Founded in 2008 by Adam Nihmey, Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa (Eldercare) is dedicated to the continuous improvement of quality of life in Ottawa’s long-term care (LTC) facilities.

Adam was motivated to establish Eldercare after witnessing his grandparents’ experience in long-term care facilities. He noticed these homes were highly underfunded and as a result, residents and staff were faced with a number of issues, including lack of stimulating activity, isolation and sedentarism, and poor equipment in the homes. He felt compelled to make a difference.

Firmly rooted in the belief that each senior citizen in LTC deserves every opportunity to live a happy, healthy, comfortable life, no matter what their financial situation might be, Eldercare issues community grants that effect meaningful change.


The Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa is a registered Canadian charity (charitable number: 83447 7184 RR0001) and is governed by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Our volunteer Board of Directors provide strategic and financial oversight to our organization, and is represented by various professionals from industry, medicine and other sectors. The one thing they all share in common is the belief that residents in not-for-profit long-term care deserve the best quality of life possible.

Beginning as a donor-advised endowment fund under the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Eldercare now operates as a volunteer-run organization, as well as a self-sustainable charitable legal entity. The Community Foundation of Ottawa continues to manage our endowment fund.


The Board of Directors is currently comprised of 7 members, including Founder and Chairman, Adam Nihmey. The Board provides guidance, insight and recommendations on strategy and operations. Our current Board is represented by:

Oriana Trombetti (Chair), Retired Senior Executive and General Counsel – Department of Justice Canada

Daniel Saikaley, Financial Advisor – CIBC Wood Gundy

Adam C. Nihmey, CFA, CBV, Founder – Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa

Betty Hope-Gittens, Retired

Cathleen Cogan Bird – Chartwell Rideau Place

Scott Boassaly, Founder and Principal – Balance Investments

Laura Monette

Past members include:

Denis Schryburt, Senior Communications Advisor – Office of the Chief Scientist, Natural Resources Canada

Kaitlin van Gaal, Financial Services and Small Business Advisor – Meridian Credit Union

Jan Ditchfield

Dr. Philip Patel

Irene Martin, Founder – Retire-At-Home Services

Sheila Bauer – City of Ottawa

Tom Wileman, Retired Public Servant

Kay Stanley, Retired, Former Vice-Chair, Board of Governors, The Ottawa Hospital

Andrew Arnott, Vice President, Commerical Financial Services – Ottawa Specialized Markets, Royal Bank of Canada

Penny Collenette, Adjunct Professor – Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

Ronald Clark, Campus President, Everest College

Marlynne Ferguson, Administrator – City of Ottawa

Patrick LeClair

Brian Radburn, CA, Past Chair – CHEO

Dr. John Russell, Medical Director and attending physician at Carleton Lodge and Royal Ottawa Place

Lawrence Grant, Executive Director – The Glebe Centre

Donna Rubin, President and CEO, Ontario Association for Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors.

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