Stories

Get to know our residents, independent living participants and staff by reading the stories they have shared about the amazing time they have had here at Elmwood. 

Rhonda’s Story

Rhonda’s Story

Rhonda is a party animal! She loves throwing parties and her birthday is one of the biggest highlights of her year.

Haylie’s Story

Haylie’s Story

Haylie identified her desire to live in Saskatoon to gain independence and opportunities.

Delores and her driveway

Delores and her driveway

In the fall of 2019, Delores initiated the conversation regarding the driveway outside of Kinsmen Manor needing a revamp.

Tanya’s Story

Tanya’s Story

After an exciting and quick delivery, Jim and Vicki welcomed their first child into the world, a little girl they named Tanya.

Allan’s Story

Allan’s Story

Allan began receiving support from Elmwood’s Supportive Independent Living Program (SILP) in July 2007.

Jack’s Story

Jack’s Story

Jack is one of Elmwood’s original residents as his first application to Elmwood was in 1969, the year of Elmwood’s incorporation. Jack is truly a member of the Elmwood family.

Sky’s Story

Sky’s Story

Sky Cuthand grew up in Saskatchewan. Her mom Ruth says Sky is one of the happiest people she knows. Ruth who was a single mom of two, raised Sky and her younger sister at home.

Feteh’s Story

Feteh’s Story

Feteh Derese was born in Ethiopia. She moved from Ethiopia to Toronto in March of 2000 to study. Feteh went to high school in Toronto and completed the Personal Support Worker Course at Centennial College.

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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