On Sept. 27th, Ranch Ehrlo Society board of directors, staff, and members of the general public gathered at the Executive Royal Hotel in Regina for the Annual General Meeting.
The meeting was called to order by outgoing board chair Debbie McKague. After welcoming everyone, she gave the board chair report, highlights of which included the approval of a multi-year capital plan – a result of a surplus that will be reinvested into programs and facilities, in particular the planned enhancements to the Hudson Building at Pilot Butte campus; a mention of this year’s focus on safety throughout the agency; and the amalgamation of Ranch Ehrlo Society, RES&E Holding Corporation, and Ehrlo Child and Family Services. Debbie took the opportunity to thank the board, CEO and president Andrea Brittin, and the rest of the Ranch Ehrlo executive, and to welcome incoming chair Laurel Garven before concluding her report.
“We’ve had a very busy, very productive, and very successful year,” said Andrea Brittin by way of beginning her CEO report.
Highlights of her message included the expansion of the Family Treatment and Treatment Foster Care programs, the creation of a day-student program for autistic students in Corman Park, the successful roll out of our new compensation framework, and an introduction to the CARE (Children and Residential Experiences: Creating Conditions for Change) model that the agency is currently working to implement.
Fittingly, this year’s keynote speakers were CARE support team members Jack Holden and Anton Smith, who presented on trends in residential treatment in North America. The two explained the CARE model in more detail and touched on why it works so well.
Vice president of finance and administration Lori Mann presented a review of the agency’s financial statements, noting that the agency is in a “very stable financial position.” As always, Lori concluded with “the most important numbers for the agency” – statistics from our annual outcomes report which cite important successes such as our clients’ high satisfaction rates with our services.
“We have reason to be proud of the work that we do,” she said.
As a wrap-up, exiting board members Mark Guillet and Dr. Cyril Kesten were thanked for their contributions, while new members Hiedi Person and Dr. Louise Greenberg were welcomed to their positions.
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