Fondation Bruyère Foundation

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

Our acute hospital partners save your life, Bruyère gives you back your quality of life. Together, with their healthcare partners, Bruyère is building a future model of care through state-of-the-art technology and research. As one of the largest health care centres of its kind in Canada, Bruyère plays a key role in addressing the health care needs of the aging population in the Champlain region, delivering a wide variety of services in aging and rehabilitation, medically complex, palliative, residential and primary care.  

Driven by learning, research and innovation, our mission is to lead an integrated system of care that maximizes your quality of life and health potential. Care is provided through our three sites: Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital in the Byward Market, Saint-Vincent Hospital in Centretown, and Bruyère Village in Orléans. We strive for excellence and innovation through teaching, education and research aligned with our clinical priorities.

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At a glance

Year founded: 1995

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

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $4,838,000

Top funding sources: 

  • Individual donations: 53%
  • Other charities: 19%
  • Corporate donations: 16%
  • Endowments: 12%

How you can help


The Life Changing Campaign will support our efforts in these three pillars:

Brain Health & Memory: By investing $10 million in research, innovation and patient care, Bruyère will reduce the incidence of dementia by 50 per cent within the next 20 years.

Care of the Elderly: Bruyère will redefine the experience of aging through a $10-million investment that will improve quality of life and allow seniors to stay independent and in their homes as long as possible.

Rehabilitation: An investment of $10 million in research, technology and expanded patient care programs will help even more people who require stroke and geriatric rehabilitation.



More than 800 volunteers are part of the Bruyère family. Each one is valued and plays a vital role in providing exemplary and deeply compassionate care and services to our patients, residents, clients, tenants and their families.

As essential members of our health care team, volunteers share their energy, skills and expertise in helping to fulfill Bruyère’s mission of improving the quality of life for those they serve. Together, with their team of volunteers Bruyère is committed to making each life better. 

To apply, please call 613-562-6262 ext. 8250 or email


Events and fundraising

The Life Changing campaign for Bruyère is a transformative, $30-million fundraising campaign by Bruyère Foundation to re-imagine and reinvent how and where healthcare is delivered across our community and our country.

Life Changing is the largest fundraising campaign in Bruyère’s long history of caring. Its goal is ambitious: to enhance hundreds of thousands of lives by transforming care for a rapidly aging population as well as people of all ages with complex medical conditions.

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Bruyere's Life Changing Breakfast allows guests to hear personal stories from members of our community that illustrate how their lives have been given back, thanks to the caring teams at Bruyère.

Bruyère's Life Changing Day is a day of learning, sharing and storytelling as we inspire our community with how we change lives at Bruyère. Bruyère invites members of our community to visit our Saint-Vincent site and participate in interactive demos showcasing research projects from Bruyère Research Institute, hear patient stories and catch full event coverage live from the Atrium!

Broadway for Bruyère is Bruyère's electrifying signature event that brings out Ottawa's movers, shakers and live music aficionados for this highly anticipated each year!

For more information on Bruyère events visit

Board members and executives

Taillon and Fernandes
President Peggy Taillon; Chair Daniel C. Fernandes

John Wright
Vaive and Associates Professional Corp.

Alain Desmarais
Cushman & Wakefield Ottawa

Dr. Alykhan Abdulla
The Kingsway Health Centre

Amy Porteous
Bruyère Continuing Care

Barbara Perrin
George E. Perrin Insurance Agency

Clifford T. Lebarron
Laurentian Bank of Canada

John French
Dustbane Group of Cos.

Lesley Mackay
Ottawa Tourism

Mark Jackson
Welch LLP

Mark White
Colonnade BridgePort

Nik Lemieux
Mirabel Management

Ralph Neumann
Excel Private Wealth

Guy Chartrand
Bruyère Continuing Care

Heidi Sveistrup
PhD, Bruyère Research Institute

Get in touch

43 Bruyère St.
Ottawa, Ont.
K1N 5C8

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