As a volunteer, Barry administers and supervises all EPIC projects and programs including hiring and proposal writing, reporting and financial oversight. He also serves on the Board as Director of Finance. He holds a Masters in Educational Administration and has a wealth of experience working with marginalized learners. He founded EPIC in 1996.
Delores manages the day-to-day operations of the Youth Peer Program since September 2018. Previously, she served as Co-Director in 2014-2015, as well as Breakthrough Facilitator in 2015-2016. We are grateful to have her back with us! Delores has worked extensively with children and youth and as foster mother to 11 children including a daughter, adopted in 2014. She has chaired the Children and Youth in Crisis working group of the United Church of Canada, served on the Nova Scotia Community Services Advisory Committee on the Children and Family Services Act, and chaired the Cape Breton Child Welfare Board.
Michelle steps into this vital role in September 2019. She has volunteered with and been a Program Assistant with Youth Peer since 2016. She graduated with honours from the Social Services program of NSCC and was the recipient of the Governor General's Academic Medal - Collegiate Bronze in 2018. Michelle has worked with people with mental health, developmental, and intellectual disabilities. She brings a natural calm and maturity beyond her years as well as great organizational skills to the job. Welcome Michelle!
Susanne, has been the Art Instructor at Youth Peer since the creative arts program was added in 2002. She provides youth and their mentors with a wide range of fun, enriching and educational creative activities on Mondays and Fridays. Susanne holds a Fine Arts degree from Mt. Allison University, New Brunswick, Canada.
Creative Arts Instructor
We have been fortunate to have Emile working with our students since 2004.
A patient teacher and talented musician who plays multiple instruments, Emile provides private keyboard and guitar instruction to any interested Youth Peer or Breakthrough student every Tuesday and Thursday.
Each February, EPIC hosts the staff and supports the area's Black Community by attending the African Heritage Dinner and Dance, paid from a board donation. This is from 2014.
Sarah comes to us in 2018 with a secondary education Bachelor of Education with a specialty in French. She has worked as a private tutor, a teacher from 2009 and is a Certified Childbirth Educator. We are happy that she decided to join our team.
Anna takes on this role as coordinator of all three Outreach centres in September 2019. She has been a volunteer and Program Assistant with Youth Peer since 2016, starting when she was a high school student. She is currently enrolled at Cape Breton University working toward a Bachelors of Science degree with the intention of going to medical school.
Our wonderful PAs are all former Youth Peer volunteer/ mentors who have and continue to distinguished themselves
as caring, talented young role models:
Sydney, New Waterford, Glace Bay and Northside
The end-of-year Staff Party in 2016
Ann joined us in January 2016 while still Executive Director of the Ann Terry Project, a non-profit centre that has, since 1986, provided specialized help for women seeking employment. Ann brings her quiet enthusiasm and a wealth of experience and community connections to the parents and caregivers participating in this program.