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Christmas carols

Christmas carols

It used to be a few weeks before Dec. 25th you could hear Christmas music being played everywhere you went. In the stores, on all the radio stations, in the hallways at work. Even without meaning to you might find yourself tapping your toes or singing along. Subconsciously feeling the Christmas spirit. Nowadays the music starts much, much earlier but the feelings it induces remain the same…

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A look back: the interview

A look back: the interview

Our archives are full of content created by former staff – pictures snapped, interviews done, notes taken. It’s a great way to look back at the past. But sometimes we get a special treat and come across things created by our former clients. Recently former staff member Helen Finucane gifted us with the Ehrlo Express, a 59-page booklet filled with everything from original drawings, to…

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A look back: Ehrlo Express

A look back: Ehrlo Express

Our archives are full of content created by former staff – pictures snapped, interviews done, notes taken. It’s a great way to look back at the past. But sometimes we get a special treat and come across things created by our former clients. Recently former staff member Helen Finucane gifted us with the Ehrlo Express, a 59-page booklet filled with everything from original drawings,…

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New vice-president

New vice-president

We are very pleased to announce that Pam Dmytriw will be filling the role of Vice President of Residential Services at Ranch Ehrlo Society. Pam Dmytriw Pam has been a director at Ranch Ehrlo for three years. Prior to coming to our agency, she worked in both direct care and management roles at the Ministry of Social Services and the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. Her experience…

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2019 chilli cook-off

2019 chilli cook-off

It’s hard to believe it’s been happening for over a decade now, but Corman Park’s 11th annual chilli cook-off was held on October 31st. In the spirit of having so many cook-offs behind us, we talked to unit manager Josh Miller (formerly from Corman Park) about his time in the competition. Josh: Source MasterChef Canada/CTV “I absolutely miss the chilli cook-off. It…

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Hobby has roots in CARE

Hobby has roots in CARE

What does treasure hunting and CARE, Children And Residential Experiences: Creating Conditions for Change, a multi-level program aimed at improving services, have in common? More than you may think. Job coach Wade Hebig has worked at Ranch Ehrlo for 19 years. For fifteen of those, he was on the residential side of the agency at MacKay House. Several years ago, Wade was on a camp trip with the…

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CARE makes hockey dream a reality

CARE makes hockey dream a reality

When Ranch Ehrlo youth Brock* approached unit manager Mike Deis and youth care worker Les Yufrym if it would be possible for him to travel to Winnipeg to watch his favourite team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, take on the Jets, it seemed like an unlikely dream. “We gave Brock the impression that we didn’t think this was possible.  As far as Brock knew, he was not going to be able to…

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Things I wished I’d known when I started blogging

Things I wished I’d known when I started blogging

A blog is defined as “a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.” It’s pretty simple - you just write as you talk. (Which is why I am a little long-winded sometimes.) There are two of us who are regular contributors to this blog. You may see the odd guest contributor. But…

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How we express our wants and needs

How we express our wants and needs

Communication. Being able to express our wants, our needs, and our opinions. Think for a moment how frustrating it is when we’re in an area where people speak a language that we don’t. Suddenly, we can’t tell others what we need. We lack the language to say something as simple as, “I’m hungry – where can I get food?” or “Where is the washroom?”…

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Leadership changes

Leadership changes

We are excited to announce an organizational change that is happening within the Executive team of Ranch Ehrlo Society.  A new division will be created under the leadership of a new vice-president role - the Vice-President of Strategy and Organizational Effectiveness.  Malcom Neill, currently the vice-president of residential treatment, will be taking on this new role that will be…

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 How are we helping?

How are we helping?

Continual improvement is a top priority for us. We want to ensure the effective delivery of high-quality programs to meet the divergent needs of people that use our services. Data-informed decision making involves analyzing performance indicators and outcomes. The feedback we receive is used to evaluate services and identify opportunities for improvement. Here is just a sampling of some of our…

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2019 AGM

2019 AGM

Staff, board members, stakeholders, and special guests gathered together on Sept. 25th, to review and celebrate another year of excellence at Ranch Ehrlo Society. Ranch Ehrlo CEO Andrea Brittin Highlights of outgoing board chair Laurel Garven’s message included the expansion and consolidations the agency has seen over the year, including the expansion of Ranch Ehrlo’s Family…

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COA site visit

COA site visit

The Council on Accreditation (COA) peer review team had a whirl-wind visit to the Ranch Ehrlo Society from September 15th to 19th. The five-member team conducted on-site file reviews at the agency’s three campuses, toured various facilities, and conducted meetings and one-to-one interviews with staff, youth, and board members. The site visit was the end of a year-long accreditation…

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Former youth returns

Former youth returns

Seated at a picnic table away from the hustle and bustle of the fourth annual Ranch Ehrlo powwow, Frederick Ironstar looked around the Pilot Butte campus and notices the changes from when he was a boy.  “It’s quite the place you have here. It was way different when I came here. There were two cottages, and a small shed, shops, and a classroom area. They had a big barn,” he…

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A look back: the AGM

A look back: the AGM

Our agency has been around for a long time! Over 50 years, in fact. That means we have a lot of history, and, luckily, a lot of mementos from the past to help keep that history alive! Some of those long-hidden gems, long ago tucked away into closets and storage space, have come unearthed lately as our Hudson Administration Building undergoes renovations. Instead of keeping them to ourselves,…

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