The day-to-day operations of EPIC and the projects it oversees are handled by Barry Waldman, founder of EPIC. Barry's experience in teaching, educational administration, proposal writing, community development and working in Native and African-Nova Scotian communities has sensitized him to marginalized youth and the negative consequences which can occur when funding isn't available to continue important programs. It was this concern that catalyzed his development of EPIC in 1996.
As a volunteer, he supervises all EPIC projects and programs, including the Youth Peer, Breakthrough and Parents PEACE programs. He retired in 2012 from his position as Educational Consultant for the Eskasoni First Nations School Board for whom he fostered the innovative Aboriginal EMPATHIC Program program among others.
He volunteers as Finance Director on EPIC's Board, overseeing all financial operations and still finds time to dream up creatively unique ways for EPIC to fulfill its purpose.
Youth Peer Director
Peggy has served as the Director of the Youth Peer Program since September 2015. A Northside native, she's recently returned to Cape Breton after living and working in the Boston area for many years. She brings not only years of experience working with high risk youth to the job but also her abundant energy and enthusiasm and contagiously upbeat spirit. We love you, Peggy!
Youth Peer Volunteers Coordinator
Kelsey moved up from her position as Head Program Assistant in January 2018 to fill in for Frances Burton while she is on maternity leave. Kelsey is a longtime member of the Youth Peer team, who began (as all Program Assistants do) as a tutor and then Program Assistant. She has also worked as a volunteer as Assistant to the Breakthrough Program. She does all this while attending Nova Scotia Community College, Marconi. We so appreciate her energy, commitment, playfulness and ever-present willingness to help wherever she can.
Fran Burton [On Maternity Leave]
Fran came into this job in January 2016 after many years of working with Youth Peer. On December 15, 2017, she gave birth to the delightful Ruby Frances Burton! Fran shines with many talents on administrative, social and creative levels and we hope to have her back with us when Ruby is ready.
Youth Peer Educator
Debbie joined Youth Peer in September 2017 as the educational wrap-around support person for Youth Peer. She is a recently retired teacher from the Cape Breton Regional School District. We are fortunate to have her and are grateful that she still has the desire to help make the tutor/mentor-kid matches the best they can be.
Parents PEACE Facilitator
Ann joined the staff in January 2016 while still Executive Director of the Ann Terry Project, a non-profit centre
that has, since 1986, been providing specialized help for women seeking employment. Ann brings her quiet enthusiasm
and a wealth of experience and community connections to the parents who participate in this program.
One day at YPP and one at Youth Peer Northside Outreach