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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.

Our 1st Annual Golf Tournament is happening soon!!!

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.


Click here for more details

Join the Facebook event at:

Canstruction Cornwall 2016 Competition Results

The inaugural ‘Canstruction’ Cornwall competition raised over 12,000 cans of food for the Agape Centre.

The cans were delivered to the Agape Centre on May 2 and the food is already filling the food bank shelves at a time of year when donations are very low.

The six participating teams came up with a design, purchased hundreds of cans, and then built the structures in less than 12 hours.

The winners of the Canstruction Cornwall 2016 design and build competition are:

People’s Choice Award: ‘Spiderman’ by Cornwall Rotary Interact Clubs
This structure was voted the public’s favorite by donation. It was a pretty tight race, and this award category really brought out the competitive side in our teams. In total, the structures collected more than $1,300 for the Agapè Centre, and the winning structure raised $350. This structure was a perfect fit with the CAPE weekend that took place at the Benson Centre during Canstruction.


Structural Ingenuity: ‘Spiderman’ by Cornwall Rotary Interact Clubs
Presented to a design that contained little props, only permissible materials, and has a high level of difficulty and skill. It was particularly impressive, since it was built by our youngest team, made up of high school students, a few of their teachers, and mentors, along with an engineer. It was also the largest structure.

Jurors’ Favorite: Episode VII: The Cans Awaken: The BB-ATE Droid by Professional Engineers Ontario, Upper Canada Chapter
Presented to a structure that was creative, grabbed attention at first sight, was an outstanding design, and made a lasting impression on our panel of judges. It had a creative play on words for its name and description, and even incorporated a projector light into the structure.


Best Use of Labels: Episode VII: The Cans Awaken: The BB-ATE Droid by Professional Engineers Ontario, Upper Canada Chapter
Presented to a structure that utilized each label to form every detail of the structure. They took great care to position their labels precisely. And while this detail was not shared with the judges, it should be mentioned that this team actually had to change their food order after their design was complete because the food company changed the colours on many of the labels they originally chose.

Best Meal: A Local Pint – BEERgon Canstruction Team by Bourgon Construction
Presented to a structure that contained nutritional ingredients, and particularly lots of great protein. This team took care to think about what food would be beneficial to the food bank. The structure itself was an homage to a local small-batch brewery that uses food sourced locally. And it’s interesting to note that one of the members of this team is actually a volunteer at the Agapè Centre’s food bank.

Honorable Mention – Kids’ Favorite: ‘KIN der garden’ by Kinsmen Club of Cornwall
This structure was special because many of our volunteers at the voting table talked about how much the kids in particular loved this structure. It was right at their level, they loved the colours, and the smiley faced details taped to the cans.


Honorable Mention – Community Innovation: ‘Seaway Bridge’ by WSP/Architecture 49
This structure deserves special recognition for tying in the community aspect of this competition. This team engaged the community they work with, and secured sponsors to help purchase the food cans. Then, they incorporated their supporters into the structure by painting and pasting their sponsors’ logos onto the trucks included on their structure. Their design description was also beautifully written to capture the importance of community, connections and bridging gaps.


Thank you to everyone who helped make this first year a success: teams, sponsors, volunteers, community partners, and everyone who came out to vote.

Canstruction Thank you Ad Final


On Lunch Money Day, Thursday, March 26, 2015, the Agapè Centre invites you to “brown bag it” and donate the money otherwise spent on lunch in support of your community.

We know how much can be accomplished when a group of people give a little towards a greater cause – this is our motivation behind Lunch Money Day.

Anyone can participate – individuals, businesses, organizations, schools, friends, families.

Just by having lunch and encouraging your colleagues or friends to participate, you can help the Agapè Centre. Join groups and individuals all across Cornwall as they fight community hunger. And there are plenty of ways to have fun with the event – like organizing a pizza day or a potluck lunch.

Winter is a difficult time and hundreds of hungry families face a tough choice – eat or heat. The Lunch Money Day donations will go towards feeding our most vulnerable families and children in Cornwall. We provide healthy lunch meals daily, as well as nourishing groceries to those who need it most. The Agapè Centre distributes over 900 food items each and every working day, and of the 1000 plus people we help monthly, nearly 400 are children. The goal of all the programs at Agapè is to create an environment where people have more accessible, readily available nutritious foods to meet their nutritional goals on a daily basis.

Your donation today will put food on a family’s table tomorrow.

Here’s how it works:
1. Announce to your staff/friends that your organization/group is participating in Lunch Money Day on March 26th, 2015.
2. Put up Posters and pass out Lunch Money Day Giving Cards & envelopes (click to download)
3. Brown bag your lunch to work on March 26th, 2015
4. Feel great!

It’s that easy and since every dollar donated to the Agapè Centre generates five dollars worth of food into your community, just imagine what your lunch money can do!

Thank you to the following businesses and community organizations that have already signed up to take part :

  • Beaupre Mackinnon Financial
  • CIBC
  • Clinique Juridique S.D. &G. Legal Clinic
  • Cornwall Dental Arts
  • Fishrizzo
  • Great Lakes Pilotage Authority
  • HollisWealth
  • KIA Cornwall
  • Notman Chrysler Dodge Jeep
  • Riverdale Terrace Waterfront Retirement Residence
  • Seaway Family Dental
  • St. Lawrence College
  • TVCogeco
  • Victim Services of S.D.G. & A

If you or your organization plan on participating in Lunch Money Day, please contact Kendra at 613-938-9297 ext. 21 or We’d love to add you to the list, and help you make this event a success!



The Agapè Centre is pleased to accept a donation of $1,400 from the John Stewart Estate Memorial Trust.

The Advisory Board of the John Stewart Estate Memorial Trust recently granted a total of $8,785.07 for 2015 to agencies servicing the needs of the aged and poor in the City of Cornwall and the United Counties.

Of the 12 grants, ranging in size from $500.00 to $1,400, the Agapè Center was the chosen recipient for the City of Cornwall.

The John Stewart Home, once located at 613 Second Street East in Cornwall, was opened in 1930 as a modest facility to provide housing for poor and indigent persons. To date over $210,174.30 in income has been distributed to appropriate agencies. Representatives from the United Counties and the City of Cornwall constitute the Advisory Board, with the Minister of St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Cornwall sitting as a permanent member to acknowledge the religious heritage of the original donor, Mr. John Stewart. This year is the 110th anniversary of his death. The Estate continues to be administered by Scotia Private Client Group.