Ranch Ehrlo Society officially turns 57 on June 1st!

What started in 1966 as a home for six boys with significant complex needs outside of Pilot Butte has blossomed into a province-wide agency serving youth, families, and adults with differing abilities.

Karl Mack, director of child and youth care worker development, is the Ranch’s longest-serving employee. He has seen many changes over the years but welcomes June 1st each year as a time to reflect.

He said, “It is an opportunity to refresh our commitment to the original psychosocial, developmental, problem-solving philosophy, promote humble pride in the survival of the society, and inspire those with a passion for the work and see the long-term results of the society’s intentions.”

Over 50 years ago, Ranch Ehrlo’s founder, Dr. Geoff Pawson, had a vision, unwavering passion, and commitment. He wanted to create a welcoming environment where youth could receive therapeutic programming through meaningful activities and beneficial relationships.

Over the years programs have expanded to serve adults, families, and the general public but Dr. Pawson’s vision has remained. We expanded on the philosophy several years ago by incorporating the CARE model. CARE is a multi-level program aimed at improving services for people in care. Based on six guiding principles (developmentally focused, family involved, relationship based, trauma informed, competence centred, and ecologically oriented) the CARE model is designed to significantly influence the way professionals work with individuals to help them achieve their full potential.

“Each of the birthdays are marked by a time to reflect on change, growth, and talk about a sense of future and how the society can continue to refine its work towards the elusive goal of excellence,” he concluded.

Natalie Huber, Ranch Ehrlo Society CEO agreed, “As we look back on the last few years, I am inspired by the commitment and dedication of our staff to the success of Ranch Ehrlo Society. We move forward into another year of opportunities to help all those we serve. Ranch Ehrlo is where we all CARE.”

We are proud of what we accomplished this year, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds. Happy Birthday, Ranch Ehrlo!