From Lynn Riel


Since I started First Wave, customer service has been a top priority. On this page are testimonials and examples of the work my team and I have accomplished for our clients, I am proud of each website that we have built and I appreciate the business from each client. At First Wave, we really do want you to love your website!


Lynn Riel – Van Bolderen
Owner/Webmaster/SEO Expert


Portfolio & Reviews

The Little Business with the BIG IMAGINATION, Since 1997

Tarot with Tilly

Tilly | Owner
Customer Since 2023

Delivered A 5-Star Experience from Start to Finish
I cannot say enough about my incredible experience working with Lynn and her exceptional team at First Wave. From the moment I decided to create a website, I knew I was in good hands, and they exceeded all my expectations.
First and foremost, the website they designed for me is nothing short of a work of art. It’s sleek, modern, and visually stunning. Every detail has been meticulously crafted to perfection, and it reflects the essence of my brand in a way that I could have only dreamed of.
What truly sets Lynn and her team apart is their unwavering professionalism. They approach every aspect of their work with the utmost dedication and expertise.
Creativity is the heartbeat of First Wave. They demonstrated an unparalleled ability to think outside the box and come up with innovative solutions to design challenges. They brought in fresh ideas and perspectives, resulting in a website that stands out in a crowded online world.
They held my hand and educated me along the way, ensuring I had a stunning website with the knowledge and skills to manage it effectively. Their patience and willingness to answer my questions made the entire process enjoyable and stress-free. Throughout the entire process, I felt like a valued client. They also have a blog that has allowed me to understand even more!
If you’re looking for a team that combines professionalism, creativity, and a personal touch, look no further than First Wave. I couldn’t be happier with the results, and I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone needing web design services. Thank you, Lynn and First Wave, for bringing my vision to life!

Cedar Roof Ontario

Tim Braun | President
Customer Since 2000

Being a customer of First Wave since 2000, Lynn has provided our company with the best customer service and only has our needs and wants in mind. Her quick response to emails and phone calls makes your company, no matter how big or small, feel like you are top priority. If you are not up to date with technology, she takes the time to educate her customers of computer lingo, ways to better their business through online means and once given a task you can be sure that it gets done within a reasonable time frame. You can depend on First Wave for your company’s website needs.

Rick’s Auto Sales & Service

Rick Armenti | Owner
Customer Since 2018

I own and operate an independent car dealership in Port Colborne called Ricks Auto Sales & Service. After nearly 15 years of being in business I was in dire need of a new website. I created and maintained my old site myself using a program I found on the web. Though it was somewhat functional, it was dated and lacked professionalism and user friendliness. Luckily I did not have to travel far to get in touch with Lynn and her team at First Wave. She met with me numerous times to asses the needs of my business and hand tailor a template for my new website. It is both PC and mobile friendly with all the amenities you find on the big dealerships websites. I couldn’t be happier with the final product I received, and appreciate the diligence it took to get there. I was also able to save money and hassle by moving my email and website hosting services to First Wave from Bell Canada. Lynn, your knowledge and experience is second to none … Thanks Again !!

Minor Fisheries Ltd

Rod Minor | President/Owner
Customer Since 2010

When I finally decided it was time for my business to have its own web page, I wanted to use someone local to design it for me. So I used Google and found First Wave. I emailed First Wave stating my intentions and Lynn Riel immediately gave me a call. Lynn was very enthusiastic and very personable. We made a point to meet shortly thereafter to discuss what I was looking for and what First Wave was able to provide. After the first meeting I knew I chose the right person for my needs. Lynn made me feel comfortable about something I didn’t know a lot about. She was very interested in what my business was about and what I offered. She listened to my ideas and offered many suggestions. Lynn is also very meticulous and if she finds something that isn’t quite right (even if you don’t see it) she brings it to your attention and immediately fixes the problem. Lynn also designed some business cards for me and had them printed up for a very reasonable rate. When I needed a menu board for Canal Days,

Lynn was able to design that as well and had in printed and ready within a week. If I have a problem with the my web page or I need something changed, one quick email to Lynn and she looks after it immediately. Lynn is very professional but makes you feel very comfortable at the same time. I’d recommend First Wave to anyone looking to develop a new web page or give their old one a face lift. Lynn and her staff will do an incredible job for you. 

Gotcha Covered

Sandra Nuccitelli | Owner
Customer Since 2007

To Lynn: Thank you for the excellent job you have done in creating and maintaining our website!!! We have had numerous amounts of positive comments about the ease of navigating our sight and its usefulness to our customers! Your work is greatly appreciated!!

The Inn at Lock 7

Girish Ramchandani | Proprietor
Customer Since 2016

We had an old static website which had multiple issues to deal with. We were looking for something new and responsive. Lynn and her team at First Wave stepped in at the right time and provided us with real solutions. They have done a fabulous job of redesigning our website and definitely met our expectations. Lynn and her team are knowledgeable, very cordial and prompt in their actions. Without a doubt, we would recommend First Wave to anyone looking for any web designing needs.

Hugh and Sandy Graham

Hugh and Sandy Graham

Hugh and Sandy Graham
Customer Since 2011

We have been with First Wave for 10 years. Everything from design to hosting, domain name registrations, email provider switches and all. Great to work with, fast response. We just had our site revamped in late 2020 and are very pleased with the results. Lynn and her people are great. First Wave is first-rate.

Street Justice Paralegal

Eric Mattison | Owner, Paralegal
Customer Since 2022

I had Lynn and her staff design my website and they do all my social media work. Awesome group to work with and Lynn works personally on everything and they have built an awesome website for me. Street Justice Paralegal are so happy to team up with a hard working lady like Lynn to do our social media and website.

Miracles in Motion Fitness

Anne Cooke | Owner
Customer Since 2021

Lynn is careful, thoughtful and thorough on an ongoing basis. My new website is easy and pleasant just what I needed. She has managed to position me so that I can be found more easily than before.
– Anne Cooke

Leah’s Locks Salon & Spa

Leah Lampman | Owner
Customer Since 2011

Leah’s Locks Salon and Spa would like to take the time to recognize a fabulous creation. Lynn Riel and her staff have been outstanding with my business marketing campaign. At the start of this venture I was not very computer literate. Lynn has walked me through with baby steps when needed and with an abundance of patience and skill. Lynn not only created a work of art with my web page but constructed some of the most artistic brochures I have ever seen. This process would not have been as successful of a transition for me had it not been for Lynn. The response from the staff and clientele has been overwhelming. Everything Lynn touches is a work of art that I truly appreciate. If you are looking for someone, but not just anyone, please don’t hesitate to utilize the professional and creative skills that Lynn has to offer. Thank you. Sincerely.

Niagara Door Services

Matthew Garnett | Owner
Customer Since 2021

I am a new business owner and after all my research I decided to go with first wave. I have never regretted it for a second. Their personal touch and patients in walking me through every step has made my worries disappear. Best choice I ever made! With all the worries of starting a new business, having the web side of things being taken care of allows me to focus more on the things I need to.

Port Colborne Youth Basketball

Todd Shoalts | President
Customer Since 2009

Lynn Riel of First Wave designed our website for Port Colborne Youth Basketball. It was a brand new site for our non profit organization and working with Lynn was a pleasure. She had great ideas about the design and content of the website. She worked with the basic content that we provided and turned it into a finished product that we are very pleased with. There were no surprises with the final website design or cost estimates that she originally provided. I was referred to Lynn by another satisfied customer and I would also highly recommend her. She was professional, efficient and most important of all, she understood our organization and cared what the finished product looked like. We have had great feedback on the website and our website traffic has been very good.

Plant Wise Landscape Design

Heather Swann | Owner
Customer Since 2022

Lynn and the team at First Wave are a pleasure to work with. I had struggled with building a website myself and found First Wave purely by accident, but I’m glad I did! Lynn provided my business with an amazing, easy-to-use website that exceeded my expectations. She went above and beyond from our first conversation. Lynn and her team always reply promptly to emails about changes or questions and often send additional tips and videos when there’s something I don’t understand about the SEO and social media aspects. Lynn is creative, professional, and dedicated to her career and clients. I highly recommend her services. Thank you, Lynn and First Wave. I love my website!

Ryan Dyck – Realtor

Ryan Dyck | President/Owner
Customer Since 2021

I worked with Lynn and her team at First Wave for help with both my website and my google ranking. I am very pleased with her work and especially her customer service. She is very responsive and puts things into layman’s terms for us not so tech savvy folks. She is a true pleasure to work with, and I am very happy with the results I have received because of her work. Thank you First Wave!

Plant’s Choice

Dara Richardson
Customer Since 2022

Every little update or issue we needed help with you took care of and everything seems to be operating fine. Thanks so much for the great service and for touching base. I appreciate the fact that you are only a phone call away!!

Medina Supply Inc.

Michael Mamo | President
Customer Since 2012

First Wave not only improved our existing website, but also gave us search engine optimization beyond our expectations. Our customer base continues to grow and we owe it all to the experts at First Wave. Lynn Riel and her design team made re-creating our website easy and exciting. Their attention to detail, presentation, branding and search engine optimization was very impressive. Their communication and response time was excellent and they welcomed our input and concerns. We often get complemented on our website and are happy to recommend First Wave. We continue to use First Wave to manage our site updates and are grateful for an outstanding webpage Medina Supply Inc. can be proud of.

Claire’s Delivery Service

Larry Simpson | Owner
Customer Since 2012

Our whole experience with Lynn & First Wave has been a pleasure. From the design of our new websites to the set up on mobile devices everything has worked very well. It is refreshing to work with someone so dedicated to the success of others. I would recommend all of Lynn’s services to everyone.

Central United Church

Central United Church

Lori Smith
Customer Since 2018

First Wave has designed our church website.  First Wave has given us a framework to work within making the website very functional and eye catching. Lynn and First Wave staff cooperated at every stage and I don’t see how this could be improved upon. Lynn and her staff are a pleasure to work with and were always available to help with suggestions and make changes when necessary. 

We have tried it on our own using in-church resources but came to the slow realization it was unsuccessful. First Wave provided us with practical advice and honest opinions. We highly recommend First Wave for the company’s professional service, efficient response times and support.


Brady Horne | Owner
Customer Since 2019

Thanks Lynn for your great work on Cardy’s new website. It’s exactly what I wanted. Updates are very quick and your staff are great to work with. I’ve asked some of my customers on their input on what they think “Its easy to follow”, “Just enough info to not get lost”, “It doesn’t overwhelm me with info” were their responses, just to mention a few. Great working with you and your team. 5 Star rating from Cardy’s. I look forward to working with you as my needs change in the future.

Piece by Peace

Vanesa Rose | Owner
Customer Since 2018

Lynn and her staff are super professional and helpful.  They are quick to help out with any issues that arise that I cannot figure out.  I can always count on great service!!

Al Hillman’s Photography

Al Hillman | Owner
Customer Since 2016

Retired 2023

I have to express my gratitude for creating this site for me, not only have my views increased exponentially. I just secured a good contract today, and I am sure it was that he liked what he saw, on my site! Thanks, Lynn, Neil, and all you guys at First Wave. You are the best!

David James and Associates

David Cockman | Owner
Customer Since 2008

First Wave Web Page Design improved our web site significantly. We just gave Lynn an idea of the direction we wanted to go in, and she was very helpful with ideas that have made our site come alive. Lynn knows how to create a website that will receive lots of hits and return visits, and she’s very responsive to any changes or updates that need to be done. In addition, First Wave stays up to date with changes in the industry and knows what it takes to get your site recognized by search engines. David James and Associates Professional Counselling Service will continue to work with Lynn Riel and First Wave Web Page Design in the future and would strongly recommend them to any business that wants a web page that will get noticed.

Port Colborne & District Conservation Club


Kathy McQuire | President
Customer Since 2020

We at the Port Colborne and District Conservation Club would like to thank First Wave for their generous contributions to our new website, Google and social media setup. Lynn Riel was a pleasure to deal with, the service provided was professional and I was treated with respect, patience and kindness. The website was completed in a timely fashion and the entire project went very smoothly. The outcome is a fantastic new website that is easy to navigate, informative and modern in both design and structure. I would recommend First Wave to anyone looking to build a website for their business or organisation.

National Building Group

Customer Since 2018

A Big Shout Out to our awesome Webmaster and SEM specialists at First Wave, Congratulations on your 2019 Readers Choice Award! 

Dun For You

Don Vloet | Owner
Customer Since 2011

The professionalism of First Wave is top notch. Lynn went to great lengths to finish the website on time and within budget. Every idea that was brought to us was exactly what we wanted and she was patient and understanding when we requested changes. Working with First Wave has brought our web presence to the next level. We are very grateful for the work Lynn and her team did and for the continuous support they provide. Simply put; “My website rocks! Job well done.” Thank you Lynn, & the First Wave Team.

Award Winning Service

We Strive for Customer Service Excellence

First Wave Reviews

Lynn did an awesome job on my new website and continues with professional help. Thanks Lynn!!! 
– Jennette C.

After completing an $11 million expansion in 2012, we decided that our website needed to be updated. First Wave had been our host for the past 5 years. We contacted Lynn and she was there immediately. We gave her and her team the artistic freedom to create our new site. Our function was to ensure that the information that was on the site was correct and that it included the entire scope of our business. The results were impressive. The overall process was completed in a timely fashion and took less than 2 months. We would strongly recommend the use of First Wave for your website needs.
– Brian Creighton

First Wave Reviews

Lynn and the team at First Wave are simply the best.
– Tom Guilmette

Lynn is amazing and knows her stuff. She’s a pleasure to be around.
– Terri Masters

I’d like to thank Lynn and her team for helping me out. I had a few problems setting up my website and she did not hesitate to help and make suggestions to improve my site. Thanks again
– Carla Turner

First Wave Reviews

Hi Lynn, Thanks for your quick response and getting all those changes done for me as quick as you did. I sent you a few changes in the same day and I know you’re busy but I like the fact that you sent me responses to all of them telling me you got the changes and would get to them soon. I have been with other developers and they don’t get back to you to let you know they got the email so you’re left wondering. All the changes are done very quickly and I like that you sent me your ideas and suggestions on how to improve my site and make it more appealing. I also liked the fact that you informed me on the SEO changes from Google and helped me stay on top of the internet searches. I have recommended your services to my fellow DJ’s and other friends in need of a quality website and developer and will continue to do so in the future. Thank you for all your help and getting me back up and running strong and feel free to give my number as a reference to potential customers. Thank you,
Chris K.

First Wave Reviews

Lynn is careful, thoughtful and thorough on an ongoing basis. My new website is easy and pleasant just what I needed. She has managed to position me so that I can be found more easily than before.
– Anne Cooke

Lynn has done fantastic work for a number of my clients.
– Glen Bowes

Lynn put together a wonderful, easy to use website for my business needs. She always goes above and beyond. Nice to have that “small business care.
– Leah’s Locks

First Wave Reviews

Lynn is very professional and has a lot of knowledge developing websites. She has helped many businesses excel with her online advertising and her outstanding websites. Her websites are easy to navigate and always look professional. Lynn’s service is quality, and she is a great person and treats her customers like family. I recommend If you are looking for help with a new website to get your business sales increased call Lynn!
– Tina

Just want to let you know how pleased I am with the beautiful website you created for us and for the outstanding service & personal attention you provide. Thank you so much for everything. We love it!!!!
– Nancy Cosby

First Wave Reviews

Lynn’s creativity and knowledge of web design has been very helpful, especially when we (the customer) were unsure of exactly what we wanted. Lynn is always available and ready with great suggestions. We would highly recommend her services to anyone looking to launch a website.
– Jason & Heather Albano

I absolutely love my website! Lynn was so professional and punctual to meet all my needs. She went over, above, and beyond my expectations. She stayed within my budget and created a stellar website for me! I already got a few new students and a wedding booking from the site within bless than a month, so it’s working well. I’m very, very happy with my website from First Wave and dealing with Lynn. Thank you First Wave!
– Sharon

First Wave Reviews

Just want to let you know how pleased I am with the beautiful website you created for us and for the outstanding service & personal attention you provide. Thank you so much for everything. We love it!!!!
– Nancy Cosby

First Wave is a great company for all your website needs! They are amazing at what they do, very professional and their customer service is superior. If you are looking to create a website for your business, I would highly recommend First Wave 100%!
– Jason Brereton

First Wave Reviews

Lynn at First Wave has been creating websites for me for a very long time. We were one of her first customers during my time at Vermeer’s and we worked together well. Lynn has a way of transforming my creative ideas into real live websites (which is not an easy thing to do!). I appreciate her down to earth suggestions and always look forward to the end result. Thanks Lynn!
– Karin Vermeer

After watching Lynn create and run a successful, caring business since I’ve known her (1996), she was the first person I immediately turned to when I needed web site design expertise. Lynn’s professionalism and creativity helped turn my idea into reality in little time! Lynn is extremely dedicated to her clientele, passionate about design, and a stickler for quality. She is a joy to work with.
– My Twiga

First Wave Reviews

I love Lynn’s passion for helping you with your Website Design. She really cares. Check out First Wave.
– Charmaine Grace

My website had been receiving very little traffic and I was struggling with my current website provider, and then I enlisted First Wave and their team for help. Lynn advised us that we needed to optimize our web site, and create an ad words campaign as this would direct traffic to us. This was the best money we spent; we saw an immediate improvement in leads resulting in an increase in new customers and income. First Wave is very easy to deal with, responsive and knew all the tricks of the trade; I highly recommend them to anyone who wants to increase their sales.
– Ron S.

First Wave Reviews

First Wave is an exceptional service provider. Lynn and her staff are always there when you need them.
– Al Hillman

You won’t find anybody more passionate or particular than first wave.
– Chris Cross

Lynn and her team at First Wave are outstanding! They care about their clients and it shows. I highly recommend them!
– Susan Wheeler

First Wave Reviews

We just to let you know how thrilled we are with the wedding flower web site you produced for us here at Crescent Gardens in Fort Erie. The journey both of us took to produce such a beautiful and professional site was made easy for us with your guidance and knowledge of how to produce a superior site for us. We have had many comments from brides as to how pleased they were to be able to not only see our design work but also a site that gives them many ideas for their upcoming wedding. Thanks again for being such a pleasure to do business with.
– Wayne A.

Lynn’s services are helpful, always with the client’s requirements in mind. Good value! Lynn is always thinking of her clients! 
– Debi Katsmar

First Wave Reviews

Lynn and her team are amazing to work with! They put together a beautiful, easy-to-use website that I absolutely love. First Wave went above and beyond to make sure I was happy with the end result. The website is beyond my expectations and I can’t thank Lynn and the team at First Wave enough.
– Heather Swann

Lynn is invested in you and your business from the first hello! She is generous and candid with constructive feedback and technical input. Her work is simple and elegant, and she and her team truly understand digital marketing and how to help you grow your online presence and business.
– Judith DeCosta

First Wave Reviews

Lynn and First Wave were absolutely great to deal with. Lynn’s knowledge of designing a webpage is excellent, she is very customer driven and is constantly looking for better solutions to help advertise your business on the web. Her ability to listen to the customer and transform what you are talking about to a webpage design, is one of the many reasons I would recommend her to anyone in business!

– Tom

First Wave Reviews

I was having issues with my email and not getting requests from customers. Lynn and her team fixed the issue up very quickly, they were a ray of light during a very frustrating time. Thank you Lynn and Neil for all your help and continued support when needed.

– Wanda Keel

The Saucy Pot

Tyler & Christine Kiernarder | Owner
Customer from 2015 – 2021

Being new to Port Colborne and opening a restaurant we needed an expert on the town, marketing strategies and of course web design (and search engine optimization) I viewed First Wave’s website and was very impressed with the work they had done on their own site and others. When it came time to invest in a legit website we got more than we asked for, and didn’t know how much we needed. Our website at that time was well, pathetic. Lynn was so polite at pointing out the necessity for a strong website with consistent graphics, great write up and a creative way to advertise our daily specials (it was innovative to us!!). We were able to produce professional looking business cards and are working on our menu, (from the design of our website and the graphics are consistent). We now have an incredible website that allows us to advertise our specials as well as update our social media pages! We had no idea how simple it was until Lynn showed us. The increase in customers through our door happened the day our site launched. We are so excited and delighted with our website.  Lynn and her staff are easy to get in touch with, easy to talk with and Lynn also proactively calls or stops in to ensure everything is running smoothly and we are still happy. That’s really going the extra mile! Thanks for a great job First Wave and Lynn.

Luke’s Auctions

Sue & Luke Pasmore | Owner
Customer Since 2001

Lynn has being working on our Website for almost a decade now. Our site requires constant updating due to the nature of our business and she is always there ready to get the work done at a moment’s notice. She is always very willing to accommodate our crazy schedules and the demands of our time-sensitive updates that are sometimes done a few times a week. Lynn is always looking for ways to improve our site and to introduce us to new ideas that we would never have thought of on our own. I wish I could keep up with her imagination because with her creativity the possibilities are endless… Lynn is a crucial part of our advertising as so many of our customers have come to depend on the weekly photo galleries that are part of our site.

Over the years we have developed more of a friendship than a customer relationship…we have shared many happy and sad times in our lives. She takes the time to ask how you’re doing because she truly cares about her customers not just as clients but as people, something you don’t find a lot of these days. I look forward to our continued working relationship in the future for a long time to come. Who knows what she’ll think of next !!

Marshville Chocolates

Customer Since 2017

Deciding on which company to build our new website was a lot of work. I did not want a small company that may not really know what they were doing. And I did not want to end up just a number at a larger company and never dealing with the same person twice.

At First Wave these have never been an issue. From the first meeting to ongoing support Lynn and her team have been upfront, welcoming and take the time to really get to know your business. Lynn and her team worked to help build a beautiful website using the best platform to suit our needs. She took her time to listen to what we wanted and what our needs were/are and worked to build a stunning website for us. 

If we have any questions Lynn is always there to provide support and is always able to get back to us in a reasonable timely fashion.

Lynn is very knowledgeable and uses that to help ensure her customers always have the most up to date services and are desktop and mobile friendly. 

Thank you for doing such a fantastic job on the web design! Your work and talent is much appreciated 🙂

On behalf of First Wave, Lynn Riel would like to thank all of our customers for hosting with us!