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Curious Chefs

New program for kids: “Curious Chefs: Cooking Club for Kids”, is based on healthy eating on a budget. The Club will be focusing on the four major food groups, kitchen safety, healthy school snacks and lunches, portion size, food labels,  a grocery store tour and of course, lots of cooking and eating. Children between the ages of 7-11 will be able to participate FREE of charge and also receive an excellent starter kit to take home at the end of the 6 weeks. The program also offers many creative activities and learning opportunities and a little “Fear Factor” each week.


Around the Table

Welcome to Agapè’s newest program “Around the Table: Healthy eating on a budget”. This program is designed to get the entire family planning and cooking together, while focusing on creating healthy meals at a low cost. Some of the areas in which we will touch upon are: Basic foods on the shelf, budget friendly items in each food group, how to read a recipe, planning with the family, healthy tips to eliminate sugar/salt from your diet, how to talk to children about healthy eating, how to save money on your groceries, and finish with a grocery store tour and challenge.  Again this program is FREE of charge for the entire family and they too will also go home with a starter kit at the end of the 5 weeks.


Open House & Annual General Meeting at the Agapè Centre on June 17th, 2014

New fruit forest planted on Mohawk Drive

You are invited to join our Open House & Annual General Meeting at the Agapè Centre on June 17th, 2014 starting at 5:00 pm. The business portion of the evening will commence approximately at 6:00 pm.

The Agapè Centre plays a vital role in our community. This is your opportunity to see how the support you have given to the Agapè Centre has been applied for the benefit of the community at large.

Please RSVP to: Alyssa Blais at 613.361.0332 or

We look forward to seeing you on June 17th! Thank you for your support, we greatly appreciate it.

Date: June 17th, 2014
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Venue: Agapè Centre, 40 Fifth Street West


5:00 – 6:00 pm: Open House
6:00 – 6:30 pm : Annual General Meeting
6:30 – 7:00 pm: Open House
Appetizers, coffee and tea will be provided.

Amateur Boxing Fundraiser

Chris Nilan, one of hockey’s most feared enforcers to speak at Agapè’s Amateur Boxing Fundraiser.

JUNE 14th at NAV Centre

Chris Nilan, who grew up in the tough and gritty Irish enclave in Boston, was a feared enforcer for the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers, and a Stanley Cup champion never afraid to go into the corners or take off his gloves. This legend will be the special guest this year at  Agapè’s Charity Boxing Event June 14th.

This hard hitting fundraiser held at the NAV Centre will benefit the Agapè Centre to help knock out the effects of hunger for the families and children of Cornwall. An interesting twist, Quebec boxers will be duking it out against Ontario boxers in the ring on Saturday, June 14th.

Cornwall’s own Tony Luis, Quebec Boxing Council Lightweight Champion will provide commentary during this high energy charity event and Councillor Dave Murphy will lend his voice as emcee.

For more information on the event benefitting families in Cornwall or tickets, please call Alyssa Blais at the Agapè Centre at 613.361.0332.

Tickets are available at SCOTIABANK, Brookdale Cornwall for $200.00 a piece and includes a full-course dinner, 6 rounds of amateur boxing, drinks and entertainment.


Hunger Awareness Week

This year Hunger Awareness Week is taking place from May 5-9, 2014.  We hope you will join us to increase awareness of the issue of hunger and the important work of food banks across Canada.

The theme for this year’s Hunger Awareness Week campaign is “Give Hunger a Voice.” We want to break the silence surrounding hunger in Canada and move it from a taboo topic to a mainstream one. We want to show the multitude and strength of the voices of hunger in Canada and show that that hunger can no longer be ignored.

To “Give Hunger a Voice” we are asking concerned community members to contribute to our online story wall of hunger.  Contributing is easy. Simply post a short written submission, video, or photo to to one of the following categories:

  • Voice Your Story – Tell your own personal story of hunger or the story of someone close to you.
  • Voice Your Support – Provide a supportive message to Canadians living with food uncertainty. Let them know you are behind them and will help them break the silence surrounding hunger in Canada.
  • Voice Your Concern – Add a post directed to Canadian policymakers showing why you think hunger in Canada is unacceptable.
  • Voice Your Solution – Share what you are doing to ease hunger in your community. It could be a story of volunteering, donating or anything else that helps those who are hungry.

To show the voice of hunger in Canada is strong and cannot be ignored we encourage all Canadians to contribute to the story wall and participate in activities supporting Hunger Awareness Week.  For more information please visit:

Two new job postings at the Agapè Centre

The Agapè Centre is a community-minded non-profit organization dedicated to feeding and clothing people in need. We are looking for two people who are committed to our values and thrives on a changing environment.

The position description of Reception can be found HERE

The position description of Student IT Technician can be found HERE

Please forward your resume and cover letter to Johanne Gauthier, Operations Manager at the Agapè Centre by email ONLY.  The e-mail address is:  

We want to thank all our volunteers at the Agapè Centre

This week is National Volunteer Week (April 6-12, 2014) and its a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s 13.3 million volunteers.  Our volunteers, over 120 of them, strengthen our work and make this centre vibrant. It’s their dedication to community involvement that has given the Agapè Centre the support it needs to continue helping people in our community.

This Friday April 11, we will be celebrating our volunteers with a special Volunteer Appreciation Night, which will feature entertainment from David Jans, local magician and food from Love, Love Food – Tony Lacroix. 12 Awards will be given including the Volunteer of the Year Award.




The Agapè Centre receives $4,000 from Tree Canada

The Agapè Centre is the recipient of a Tree Canada grant to purchase and maintain fruit trees. Supported by Loblaw, Silk, and TELUS, Edible Trees provides grants of up to $4,000 to municipalities, schools, and community gardens to purchase, plant, and maintain fruit and nut trees. “Fruit and nut trees do more than just clean the air and beautify our neighbourhoods,” said Michael Rosen, Tree Canada President. “The trees planted will become valuable sources of healthy food for these communities.”

“I am very excited to receive a grant as we believe at Agapè that food is the foundation and eating well is the first step. We want to get more fresh, local and organically grown produce onto the tables of individuals and families living on low incomes. The trees will bear fruit in less than three years and will supplement our offerings.” stated Alyssa Blais, Executive Director of the Agapè Centre.

Over the years, the Agapè Centre has experienced an increase demand for services and want to make certain that no one goes hungry in the community. “We are thankful to Tree Canada to provide us with this opportunity.” said Alyssa.

Agapè Centre receives $6,540 from the Feeding Families Fund

Agapè Centre is the recipient of a Feeding Families Fund grant to develop a new program that connects families and children with creating healthy meals at a low cost. Thanks to McCain Foods Canada, Nestlé Canada and Food Banks Canada for supporting a series that will engage families to cook more meals together from “scratch”. Each session will be free of charge and offer participants foods to take home, as well as provide an easy to use tool-kit for future use.

“I am very excited to start this program at the Agapè Centre. We see so many families come through our doors and are now able to offer them a series of workshops that will increase their knowledge of healthy nutrition supports our mission,” stated Alyssa Blais, Executive Director of the Agapè Centre. Over the years, the Agapè Centre has experienced an increased demand for services and wants to make certain that no one goes hungry in the community. “Thanks to grants such as this one from Food Banks Canada, we will be able to offer more support to our local families in need,” said Alyssa. “We are thankful to McCain Foods Canada and Nestlé Canada for their generous financial support.”

*New* Job Opening at the Agapè Centre – Operations Manager

The Agapè Centre is a community-minded non-profit organization dedicated to feeding and clothing people in need. We are looking for a person who is committed to our values and thrives on a changing environment.The Operations Manager works collaboratively with the Executive Director, Agapè staff, Board members, volunteers and community partners. The position description of Operations Manager can be found HERE

If you would like to be considered for the following position of Operations Manager, please submit the following documents:

1) CV
2) cover letter explaining how you meet each of the qualifications
3) a 3-4 paragraph statement explaining your understanding of hunger as it relates to this community.

To: Alyssa Blais, Executive Director
40 Fifth Street West, Cornwall, ON K6J 2T4
FAX: 613.933.4971
or email to:
Applicants should quote Job#:OperationsManager2014
DEADLINE for applications:  Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.