Staff, stakeholders, and special guests, including Regina Mayor Michael Fougere, gathered together on Sept. 18th, to review and celebrate a year of excellence at Ranch Ehrlo Society.
The Annual General Meeting was called to order by board vice-chair Greg Fieger. After welcoming everyone, he gave the board chair report, highlights of which included the many milestone and anniversaries celebrated over the course of the year. Greg took the opportunity to thank the board, CEO and president Andrea Brittin, and the rest of the Ranch Ehrlo executive and staff.
“This past year has been another exciting one for Ranch Ehrlo,” said Andrea Brittin by way of beginning her CEO report. “We have tried to do what we can to respond to the evolving and ever growing needs in the community while staying true to our strategic vision and direction.”
Highlights of her message included the operational review of the community vocational program to better suit the needs of the clients and the continued CARE (Children And Residential Experiences: Creating Conditions for Change) practice model roll-out across the Ranch.
This coming year is the lead-in to the agency’s recertification cycle. Ranch Ehrlo has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) since 1977. The designation helps the agency adhere to best practices and strengthens our services. Fittingly, this year’s keynote speaker was Jennifer Murray, Ranch Ehrlo’s quality improvement consultant who is heading up the in-depth year long process.
Vice-president of finance and administration Lori Mann presented a review of the agency’s financial statements, noting that the agency has a lower surplus than was expected but like in many years, there are both opportunities and challenges in the coming year.
She finished her report by stating, “Overall, the agency continues to be in a strong financial position.”
As a wrap-up, exiting board members Jamie Burrows, Wanda Falkowsky, Jaime Lavallee, and Richard Hazel were thanked for their contributions, while new members David Hedlund, Sheri Woods, Diana Adams, and Peter Hoffmann were welcomed to their positions.
The meeting concluded with Andrea sharing some of the most important numbers for the agency – statistics from our annual outcomes report which cite important successes such as our clients’ high satisfaction rates with our services.
“At the Ranch, our staff ARE our programs,” she stated. “Thank you (staff) for these outstanding outcomes – all of you should be proud!”