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Art from the Heart

Art from the Heart

Ranch Ehrlo’s artists showed off their artistic achievements at the 14th annual Art from the Heart calendar reception. Staff and families had the opportunity to get the first glimpse of the calendars at the reception held on Dec. 19th at Schaller Education Centre on the Pilot Butte campus. The calendar was unveiled, and the artists had the opportunity to showcase their work and sign…

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What have we learned in 2018

What have we learned in 2018

Another year has almost come and gone, and I don’t know about you but we at Ranch Ehrlo have learned a lot! We have started implementing the CARE model across the agency, and those six principles (relationship based, developmentally focused, family involvement, competence centred, trauma informed, and ecologically oriented) have guided us in everything we do, from accounting to youth care and…

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Why we blog

Why we blog

“Ranch youth are dangerous and a threat to the community.” “Ranch Ehrlo is a place for young offenders with a history of violence, sexual offending, and drug abuse.” Both of these statements are false. Incredibly false. But they are also often stated when people in the community talk about Ranch Ehrlo Society. One of the main reasons why we started blogging and using social…

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Families receive Christmas donations

Families receive Christmas donations

Christmas can be a difficult time for some families. Many of the families in Ranch Ehrlo’s Family Treatment Programs (FTP) struggle with poverty, which can lead to disappointment and unmet hopes for children and stress and struggles for parents. “Poverty lends to challenges in having Christmas gifts, or food during the holiday season,” explained FTP director Patti Petrucka. “There is…

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Stay in School Award

Stay in School Award

Over the past ten years, hundreds of Ranch youth have received the Stay in School Award in recognition of their educational achievements. The award is an annual grant received from the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada through the Scotiabank Stay in School Program. The program, introduce to Ranch students in 2008, was established to recognize students who are doing exceptionally well in…

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Youth group receives grant

Youth group receives grant

Ehrlo Counselling Service’s True Colours youth group has received a $5,000 grant from the Lorne and Evelyn Johnson Foundation. Founded in 2015, the group allows youth ages 11 to 16 a safe space to discuss topics or raise questions related to sexual orientation or gender identity. It is open to youth who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or are Questioning their sexual…

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New experiences

New experiences

Working as a communications specialist at Ranch Ehrlo for almost three years now, I’ve been fortunate to be able to share a lot of stories with you via this blog. One of my favourite ways to do that is to use this outlet to showcase our dedicated staff, who are all working toward the best possible outcome for each of our clients. With that in mind, I’d like to share a story about how a shy,…

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Basketball program a slam dunk

Basketball program a slam dunk

Two years ago, Buckland area multiple program worker Victor Wojcichowsky had an idea. He wanted to create a free basketball program for youth in the community of Prince Albert. “I brought it up with Kevin (Mugford, director of residential treatment) when I first started here. I realized there wasn’t really a basketball program for the youth, and it’s something I always wanted growing…

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Art and outreach

Art and outreach

Guest blog submitted by Julie Francella As a caseworker and clinical intake coordinator at Ranch Ehrlo, helping people is important to me. What you may not be aware of is the ways I do that both inside and outside of my job at the agency. Outreach poster When I’m not working at the agency or as an artist, I also run Marie’s Wings of Hope, an outreach program in the Regina area. I…

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Playground donation

Playground donation

Thanks to a generous donation by The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN), youth at our Corman Park campus have a playground. The multi-use playground designed for different types of exercises has been installed on the campus north of Saskatoon this fall. Having a play structure is extremely beneficial to the youth on campus who range in age from nine to 16 explained Dionne Baergen, director…

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10 years of competition

10 years of competition

If you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen. Or get back in the kitchen and keep trying. Each year, the rivalry to see who can create the best lunch savory snack is intense, with staff and students dividing up into teams to put their unique spins on what becomes far more than a basic pot of chilli. Winners take on the prestigious title of “Chili Champion”.  This year, the 10th…

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Sticks for Kids continues

Sticks for Kids continues

It’s pretty hard to play hockey without a stick, but thanks to the Optimist Clubs of Regina, our Ehrlo Sport Venture Outdoor Hockey League (OHL) players never have to worry about that! Regina’s four Optimists’ Clubs (Optimist Club of Regina, High Noon Optimist Club of Regina, Downtown Optimist Club of Regina, and Sundown Optimist Club of Regina) have been providing sticks for all the…

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Learning to swim

Learning to swim

When MacKay House Youth Care Leader (YCL) Anna Hancherow started at Ranch Ehrlo, she couldn’t swim. Now, Anna is one of MacKay’s only bronze-medallion certified staff. Her desire to learn to swim came after having her daughter. “I moved around a lot as a kid and was never in one place long enough to take swimming lessons. I never wanted to go to the beach or the lake because I…

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Recycle the game

Recycle the game

When is the last time you looked in your garage or the corner of your basement? Maybe you have an attic full of baseball bats, hockey helmets, or other random sports gear. Maybe you feel like some day you might take up skiing after a six-year hiatus or fit back into your old hockey shoulder pads so you keep hanging on to your old equipment. What if, instead of just collecting dust, you could…

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Destination...COA accreditation

Destination...COA accreditation

Guest blog by Quality Improvement consultant Jennifer Murray We strongly believe that adhering to best practices, as well as continual evaluation, helps us strengthen our services for the young people and families we serve. For that reason (and many more) we are accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA). If you’ve been following this page for long, you’ve likely heard of COA.…

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