Our Volunteers

Elmwood’s recreational programming would not possible without our dedicated volunteers!
Volunteers enhance the quality of life of the individuals we support by assisting, planning and delivering programs. In return, the volunteer has the unique opportunity for personal growth in the areas of coordination, disability supports and relationship development. Elmwood Residences seeks volunteers on a regular basis! If interested, click the Volunteer Now button!

Elmwood Residences offers a variety of volunteer opportunities including, but not limited to:

  • One-on-One Volunteer

Develop a meaningful relationship with a resident on a one-on-one basis by
volunteering to be matched with a resident. Together you may have coffee, play a
game or attend an event together.

  • Cosmo-Elmwood Senior’s Day Program

Volunteer during daytime hours to help individuals with a variety of activities ranging
from crafts, to baking, to activities in the community.

  • Recreation Programs

Volunteer to support recreational programs at Elmwood during evenings and weekends
for both in-house programs and activities in the community.

  • Develop Your Own Program

Have an idea? We’d love to hear it! If you are interested in developing your own
program, let us know! Previous examples of volunteer developed programs include
reading groups, church programs, craft programs and music programs.

  • Day Care or School Programs

Are you a local day care or school with an interest in giving back? Contact us now! A
variety of day cares and schools have provide support to Elmwood on a regular basis.

 

Interested in Volunteering?

  • Contact Elmwood’s Recreation Department to access our Volunteer Application Form and Media Release Form.
  • Volunteers are required to fill out a Volunteer Application Form and Media Release Form.
  • Volunteers are also required to complete and submit a clear criminal record check with
    vulnerable sector clearance prior to volunteering.

To become a volunteer, please complete the registration form.

Donate Now

as 100% of your donations go directly to making a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve.

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