Our History

In 1991, the Calgary Educational Partnerships Foundation (CEPF) was established as a registered not-for-profit organization to provide support for the students and teachers in Calgary and the surrounding area. Over the years, CEPF’s influence broadened – so much so that in 2016, during its 25th Anniversary year, the organization changed its name to The Educational Partnership Foundation (TEPF).

For 25 years, TEPF has been making a positive impact on the lives of students by playing a key role in creating relevant partnerships between the business community and educators to create and deliver strong educational initiatives that encourage engaged citizenship.

With a new name, we now have a new goal: to extend our reach beyond the Calgary Area, in order to provide learning and citizenship development opportunities for more than the 200,000 students and five school districts we have already assisted with our programs.

Working together, we can make a difference and build a stronger Alberta community. Opportunities to learn never stop presenting themselves to us. TEPF ensures that students are able to make the most of these opportunities, and become strong citizens today for a better tomorrow.

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Charitable Business Number: 14015 1358 RR0001

Our Team

Barb Simic

President & CEO

Barb brings a variety of advanced skills in community development through her strong experience in strategic leadership roles in both the charitable and corporate sectors. She has over 30 years in the Oil and Gas industry in various capacities including accounting and 13 years as Director of community investment at ConocoPhillips. In 2013, she was honored with The Hazel Gillespie Community Investment Leadership Award, a provincial award that recognizes yearly a Community Investment professional for outstanding commitment to the community through leadership, strategic insight and the mentorship of others. Barb has a long history with TEPF for over eight years, first as a funder, then as a volunteer and on the board as well as the board chair for over two years.

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Cleo Mahrey Howe

Manager of Communications, Marketing and Admin

Cleo has over 20 years of communications experience in a variety of settings including publishing and advertising along with 11 years at ConocoPhillips Canada as Senior Advisor, Community Investment. Here, she was responsible for corporate internal and external communications, branding and recognition, community Investment program development and coordination, volunteer coordination and data base management.

Our Students

TEPF’s programs are available to a wide variety of students – from Kindergarten to Grade 12. While we currently serve five of the primary school districts of the Calgary Area – Calgary Board of Education, Calgary Catholic School District, Rocky View Schools, Foothills School Division, and Golden Hills School Division – we accept applicants to our programs from all over Alberta.

TEPF values the diversity of the people and communities we serve and is committed to attracting, engaging and developing a diverse and inclusive volunteer team, Board of Directors, and workforce.

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Reading…Give it a Shot

Reading…Give It A Shot is a reading program,
partnered with the Calgary Flames, that provides students with greater incentive to develop strong reading skills.

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Environmental Actions

We are pleased to offer an exciting new program to schools across Alberta. Environmental Actions supports students who are demonstrating environmental leadership and making a difference.

We know environmental excellence and energy use reduction are of paramount importance to all Albertans. Our goal is to build environmental literacy through student-led programs in order to equip our future leaders with skills to tackle complex environmental challenges.

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Trades & Climate Change Education

Trades and Climate Change Education provides a hands-on learning experience at an off-campus location in first-class facilities taught by red seal journeymen instructors in the construction trades.

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Our Purpose

TEPF strives to help as many students as possible be the absolute best that they can be. TEPF’s students become better-prepared to seek new information, skills, and opportunities, and to develop the abilities to contribute to our society with enthusiasm, critical-thinking, and forward-thinking, for the betterment of society for all people.

Our Partners

TEPF could not help as many students as it does without the continued support of our business partners. As a non-profit organization, TEPF prides itself on the strong relationships it develops with companies, organizations, and individuals, and serves as an essential link between their generosity and the students

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James came to our school reading at a pre-primer level, meaning he was virtually a non-reader. After coming to our school he began to demonstrate reading growth, but it wasn’t until Reading…Give It A Shot that his skills really took off. He is a huge hockey fan, and was so excited to be collecting bookmarks that many nights he read for almost an hour.

Reading…Give It A Shot participating teacher
St. Bede School, Calgary

Thank you for your donation to our school and the great things you do for all communities!

Citizenship In Action funding recipient
Longview School (Longview, AB)

Education opens your eyes to the world, both local and globally, and instills a desire for lifelong learning

Barbara Simic
President & CEO / The Educational Partnership Foundation