Bronson RISE

A new day for seniors is RISE-ing at Bronson Centre.

Welcome to the online home of Bronson RISE: Real Inclusion by Seniors Everywhere.

We arose from the longtime community hub work of Bronson Centre, which identified an opportunity to tackle a vital and growing issue for Ottawa and everywhere: the isolation and inclusion of those 55-plus in our communities. So, after much exploration and hard work, Bronson Centre secured a five-year grant from the Employment and Social Development Canada, New Horizons for Seniors Program, and RISE was born.

We are:

an inclusive, diverse, senior-led “collective impact project” — a way to bring all kinds of people together in a common cause — made up, like Bronson Centre, of people of all ages and backgrounds

We exist:

to fight social isolation and increase inclusion for seniors, especially those who may be at risk of isolation

We think:

  • Seniors have infinite opportunities to be fully included in everything we do
  • People of all ages and backgrounds can amplify the importance of seniors in our lives
  • A seniors’ led approach will provide experience, vision, and energy to all our work
  • Our lives are all socially richer, healthier, and more fulfilling with seniors fully integrated in our daily lives


What drives us? Click here for our core documents and to learn more about our community

Our current projects, with more to come

Virtual Movement for Seniors: Together with Flo’s Seniors, this series of online workshops designed to respect COVID 19 social distancing — chair yoga, music, gardening and more — helps to reduce social isolation of seniors, as well as help seniors embrace technology, many for the first-time.

Revenue Development Workshops: In partnership with Bronson Centre tenant Jaku Konbit, we’re teaming up with Bronson Centre tenant organizations and others build fundraising skills and increase their sustainability, enabling them to continue and expand their work with seniors beyond the life of Bronson RISE.

Dalhousie Courtyard Garden: With Bronson Centre tenant Dalhousie Food Cupboard (DFC), we’re converting a Bronson Centre courtyard into a productive, welcoming place that will reflect the Centre’s values through murals and gardens, create a community gardening program that all generations and abilities can participate in, and help the DFC improve on their food centre model.

BEING Home: Bronson Centre is supporting BEING Studio in their aim to expand the impact of BEING Home beyond their immediate studio community, to reach a new intergenerational client base of adults with developmental disabilities in Ottawa.

We’re currently working with

Project Partners


Dovercourt Recreation Centre — Recreation

Phoenix Concert Theatre — Entertainment

Somerset West Community Health Centre — Health

Abbeyfield Canada — Housing for Seniors

Collaborators and Sub-Projects


Jaku Konbit — Revenue Development Workshops (Lead Collaborator)

  • Dalhousie Food Cupboard
  • Casa de los Abuelos
  • One World Arts

Dalhousie Food Cupboard — Dalhousie Courtyard Garden (Lead Collaborator)

  • St. Leonard’s Society of Canada

KAIROS — International Women’s Day (IWD) Blanket Exercise (Lead Collaborator)

  • Kateri Native Ministry

Women’s Initiatives for Safe Environments (WISE) — Bronson Centre Safety Audit (Lead Collaborator)

  • Tenant agencies at Bronson Centre

BEING Studio — BEING Home (Lead Collaborator)

  • Connected Canadians

Flo’s Seniors — Virtual Movement for Seniors (Lead Collaborator)

  • Women’s Initiatives for Safe Environments (WISE)
  • Good Companions Senior Centre
  • Centretown Community Health Centre

World Folk Music Ottawa — Intergenerational Musical (Lead Collaborator)

  • Flo’s Seniors
  • Casa de los Abuelos

Let’s connect!

We’re continuously evaluating new project opportunities and partners, so if you have an idea, think we could work together, please connect:

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