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Fondation Bruyère Foundation


Bruyère is a multi-site academic health care organization that is maximizing quality of life and helping people stay at or return home. We deliver a wide variety of services across four campuses in aging and rehabilitation, medically complex, palliative, residential and primary care.

Bruyère campuses include Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital and Élisabeth Bruyère Residence in the Byward Market area; Saint-Vincent Hospital in Centretown; Saint-Louis Residence and Bruyère Village in Orleans, and now Greystone in Ottawa East.

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.

The Bruyère Research Institute leads to constant innovation in the services we provide with a focus on providing care that promotes independence.

Our Foundation is an important conduit between our community and Bruyère. Our dedicated team, including our volunteer board of directors and professional staff, is charged with inspiring donations to enhance care across Bruyère’s campuses.

In 2021-22, Bruyère received donations totaling over $6 million. With your support, Bruyère was able to:

  • Contribute $1.24 million towards Bruyère investing in critical upgrades to our equipment, including a portable x-ray machine, bladder scanners, and IV pumps, to name a few.
  • Support Bruyère’s Research Institute work to improve the care of aging Canadians and vulnerable populations.
  • Invest in graduate studentships, bringing a new generation of health researchers into our ecosystem and supporting learning and continued dedication to research and care.
  • Ensure our patients and residents stayed connected with family during the pandemic through our partnership with Connected Canadians, by providing technology, training and technical support.

In addition to the impact your financial support has on the quality of care we provide, it also has a profound effect on our staff in terms of their morale. Your gifts demonstrate in a meaningful way an appreciation for their vital role, at a time when our health care workers are facing the most significant challenge in a generation. Thank you for your confidence and compassion.


  • Corporate Donations: 45%
  • Individual Donations: 48%
  • Other Charities: 6%

How you can help

Celebrating Life at Every Stage is a $6 million fundraising campaign to unite and enhance palliative and complex care. Our renowned palliative care unit and team will move from Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital to Saint-Vincent Hospital, and transform how we provide care, so patients and their loved ones receive the greatest benefit possible from these two specialized care programs. With this move comes an important change – the ability to provide a palliative approach to care to ten times more patients, which is proven to greatly improve quality of life, reduce anxiety, and improve pain and symptom management at all stages of life.

Funds raised will be invested in major renovations, equipment, and furnishings. The project is well underway. Architectural drawings and renderings have been created and approved and finishes have been selected.

In addition to this campaign, this year the Foundation is raising $1 million to purchase to help purchase critical medical equipment for all Bruyère care facilities.

Fondation Bruyère Foundation

43 Bruyère St.
Ottawa, Ont.
K1N 5C8

Year founded: 1995
Total revenue for last fiscal year: $6,240,000

Twitter: @BruyereCare
Facebook: /BruyereCare
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Daniel C. Fernandes, Board Chair
Thomas Hewitt, CFRE, President











John Wright
Vice-Chair and Treasurer
Vaive & Associates Professional Corp

Dr. Alylhan Abdulla
Kingsway Health Centre

Scott Brooker
Cushman & Wakefield Ottawa

Brad Ezard
Keynote Group

Guy Chartrand
President & CEO Bruyère

Patrick Kennedy

Joanne Kudakiewicz
Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network

Clifford Lebarron
Laurentian Bank of Canada

Nik Lemieux
Mirabel Management

Lesley Mackay
Ottawa Tourism

Heidi Sveistrup
CEO and Chief Scientific Officer, Bruyère Research Institute

Mark White
Colonnade BridgePort


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