The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre is one of Canada’s most progressive and successful long-term care homes. Of the 450 health centre residents, approximately 250 are Veterans who served overseas in the Second World War or Korean War.
The Perley Rideau Foundation raises the funds to pay for the many life-giving services and equipment needed to ensure that health centre residents receive top-quality care. Donations to the foundation also support the initiatives needed to meet the long-term needs of Canada’s aging population, such as the construction of independent-living seniors’ apartments and the Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care.
At a glance
Year founded: 1988
Geographic region of focus: Ottawa
Total revenue for last fiscal year: $3,753,728
Top funding sources:
- Individual: 91%
- Other charities: 6%
- Corporate: 3%
How you can help
The health centre foundation publishes an annual list of equipment and services not funded by government but essential to excellent care. The foundation also raises funds for strategic initiatives designed to meet the many challenges associated with Canada’s rapidly growing seniors population, such as adequate housing and caregiver training.
The Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care, for example, researches, develops and shares evidence-based best practices in care. The centre will improve the care of frail seniors and enable those at risk of frailty to stay healthy, independent – and out of hospital – for as long as possible.
Volunteers improve residents’ quality of life and strengthen Perley Rideau’s connection with surrounding neighbourhoods and the larger community. Each year, more than 400 people volunteer at Perley Rideau in a wide variety of roles – from accompanying residents to appointments for care or services, to assisting with arts programming and outings, to serving on or advising the board of directors and Capital Campaign Cabinet.
Events and fundraising
Our largest annual fundraising event is Night at the Races. Each year, almost 400 people enjoy a buffet dinner, harness racing and a silent auction at the Rideau Carleton Raceway. This fun-filled evening has been a Perley Rideau tradition for 18 years and raised more than $500,000 since it began!
Another important fundraising event is Ottawa Race Weekend. In 2019, the Perley Rideau entered 28 runners and raised more than $16,150 for the health centre.
Board members and executives
Carol Ann Banks
Director, operations and finance, International Actuarial Association
Doug Brousseau (Past-chair)
Former senior policy advisor, Office of the Mayor
Former investment and financial planner, Investors Group
Keith De Bellefeuille Percy (Chair)
Past-president, Ottawa Tourism Authority
A. D. Boettger
Labour relations consultant
Former deputy mayor and city councillor, City of Ottawa
Lt. Col. (ret’d) Robert Eagan (Treasurer)
Former chief financial officer, Commissionaires Ottawa
Estate and trust advisor, MD Private Trust Company
Vice-president, branch manager and investment advisor, BMO Nesbitt Burns
J.L. Gilles Levasseaur
Business and law professor, University of Ottawa
Col. (ret’d) Dominic McAlea
Vice-chairperson, Military Grievances External Review Committee
Vice-president, defence procurement group, Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Maj. (ret’d) Sandra Perron
Senior partner, A New Dynamic Enterprise
Nancy Schepers (Vice-chair)
Former deputy city manager, City of Ottawa
Principal consultant, Sparked Solutions
Caring for the Future Capital Campaign: $6 million campaign to support the expansion of the Perley Rideau Seniors' Village and the establishment of Canada's first Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care.