Chad Beloin stands in MacKay House. He’s quiet while the memories of his time here wash over him. The house has been updated, the walls are different colours, but having spent half his childhood here, Ranch Ehrlo is still home base for him.
“If it weren’t for the staff at Ranch Ehrlo, if it weren’t for the staff at MacKay house, honestly – I don’t know where I’d be, but I don’t think I would be here.”
Chad was born in Saskatoon. For half his childhood, he was raised in Hafford, Saskatchewan. The other half was spent at Ranch Ehrlo Society. Chad spent time in both MacKay and Jewison houses, and on the Corman Park campus, working through anger, depression, and abandonment issues.
“I hung out with a bad crew. I didn’t make the best decisions. Even when I was (at the Ranch), I didn’t make the best decisions,” he admits.
But something great did come out of his time at MacKay – it was here that Chad found his passion for music. He found an online publisher who would produce his work, and using the computer at the house he’d burn the music to CD and print paper sleeves for each copy. He took the CDs down to the local corner store and sell the copies.
Ranch staff supported his talents, encouraging him to perform at the annual award’s nights in Regina and Prince Albert.
Playing the electronic keyboard one day, Chad got the attention of fellow music enthusiast Dallas Elder, also living at MacKay House.
“I’m proof that Chad can develop artists. He’s the whole reason I make music today,” Dallas said. “If I hadn’t come to Ranch Ehrlo and met Chad, I wouldn’t be an artist today. He taught me a lot about music.”
But it wasn’t always smooth sailing for Chad. Just as he was making it big on the music scene, with hits on his ReverbNation and YouTube accounts increasing daily, he found himself with a serious drug and alcohol problem. For five years, he fell off the radar of the music scene.
“To be honest, the last five years is a really big blur,” he says simply.
Chad sobered up just over a year ago and decided it was time to get back to doing what he loved. He started his own company, Vitality Entertainment Group, an independent recording label based in Toronto, and began working
on a new album. He determined that it was time to tell his story through a documentary, In The Making.
Filming the documentary is what brings Chad back to MacKay House. It’s difficult to look back at certain times in his life – the death of his grandfather, who raised him, the health issues that led to struggles vocally, depriving him of his biggest release. Standing in the house where he spent so many years, Chad is overcome with emotion.
Dallas steps in to fill the quiet.
“No matter where Chad is in his life, or where I am in mine, we are all going to make it together because of music.”
Chad is reflective for a moment before saying, again, that he’s grateful for the staff and all they’ve done for him.
“At the end of the day, these people are changing and saving lives. On behalf of all the past youth, and the future youth – thank you.”
We invite you to join us in celebrating youth finding themselves like Chad at our 50th anniversary celebration, Sept. 29th at the Queensbury Convention Centre in Regina.Read More