Youth Activity Fair 2017

Youth Activity Fair 2017

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Whats-new | 0 comments

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.

vendorOver 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.

bike

One of the lucky bike winners

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.

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Therapist presents at mental health conference

Therapist presents at mental health conference

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Whats-new | 0 comments

Erica Gray, a therapist in the Family Treatment Program (FTP), recently travelled to Winnipeg to present at the second annual CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg conference. The theme of this year’s conference was bridging mental health and addiction supports. She was part of a panel called “Lessons Learned – Success and Challenges in Family Based Care.”

Erica at the conference

Erica at the conference

Erica presented on family work, focusing on three components: the need for collaboration of all family members, flexibility in providing services, and engagement for each family member in both the individual treatment plan and the family treatment plan. She also discussed the importance of ensuring that families are engaged in program development, and the desire to have families involved in sharing feedback regarding the treatment facility’s practices and policies.

To drive home her points, she was able to share stories of success and challenges from the families involved in the FTP.

“One of the reasons why doing events like this is important is that it’s a way to collaborate with a national organization – the Canadian Mental Health Association – and bring exposure to the way Ranch Ehrlo does family work at a provincial conference,” Erica said of her reasons for agreeing to present.

“There was also an opportunity for learning about new trends in mental health and addiction, while sharing best practices associated with family work,” she continued. “We were able to gain learning opportunities and connections to other agencies that are working to better support individuals and families in mental health and addictions.”

 

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New VP of clinical services

New VP of clinical services

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Whats-new | 0 comments

Ranch Ehrlo is welcoming a new but familiar face to the executive team and saying goodbye to another.

Linda

Linda

Linda Meyer, the vice president of clinical services, will be retiring at the end of May. Linda began at Ranch Ehrlo in 1989 as a unit manager. Over her 27-year career, Linda has held several key leadership positions within the agency, most recently, vice-president of clinical services. Regardless of her position, Linda’s commitment to the mission and vision of the organization was apparent.

“While we share in Linda’s happiness as she embarks on this new adventure, we will miss her strong and steadfast leadership at the Ranch,” commented Andrea Brittin, Ranch Ehrlo CEO.

Bree

Bree

Effective June 1st, Bree Fiissel will be joining the executive team as the new vice president of clinical services. Bree has spent the last 23 years working in the residential, clinical, and community programs at Ranch Ehrlo, and for the past ten years has been a clinical director, leading, developing, managing, and implementing both community and residential clinical services.

Andrea added, “Bree has strong leadership experience in all aspects of fiscal and strategic management and has demonstrated ability to form collaborative relationships. She has a solution-focused, strengths-based leadership style that will position her well for success in this role.”

Bree started at the agency as a frontline youth care worker.

“Working in that role was truly influential to my career development and professional growth,” she said.

Twenty-three years later, we are welcoming Bree to the vice president role.

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Ranch Ehrlo named Top Employer

Ranch Ehrlo named Top Employer

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Whats-new | 0 comments

It’s official! For the sixth year running, Ranch Ehrlo Society has been named one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers. While some who receive this designation for six straight years may rest on their laurels, we do not! We are continuously striving to make our agency an even better place to work, but in the meantime – here are some of the reasons you may consider joining us!

If you’re interested in a career with Ranch Ehrlo, visit our job page to see our current openings!

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Ranch CEO awarded Safety Centered Leadership Award

Ranch CEO awarded Safety Centered Leadership Award

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Whats-new | 0 comments

Andrea Brittin and George Marshall, CEO of SHSA

Andrea Brittin and George Marshall, is CEO of the SHSA

We are proud to announce that Ranch Ehrlo CEO and president Andrea Brittin has been awarded the 2016 Safety Centered Leadership Award from the Saskatchewan Health and Safety Association (SHSA).

This award is the highest honour bestowed by the SHSA and is given to individuals, who, through their leadership, have made an impact on the safety culture in Saskatchewan.

At the end of 2015, Andrea – and the rest of the agency – committed to making Ranch Ehrlo Society a safer place to work. The agency has been working diligently with the SHSA to do so.

Since the enhanced focus on safety began, we have reduced our total injuries by an impressive 25 per cent. More serious, time-loss injuries have been reduced by over 50 per cent.

“For an agency your size, this is a phenomenal improvement,” said George Marshall, SHSA CEO.

“Making progress on reducing injuries in the workplace cannot be done by one person alone. It takes everyone talking, thinking and being vigilant about safety,” Andrea said. “So I share this award with everyone at Ranch Ehrlo Society – all 800 plus staff!”

Andrea accepting the reward

Andrea accepting the reward

“At the end of the day, our goal is improved safety for all our staff and we know that our increased focus on safety is paying off! We also know that we are not done, and the only right number of workplace related injuries is ZERO,” Andrea concluded.

She received her award on March 28th at the SHSA Executive Symposium in Saskatoon.

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Baby born in Ranch home

Baby born in Ranch home

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Whats-new | 0 comments

March 19th was a pretty special birthday in the Family Treatment Program (FTP).

Shanae

Shanae

That morning, FTP client Geri* welcomed her first child, a baby boy. Geri didn’t even make it to the hospital; her son was born right in the unit with a midwife, two doulas-in-training, and FTP therapist Shanae Harvey assisting – a first for the program!

Geri began feeling contractions very early Sunday morning. She called Shanae, who went over to the program home and called a midwife in to assess Geri. She was told to rest as she was in the very early stages of labour.  Around 8 a.m., the team went to the hospital to have Geri re-assessed. She was sent home because of lack of space, but by 9:30 a.m. she felt like she had to push, leading the Shanae and the doulas to place a call to both 911 and the midwife.

“At that point, we weren’t really sure where things stood,” Shanae explained, but a few minutes later the midwife arrived to see the baby’s progress.

“When the midwife returned we were still just thinking that Geri was in the early stages of labour,” Shanae said. “But the midwife looked and said, ‘no – we’re having a baby, right here and right now.”

Geri was concerned, feeling as though she needed to go to the hospital to ensure her baby’s safety, but there just wasn’t time.

“I’d say 15 minutes after the midwife arrived, there was a baby born in our family treatment house – right on the living room floor,” Shanae said.

After the birth, both Geri and her son, weighing in at 9 pound 1 ounce, were taken to the hospital to be checked out and found to be 100 per cent healthy.

“Geri is really happy – she has a really cool story to tell – not only an unplanned home birth, but it was right on baby’s due date, and that’s really rare.”

“Geri is doing awesome. She’s bonding so well with her little guy, and she’s just a natural mom. It’s really beautiful to see,” Shanae added.

Geri’s progress in treatment has really taken off since the birth of her son as well, Shanae said.

“I’ve noticed a big change. Now that mom has baby, it’s almost like priorities have now shifted – treatment goals are really understood a lot more. She’s showing such a commitment (to achieving her goals).”

“She really just wants to create the best life for herself and her baby.”

*name changed to protect the privacy of client

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