Bruyère Foundation

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Editor's Note

This profile originally appeared in the 2021 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

Bruyère plays a critical role in the health care system in our region providing: care through a wide range of services in the community, specialized hospital services, long-term care (LTC), and supportive and independent living for seniors and vulnerable populations.  

Those who are referred to us have suffered a loss of their independence and function, usually because of a significant medical event or illness. We work to restore this where possible, through rehabilitation and restorative care services, helping patients return to independent living in the community, and to accommodate it where this is not possible through long-term and complex medical care.  

We strive to maintain health and wellness in the community through outpatient care, primary care and specialized accommodation services. Bruyère’s palliative care programs, part of the specialized hospital care we provide, support the dignity and quality of life of our patients who are managing chronic, life limiting illness or are near the end of their journey. We are adding life to years and years to life.  

As both a hospital and long-term care provider we are a regional specialized resource. Collaboration with our partners in the system is essential to facilitate seamless and appropriate patient flow, helping patients transition from acute care back to the community or to long term care.  

The advent of COVID-19 has created an even greater impetus for system level collaboration to ensure that if required there is capacity in acute care to meet a potential surge. It is also a great catalyst to ensure that providers in the system are working within their scope of practice and mandate and to optimize flow.

A doctor and young woman sit at the bedside of an elderly woman, who is smiling.

At a glance:

Year founded: 1995

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $ 4,418,000

Twitter: @BruyereCare

Facebook: /BruyereCare

Instagram: @BruyereCare

Top funding sources:

  • Individual Donations: 73%
  • Other Charities: 11%
  • Corporate Donations: 16%

Geographic region of focus: Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and the Outaouais region

How you (and your dollars) can help

As we navigated the many unknowns over the past year, our community rallied around us, and our Foundation saw the continuation of our donors' remarkable support.    

Your generosity has made an enormous impact. From donating personal protective equipment that helped our staff to making significant financial contributions that helped us address our most pressing health care needs, we thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many.  

As we think ahead to what a new normal may look like, we take the lessons learned throughout the pandemic and apply them as we plan for the future - a future where we rise to meet the needs of an aging population by conducting research and providing care designed to improve and maintain their health.  

The next generation of research, innovation and teaching strengthens everything we do. The importance of this has never been more evident as we continue to navigate our new reality in the face of COVID-19 and look ahead at the challenges of tomorrow.

We are grateful for the support of community builders and innovators, like you, who are willing to take an active role in improving the quality of life of those we serve.

COVID-19 Relief

With your support, we can make significant changes to health care delivery that will impact the entire system. This includes creating more capacity in long-term care, alternate levels of care, and post-acute care. Your support will also help us ensure our teams of experts are appropriately armed with personal protective equipment that has been proven to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses, and minimize the impact on our community. 

Brain and memory health

In less than 20 years, the number of Canadians living with dementia will double. This increase will put enormous strain on the health care system and cost billions of dollars. By further investing in life-changing research, preventative programs, strategic partnerships, and world-class expertise, we will help reduce the incidence of dementia within the next 20 years. 

Care of the elderly

For the first time in history, there are more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 15. As a leader in geriatrics, Bruyère is well equipped to redefine the experience of aging by investing in prevention, treatment and innovation. 

Rehabilitation

Each year in our region, more than 1,800 people suffer a stroke, resulting in hundreds of patients who require various levels of stroke rehabilitation. With your support, we will make strategic investments in research and promising technologies, expand capacity with regional partners, and become the regional hub for integrated rehabilitation services.

Board and executive members

Headshots of two men smiling at the camera.
      Thomas Hewitt is the president of the Bruyère Foundation; Daniel C. Fernandes is chair of the board


Thomas Hewitt

President

CFRE

Daniel C. Fernandes

Board Chair

Daniel C. Fernandes

Law Office

John Wright

Treasurer, Vaive & Associates Professional Corp. 

Dr. Alylhan Abdulla

Kingsway Health Centre

Scott Brooker

Cushman & Wakefield Ottawa

Brad Ezard

Keynote Group

Patrick Kennedy

Earnscliffe

Joanne Kudakiewicz

OneLife Wealth Management

Clifford Lebarron

Laurentian Bank of Canada

Nik Lemieux

Mirabel Management

Lesley Mackay

Ottawa Tourism

Ralph Neumann

Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Life Underwriter

Barbara Perrin

George E. Perrin Insurance Agency

Mark White

Colonnade BridgePort

Get in touch

43 Bruyère St.

Ottawa, ON

K1N 5C8

bruyere.org

foundation@bruyere.org