Cornwall Ontario – One of the biggest problems in Cornwall is the utter failure of charities due to really bad politics.
The United Way for example boycotts this newspaper. They also kept missing their funding targets so they no longer have them. Instead of acting like a responsible charity and pursue their mandate they fail those they are actually supposed to be serving.
Same for the Agape food bank and Centre who just hit the Freeholder with desperate pleas for help.
Instead of coming to all media, especially the largest in this community, more petty politics; however this time people are left hungry and wanting. That should be grounds for board resignations.
We actually have a program subsidized by local business people. Imagine over 15 million page views worth of exposure for Agape and other charities in 2017 for …..FREE! Not only did Agape not request to be part of the program at least five area charities refused free ads.
Let’s look at its current board and director (based on info from their website and apparently not updated).
ED – Johanne Couture
Jim Healey – Chair
Louise Lanctot – Vice-Chair
Lise Snider – Secretary/Treasurer
Rachel Larin – Director
Maurice Dupelle – Director
Bernadine McEvoy-Robertson – Director
Gabriel Riviere-Reid – Director
Marc L’Ecuyer – Director
The problem with too many Cornwall charities is that it’s all patronage instead of being about the Mission.
With donations down over 30% this year clearly there’s an issue. Why would a food bank boycott the largest newspaper in their community with a history of helping? Only the board can answer that.
“It is so bad, the Agape Centre made a public plea for financial support from the community in front of local and regional media outlets on Monday.
“We decided to have a public plea … because I do think we get forgotten, as well as the fact we don’t have provincial federal or municipal funding,” said Maurice Dupelle, chairman of the Agape Centre’s board.”
Again, why didn’t Chairman Dupelle, and the Agape not send a release to CFN? Was it because we’re covering his CL issues? If that’s the case he really should resign today from the Agape.
The lack of donations this summer means it hasn’t been able to afford to buy carrots.
Of course those of us on budgets know that you eat seasonally to get the best value. Sometimes you wait for carrots or cabbage and eat what is seasonal, but the bottom line is that the problems at the Agape are internal.
They also own a choice piece of real estate. Maybe, just maybe, it’s time to sell that property so it could be developed and use those funds to create a trust fund to help fund the yearly needs of a food bank? Not all food banks after all own extensive downtown large properties worth quite a bit of cash, even in Cornwall.
In the meanwhile it’s time to replace this board with one that actually will put people first and feed those that need our care and leave politics to the politicians.
What do you think dear CFN viewers? Is it time for Maurice Dupelle to resign?
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