In 2010 and 2013, EPIC was awarded the $20,000 William H. Donner Award for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services, the overall award for the highest-performing agency in Canada. Overall winners are not allowed by the Donner Foundation to receive the award two years in a row.
EPIC has also been a FINALIST in the Services for Children every year since it began entering in 2007 and WINNER in its category in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. The award comes with a $5,000 prize.
In 2012, EPIC received the $5,000 Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Management given to an organization with a consistent record of excellence and innovation in the management and delivery of services.
As well, EPIC’s founder, Barry Waldman, has received several awards for his volunteerism and commitment to his community. Please read on for more details on our awards:
On December 6th in Toronto, Ontario–at the provincial Lieutenant Governor’s residence–EPIC took home the $20,000 William H. Donner Award for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services, the overall award for the highest-performing agency in Canada. EPIC also won its category, Excellence in the Delivery of Services for Children, which brings with it a $5,000 prize.
On hand to accept this award was Barb Donovan, former and long-time Director of Youth Peer Program and now Facilitator of our burgeoning Breakthrough program.
The Donner Canadian Foundation Awards are held each year. This year, EPIC was the best managed agency out of approximately 500 applicants from all over Canada.
Thank you to the volunteers, staff and management team of the Youth Peer Breakthrough and Parents PEACE Program and the EPIC volunteer Board of Directors for making this little charity one of the best in Canada!
On February 2, 2013 at the African Heritage Gala in Membertou, Barry Waldman, founder, and Director of Finance for EPIC and Supervisor of Youth Peer Breakthrough and Parents PEACE, was awarded the Tom Miller Human Rights Award for his many years of volunteer service to the community, especially to the kids of Cape Breton.
Youth Peer Co-director, Sylvia Dearing (front row, far right), accepts the Donner Foundation awards on EPIC’s behalf in Toronto on November 7, 2012. EPIC received the Excellence in for Services to Children category award for the fifth time.
It was also awarded the $5,000 Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Management given to an organization with a consistent record of excellence and innovation in the management and delivery of services.
On November 5th, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario–at the Lieutenant Governor’s residence–EPIC took home the $20,000 William H. Donner Award. This is the overall award given to the highest-performing agency.
The Donner Canadian Foundation Awards are held each year. In 2010, EPIC was the best managed agency out of over 500 applicants from all over Canada.
Barry Waldman was named the recipient of the third annual Harvey Webber Memorial Award. The award was presented at the United Way of Cape Breton Annual General Meeting, held at Membertou on April 15, 2008.
The honour is awarded to individuals who 1) have a history of community volunteer experience in Cape Breton, 2) have devoted considerable time and effort in a volunteer capacity in the non-profit, non-governmental field, 3) have made an exemplary contribution as a community leader, and 4) epitomize the true volunteer spirit by choosing to give his/her time freely for no personal gain.
Barry, the creator of EPIC, serves as Supervisor of Programs and on the Board as Director of Finance, both volunteer positions. EPIC has managed over a dozen programs and projects since its inception, all focused on marginalized learners. During that time, over 98.7% of funding has gone directly to programs and initiatives, due mainly to Barry’s habit of donating time in all administrative capacities. It is conservatively estimated that the lives of over 1500 youth and young adults in Cape Breton have been favourably impacted by the programs fostered by Barry.