Happy new year! As is tradition, we’ve looked back over the past 12 months.
Here are many stories we’ve shared that highlight our agency’s commitment to the six CARE principles, which are relationship based, developmentally focused, family involvement, competence centred, trauma informed and ecologically oriented.
Take a look!
New Garven House
Our new SLP home, Garven House, opened in 2021. The new building is a bungalow with all the spaces participants need to access (bedrooms, living room, kitchen, etc.) on one floor. The home also features a sensory space.
Ten years at the top
For the tenth consecutive year, we’ve been recognized as one of Saskatchewan’s top employers. Faced with challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff came together amazingly by staying apart.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation/Orange Shirt Day
We raised flags at all three campuses in honour of truth and reconciliation. Schaller Teacher Nolan Malbeuf explained the best way to honour those who were in residential schools and survivors is to live a good life.
Thank you for your leadership
We said goodbye to former Board Chair Greg Fieger and past vice-chair Marlys Tafelmeyer and thanked them for their dedication as they leave their current roles.
SLP and the importance of language
Words are powerful. The language we use shapes ideas and beliefs. With that in mind, Ranch Ehrlo made the decision to change the name of our program for adults and young people with multiple, complex developmental needs.
New dads’ group
Just in time for Father’s Day, we featured a new group in our Family Treatment Program. The group is a safe space where fathers can learn and heal with other dads.
Helping hands for the community fridge
Take what you need, leave what you can – that is the idea behind the concept known as the community fridge. We had a participant volunteer time to stock items for this important resource.
Land is the greatest teacher
For the first time, Schaller Education Centre students went to Chitek Lake on a camping trip to learn land-based skills that they’ll be able to take with them forever.
New True Colours Adult Support Group
Ranch Ehrlo’s new True Colours Adult Support Group brings people together in an inclusive space. The group is open to adults with differing abilities who identify as two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning.
Winter camping success at Heritage Lake
With a little collaboration, youth at Jewison House were able to experience winter camping in a safe way up north at Heritage Lake. This was especially welcome because camping in summer 2020 was cancelled.
Weightlifting for the body and mind
Ranch youth care leaders Nick Hadjistavropoulos and Tyler Harnett of Jewison House started the Battle at the Butte strongman/strongwoman competition. It was a huge success for participants.
Foster child reunifies with grandmother
We had a great success story with the Janzen family, who helped their foster son reunify with his grandmother.
Finding success through support
Ben had been having a tough time before joining Matheson House in Prince Albert. But things began to look brighter for Ben when he was welcomed by the team at Matheson, including unit manager Ron Schlamp.
Preserving positive experiences through scrapbooking
Scrapbooks developed in the Family Treatment Program not only give the child a piece of their experience to cherish but also model supportive caregiver/parent relationships within the program.
Youth across the agency each received a comfort kit backpack filled with numerous items to help with their stay at the Ranch.
A helping hand for those in need
Participants at Black Bear House in Regina and Alex Guy House at Buckland made donation packages for people experiencing homelessness.