Agape Table Names New Executive Director

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Beverly Burkard to lead organization through transition and beyond

The Board of Directors of Agape Table is pleased to announce that Beverly Burkard has been hired as the organization’s new, full-time Executive Director.

“Beverly is a remarkable non-profit organization executive with vision and passion,” says Agape Table Board Chair Jim Steep. “She has a deep understanding of social issues in Winnipeg and a wealth of leadership and administrative experience. We are very excited that she has joined us.”

Burkard joins Agape Table after nine years as Executive Director at Red Road Lodge and two years as Corporate Relations Manager at the Canadian Cancer Society. She will lead Agape Table through its upcoming move and beyond.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to be of service to a greater number of our city’s most vulnerable people,” says Burkard. “Agape Table serves many hundreds of different people throughout the year. It is a powerful organization doing honourable work by simply addressing fundamental human needs.”

For the past 20 years, Agape Table has been operating in rented space at All Saints Anglican Church on Colony Street where it serves weekday breakfasts to an average of 350 people per day. The organization will be moving by the end of June and will be renting space from The Wave Church at 364 Furby St.

“I am inspired by our impending move. I know we will be able to continue serving our current guests while welcoming more people from a new neighbourhood,” says Burkard. “To me it’s all about working toward food security and helping as many people as possible have access to the basics – like food, clothing, and hygiene products – so they can lead healthy, fulfilling lives.”

“These are exciting times for the organization,” adds Steep. “With Beverly at the helm and the continued enthusiasm of donors, volunteers, staff, and board, we expect a smooth transition to our new space and we expect to have an even greater impact on the community.”

Agape Table Waves Hello to New Location – Community soup kitchen to move by end of June

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After a months-long search for a new home, Agape Table is pleased to announce that it has arrived at an agreement in principle with Waves of Glory Inc. to rent space at The Wave Church at 364 Furby Street. Agape Table expects to be operating in its new location by the end of June.

Agape Table, which serves breakfast every weekday to an average of over 300 low-income Winnipeggers, currently operates in a rented hall at All Saints Anglican Church on Colony Street. Agape Table is moving because All Saints is planning to redevelop its property and the hall will no longer be available.
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A time of gratitude and excitement

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Earlier in November, something happened at Agape Table that at first put us in a panic, and then lifted our spirits immeasurably.

Our oven broke. We serve breakfast every weekday to an average of 350 people and we do it with one household oven. And it broke. Our exceptional staff made do for a couple of days, but we needed an oven. We contacted the media who responded enthusiastically. Russell, our star Volunteer Coordinator, took to the airwaves to tell the story.

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