The EPSB Foundation

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to sit down with Sandra Woitas who is the Executive Director of the EPSB Foundation. Sandra has devoted many years to public education, community service and volunteerism in the Edmonton Community and was also named one of the Edmontonians of the Century.

I’ll admit that in a perfect world, I wish we didn’t need to have a foundation. I wish that we had a fully-funded public education system and that our government invested in early learning, especially for the highest risk populations who need it the most. But they don’t, so that’s where the Foundation comes in.

The foundation is working hard to try and deliver full-day kindergarten in 15 different Edmonton schools. This goal was established by the foundations board of directors.

The Foundation hosts info lunches every couple of weeks, completely open to the public– You are invited! They also host a major fundraising event in May, the “Ready For Life Breakfast.”

In addition to raising valuable dollars for some of the most needy kindergartens in Edmonton, The Foundation plays an amazing friend-raising role for Edmonton public. Their advocacy for the importance in investing in early learning and kindergarten programs helps reach out to many sectors and raise awareness for the importance of public education, especially to those without school-age children who might not have been in an Edmonton Public Facility for a few years!

So don’t be shy and don’t worry, you can come to a foundation event with no obligation to give! It’s an exciting organization supporting a very important cause.

Follow them on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/#!/EPSFoundation

To learn more about the foundation: www.epsb.ca/foundation

3rd annual Ready for Life fundraising breakfast While enjoying a breakfast made by students, you can learn more about the Foundation from students, staff and community members directly involved. Please note that breakfast is free, but we will ask our guests to consider making a contribution.

When:  Thursday, May 24, 2012; 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Where:  Ross Sheppard School; 13546 – 111 Avenue

Contact us to register.