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Élisabeth Bruyère 1818-1876

Elisabeth Bruyere

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

Elisabeth Bruyere

Photo by Alan L Brown with assistance from Sally Brown - Posted September, 2012

Plaque Location

The City of Ottawa
On the north side of Bruyere Street
half a block east of Sussex Drive


Coordinates: N 45 25.893 W 75 41.837

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Plaque Text

In the 1840s, Bytown (Ottawa) was growing timber-trade village with a substantial French-Canadian population but no Catholic schools and few social services. In February of 1845 the Sisters of Charity of Montreal (Grey Nuns) sent four nuns here. Led by Élisabeth Bruyère, a devout, well-educated young woman, the sisters quickly established a bilingual school for girls, a hospital, and an orphanage. They helped the poor, the elderly and the sick, including hundreds of of immigrants stricken by the typhus epidemics of 1847-48. By the time of Élisabeth Bruyère's death the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa had founded key local institutions and had extended their services to sixteen other communities in Canada and the U.S.

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