1405 Faulkner Crescent S7L 3R5 Saskatoon, SK
Phone: 306-382-4111

History of Oliver Lodge

Oliver Lodge is named after the late Dr. Edmund H. Oliver who was the first Principal of St. Andrew’s College and the fourth Moderator of the General Council of the United Church of Canada.

Timeline

1949
June 2 1949

1949: Oliver Lodge opened its doors on Idylwyld Dr.

1949: Oliver Lodge opened its doors on Idylwyld Dr.
Oliver Lodge had its beginnings in 1949 when a group of women from Knox and Third Ave United Churches saw a need for housing for widows of war veterans and other older single women. Saskatoon Presbytery of the United Church of Canada agreed, and then rented an abandoned air force barracks at the present site of Saskatchewan Polytechnic on Idylwyld Drive (formerly SIAST Kelsey Institute). The original facility housed 18 residents. Volunteers completed a considerable amount of the work. In 1950 another barracks was rented and Oliver Lodge grew to include 68 residents.
1951
September 26 1951

1951: The first Ladies Auxiliary was formed to support Oliver Lodge.

1951: The first Ladies Auxiliary was formed to support Oliver Lodge.
The first meeting was held on May 2, 1951 and the first fundraising tea was organized and held September 26, 1951.
1962
June 21 1962

1962: Oliver Lodge opened a new 54-bed facility on our present Faulkner Crescent location.

1962: Oliver Lodge opened a new 54-bed facility on our present Faulkner Crescent location.
This was basically a board and room situation with minimal care provided. In 1965, a 26-bed nursing wing was built. With the need for more heavy care beds in Saskatoon, an additional 37 beds were built in 1975.
1979
June 1 1979

1979: Day Program began.

1979: Day Program began.
On January 15, 1979 the Community Day Program was opened three days per week. Originally four participants per day attended. In 1981, it expanded to 5 days a week, accommodating 16 people per day.
1981
June 9 1981

1981: Oliver Place was opened.

1981: Oliver Place was opened.
A 70 unit, four story apartment for senior citizens.
1992
June 11 1992

1992: The Linkage was constructed, attaching Oliver Lodge to Oliver Place.

1992: The Linkage was constructed, attaching Oliver Lodge to Oliver Place.
This enabled Oliver Lodge to more easily provide optional services such as meals, and baths to tenants in Oliver Place.
2010
June 17 2010

2010: Completion of expansion of Oliver Lodge

2010: Completion of expansion of Oliver Lodge
Communities with their own living and dining rooms are features of this new facility, transforming Oliver Lodge into a home for 139 residents. Areas of the original building no longer house residents but made way for the administration offices, office space for the Alzheimer Society, woodworking room, staff training room, multi-sensory room, greenhouse, and a new physiotherapy area. A new Community Day Program area was also developed.