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Sweet success

Sweet success

Colleen Smith knows a lot about numbers and surprisingly, a lot about baking. Recently the supervisor of accounting at Ranch Ehrlo used the latter skill to build relationships with participants over the holidays. Colleen, who has a pastry diploma on top of her accounting education, teamed up with Gopher House Supportive Living Program (SLP) participants including Raymond for Ranch…

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Agency COA reaccreditation successful

Agency COA reaccreditation successful

Ranch Ehrlo Society continues to maintain the highest level of standards of care for the children, youth, adults, and families that we serve! Ranch Ehrlo has been reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) following a year review of the agency which culminated with a site visit in September 2023.   COA is an international, non-profit human service accrediting organization…

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Map to guide our way

Map to guide our way

At Ranch Ehrlo we have a compass that charts the course but also illuminates the path forward to help individuals and families achieve their full potential. This isn't a conventional map with geographical coordinates, but rather a blueprint that unfurls our collective vision and purpose. Our strategy map was first unveiled in 2020 after a robust strategic plan consultation process, looking…

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What is music therapy?

What is music therapy?

Music connects us all and helps us to communicate no matter our abilities. Ranch Ehrlo Society provides music therapy for many of its participants including the youth and adults in the Supported Living Program (SLP) participants. Ranch Ehrlo’s SLP supports persons with differing abilities by providing group living, educational, and vocational programs to people with multiple, complex…

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19th annual Art from the Heart success

19th annual Art from the Heart success

An artistic success once again, this year's 19th annual Art from the Heart celebration was held at Liski Gymnasium in Schaller Education Centre. For the past 19 years, Ranch Ehrlo participants from across the province have submitted their artwork for a chance to be featured in the annual Art from the Heart calendar. “I tell our winners, when your artwork is selected, you are…

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Holiday donations benefit family programs

Holiday donations benefit family programs

The holiday season can bring unique challenges for some families, especially those participating in Ranch Ehrlo's family programs. Many of these families grapple with financial difficulties, leading to unmet expectations and disappointments for children. Parents, in turn, face increased stress and struggles during this festive time. Patti Petrucka, family program director commented,…

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Charming Christmas tale

Charming Christmas tale

Ranch Ehrlo students are giving delight this holiday season. In a Ranch Ehrlo classroom in a public school, elves are busy making the season bright for younger students in a neighbouring deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) class. Billie Deschene, Ranch Ehrlo teacher, explained that both classes have the same number of students, so the DHH teacher approached Billie to discuss a collaboration.…

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Generosity to a family program

Generosity to a family program

The Family Centred Addiction Program recently received a generous gift! Cirque du Soleil will be in Regina during the middle of December, and they have invited 25 Ranch Ehrlo participants to attend the opening night by providing free tickets! Josée Bergeron, a member of Cirque du Soleil’s community engagement program, said, “As our show Corteo will soon be visiting the…

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Generous music therapy grant

Generous music therapy grant

Ranch Ehrlo is excited to partner with the National Music Centre (NMC) to give more participants and families the opportunity to grow and develop with the power of music therapy. Following a formal proposal, Ranch Ehrlo Society was recently chosen as one of four organizations in Saskatchewan to help expand the work of NMC and music therapy into the prairies. Thanks to a generous grant from the…

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Emergency Receiving program moving

Emergency Receiving program moving

The Emergency Receiving program on the Buckland campus outside of Prince Albert will be on the move. Written by Sean Bader, Emergency Receiving program manager, with Barclay Batiuk, northern Group Living Services director, and Chris Shynkaruk, property management manager. Prince Albert’s Emergency Receiving (ER) program started in 2018 after the Ministry of Social Services (MSS)…

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Encouraging female youth

Encouraging female youth

Female participants gathered at the Kesten Training Centre on the Pilot Butte campus to hear from an inspiring former firefighter who encouraged the youth to contemplate careers outside the “traditional” female roles.  Marianne Boychuk, retired captain of Regina Fire Services, was the very first female firefighter in Regina. She worked hard to make her dream come true and had to…

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Cookie campaign supports Sport Venture for the second year

Cookie campaign supports Sport Venture for the second year

We hope you will kick off the holiday season with kindness and consider helping Ehrlo Sport Venture provide vulnerable youth and families with access to sport and recreation programs. Sport Venture, one of Ranch Ehrlo Society’s community outreach initiatives, was again chosen to be the charity of choice for Tim Hortons Holiday Smile Cookie campaign. During the week of November 13th to…

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Relationships are essential

Relationships are essential

This is the ninth in a series of stories about a day in the life of a Ranch Ehrlo employee.  Rachelle Lavoie-Stumpf has been at the Ranch for 22 years in a variety of roles.  She started as a casual employee, then moved to a position as an educational assistant but her goal was always to be a clinical caseworker (CC) at Ranch Ehrlo. She has been a caseworker for 13 years and is…

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Truth and reconciliation experience

Truth and reconciliation experience

Left to right: Elder Shirley Wolfe-Keller, Governor General Mary Simon, Jamie Lerat Jamie Lerat, Ranch Ehrlo Indigenous advisor, was invited to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation commemorative ceremony at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on September 30th. The name of the ceremony was “Remembering the Children.” There were many speakers and musical performances. Jamie…

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 MPW loves variety

MPW loves variety

This is the eighth in a series of stories of a day in the life of a staff member at Ranch Ehrlo Society.   Louie Felicen is a multiple program worker (MPW) based at MacKay House. An MPW is an employee in our Group Living Services, who although has a home unit, also covers shifts in different programs as the need arises.   He works with both the Ranch’s Youth Group Living…

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