Happy New Year! It’s been a busy year at the Ranch.
We have continued to implement CARE across the agency in preparation for certification in 2023. We have also started the Council on Accreditation preparation for our next accreditation submission.
Here are some other things that happened in 2022:
For the 11th consecutive year, Ranch Ehrlo Society has been named one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers for 2022.
In January, Jamie Lerat, Ranch Ehrlo’s new Indigenous advisor started her position, and so did Elizabeth Fix who joined the Ranch as the director of corporate initiatives.
Raptors win gold
Participants in the Supported Living Programs won gold medals in Special Olympics floor hockey.
The Winterfests were back this year in the north and south. The southern Winterfest also saw the first annual fishing derby at Echo Lake, which was a big hit with the participants.
New art events
There were two new art events in 2022. Paper Crane expressive arts services participants made original artworks that were displayed at the first annual Make A Mark exhibit in the gallery at the Regina Public Library George Bothwell location in May.
The artwork from this show was then silent auctioned at the first annual Super Summer Art Show and Sale at Black Dog Art Supply in Regina in August.
The Heritage Lake campsite has a new sauna that was built this year. Pete VanVliet was also hired as the new camping coordinator overseeing the campsites, administration of the camping program, and staff training.
Corman Park’s new house
A new emergency receiving home was announced by Ranch Ehrlo. Construction will begin in 2023.
Fifth annual powwow
The fifth annual powwow was held in August, and it was a great success! Many people came to watch the dancing and drumming, and children had a great time at the carnival.
Pride at the Ranch
This year’s Pride month was celebrated by the True Colours support groups marching in the Regina Pride Parade. There was also a Pride colour run hosted by Jordan House on the Pilot Butte campus which definitely brightened up the day.
There were four participants who graduated from high school and one who graduated from grade 8 this year.
Path to reconciliation
Ranch Ehrlo has constructed a literal path to reconciliation on the Pilot Butte campus and it was officially named during the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It is called "mamawi-pimohtetan", which means "Walking all together".
After a hiatus of two years due to the pandemic, all the Awards Nights were celebrated together this year.
OHL 30th anniversary
Ehrlo Sport Venture’s Outdoor Hockey League (OHL) celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. Over 100 guests came to the reception and included OHL volunteers, participants, generous sponsors, supporters, and friends of the OHL.
Pawson Place officially opened
Pawson Place is a new gazebo area on the Buckland campus that was created as a place to relax and enjoy each others’ company. The dedication of Pawson Place, named after the founder Geoff Pawson, was in December.