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Hard work and positive relationships pay off

Hard work and positive relationships pay off

I just wanted to pass along a good story about the May House youth on their recent camp trip to Clear Lake, Manitoba.  The youth from May House stayed at the Onanole Campground and RV Park. During the stay our youth helped the camp ground owners (Rick and Lorna) with some of the maintenance and grounds keeping. The youth would get up every morning and help rick clean the pool, hot tub,…

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Cultural identity

Meet Nick Crighton, the Cultural Coordinator at Ranch Ehrlo Society. Nick is very passionate about Aboriginal Culture and the importance it plays in improving the lives of our youth – including the day-to-day aspects for our clients such as in school  and in the group homes. Celebrate who you are The youth that come to the ranch come from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Nick…

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Ranch Ehrlo Society…how green are we?

Ranch Ehrlo Society…how green are we?

So in my last blog “Easy Steps to Going Green…No Excuses!” I promised to turn the spotlight on Ranch Ehrlo Society. So before I admit to the Ranch’s dirty little secrets, I will admit to mine. So here goes….I’m perfect! There, I said it; it feels great to get that off my chest. On a serious note, I am conscience about the environment and do what I can but I could always do more and…

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Ranch Ehrlo is creating positive memories all of the time

Ranch Ehrlo is creating positive memories all of the time

I have been employed at Ranch Ehrlo since 1994, and if I could list all the positive memories I have of this place, the list would be a mile long! Ranch Ehrlo is continuously creating memories with its staff and the youth. Smiles all around I just attended a camp debriefing with one of the units, and when the manager asked the kids to talk about some of the memories from the most…

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Referral to Ranch programs

Referral to Ranch programs

To make a referral to the Ranch Ehrlo Society residential treatment programs, please follow these steps: Fill out the form and hit submit at the bottom of the form, fax to 306-757-0599, or mail to the Ranch Ehrlo Society, P.O. Box 570, Pilot Butte, SK, S0G 3Z0 Any questions or inquiries can be directed to Dionne Baergen, residential director at 306- 659-3104 To make a referral…

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Let the music move you

Music defines my life. I play it constantly – in the car, in the shower, at the gym, while I’m cooking, at work and sometimes even while I’m sleeping. And when there is only silence, a song just starts up in my head – maybe the lyrics to Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera, or Hall and Oats’ Private Eyes, or any Johnny Horton song (thanks dad) are always on repeat in my…

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What’s in a name?

Meet our Cultural Coordinator Nick Crighton. Residential treatment Approximately 80% of the youth that come to the Ranch’s residential programs are Aboriginal. Nick discusses why the term ‘residential’ may have some negative associations that are triggered from the using that term. One similarity but 100’s of differences. The Ranch programs and residential school have one…

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The power of language

I was a year old when I first started speaking. It wasn’t something profound, just the word ‘nice’ but for my parents that simple word was profound – it changed everything. I went from being a cute blob of a baby to an actual person who could use language to describe emotions, wants and needs. Language at the Ranch I recently attended a session at the Ranch for new employees that…

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Powwow club celebrates 20th anniversary

Powwow club celebrates 20th anniversary

The Ranch Ehrlo Powwow club has been running for every week during the school year for the past 20 years.  It is one of the longest most successful running clubs the Ranch Ehrlo Society has to offer. Coordinators Hayley Maurer was one of the first Powwow Club coordinators and she helped establish and lay the foundation for its success. After Hayley’s 10 years as Powwow Club coordinator she…

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And then there was one…

Ranch Ehrlo Society, Ehrlo Community Services Inc., the Ranch, ECS, Ranch Ehrlo Community Services, RES, Community Services…we’ve seen it all!  After 15 years the public (and especially the media) is still not sure if we are one agency, two agencies, one agency with a subsidiary, or one agency that recently had a name change. Confusion about our respective identities was not the reason…

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What do I miss most about living in the Ranch?

What do I miss most about living in the Ranch?

Now… I would sell my soul to have three weeks away from civilization! I sometimes fantasize about possible ways to smuggle myself aboard the camping supplies of one of the group homes headed up north. My goodness! Has anyone seen how crazy the world is today? Trust me, a fly-in camp in the middle of nowhere sounds mighty good right now! No deadlines. No meetings. No worries. Just the sun,…

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My how times have changed!

My how times have changed!

Blog by former Ranch youth and employee Justin Waldrop Size My first experience with the Ranch Ehrlo Society was in 1988 when I arrived at the age of eight as a resident. There existed only the Pilot Butte Campus and a handful of group homes in Regina. I’d estimate that back then, there were about 100 youth, 200 staff, and there were maybe ten group homes, maximum. Fast forward to…

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Big blog hunting

Big blog hunting

When we announced to senior staff that we wanted to start a blog to write about the happenings at Ranch Ehrlo we got a lot of responses.  “What the h#%% is a blog?”  “I shot one of those on my last hunting trip in New Zealand. It was feisty” “I’m not sure the realm of social media is a venue to display the complex, intricate details of the psycho-social inner aspects of…

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