George and Ada Wilson Family Fund

George and Ada Wilson have touched the lives of many in our province and city.  Saskatoon and Saskatchewan are home.  This is where they pursued their careers and raised their family: a son, David, continues to make Saskatoon home; and a daughter, Carla, now lives in Vancouver.

Retired, George spent one of his careers at Nutrien.  Never one to let the grass grow beneath his feet, he also spent thirty-five years in the naval reserve with HMCS Unicorn.  In his spare time, George helped with the family farm near Dundurn, raised bees for honey, and volunteered as a coach for hockey and softball.  Ada, a retired geriatric nurse, was no less busy.  She graduated as a Registered Nurse from Royal University Hospital and later obtained a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Saskatchewan.  Among other highlights, Ada taught in the Home Care Special Care Aide program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Kelsey Campus, contributed to a unit assignment research project at Royal University Hospital and served as the Director of Nursing at Stensrud Lodge.  In her spare time, Ada sang in the church choir and served on her church board.  Managing a career, a busy household and summer vacations coordinated with George’s work with HMCS Unicorn kept the family hopping.

Retirement has allowed the Wilsons to pursue their passion for travel but Saskatoon will always be home.  George continues to play recreational hockey during the winter and golf during the summer, while fitting in the occasional gold prospecting trip to northern Saskatchewan.  The Wilsons are avid Cosmopolitans, having served on the local club executive and on the executive of the Cosmopolitan Foundation Canada, Inc.

George and Ada chose to create an endowment fund at Saskatoon Community Foundation because they wish to continue to give back to our community – forever.  They believe in the Foundation’s knowledge of Saskatoon and the charitable sector.  Annual income from the George & Ada Family Fund currently flows to our Quality of Life grants program, allowing them to have a broad-based impact on making Saskatoon the best community in which to live.  With an opportunity to succession plan and include their children in annual granting decisions, George and Ada may one day grow their endowment to become donor-advised.

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