Murder Mystery Fundraising Dinner

Do you like a good mystery? Do you like not having to cook dinner on a Friday night? If you answered yes, the Agapè has a wonderful event for you.  Join us on Friday, June 23rd at 6:00pm at the Best Western Parkway Inn & Conference Centre for our Murder Mystery Fundraising Dinner. Tickets are $60/each and are available at Scotiabank and the Agapè Centre. It promises to be an evening filled with fun, laughter and suspense!

Empty Bowls 2017

Join us on November 12, 2017 from 12 noon to 1:30 pm at the Knights of Columbus!

Pick your hand made bowl and fill it with one of the delicious offered soups. Grab your bun and a dessert. Don’t forget to keep your unique bowl and take it home!

All bowls generously donated by 25 potters from the Country Harvest Pottery Show and Sale presented by Ann Marlin.

Tickets are $30. Available at our New For You Thrift Store. Get your ticket before they are all gone!

You can be our next Hunger Hero!

Do you want to be our next Hunger Hero? It’s easy…Gather your team of 4-6 people and sponsor a meal for $200. Your team will have the opportunity to prep and serve a delicious meal to the many individuals who are in need. Don’t have time to gather a team and come in to prep and serve? No problem, you can also be a Hunger Hero by simply sponsoring $200 for a meal. Contact us at 613-938-9297 ext. 25 or 27 or at info@agapecentre.ca for more information.

New Date-Kickin’ Hunger Soccer Golf Fundraiser

Do you want to have fun while making a difference? Join us on September 23rd for our first annual “KICKIN’ HUNGER” soccer golf fundraiser at the Cornwall Golf and Country Club. It’s easy! Gather a team of 4 to 6 friends, colleagues, family members or sport mates. Name and register your team and obtain a kick off time by calling 613-938-9297 ext. 25 or 27 or emailing info@agapecentre.ca. Collect pledges and come out to have some fun. Lots of great prizes to be won. Register today and help us make sure that no man, woman or child goes hungry this summer!

Thank You

A huge thank you to all of our Murder Mystery Dinner major sponsors.  Thanks to your generous sponsorship and the contributions from our many prize sponsors, we raised over ten thousand dollars!

Euchre Night Fundraiser

Come and join us for a fun night of Euchre.  No partner required. There is a prize for the winner with the most points. Only $25 and includes your meal! Contact Johanne Couture at jcouture@agapecentre.ca or by calling 613-938-9297, ext. 27 to register.

Empty Bowls: A new fundraiser for Agapè

The idea behind the event is that after sharing a meal, everyone will go home with a beautiful but empty pottery bowl – serving as a reminder of those in our community who go hungry. We are bringing the popular fundraiser to Cornwall for the first time.

Date: Sunday November 13
Location: upstairs at the Agapè Centre
Time: Three sittings: 11am, 12pm and 1pm
Tickets: $30 for sale at Scotiabank (690 Brookdale Ave., Cornwall)

Event-goers get to choose a unique handcrafter bowl, fill it with gourmet soup by local chefs paired with a fresh bun and apple crisp for dessert. After sitting and eating the meal with friends, each guest takes home their one-of-a-kind bowl, all for a $30 ticket.

 

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Join the Facebook event at: www.facebook.com/centreagapecenter/events

BDO Cornwall collects 2,580 lbs of food

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In just 5 hours, the staff from BDO Cornwall collected 2,580 lbs of food and over $800 in cash and President’s Choice gift cards.

The crew stood outside the doors of Your Independent Grocer on a busy Friday afternoon and evening.

 

 

Half of the group invited people on the way in to the store to add some much needed items to their carts for the local food bank. The other half happily collected the generous donations at the exit doors.

We are so grateful to the staff at BDO for choosing to help our food bank. Every year they host a food drive – and each year event more bountiful than the last!bdo5bdo4

Hunger Awareness Week: Sept 19-23

For one week, food banks and their supporters across this bountiful country are using their collective voice to amplify the message: yes, hunger lives here in Canada – in our cities, villages, counties, and in our neighbourhoods.

Hunger Awareness Week raises awareness of the solvable problem of hunger in Canada. Food banks across the country hold events to tell the story of the work they do, and the stories of hungry Canadians assisted by food banks.

There is hunger in Canada

Food banks have been helping more than 800,000 people each and every month for the better part of the past 15 years. In 2015, over 850,000 people were assisted each month by a food bank in Canada. Of those helped, 37% were children and 90,000 turned to a food bank for the first time. Locally, the Agape Centre helps more than 1,200 people a month through the food bank, and serves a nutritious and delicious meal to more than 100 people every weekday.

There is hunger in Canada because…

Too many Canadians do not have enough income to pay for rent, bills, clothing for growing children, transportation, medication – and food. Food is, unfortunately, one of the most flexible household expenses, and it is often nutrition that suffers when money is tight.

It’s Time to Draw the Line on Hunger

Hunger in Canada is a significant issue. Which is why it’s so critical to dedicate a week to talk about it and work together to make a change. Hunger Awareness Week, September 19-23, 2016 is a week for communities and individuals across Canada to take action in reducing hunger. You can draw the line on hunger and make a positive difference.

Who uses a food bank?

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians use food banks because they do not have enough money to feed themselves or their families. Children. Seniors. People with disabilities. People who have jobs and still can’t make ends meet.

Learn more about Hunger Awareness Week.

To help our food bank, please consider donating President’s Choice gift cards so that we can purchase healthy and fresh foods.

Agapè’s new ED focused on collaboration

The Agapè Centre‘s board of directors is excited to announce they have hired Diane Plourde, who defines herself as a collaborator, to lead the organization, beginning October 3rd.

“I’m very team oriented and I think that with many people you can accomplish great things,” said Plourde. “I’m a believer in building networks.”

Plourde’s vision: to see the Agapè Centre as an agency that collaborates with everyone and is truly meeting the needs of anyone that has food insecurities.

“And maybe that’s in different ways than how it’s being done right now,” she said.

The Cornwallite is the founding Executive Director of Victim Services of SDG&A, and has worked there for the past 11 years. She sites setting up the agency from scratch as one of her biggest challenges and accomplishments to date.

“I started the program from a box of binders and went from 2 staff members and one program to 7 staff members and several programs,” she said.

Plourde says her first undertaking as Executive Director for the local food bank and soup kitchen will be to look to the community for their input.

“I have a vision for the Agapè Centre, but want to make sure it’s aligned with our community’s needs and plan on doing stakeholder consultations and an environmental scan to set an appropriate strategic direction for the agency” said Plourde. “I plan on consulting with all staff members, donors, clients and partner agencies, to see what is being done well, what may be improved, and what are some opportunities for growth.”

Jim Healey, chair of the Agapè Centre’s board of directors, stated that three key factors attracted the interview committee to select Plourde for the position: her proven leadership and experience to lead the next phase of development; she is fluently bilingual; and she has successfully worked collaboratively with other agencies.

“We believe Diane will use her collaborative skills to build relationships in the community as well as with staff and volunteers at the Agapè Centre,” said Healey. “We are excited to begin this new relationship and continue the much needed work in the community.”

Plourde is currently finishing a Master in Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership at Carleton University, to complement her undergraduate degree in Psychology.

“At the base of many philanthropic actions is the issue of poverty, so that has opened up my eyes to this area of need.” she said.

Plourde says she was drawn to the position because she has seen the growing needs of people who are food insecure through her work with Victim Services.

“We see it first hand. Sometimes our responders visit the homes. We know that it’s there. Poverty is something that is real and touches upon so many things,” said Plourde. “I think that the Agapè Centre is a vital community service and would like to continue my professional journey by helping the agency reach its full potential.

The centre’s new director wants to look at facilitating connections between clients and partnering agencies to help better meet people’s needs.

“Meeting their needs for food is one thing. Maslow’s hierarchy shows that if you don’t tend to basic needs, if people are worried about eating tomorrow, they’re not going to get help for something they really need help with right now. But if they know that they have access to healthy food, then maybe they’ll feel strong enough, healthy enough to seek additional supports. Can we connect them and help them with that? Make services more accessible? I don’t know but it is worth exploring through consultations with our many stakeholders,” she said.

While the organization’s new leader is not planning on turning the Agapè Centre into an agency that ‘does everything’, she says she does want to explore enhanced collaborations.

Recognizing some of the criticism the charity has incurred over the years, Plourde wants to shed some insight and help change the public’s perspective by hosting an open house in the spring, inviting community members and agencies to see the great work that happens within the centre’s walls.

“I think people would appreciate being able to come in and see the work that goes into maintaining an operation like this. People hear a lot of things, some positive, some negative, some truthful, some less truthful, so I think the community needs the opportunity to come and see the great work that takes place and the demands of maintaining such essential services,” said Plourde. “I think that there’s a whole side of things that needs to be shown or that people don’t see.”

Previously, Diane Plourde spent 13 years at Job Zone d’emploi, and has worked in the field of addictions, probation services and has taught at St. Lawrence College.