Basketball program a slam dunk

Basketball program a slam dunk

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Whats-new | 0 comments

Two years ago, Buckland area multiple program worker Victor Wojcichowsky had an idea. He wanted to create a free basketball program for youth in the community of Prince Albert.

“I brought it up with Kevin (Mugford, director of residential treatment) when I first started here. I realized there wasn’t really a basketball program for the youth, and it’s something I always wanted growing up,” he explained.

With that, the community sports program was born.

In its first year, attendance at the once-weekly program, which is open and free to all youth in the Prince Albert area, was hit and miss. But over the last two years, Victor has built relationships with the youth who attend the program and attendance has exploded.

“Kids from last year have come back and have recruited their friends as well,” he explained.

“When I see them outside of the program, they say things like, ‘oh, hey, it’s coach Vic! See you next Tuesday!’” he said.

Victor has witnessed youth using basketball as a way to keep themselves entertained during lunch hours and breaks at school. He has seen participants grow in other ways as well, from a lessening shyness to becoming more focused.

“One little girl was upset that she couldn’t play basketball in gym class because she really wanted to practice – so I can definitely see the positive effect of it, already.”

Parents, too, are pleased with the program. Often, when picking up or dropping off their children they will come in to thank Victor and shake his hand.

“For me, basketball was a sport that I thrived at. It was my outlet,” Victor said of his reasons for starting the program.

“It’s pretty cool – it’s something I didn’t really expect to explode the way it has.”

The program runs on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Parkland Hall in Prince Albert. Bottled water and a snack are provided for the participants. The general age limit is 8 – 12, but Victor is willing to accept older participants as well.

“For the older kids, maybe they could even be an idol for the younger ones,” he suggested. “That’s what I would’ve done.”


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Art and outreach

Art and outreach

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018 in Our blog | 0 comments

JulieGuest blog submitted by Julie Francella

As a caseworker and clinical intake coordinator at Ranch Ehrlo, helping people is important to me. What you may not be aware of is the ways I do that both inside and outside of my job at the agency.

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Playground donation

Playground donation

Posted by on Nov 7, 2018 in Whats-new | 0 comments

Thanks to a generous donation by The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN), youth at our Corman Park campus have a playground.

playgroundThe multi-use playground designed for different types of exercises has been installed on the campus north of Saskatoon this fall.

Having a play structure is extremely beneficial to the youth on campus who range in age from nine to 16 explained Dionne Baergen, director of residential treatment.

She added, “We didn’t have any playground equipment at Corman Park. So, we have to go off site if we want to utilise any recreation equipment.”

SUN annually makes donations to community organizations to promote healthy communities across the province. The organization contacted Dionne last fall to submit an application for funding.

“Low and behold they gave us $14,000 towards this park. It was amazing,” she exclaimed.

playgroundA plaque will be erected by the park in honour of the generous donation from SUN. A second sign will also be added for the generous discount from Shercom who supplied the rubber pelts that cover the playground floor.

The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses represents almost 10,000 Registered Nurses , Registered Nurse Practitioners, and Registered Psychiatric Nurses and graduates employed in rural and urban healthcare.



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10 years of competition

10 years of competition

Posted by on Nov 5, 2018 in Whats-new | 0 comments

If you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen. Or get back in the kitchen and keep trying.

Each year, the rivalry to see who can create the best lunch savory snack is intense, with staff and students dividing up into teams to put their unique spins on what becomes far more than a basic pot of chilli. Winners take on the prestigious title of “Chili Champion”.  This year, the 10th anniversary of the event, the stakes were even higher.

This event consists of a few steps:

  1. chiliContestants cook their best chili recipes.
  2. Guests/youth/staff test small portions of each chili, and then vote on their favorite recipe.
  3. The crowned winner gets their name on the plaque that hangs on the wall for bragging rights.
  4. Everyone gets to eat chili!

This year there were three teams competing and after intense competition, the winner was a team made up of two youth and staff. Their secret winning ingredients were… spicy cheese, jalapenos, and love (they might have stated the last as a joke, but you never know).

plaqueIn the end, the chili was amazing, and participation was great as usual.

Or as one staff put it, “It was amazing, and just another great celebration at Ranch Ehrlo!”

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Sticks for Kids continues

Sticks for Kids continues

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in Whats-new | 0 comments

It’s pretty hard to play hockey without a stick, but thanks to the Optimist Clubs of Regina, our Ehrlo Sport Venture Outdoor Hockey League (OHL) players never have to worry about that!

Regina’s four Optimists’ Clubs (Optimist Club of Regina, High Noon Optimist Club of Regina, Downtown Optimist Club of Regina, and Sundown Optimist Club of Regina) have been providing sticks for all the OHL’s participants since the league began with their program known as Optimist Sticks for Kids. The donation is in line with the club’s motto, “Friend of Youth”.

The OHL offers free organized hockey for families who are unable to participate in traditional leagues. All equipment is provided, thereby eliminating the need for hard-to-afford equipment like helmets, pads and skates.

“It’s such a great project for the community, especially for those who perhaps might be in a position where they are unable to buy their own sticks,” said Larry Schneider, president of the High Noon Optimist Club of Regina.

“There are four Optimist clubs in Regina, and they all without question agree that this is one of the best projects that we do,” he continued.

Each year, the clubs donate approximately 450 sticks to the participants of the OHL. Two years ago, they also donated sweaters to the league, so the teams could have a sense of cohesion and identity, both inside the OHL and within the larger community of Regina.

“The donation of the sticks is huge for the OHL. It allows each player to receive and keep a brand new item each year that’s tailored just to them – it’s measured just for them, and we tape it for them,” explained Sport Venture manager Amanda McConnell. “I think that’s really important because most of the equipment gets returned at the end of the year.”

“It’s partnerships like this one that allowed the OHL to grow into what it is, and it remains important as we go into the future to be partnered with groups in the community who support the vision and the kids involved.”


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