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.
Development of Enhanced SILP Program
50th Anniversary Celebrations
Replacement Community Home
Fitness Centre Addition
SILP Suite Development
Major Renovations to Support Individual Well-Being
Twelve Community Homes Established
Major Addition at Kinsmen Manor
Development of Respite Services
Community Homes and SILP Program Developed
Elmwood Residences Founded
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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.
Elmwood is my Brothers’ special extended family.
Elmwood has given my brother the guidance and opportunity to live a fuller life.
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”.
It never feels like I am going to work, it always feels like home.
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.
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.
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
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.
I feel like a rock star when I enter Elmwood! I am greeted by so many people with handshakes, high fives and hugs.
Without words, residents showed me joy manifesting itself from our human spirit and that they too want to live a fulfilled life.
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.
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.