Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa

Eldercare Foundation Ottawa

This profile originally appeared in the 2019-20 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

The Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa is dedicated to the continuous improvement of quality of life in Ottawa’s long-term care (LTC) facilities. Firmly rooted in the belief that all senior citizens in LTC deserve every opportunity to live a happy, healthy, comfortable life, no matter what their financial situation might be, Eldercare issues community grants that effect meaningful change.

At a glance:

Year founded: 2008

Geographic region of focus: Ottawa

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $180,000

Top funding sources:

  • Individual: 90.5%
  • Other: 9.5%
Horticultural Therapy
Recreologist, Erika and resident, Doreen participate in the horticultural therapy program at St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa.

How you can help


Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa is focused on raising monies to help enrich the quality of life at the 13 not-for-profit long-term care homes across Ottawa. The vast majority of our donations come from individual donors. Each year, the 13 homes are invited to submit funding proposals requesting financial support for everything from equipment (e.g. Hi-Lo beds, special bathtubs, etc.) to capital refurbishments that improve the lives of residents (e.g. benches, gardens, etc.) to unique, engaging programming opportunities (e.g. The Butterfly Home model, stationary bikes with VR capability, etc.).

Our supporters understand that not-for-profit LTC homes are underfunded and operate with financial constraints that can impact the experience of LTC residents. With this, they are passionate about the mission of Eldercare – to enrich the quality of life of seniors living in not-for-profit long-term care.


Eldercare is a volunteer-run organization. Because we are overseen by a board of directors, this is the best way to make an impact. The initial term for all board members is two years, with five one-year options to extend upon majority vote of the other board members. The maximum term of any board member is seven years. If you are interested in joining the board, please contact founder and chairman, Adam Nihmey. Occasionally, we also have fundraising events that we may require volunteer assistance with as well.

Programming and community outreach

The 1st annual Ottawa Betty’s Walk - Saturday, April 11, 2020

In the spring of 2019, 80-year-old Betty Hope-Gittens accomplished a remarkable feat. She traversed the 800km Camino de Santiago in support of the Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa. Betty’s Walk managed to raise over $200,000 and the Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa was able to issue a $10,000 grant to each of Ottawa’s 13 not-for-profit long-term care homes.

Due to the success of Betty’s incredibly generous efforts, we have decided to introduce an annual local Betty’s Walk fundraiser in Ottawa. Open to all ages and abilities, the community walk will be held Saturday, April 11, 2020. Please visit our website for more information and feel free to reach out with any questions about participation or sponsorship.

Board members and executives

Adam Nihmey
Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa Founder and chairman Adam Nihmey

Daniel Saikaley
Financial advisor, CIBC Wood Gundy

Adam C. Nihmey
Founder and chairman, Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa

Betty Hope Gittens

Cathleen Cogan Bird
Chartwell Rideau Place

Scott Boassaly
Founder and principal, Balance Investments

Oriana Trombetti
Retired senior executive and general counsel, Department of Justice Canada

Fundraising priorities

The Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa funds programs, initiatives and equipment that promote innovation and new models of care for seniors living in not-for-profit long-term care. Our funds contribute to projects that improve emotional and cognitive strength, including those with dementia. We also support initiatives that focus on physical well-being, including mobility, strength, dexterity, and overall comfort.

Get in touch

13 Esquimault Ave.
Nepean, Ont.
K2H 6Z2


Facebook: /theeldercarefoundationottawa
Twitter: @eldercareottawa