“Over the years, the Ranch Ehrlo Society has elected a range of directors to provide governance and to represent the interest of the community. These people have proved invaluable in helping the organization grow and develop.” Excerpt from Go Forward with pride: A historical review of the Ranch Ehrlo Society.Read More
There are many unique aspects to our Buckland campus – geographical location, proximity to a national forest, and natural beauty, to name a few.
One of the first things a new visitor to campus may notice, however, is a slight smell of horses. Venture a little further in and you’ll notice a two-story arena within walking distance from the campus’ group homes. The structure is the Donalda Hansen Centre (named after former board member Donalda Hansen).
Though we offer Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) to some of our southern clientele through the Regina Equestrian Club, Buckland’s Donalda Hansen Centre is literally outside the door for clients who live in Klassen or Alex Guy houses. The two-level facility has a state-of-the-art riding arena on the main level and a classroom for Ranch youth on the second level.
So naturally, clients at our northern campus get a lot of one-on-one time with horses – and, perhaps surprisingly, it can be one of our biggest keys to unlocking the potential of each youth.
“The youth we work with at times are quite difficult to reach and even harder to motivate. Some resist treatment, and some have difficulty forming relationships and trusting others,” explained former director of programs north Randy O’Shaughnessy. “But when you’re working with a horse, you have to develop a relationship – a horse won’t have anything to do with you unless it has that element of trust.”
“Horses never lie, and they work best with a trusting and respectful relationship,” equine program leader Amanda Snell added.
“So basically, working with horses breaks down these defense barriers with youth. Through this, they’re forming a close bond and a relationship they may have always wanted – and its good practice for and can be related to working with humans, as well.”
But the benefits don’t stop there.
Equine-assisted learning also provides clients with a self-confidence and helps with developing emotional intelligence and empathy.
Randy concluded, “Horses are quite in-tune with their environment, so when the youth learn to read the horse and its body language, it provides an underlying sense of empathy and leads to kids being able to look at themselves and say, ‘how am I feeling, and how is it affecting others?’
Join us on September 19th from 3 – 5 p.m. as we celebrate 20 years of going forward with pride in the north with a barbeque at the campus!Read More
Ehrlo Housing operates as part of Ranch Ehrlo Society’s community services and its mandate is to provide affordable housing to people who need it in the city of Regina.Read More
The annual Youth Activity Fair (YAF) on June 17th, put on by Ranch Ehrlo Society in partnership with the Prince Albert Optimist Club, was a great success. It gave youth in the Prince Albert area an opportunity to learn about all the recreational opportunities available to them.
Over 16 vendors came out to showcase local opportunities. Not only did they set up booths, several held demonstrations throughout the day including a mock ringette game and an Irish dancing display.
“The fair reaches people from all areas of Prince Albert and allows them to see all the activities available, not just the ones that are offered in a school setting,” said unit manager and event organizer Nicole Connolly.
This event is an important one for Ranch Ehrlo as it helps people in the area to understand that we strive to be part of the communities that we serve.
“We are sometimes only associated with children in need, rather than what we can do for all children in our community,” Connolly said.
Though the fair has traditionally been held in August, it was moved to June this year in conjunction with the annual Prince Albert Street Fair. The move was favorable as a lot of the street fair traffic came into the mall. Over 10,000 people came through the mall that day! Also new this year, instead of handing out small prizes all day long, activity fair goers had the opportunity to win one of two bikes drawn for at the end of the day.
“It was a really great day and a relaxed event,” explained HR and office administer and event co-organizer Shantelle Petersen.
Youth from Alex Guy House also helped with set up and were onsite drawing mall goers to the display and handing out popcorn.
“The youth were a huge help and they did an awesome job,” Shantelle explained.
Stay tuned to the YAF Facebook page for details on YAF 2017.Read More
You might have noticed that on this site we don’t often show photos of our clients. You will see the same thing in our brochures, annual reports, and newsletters – stories about our clients but no accompanying pics.Read More