The 56th Ranch Ehrlo Society Annual General Meeting took place virtually on September 21st.

Dr. Louise Greenberg, board chair, started the meeting with the land acknowledgement of Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the original lands of the Cree, Ojibwe, Saulteaux, Dakota, Nakota, Lakota, Dene, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Louise, along with Ranch Ehrlo CEO Natalie Huber then addressed the members to give them some highlights from the year.

Ranch Ehrlo continued to respond and adapt to the changing pandemic landscape. The reduction of restrictions allowed us to return to some level of normalcy including a return to some of our traditional in-person events and meetings.

“In addition to many program enhancements, several new capital projects and improvements were undertaken. In March we announced the construction of an Emergency Receiving Program home at our Corman Park campus. A home in Regina was adapted and renovated to better meet the needs of some participants in our Supported Living Program,” Louise added.

The agency welcomed three new board members this fiscal year: Benjamin Findlay, Lana Gray, and Blair Swystun.

Louise also took the opportunity to thank the following retiring and leaving board members for their valuable service and wish them all the best in the future. These included Carmen Lien, Hiedi Pearson, Marlys Tafelmeyer, and Sheri Woods.

The special guest speaker for the meeting was Dr. Lisa Broda, Saskatchewan’s Advocate for Children and Youth. She explained one of the purposes of the advocate’s office is to bring voices to our province’s children and youth.

Shelley Reddekopp, Ranch Ehrlo’s vice-president of finance, presented the financial statements. The financial results for the agency for 2021 to 2022 were positive with year-end results providing a net surplus of $286,000 over budget.

Other highlights from the statements included that inflation has negatively impacted programming costs and salary expense was 74.3 per cent of revenue compared to the budget of 74.4 per cent.

The meeting ended with an opportunity for questions and a message of thanks.

“Ranch Ehrlo Society would like to thank its board of directors for its direction and support including chair Louise Greenberg and vice-chair David Hedlund,” concluded Natalie. “We would also like to thank our executive, staff and volunteers who work so hard to help individuals and families achieve their full potential.”

To read the full financial statements or Annual Report, click here.