You are invited: annual powwow

You are invited: annual powwow

Posted by on May 22, 2018 in Whats-new | 0 comments


PowwowA powwow is a celebration of life! Join us as we celebrate the lives changed by Ranch Ehrlo Society at our third annual powwow on August 3oth.

Once again, our powwow will be competitive style – cash prizes will be given out to the top dancers in each age group/dance category. We will also be hosting a family style carnival, and will be providing a hamburger supper free of charge. (A canteen will be available throughout the day, and popcorn and snow cone stations will be available to round out the selection.)



Thank you to our sponsors

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, check out our sponsor package or contact Trudy Bosch.

Event sponsors

 SGI  Welldone    Beyond wealth management

Drummer/dancer sponsors


Canteen sponsors


Family carnival sponsors

   SEPW      BBK


Print sponsor

 Signature Printit Centres
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Volunteers needed for a new league

Volunteers needed for a new league

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Whats-new | 0 comments

Take me out to the ball game!

volunteers neededEhrlo Sport Venture is excited to announce the beginning of a new league, offering free-of-charge baseball to children and youth.

The league was made possible through a partnership with the Toronto Blue Jays’ Jays Care Foundation, a charitable organization whose mission is to use baseball to teach life skills and create lasting social change for children and youth in marginalized communities across Canada.

“This is an amazing opportunity for Sport Venture. Our mission and vision aligns closely with that of the Jays Care Foundation, and working with them gives us an opportunity to reach even more children and youth throughout our community with a brand-new league,” said Amanda McConnell, Sport Venture manager.

But we need your help, too! Like all our leagues, the Ehrlo Baseball Rookie League will be coached by volunteers. If you have a passion for baseball, helping children and youth, or both – we want you! We’re looking for 12 volunteers to fill out our coaching roster. Volunteer orientation will be May 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at 306-751-2411 or email:

The season is scheduled to begin May 29th. Practices will run Tuesdays and Thursdays until July 19th.

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Buckland campus begins powwow club

Buckland campus begins powwow club

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Whats-new | 0 comments

The Ranch’s Buckland campus has recently followed our southern program’s footsteps and established a powwow group for youth.

Buckland’s group is led by Matheson House youth care worker Ryanda Thunderchild and runs every second Sunday from 6 to 7 p.m. There are six youth who attend regularly, but the group is open to any youth attending at any time; regular participation is not necessary.

“This is my first time doing something like this, and I’m learning a lot,” Ryanda said. “The improvement in these kids – some of whom have never danced before – is amazing!”

Ryanda, who has been involved in powwows most her life, believes a powwow club is about a lot more than the act of dancing.

“This group is important because it gives the youth an opportunity to learn more about their culture if they want to. Dancing powwow is not just about dancing – it’s also teaching the youth to have respect for themselves and the outfits they put on. It teaches them mindfulness, and shows them they can have fun in a sober way,” she said.

group practicing

group practicing

The group began in November but Ryanda already sees differences in the youth who regularly attend. She believes powwow dancing can have a healing effect.

“The kids have more confidence. They talk about how much fun they’re having and express pride in themselves,” she said. “Sometimes kids will come in upset, but at the end of the evening they feel better and sometime forget what they were upset about.”

“The group is at the beginner stages, but Ryanda is very committed and doing a great job,” said Kevin Mugford, director of residential treatment.

Ryanda is pleased to be able to share something that means so much to her with the youth she works with.

“The fact that I get to share this part of myself with the kids feels good. I hope what I teach them carries on.”

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Ranch Ehrlo to present Umind webinar

Ranch Ehrlo to present Umind webinar

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in Whats-new | 0 comments

Ranch Ehrlo is pleased to have been asked to participate in Umind’s free webinar series, “The Power Of…”

The four-part series focuses on complementary services for treating mental health issues in youth – something that we at Ranch Ehrlo know a thing or two about!

“Umind is a national resource to connect professionals working in children’s mental health, and I believe Ranch Ehrlo’s holistic approach to care is unique and really effective. So, the opportunity to present on the impressive work that our super dedicated employees do every day with our youth is welcomed and should be shared,” said Bree Fiissel, vice-president of clinical services.

Four Ranch employees will take part in the webinar scheduled for May 19th, speaking on how we incorporate animals, nature, and sports into our work with children and youth.

Ehrlo Sport Venture’s Amanda McConnell will talk about the power of sport; Amanda Snell is scheduled to discuss the Ranch’s Equine Assisted Learning program in a segment about the power of animals; and Buckland director of residential services Kevin Mugford will be joined by unit manager Brittany Acorn on the topic of the power of nature. Kevin and Brittany will talk about the Ranch’s therapeutic camping program, including describing the process of creating a successful trip from start to finish.

“We are looking forward to contributing to this great resource and connecting with so many other professionals at a national level,” Bree said.

Umind is an online resource for mental health professionals to access information and share practical tools, knowledge, and training, and to help improve the lives of children and youth and their families living with mental health issues.

You can register to attend the webinar from wherever you are at Umind’s website.






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Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Our blog | 0 comments


Kate Langen

April 11, 2018 marks the International Day of Pink, a day created to bring awareness to and end all forms of bullying. While many anti-bullying initiatives focus on helping victims, at Ranch Ehrlo, we also focus on addressing the reasons behind bullying. Kate Langen, director of clinical services explains how we can uncover the reason behind these behaviours.

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