R.W. Bro. Adam E. Thompson, District Deputy Grand Master of Ottawa District 1, has designated the Bruyère Foundation as his District Charity (Ottawa District 1 2018-2019 Project Number: 2648).

"Through the people it serves, the specialized care it provides and the research it conducts, Bruyère is unique amongst major healthcare organizations in our region. Bruyère is enhancing lives by delivering exceptional care for seniors, patients with complex and chronic health conditions and, people living with a life-limiting illness. In addition, Bruyère is transforming care through strengths in research, education, collaboration and innovation.

As the leader in care of the elderly, rehabilitation and palliative care, Bruyère operates specialized, critically needed programs and services. Bruyère’s distinct role is strengthening our broader healthcare community and enhancing the quality of life for vulnerable patients, seniors and families." – Bruyère Foundation

Any Lodge or individual mason who wishes to make a financial contribution in support of this project, should make cheques payable to "Masonic Foundation of Ontario – Project 2648".

Valentine's Charity Ball

For over a dozen years, the Masons of the two Ottawa Districts have gathered on or around Valentine's Day for an evening of merriment, and in support of one of our greatest principles - charity.

On February 10, 2018, the 14th Annual Valentine's Charity Ball (VCB 14) brought together Masons, spouses, friends and members of the public at the Centurion Conference and Event Centre in support of three important causes: Roger Neilson House, The Ottawa Mission, and Autism Spectrum Disorder Research.

The evening was filled with great company, great food, great music (provided by the Fabulous Heartbeats), and of course, great generosity. With a very extensive and diverse silent auction, money raised was split between the three charities, donated through the Masonic Foundation of Ontario.

Pictured to the right is the VCB Committee presenting a cheque to Roger Neilson House on July 27, 2016 (L to R: W.Bro. Jeff Christie, VCB Committee; R.W. Bro. Sam Kalinowsky, VCB Committee; Helen Yoxon, Manager of Palliative Care and Roger Neilson House; Lise Beauchemin, Co-ordinator of Volunteer Services, Residence and Community Outreach, Roger Neilson House; W. Bro. Adam Thompson, Chair, VCB Committee 2014-16; Bro. Abraham Garcia, VCB Committee; Jonathan Bodden, VP, Corporate Partnerships and Community Fundraising, Ottawa Senators Foundation).