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Executive Director Hired

The Agape Centre’s board of directors is pleased to announce that Lisa Duprau has accepted the position of executive director.
Duprau was selected after a rigorous application and interview process. Her experience as a manager of fundraising, thrift store manager, manager of residential support staff, and counsellor make her an excellent fit to lead the Agape Centre forward.
“The board is excited about Lisa’s vision,” said Maurice Dupelle, board chair. “We hope the community will join us in welcoming Lisa to her new role.”
Duprau will begin by meeting with staff and volunteers, and will officially begin as executive director shortly.
For more information, please contact Dupelle at maurice@clglen.on.ca.

Customer Appreciation Day

Kick off your Christmas shopping and discover our winter wonderland! Stop by all day to shop our Christmas store and snack on cookies, tea, and coffee. Every customer takes home a giveaway!

Thursday, November 14
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
40 Fifth Street West

While you’re at Agape Centre’s thrift store…

  • buy a $5 ticket for a chance to win one of two Treasure Troves filled with $500 in gift cards
  • test your luck with a 50/50 draw
  • pick up your ticket for Empty Bowls

Most Wonderful Time for a Food Drive

The season of giving is upon us – so, how can you ensure all members of our community are well fed?

How about hosting a food drive?

It’s as easy as collecting some of our most-needed items, which include:

  • peanut butter
  • canned tuna
  • canned salmon
  • canned vegetables
  • cheese (not processed)
  • ground beef

Don’t forget to…

  • Let us know if you’re hosting an event, so we can help spread the word!
  • Check donations for best before dates.
  • Connect with our volunteer coordinator if you have any questions: volunteercoordinator@agapecentre.ca or 613-938-9297 ext. 121

The Agape Centre supports over 1,000 clients every month. Your contribution, whether big or small, whether a gift of money or food, can help make a difference.

$500 Treasure Trove Raffle

It’s that time of year again!

Come buy your Holiday Gift Card Treasure Trove ticket for your chance to win one of two baskets filled with $500 in gift cards!

Tickets are only $5, and are available for purchase at Agape Centre’s New For You thrift store at 40 Fifth Street West.

Each Treasure Trove includes a wide variety of gift cards from local businesses, including gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores, and more!

This fundraiser supports the Agape Centre. Thank you!

Agape Centre seeking new executive director

After three years of strong leadership as the Agape Centre’s executive director, Johanne Couture has accepted a new role in the community.

The board of directors is grateful for the dedication, effort, and leadership shown by Johanne, whose tenure comes to an end on November 1, 2019.

“We wish Johanne all the best in her new endeavours,” said Maurice Dupelle, board chair. “We’re grateful for the years Johanne has contributed to Agape, and for her support as we transition into new leadership.”

The board of directors is now accepting applications for the position of executive director. Interested applicants can view the job posting by clicking on the file below.

Stephanie Nalepa, the Agape Centre’s fundraising coordinator, is also pursuing a new opportunity.

“Stephanie has excelled at growing Agape’s network of support. The board wishes her all the best as she takes another step in her career,” said Dupelle.

In a sector where change is constant, the board of directors and Agape staff will work together in the coming weeks to ensure continuity of services in the food bank, thrift store, and soup kitchen.

The following events and fundraisers are coming up. Please show your support!

  • Saturday, October 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Seguin Patate: all sales donated to Agape Centre
  • Sunday, November 17 at 12 p.m.: Empty Bowls fundraiser – purchase your tickets at the New For You thrift store at 40 Fifth Street West
  • Christmas is coming! Can your workplace or neighbourhood run a food drive? Learn more here.
  • To sign up for hassle-free monthly contributions to the Agape Centre, please click here.

Empty Bowls

Join us on Sunday, November 17th, 2019 for our EMPTY BOWLS fundraiser!
– Choose a unique handcrafted bowl
– Fill it with your selection of gourmet soup
– Grab a fresh bun and dessert
– Take home your one-of-a-kind bowl

We have two different ticket options this year:
• $30 includes meal and handcrafted bowl
• $10 includes meal

Lunch will be served between 12:00PM & 1:30PM at Trinity Anglican Church (105 Second Street W, Cornwall).

This year, we have 7 chefs signed up to create delicious soups!

Tickets are available at our New For You thrift store (40 Fifth Street W).

All proceeds to the Agapè Centre.

Try the One Bag Challenge!

Help us fight summer hunger this August for the third annual One Bag Challenge!

Step one: Bring one bag of groceries to our food bank.

Step two: Take a picture and post on your social media.

Step three: Challenge five of your friends to do the same.

The items needed most by the food bank include pasta sauce, pasta, canned veggies, canned meat, and beans.

The Agape Centre is located at 40 Fifth Street West in Cornwall, Ontario

Golfing to End Hunger

Join us on Friday, September 20 at Summerheights Golf Links.

This shotgun tournament tees off at noon. At $100 for members and $125 for non-members, fees will cover golf fees, cart, dinner, a contest or giveaway at every hole, silent auction, and 50/50 draw.

Help us fight hunger! Tickets are available at the Agape Centre’s New for You Thrift Store (40 Fifth Street West) and both Your Credit Union locations.

Sign up for updates!

It’s easier than ever to stay in touch with the Agape Centre.

Click here to sign up for email updates.

Change in the air at Agapè Centre

A wave of change is in the air. On Tuesday February 12, 2019 the Ontario Association of Food Banks (O.A.F.B.) became FEED ONTARIO. Feed Ontario states that over the last 35 years, food banks have evolved from traditional food cupboards into multi-service agencies for community building and change. This exciting change has prompted the Agapè Centre to look internally at how we could better serve our community and be a sustainable organization.

In the last year, seven (7) new Board Directors have been added for a total of twelve (12) strong and capable individuals with a heart and passion for the Agapè Centre. One of the objectives of the Board is for the Agapè Centre to continue to serve our community by ensuring all have access to healthy food. Remaining transparent and accountable for all change within the Agapè Centre is imperative for the Board of Directors.

Since 1971, the Agapè Centre has evolved as an organization by including a Soup Kitchen and developing its own social enterprise – New for You Thrift Store. The Agapè Centre was established out of meeting a need in the community of Cornwall and stands on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights statement that ‘the right to food is a human right.’ In the last year, regulations for delivering some services have changed. The process has been streamlined, easing access to those in need of food bank services.

“What was once a lengthy intake has now been simplified to assure greater privacy, dignity and efficiency. We are pleased with how this will positively impact individuals seeking Agapè Centre services,” says Johanne Couture, Executive Director. “Ever cognizant that we rely on the generosity of the community, this also allows us to operate more sustainably and to ensure our continued viability.”

Even for the Agapè Centre, transformation is necessary to ensure individuals are served with the most respect and dignity while maintaining a high standard of efficiency, as we continue to evolve.

For more information on the services offered by the Agapè Centre, visit our website.