Our History

Our story began in 1991, when the Calgary Educational Partnerships Foundation (CEPF) was established as a registered non-profit organization to support youth in Calgary and the surrounding area. Over the years, our influence broadened and on our 25th anniversary, we changed our name to The Educational Partnership Foundation (TEPF) to reflect our increased reach.

For over 32 years, TEPF has been making a positive impact on the lives of young people by providing valuable learning and development opportunities. Today, our organization reaches over 766,000 youth with our literacy and trades programs. Together, we are working to help make a difference and build a strong Alberta community. TEPF has a vision that every child and youth is given the resources they need for success in their futures.

Our Reach

TEPF is elevating youth education experience and success.
TEPF’s programs are available to youth across Alberta.
All youth in Alberta can access and refer themselves to access our programs.
We are currently accepting applications and registrations to all our program offerings.

Our Team

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Barb Simic
President and 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.

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Denise McLeod
Executive Assistant / Office Manager

Photo and bio coming soon!

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Angie Lachance
Alberta High School Trades Manager

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Pina Lamb
Enhancement Coordinator, Literacy Programs

Pina Lamb is a career educator who has spent the past 33 years in both instructional and consulting capacities within the education sector. 

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Shelley Forbes
Manager, Events and Programs

Shelley brings a well-rounded skillset through her experience in corporate communications and community investment within the energy sector which spans over three decades. A lifelong volunteer, she is passionate about elevating our programs and events to increase the reach of education programs to more youth across our province

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Traves Theberge
Indigenous Liaison

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Watch Brandon's Story

Brandon was not thriving in High School until he was introduced to the new Trades and Climate Change Program being delivered by TEPF. In partnership with Building Trades of Alberta, Workforce Development Trust and the Alberta Government, this program takes students off-site to first class Union facilities where they are taught by Red Seal Journeymen.