Calls, emails, and social media messages to Cornwall City Councilor Maurice Dupelle, who’s also the chair of the Agape, have gone unanswered as of press time.
Johanne Couture, the Agape Executive Director responded with a nasty “NO COMMENT” regarding allegations that Mr. Dupelle has essentially hired several family members to work at the local food bank that he chairs.
Maurice Dupelle has ordered a restructuring of Agape allowing more of his family to be hired. Right now his 1 sister, 1 sister-in-law, 1 brother in law, 1 nephew and his son during the summer all have been put into positions.
That was our first missive. Another arrived:
I can tell you the positions. You could call the ED and verify or just the receptionist: sister: pauline..volunteer and food coordinator. Jerry brother in law is the truck driver. His son was a summer student. His sister in law is a sorter of clothes and his nephew works on the dock
And this more disturbing message:
.. someone who knew him where they had their xmas party overheard staff talking about nepotism and his family all be hired without advertising the positions The chairperson approached staff directly about what he had been told by his friend who overheard this comment about nepotism and he tore a strip up one side down the other to the store staff without even knowing who actually said it without even asking who said it. Total assumption. A few weeks later one staff is completely let go with no other offers and a store staff was demoted with more changes to come.
None of these claims have been proven, but if true offer a disturbing window to the troubled charity. Dupelle personally reached out to the public to appeal for donations last year in spite of boycotting this newspaper.
The Agape was also alleged to have dropped pallets of Rotary Hams into the dump due to a lack of freezer space and warmer than expected holiday temperatures a few years ago.
CFN would be more than happy to publish a response by the Agape or Councillor Dupelle. He can reach us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.