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Elmer and Ida Wiens

Elmer and Ida Wiens

The Ida Wiens Story: A legacy of support for children with disabilities and their families

Anyone who knew the late Ida Wiens of Coaldale will tell you she was a true friend, a lover of travel and a valued community member. Wiens also left a legacy to her community that will live forever through the Community Foundation.

Although Wiens grew up in Saskatchewan, where she attended teachers' college, she and husband Elmer called Coaldale home from 1948 on. She retired in 1980, ending her teaching career of more than 32 years. According to her dear friend Jennie Emery, retirement didn’t slow Ida down one bit. “Ida belonged to the Coaldale Arts and Crafts group, enjoyed china painting, and took regular long walks,” says Emery. “She also loved to travel, taking many trips, her favourite being a five-month trip around the world where she and Elmer visited every continent.”

Wiens was also a loving mother to her son, who died in his youth in 1978. Knowing firsthand the joys and challenges her own son experienced due to his developmental disability, Wiens directed the Elmer and Ida Wiens Fund at the Community Foundation to support charities that provide enhanced opportunities for other children with disabilities.

The Community Foundation is proud to facilitate the positive impact that Mr. and Mrs. Wiens’ contribution has on the charities working to ensure those with developmental disabilities live meaningful, successful lives in a community that welcomes their contribution and potential.