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Humanity Awards

Father Vincent Waterman, Patriarch Vincent the 1st of the African Orthodox Church, served the St. Philip's African Orthodox Church in Whitney Pier, Nova Scotia for 33 years. EPIC was privileged to have his presence on the Board of Directors for 13 years, from the charity's beginnings until he had to resign due to ill health. Father Waterman died at the age of 93 in January 2019.

Father Waterman often said, “There’s no race but the human race.”

In honour of his life of service and love, EPIC has instituted an annual $500 Humanity Award in his memory.


This award is to honour a graduating high school student whose actions exemplify

Patriarch Vincent Waterman's Boundless Community Giving and Treatment of Others as Winners of the Human Race

One student is nominated by Guidance Counsellors from

four Cape Breton Regional Municipality high schools and the winner is chosen from these nominees by the EPIC Board of Directors.


2022 - Rebecca Handley

2021 - Emily Snow

2020 - Vessa MacNeil

2019 - Riley Gardiner

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