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Fondation Bruyère Foundation

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What we do

Bruyère is an academic health care organization known for its compassionate care towards our aging population, those requiring rehabilitation or living with complex medical conditions.

Bruyère is made up of specialized hospitals, long-term care homes and family health teams providing bilingual care across four campuses: 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 Village, a transitional care unit 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. Bruyère works 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’s work leads to constant innovation in the services we provide with a focus on providing care that promotes independence.

The Foundation’s volunteer board of directors and professional staff is responsible for securing donations from the community to enhance patient care across Bruyère’s four campuses.

In 2022-23, the Foundation contributed $2.54 million in total to Bruyère on behalf of our community of donors.

The most significant investment was in the construction of the new William and Maureen Shenkman Palliative Care Unit at Bruyère’s Saint-Vincent campus with $1.35 million contributed this year as part of the Foundation’s ongoing $6 million Celebrating Life at Every Stage campaign. The new unit unites Bruyère’s palliative care and complex care programs which Bruyère’s Chief of the Medical Staff described as “the single most important thing we can do for patient care at Bruyère right now”.

In addition, $1 million was contributed to acquire state-of-the-art equipment to provide Bruyère’s outstanding staff with the tools they require to provide the best possible care to their patients.

Gifts made through estates continue to be an important source of support for Bruyère. We are grateful to those who have chosen to include Bruyère in their estate plans and to those who carefully administer their wishes.

Thank you to everyone who entrusted their donations to the Foundation. Our Board and staff are careful stewards of your philanthropy and work closely with Bruyère to ensure your support is used as intended.

How you can help

As a donor, every time you choose to give, it helps Bruyère fulfill its daily goal – to make life better for our patients, their loved ones, and our care teams. Each year, Bruyère establishes fundraising priorities for the Foundation based on the most pressing requirements to ensure patients receive the very best care. 

This year, the Foundation has been asked to raise $6 million from the community to fund:

A new, state-of-the-art palliative care unit, by completing the $6M Celebrating Life at Every Stage campaign.

The acquisition of specialized equipment – such as critical diagnostic devices, robotic patient transfer platforms, rehabilitation equipment, to name a few.

To discuss your giving options with one of our fundraising professionals, please contact us at 613-562-6319 or

Get in touch:

43 Bruyère St.
Ottawa, Ont.
K1N 5C8

Year founded: 1995

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $4,642,000
Twitter/X: @BruyereCare
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Thomas Hewitt, CFRE president

Daniel C. Fernandes, board chair


  • John Wright, vice-chair and treasurer
  • Scott Brooker, Cushman & Wakefield Ottawa
  • Brad Ezard, Keynote Group
  • Guy Chartrand, president & CEO
  • Patrick Kennedy, Earnscliffe
  • Joanne Kudakiewicz, Desjardins Financial
  • Clifford Lebarron, (Honourary) Laurentian Bank of Canada
  • Nik Lemieux, Mirabel Management
  • Lesley Mackay, Ottawa Tourism
  • Mark White, Colonnade BridgePort


Corporate Donations: 4.45%
Individual Donations: 82.37%
Other Charities: 13.8%


Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and the Outaouais region