The Story of Elmwood

In 1969, Elmwood Residences Inc. was founded by Al Anderson and Howard Stensrud to provide a home for individuals experiencing intellectual disabilities in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. They were supported in this effort by the contributions of many including Rnold Smith, George Porteous, John Dolan and many other dedicated supporters.

Our Founders of Elmwood Residences dedicated their lives to creating community-based residential supports for individuals experiencing intellectual disabilities. They came together to fulfill their dreams and aspirations of a more human approach to disability services and fearlessly pursued quality of live for their loved ones.

Because of their dedication, and the dedication and support of many others, our agency, province and nation are committed to providing supportive and inclusive services for individuals experiencing intellectual disabilities.  

They made their dream our reality.

Elmwood History

Timeline

2020

Launch of Official Day Program

Elmwood has always prided itself with its recreation supports. 2020 marked the start of an official Day Program to supplement the ongoing community inclusion and recreational opportunities
2019

Development of Enhanced SILP Program

This unique program is designed to meet a gap in service offerings between traditional SILP services and community home services.  ESILP provides enhanced staff support and an environment for those wanting to foster skill development that one would require to live in total independence.

50th Anniversary Celebrations

In 2019 Elmwood celebrated 50 years in business with a family and friends BBQ in the spring and the first annual Fall Feast which raised over $40,000 to help in the purchase of a new wheelchair accessible vehicle. Check out our Facebook page for pictures!
2018

Replacement Community Home

Elmwood celebrated the Grand Opening of Replacement Community Home for four residents.  
2013

Fitness Centre Addition

In 2013, McNeil Fitness Centre was added to support the recreational needs of residents. The Maunders McNeil Foundation provided funding to make this dream a reality.
2009

SILP Suite Development

Between the years 2006 and 2009, several suites were added to the basements of Elmwood’s Community Homes to support individuals in our Supportive Independent Living Program (SILP).

Major Renovations to Support Individual Well-Being

Major renovations occurred at both Kinsmen Manor and in Community Homes to support individual well-being. The Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon provided major funding contributions to make these dreams a reality.
2003

Twelve Community Homes Established

By 2003, Elmwood had developed and launched services in 12 community homes supporting 65 residents.
1992

Major Addition at Kinsmen Manor

Twelve new suites were added to Kinsmen Manor.
1975

Development of Respite Services

Respite services were launched in 1975 and continued until 2014.
1973

Community Homes and SILP Program Developed

Grand Opening of first Community Homes and initiation of the delivery of Supported Independent Living Program (SILP).  
1969

Elmwood Residences Founded

Elmwood Residences opened in the fall of 1969 with 38 residents moving in that year.