Our Priorities

Elmwood Residences Inc. is a service provider supporting individuals experiencing intellectual disabilities in Saskatoon.

Elmwood provides an variety of supports and services to meet the needs of individuals experiencing intellectual disabilities in the community of Saskatoon. Through partnerships, Elmwood delivers high-quality services through Kinsmen Manor, Community Homes and our Supported Independent Living Program. We work together to support individuals through choice and inclusion. Read more below to learn about our Resident First Approach.

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Our Vision, Mission & Guiding Principles

Our Vision is for people living with intellectual disabilities to be empowered to lead full and meaningful lives.

Our Mission is to provide individualized care and support that nurtures growth, well-being and belonging for people living with intellectual disabilities.

Our Guiding Principles:

  • Resident First
  • Teamwork
  • Respect and Dignity
  • Relationships and Partnerships
  • Community Inclusion
  • Continuous Reflection and Growth
  • Communication and Openness
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Integrity and Accountability
  • Advocacy

Our Culture

At Elmwood, our culture is important to us!

We foster a Resident First Approach in the delivery of our supports and services.

Our Resident First Approach means:

  • We, and Our Circles of Support, recognize and support the inherent right for the individual to be supported in a manner consistent with a Resident First approach.
  • We strive to provide choice and support in a manner that recognizes the capabilities and strength of each individual.
  • We focus on the development of authentic relationships with the individuals we serve.
  • We make operational decisions continually reflecting on our Resident First practice.
  1. Respect and Dignity: We honor and provide support in line with the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We treat all individuals receiving support with respect and dignity, recognizing their intrinsic value as human being. We, and our Circles of Support, interact with each other with respect and compassion focused on solutions that meet the needs of the individuals we serve.

  2. Relationships and Partnerships: We value authentic and solution-focused relationships with the individuals and families we support. We value meaningful and solution-focused relationships with key partners working to enhance the lives of the individuals we support. We value partnerships with businesses, community and Government.

  3. Community Inclusion: We advocate, support and facilitate for individuals to be meaningfully included in their community. We facilitate opportunities for the community to be involved in our supports.

  4. Continuous Reflection and Growth: We recognize and honor the ability to support individuals to learn and grow. We continually evaluate the programs delivered by Elmwood in order to improve and grow services in line with best practice.

  5. Communication and Openness: We communicate in meaningful and effective ways to meet the needs of those we serve and their families. We foster a culture of openness and dialogue with individuals, families and partners.

  6. Advocacy: We advocate for the needs of the individuals within our support system. We advocate for the needs of our organization. We partner with others to bring attention to issues, trends and gaps to improve the support services provided.

  7. Innovation and Creativity: We value innovation and creativity in the supports and services we provide. We recognize the contributions of the individuals we support, their families, staff and partners in the development of innovative options and solutions. We create a safe environment to foster innovation and creativity.

  8. Teamwork: We work collaboratively with individuals, families, partners and staff to support the needs of the individuals we serve. We are inclusive and speak with one voice to support the individuals we serve.

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Our Testimonials

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