ranging from frontline security to a number of leadership positions. Today Brine is a Senior System Engineer with Omnigo Software, and faculty at Fleming College and Seneca College in addition to serving on the Board of Directors as President of the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety.

Brine and Tonya are also the hosts of the Disrupt The Everyday Podcast.

Our Story

MMC provides the highest level of quality when creating our products. The materials we use are tested by a third party for lead, mercury and other harmful chemicals. Our final products are also tested with a small parts test, and Reasonably Foreseeable Use (this is a drop test as well as a push and pull test).

MMC creates stylish products so that everyone looks good while addressing their sensory needs. 

Our sensory products are created for people between 3 and 100. We have a variety of pendants, beaded necklaces, fidget rings and zipper pulls that allow an individual to be able to chew or fidget on a product that is safe.

Our goal is to create Neurodiverse spaces readily available to everyone.

MMC beads in bowls
Drop element here!
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Our Mission

MMC seeks to create and promote neurodiverse products that safely stimulate and educate.

We strive to grow our business with the same honesty and integrity that we use to craft our products.

With this our goal is to promote acceptance and understanding within our community by creating neurodiverse spaces.

We’re not just a business, we’re a community.

Meet Our Team

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Sara Van Schyndel

Community Manager

Hello everyone! My name is Sara, I am a mom of 3 ( 2 boys, 9 and 7 and a 6 year old girl.) I live in the Niagara region with my husband, kids and our two dogs (one is a service dog) and a cat. When I am not working I love spending time with my kids outdoors (camping and cottaging), reading, hiking, biking and spinning! I have a huge passion for planning, it helps me be creative and keep our chaotic life in order, I also love baking - especially cake decorating.

I have been with the MMC team since 2017. I started doing some light bookkeeping which has evolved into my current role as the Operations Assistant. Before I fell into my current roles I started out my career as an E.C.E. (which is where I actually first met Melissa), which then turned into a role as an Educational Assistant for a school board for 10 years, during this time I also owned and operated my own cloth diapering/baby boutique. I also completed my Child and Youth Worker diploma during those years at the school board through an apprenticeship program. After having my children I gave up my full time position at the school board to be able to spend time with my children and support my oldest son who turned out to be neurodivergent. Once my own children were settled in school full time I took on more responsibilities at MMC, and was able to find more time for me! Currently, alongside my role at MMC I work as a Speech Assistant for Niagara Speech Therapy.

I feel like the combination of all of my experiences (life and work) have prepared me for my role as Operations Assistant. I look forward to being more involved and “testing” all of the MMC products!

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Josiah, Malachi, Asher, and Naomi

Product Testing, Inventory, Packing

At MMC it's a family affair!