Jordan HouseThe newest 10 bed residential group home opened on the Pilot Butte campus on May 17, 2012 to a large crowd.

The new home was named Jordan house after past board chair, Deb Jordan. Deb served as the board chair from 2009 to 2011. Since the Ranch first opened 46 years ago, Ranch founder the late Dr. Geoff Pawson had established the tradition of naming facilities after people who have played a significant role in the history of the Ranch.

Current board chair, Jim Kenyon welcomed everybody to the grand opening of the home. The Honourable June Draude, Minister of Social Services also spoke, thanking Jordan for her dedication to the Ranch Ehrlo Society and the agency for its commitment to developing unique and innovative programs to assist children, youth, families and communities.

“As a government we can always count on you (Ranch Ehrlo).” Draude added that the addition of Jordan house to the Pilot Butte campus is a moment that all volunteers, staff, and youth can take pride in accomplishing and she was honoured to be a part of the event . “I feel proud to be in this room today.”

The Honourable Don McMorris, Minister of Health, also attended the event to personally recognize the dedication and commitment of Jordan in her professional career as the Executive Director Acute and Emergency Services at the Ministry of Health, as well as her contribution to assisting in the direction of programs and services for youth and their families at the Ranch Ehrlo Society.

crowd gathered for grand opening

The speeches ended with a round of thanks from the guest of honour. Jordan thanked the people in attendance, including the current and former board members, her family and friends, Barb Pawson and the late Ranch founder Geoff Pawson, and the Ranch staff.

“You amaze me all the time with what you do every day. It’s such an honour to assist you in any way.” Jordan added that Jordan house is more than just a residential unit, “The youth find a home here and they are very well supported through our education programs, recreation programs. We help support them and realize their full potential.”

“That’s what the Ranch is about.”

Youth living in the home gave tours to guests following the speeches.