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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Learning to swim

Learning to swim

Posted by on Oct 30, 2018 in Whats-new | 1 comment

When MacKay House Youth Care Leader (YCL) Anna Hancherow started at Ranch Ehrlo, she couldn’t swim.

Now, Anna is one of MacKay’s only bronze-medallion certified staff.

Her desire to learn to swim came after having her daughter.

“I moved around a lot as a kid and was never in one place long enough to take swimming lessons. I never wanted to go to the beach or the lake because I didn’t know how to swim,” she said. “Once I had my daughter, I wanted to be able to feel confident in taking her to the pool or to the lake. I didn’t want her to miss out on those opportunities.”

But the idea of getting her bronze medallion in order to take MacKay’s youth camping wasn’t far from her mind. Ranch Ehrlo’s therapeutic camping program has long been an integral part of the agency’s summer activities and is considered pivotal in a young person’s experience at the Ranch.

“Camping isn’t much fun if you can’t take the kids swimming, so I felt like I was kind of responsible to go and get my bronze,” she explained. “I didn’t want to go on a camp trip and tell them they couldn’t go swimming in the lake because no one has their bronze medallion certification.”

She signed up for an eight-week one-on-one course and had her lessons geared toward the goal of eventually obtaining her certification. Besides learning many styles of swimming, such as the front crawl, back crawl, and breast stroke, her instructor, who was also a bronze medallion instructor, was able to give her a head start on things like turning someone with a suspected spinal cord injury over in the water.

After her eight-week class, which she completed in February and March, Anna practiced diligently to get her skills up to par for the timed swim in the bronze medallion course.

“I was really nervous about taking it, but finally just decided that I would try it and see how it went,” she said.

She ended up taking and passing the course in June, right before MacKay’s first camping trip.

MacKay House unit manager Mike Deis said, “this is an amazing accomplishment and we are very proud of Anna.”

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