EPIC’s core values are stated in its by-laws and are the principles which govern all decisions—large and small—taken by the Board of Directors and which guide the day-to-day operation and management of its programs and projects.
EPIC seeks to generate unique ways to address problems through the open-minded consideration of ideas which reflect the broadest possible perspective exploring solutions which are “outside the box.” Consideration of how thoroughly an approach responds to the identified needs shall be deemed more important that whether the approach has been attempted successfully by others.
EPIC is committed to catching those who fall through the cracks in the services of other organizations. In seeking to accommodate persons or situations not accepted by other organizations, EPIC shall focus on empathy in choosing the most accommodating path and assessing the corresponding risks while prioritizing the purpose of the charity and the safety of staff.
EPIC considers volunteerism to be instrumental in its cost-effective pursuit of program or project initiatives. The charity shall strive to sustain high levels of volunteerism by ensuring that volunteers are rewarded with fulfilling activities and appreciated for their contributions. EPIC shall also seek to hire staff who approach their work with the spirit of volunteerism, so that service to clients is paramount. EPIC shall in turn seek to honour staff who serve “beyond the call of duty” through job flexibility in accommodating their needs and in remunerations which meet or exceed those in comparable charitable programs while outpacing changes in the cost of living.
EPIC is committed to a policy of inclusiveness with the understanding that affirming diversity may require considerable effort beyond routine procedure. EPIC shall ensure that best efforts are sustained to achieve representation of diverse groups, particularly those who have been marginalized by others, which is reflective of their proportion within the larger populace. This diversity shall be targeted within the charity’s Board and staff, in its community partnerships, and among its volunteers and clients.
EPIC, as a small independent volunteer-based charitable organization, is free from the restrictive services and cumbersome regulations which affect many community agencies. This provides the charity with the opportunity to engage in community initiatives which transcend organizational and cultural boundaries. EPIC seeks to use this freedom to maximize community partnership in each endeavour in which doing so is likely to enhance services to clients, engagement of the community, and cooperation with other agencies.
EPIC is committed to delivering services as cost-effectively as possible while adhering fully to its values and ethics. Any procedures which the charity undertakes to maximize operational efficiency shall be counterbalanced by practices ensuring honest accountability, transparency and oversight. Decisions by the Board Executive, which may include considerable latitude and trust for those carrying out the decisions, shall also give full consideration to fairness and the perception of fairness by those who may be impacted. EPIC’s principles, reflecting the highest of ethical standards, shall by utilized as the ultimate determinant of the charity’s procedures or actions.
In order to facilitate consistent adherence to the charity’s purpose and values the by-laws specify that:
1) the Board of Directors shall be open-minded and collaborative individuals with the highest principles of honesty and integrity.
2) the activities of the charity shall be directed towards grass-roots level educational innovations and at least 90% of charity funds shall be spent directly at the program level.
3) all Board Executive decisions related to planning, values and ethics, programs, finance or communications shall be based on consensus.
4) all operations shall be in compliance with relevant federal and provincial guidelines.