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EPIC Wins National Award for Excellence

donner foundation awards EPIC has been named WINNER of the 2009 Donner Foundation Award for Excellence in Delivery of Social Services, Services for Children.

Founder, Barry N. Waldman will receive the award Friday, October 16, 2009 in Toronto. This national recognition carries with it a $5,000 cash prize. EPIC has been a finalist in its category for the last three years and won in 2007.

From the Donner Foundation Press Release announcing the finalists:

The Donner Awards are Canada’s largest recognition program for non-profit social service agencies, established in 1998 to recognize and encourage best practices in non-profit management and to increase public confidence and support for Canada’s non-profit sector. The awards, administered by the Fraser Institute on behalf of the Donner Canadian Foundation, will be presented October 16th at a celebration in Toronto. Additional information is available at

This year, 582 non-profit social service agencies from across Canada applied for the awards. Participating
organizations are ranked on their performance in 10 key areas, including management and governance, the use of staff and volunteers, innovation, program costs, and outcome monitoring.

The top organization in each of seven categories of social service delivery will be awarded $5,000 while the $20,000 William H. Donner Award for Excellence will be presented to the highest performer overall.

This award was presented to EPIC for the excellence of the Youth Peer Program and its adjunct projects: Parents PEACE and Give Right Back. Thanks to our outstanding staff who make it all happen: Barb Donovan, Elizabeth Broderick, Brian Dwyer, Noella Fitzgerald, Susanne Donovan, Emile Conn, Kayla Wood, Catherine Ross, and (last year) Jen MacNeill. We love our staff!

We never forget that the staff is there to support and facilitate the volunteers in their selfless service to the kids. The relationship between the high school and university youth and their younger peers is where the magic happens. Recognition also needs to extend to Barry Waldman who volunteers his time to make all of this happen. Thank you volunteers for the hours and hours of dedicated work.

Thank you, too, to The Law Foundation of Nova Scotia for its continued and vital financial support.

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