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

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.

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Norm Wiens

We at Willowgrove Pharmacy have thoroughly enjoyed working with the staff and residents of the manor and group homes over the past few years. Devin Elias and myself purchased the store in Nov of 2013 and for the first couple of years did most of the group home and manor deliveries ourselves. It always brightened my day to stop by the homes and interact with the staff and residents and see how happy and caring the atmosphere was.We see the value that Elmwood Residences offers to the community and are humbled to have the opportunity to be involved.

Norm Wiens

Lorna Lee

Elmwood is my Brothers’ special extended family.

Lorna Lee
Family Member

Lorna Lee

Elmwood has given my brother the guidance and opportunity to live a fuller life.

Lorna Lee
Family Member

Feteh Derese

Elmwood has impacted my life greatly, I am happy to come here every day. It’s a happy place and the residents make my day”.

Feteh Derese
Elmwood Support Worker

Feteh Derese

It never feels like I am going to work, it always feels like home.

Feteh Derese
Elmwood Support Worker

Jenelle Fortier

I enjoy seeing everyone together and interacting with each other, this gives me a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that, as a Recreation Team, we are providing residents with a good quality of life.

Jenelle Fortier
Elmwood Recreation Coordinator

Jenelle Fortier

As the newest addition to the Recreation Team, Elmwood has given me a meaningful career in Recreation. I have developed many amazing relationships with residents as well as staff at Elmwood. We provide a variety of programs that meet the needs and interests of the residents. I enjoy taking the residents out in the community and seeing the smiles on their faces as they are enjoying themselves and being included in their community.

Jenelle Fortier
Elmwood Recreation Coordinator

Phyllis Peters

Our connection to Elmwood’s Kinsmen Manor is through our sister. The staff are professional, compassionate, skilled and respectful of residents and their families. The physical environment is clean, comfortable and exemplifies a home environment

Phyllis Peters
Family Member

Lori Emde

Our daughter is part of the Elmwood family living with 5 other ladies in a group home.  She has found her joy and purpose in life with daily activities and independence as she grows into a woman.  She has found her happy place! Being on the board is our way of giving back - for what Elmwood has given us.

Lori Emde
Board Member and Family Member

Ross

I feel like a rock star when I enter Elmwood!  I am greeted by so many people with handshakes, high fives and hugs.

Ross Revill
Board Member and Kinsmen Representative

Grant Douziech

Without words, residents showed me joy manifesting itself from our human spirit and that they too want to live a fulfilled life.

Grant Douziech
Board Member and Family Member

Gary Emde

I did not know of Elmwood’s support concept for those with various disabilities, and it was a huge eye opener, and a big learning curve for me, also thoroughly enjoyable! Just to watch how the system works, and to be a part the decision making process, was energizing! I just knew this would be a part of my life for a long time.

Gary Emde
Board Chair and Family Member

Gary Emde

The employees have a special compassionate side to them that radiates when they work together to support individuals with disabilities. It is truly a wonderful thing to see this in action, and I am pleased to be a part of the Elmwood community.

Gary Emde
Board Chair and Family Member