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Our Staff

Barry Waldman

Executive Director

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 Feltmate

Program Director

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.

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Kendrick Miller

Volunteers Coordinator

Kendrick stepped into this important role in 2021. She had worked with Youth Peer since 2019 as a volunteer tutor/mentor, and as an Outreach and Online Program Assistant. She holds a Bachelors in Psychology and is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Social Work program at Dalhousie. She is, as well, a talented dancer/choreographer who has taught dancing for many years. We love her energy, enthusiasm and excellence!

Susanne Donovan

Creative Arts Instructor

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. Susanne holds a Fine Arts degree from Mt. Allison University, New Brunswick, Canada.

Emile Conn

Music 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 student.

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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.

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Anne Pentecost


Anne started in with EPIC in 2019 as Educator for the Outreach team in Glace Bay, New Waterford and Northside. In 2022, she expanded her role to include the Sydney site. She is an experienced teacher who now works full time as a Math Coach for teachers at the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education in Northside middle and high schools.

Progam Assistants

Sydney, Glace Bay, New Waterford, Northside, Iona, Whitney Pier, Sackville and Online

Our wonderful PAs are all former Youth Peer volunteer/ mentors who have and continue to distinguished themselves

as caring, talented young role models:


Michelle McGean -Online Coordinator

Darcy MacLeod

Kendall Miller

Riley Gardiner

Olivia MacDonald

Caroline Wall

Daniel McAllister

Colin Fraser

Lemuela Ajuwon

Emma Cholak

Anna George

Outreach Coordinator

New Waterford, Glace Bay, Northside

Anna has expertly served as coordinator of three Outreach centres since 2019. She has been a volunteer and Program Assistant with Youth Peer since 2016, starting when she was a high school student. She recently graduated from Cape Breton University and will be attending Memorial University in Newfoundland to work on her Masters in Psychology degree.

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Sam Fernandez

Outreach Coordinator

Whitney Pier

Sam was a volunteer tutor with Youth Peer through high school, working as a Program Assistant in her senior year. As as a first year university student at CBU, she has stepped up to launch and oversee the new Whitney Pier Outreach site in 2022-2023

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Aria Bernard

Outreach Coordinator


Aria comes to Youth Peer in 2023 to head up the new program in Iona. She loves working with youth and has been since 2007 when she first volunteered as a math tutor at Eskasoni High School. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree, was a youth worker with RELAYS, and is currently working with the Options to Anger program in Eskasoni and Rankin. 

Elizabeth Broderick

Outreach Coordinator


Elizabeth was an elementary and resource teacher for 33 years. She was Youth Peer's first Educator from 2007 - 2010 before moving to the Halifax area. In the fall of 2022, she helped spearhead EPIC's first program on the Mainland by becoming Sackville's coordinator. It is great to have her back with us.

Adlie Leviten-Reid

Volunteers Coordinator


Adlie is the volunteer coordinator and program assistant for Youth Peer's Sackville outreach branch. She has been a volunteer tutor at Youth Peer since 2018 in Cape Breton and took on her role in Sackville in 2022. She is currently a student at Dalhousie University getting her Bachelor of Science degree.


The end-of-year Staff Party in 2016

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Ann McPhee

Parents PEACE Facilitator

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.

Executive Director
Program Director
Volunteers Coordinator
Outreach Coordinator
Program Assistants
Arts Instructor
Music Instructor
Parents PEACE
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