2017 marks the Outdoor Hockey League’s (OHL) 25th year of operation and the 20th anniversary of the Ehrlo Sport Library. Sport Venture’s most popular and well-known league has grown exponentially since it began, with over 200 youth participating in the 2016-17 season.Read More
On Sept. 27th, Ranch Ehrlo Society board of directors, staff, and members of the general public gathered at the Executive Royal Hotel in Regina for the Annual General Meeting.
The meeting was called to order by outgoing board chair Debbie McKague. After welcoming everyone, she gave the board chair report, highlights of which included the approval of a multi-year capital plan – a result of a surplus that will be reinvested into programs and facilities, in particular the planned enhancements to the Hudson Building at Pilot Butte campus; a mention of this year’s focus on safety throughout the agency; and the amalgamation of Ranch Ehrlo Society, RES&E Holding Corporation, and Ehrlo Child and Family Services. Debbie took the opportunity to thank the board, CEO and president Andrea Brittin, and the rest of the Ranch Ehrlo executive, and to welcome incoming chair Laurel Garven before concluding her report.
“We’ve had a very busy, very productive, and very successful year,” said Andrea Brittin by way of beginning her CEO report.
Highlights of her message included the expansion of the Family Treatment and Treatment Foster Care programs, the creation of a day-student program for autistic students in Corman Park, the successful roll out of our new compensation framework, and an introduction to the CARE (Children and Residential Experiences: Creating Conditions for Change) model that the agency is currently working to implement.
Fittingly, this year’s keynote speakers were CARE support team members Jack Holden and Anton Smith, who presented on trends in residential treatment in North America. The two explained the CARE model in more detail and touched on why it works so well.
Vice president of finance and administration Lori Mann presented a review of the agency’s financial statements, noting that the agency is in a “very stable financial position.” As always, Lori concluded with “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.
“We have reason to be proud of the work that we do,” she said.
As a wrap-up, exiting board members Mark Guillet and Dr. Cyril Kesten were thanked for their contributions, while new members Hiedi Person and Dr. Louise Greenberg were welcomed to their positions.
Click here to read the full Annual report.
At Ranch Ehrlo, we strive to help each of our clients live their best possible life by reaching their full potential – but how do we know if we’re succeeding? We get feedback in many ways: seeing our clients progress while they are in our care, or hearing from them or their families how well they’re doing once they’ve returned home, for example. But perhaps the truest measure of success comes from hard and fast statistics and studies – numbers don’t lie, after all. This is where our yearly Outcomes Report comes in.
Each year, we remain accountable to referring agencies, parents, and the communities we work with by providing this report. The statistics, anecdotes, and data within this document look at nearly every aspect of our agency from the past year and show you both where we have succeeded and where we could use improvement – because recognizing our weaknesses only allows us to improve upon them year after year.
The full report is available here.Read More
Rain and cool weather couldn’t dampen the spirit of youth, staff, and community members that came out to Buckland campus on September 19th to celebrate the program’s 20th anniversary.
“It’s the one day this whole summer that we had rain,” joked Kevin Mugford, director of the northern program.
The celebration kicked off with organized tours of the campus and a demonstration of equine assisted learning. The program is exclusive to the Buckland campus and popular with youth and staff across the province.
“Buckland campus has always had horses,” explained Amanda Snell, equine program leader. “We have been building this program for the last 10 years. It is a really exciting program and we wanted to showcase the benefits for the youth.”
The formal anniversary program kicked off with a welcome from Kevin, who also thanked the original Buckland landowners – the Robinson family, and greetings from Andrea Brittin the Ranch Ehrlo CEO.
“Someone had the vision and foresight to take this piece of land and developed what you see here today which is an amazing campus that is doing amazing things,” Andrea stated.
Malcolm Neill, vice-president of residential services, gave the crowd a history lesson. He discussed how plans were in the works since the 80’s to create a campus in the north.
“At that time the board of directors and the leadership of the Ranch realized that the best way to help young people was to help them stay connected and close to their home communities,” he explained.
All eyes and ears were focused on Sara*, a current youth, who shared her story about living at the Ranch and how she credits the staff for where she is today.
“Thank you so much for all the time, energy, and support. I’m sure that I’m just one of the many people that you have helped. I truly believe I would not be here today without all of your work.”
The last person to speak was one of the longest serving, current employee in Prince Albert, housemother Ingrid Sinoski. Ingrid was emotional giving her speech and was supported by a youth in her program. She talked about the start of her career in 2001 and the changes in staff and programing she had seen along the way. Over the years, three generations of her family have also worked alongside her in the agency.
“A lot of staff have come and gone. One thing that has always remained the same is the care given to the youth,” she concluded.
A round dance and barbeque wrapped up the celebration.
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For the second year running, Ranch Ehrlo Society’s Pilot Butte campus was temporarily transformed into a powwow grounds as we celebrated changing lives with the help of our community partners.
Several dancers were in attendance for the competitive style powwow, which featured dancers in from Tiny Tot (ages 3- 5) to Golden Age (65+) in many categories (jingle, fancy, traditional, and chicken to name a few) with dozens of spectators.
“We are so incredibly excited to have all of you here,” said Ranch CEO Andrea Brittin in her opening remarks. “A powwow is a First Nations tradition. It is a fun event, it is a social event, and is a sacred event, and we are so incredibly proud at Ranch Ehrlo to be hosting our 2nd annual powwow.”
Special guests included Regina Police Service chief Evan Bray, deputy chief Dean Ray, and Cst. Dale McArthur, Saskatchewan Child Advocate Corey O’Soup, and representatives from Child and Family Services.
“Today is another great day full of culture, spirit, and friendships,” said Chief Bray. “Our role being here is to continue to foster those friendships and relationships we have, and make some new ones as well.”
The family carnival, which featured ten old-fashioned carnival games such as ring toss and can knock-down, was a popular spot for the younger crowd, who received tickets to redeem for a wide assortment of prizes at the end of the day. The bingo area remained full all day as well, running continuous games from 2 to 4 p.m.
Special thanks to elder Archie Weenie, arena director Teddy Bison, announcer Howie Thompson, host drum Cree Society, the planning committee, our sponsors, and all our volunteers, for making our event so successful!
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