According to EPIC Policy and Procedure Directives, the Board shall be made up of collaborative, dedicated, and open-minded individuals with a commitment to achieving the broadest community benefit and who each effectively represent the needs of marginalized learners from a unique perspective. The EPIC Board operates on the principle of consensus.
The Board currently consists of an Executive Board of five officers who serve as volunteers for automatically renewable terms.
Patriarch Vincent Waterman
Father Waterman as we still call him, was elevated to Patriarch, Vincent I, leader of the African Orthodox Church Unity Network in October 2015. Originally from Barbados, he spent his early career in New York City, working at the infamous Riker’s Island Prison and Holy Cross Cathedral. Father Waterman has served as pastor at St. Philips African Orthodox Church in Whitney Pier, NS since 1983. Extremely active in the community and having served on many Boards, Father Waterman is the recipient of the Campy Crawford Award and the Tom Miller Human Rights Award, as well as awards from the Black Cultural Society, Nova Scotia Family of the Year, and African Heritage Unsung Heroes. We are honoured that he has served on the EPIC Board since its inception in 1996 (and that he was kind enough to officiate at the wedding of Nancy and Barry in 2001).
Janet has served as a Workplace Facilitator with Women for Economic Equality, at the Nova Scotia Community College in Sydney, Nova Scotia, assisting women to find jobs in trades and technology. She was formerly a long-time Counsellor at the Ann Terry Project and has served on the Board of New Dawn Enterprises. She has a wealth of community-based career and volunteer experience, including valued assistance with Celtic Colours International Festival. She was welcomed onto the EPIC board in the summer of 2005.
Newell is the Principal at Allison Bernard Memorial High School of the Eskasoni First Nation, having served several years as math teacher and vice-principal. Newell is widely known for spearheading and promoting innovative programs, and for serving in a lead role as a volunteer in most community activities involving youth. In 2014, Newell received the Indspire Indigenous Education Award for Leadership. Newell is adored for her unwavering commitment to helping others and for making youth feel encouraged and valued. She joined the EPIC Board in 2014.
Barry is the visionary and founder of EPIC and also serves as Supervisor of its programs. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree and a Masters in Educational Administration. In 2012, he retired from his position as Educational Consultant to the Eskasoni First Nations School Board. In 2008 he was chosen as the recipient of the Harvey Webber Memorial Award for Volunteerism. In 2013, he received the Tom Miller Human Rights Award. He was made a member of the Executive in the spring of 2007.
Nancy is a writer and retired RN with a Masters in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. She has served on the board of the Cape Breton Mental Health Association and is one of the founders of Third Person Press which nurtures, publishes and promotes local writers of speculative fiction. She has been a volunteer with EPIC since 2000 and became a member of the Board in the spring of 2007.