2017: year in review

2017: year in review

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Whats-new |

To know where you’re going, you should know where you’ve come from. With that in mind, every January we do a round up of the past 12 months at Ranch Ehrlo and put it right here so you, too, can see where we’ve been!

Ranch Ehrlo Society receives Top Employer designation
For the sixth year running, the agency was named one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers! We work hard to receive this designation, which recognizes Saskatchewan employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work.

Ranch Ehrlo CEO receives Safety Centered Leadership Award
In April 2017, Ranch Ehrlo CEO and president Andrea Brittin was awarded the 2016 Safety Centered Leadership Award from the Saskatchewan Health and Safety Association (SHSA). This award is the highest honour bestowed by the SHSA and is given to individuals, who, through their leadership, have made an impact on the safety culture in Saskatchewan.

At the end of 2015, Andrea – and the rest of the agency – committed to making Ranch Ehrlo Society a safer place to work. The agency has been working diligently with the SHSA to do so.

Baby born in Ranch home
March 19th was a pretty special birthday in the Family Treatment Program (FTP). That morning, FTP client Geri* welcomed her first child, a baby boy. Geri didn’t even make it to the hospital; her son was born right in the unit with a midwife, two doulas-in-training, and FTP therapist Shanae Harvey assisting – a first for the program! *name changed

New VP of Clinical Services
In June, Ranch Ehrlo welcomed a new but familiar face to the executive team and said goodbye to another. Linda Meyer, the vice president of clinical services, retired at the end of May after 27 years with the agency. Her role was filled by Bree Fiissel, a 23-year veteran of the agency.

 Therapist presents at mental health conference
This summer, Erica Gray, a therapist in the Family Treatment Program (FTP), travelled to Winnipeg to present at the second annual CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg conference. The theme of this year’s conference was bridging mental health and addiction supports. She was part of a panel called “Lessons Learned – Success and Challenges in Family Based Care.”

2nd annual powwow a success
For the second year running, Ranch Ehrlo Society’s Pilot Butte campus was temporarily transformed into powwow grounds as we celebrated changing lives with the help of our community partners. Several dancers were in attendance for the competitive style powwow, which featured dancers in many categories and age groups with dozens of spectators.

Buckland celebrates 20 years
On September 19th, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of Ranch Ehrlo Society’s Buckland campus, located just outside the city of Prince Albert. The celebration kicked off with organized tours of the campus and a demonstration of equine assisted learning. Speeches from staff and youth and a barbeque followed.

New Outcomes Report released
Highlights from the 2016 yearly Outcomes Report included:

  • Residential programs served 303 children, youth and adults
  • 84 youth received emergency receiving services
  • 87 per cent of youth were satisfied with services at Ranch Ehrlo
  • 99 per cent of clients in our Programs for Persons with Developmental Disabilities reported an increased quality of life

Sport Venture anniversaries
2017 marked the Outdoor Hockey League’s (OHL) 25th year of operation and the 20th anniversary of the Ehrlo Sport Library. A community-wide celebration was held in October to mark both occasions, and was well attended by both the community members who use Sport Venture’s services and several dignitaries and other key members of the community.

Counselling partnership
Ehrlo Counselling formed a partnership with the Autism Resource Centre (ARC) in Regina to fill gaps in ARC’s client access to mental health services, as well as help support parents of ARC clients through psychoeducation sessions based on mental health issues that they or their children may be coping with.

Corman Park celebrates a milestone
A lot can happen in a decade. In the case of our Corman Park campus, a lot of youth have come and gone and a lot of lives have been changed since opening day in 2007. Staff, youth, and community members gathered to celebrate the campus’ 10-year anniversary on October 13th with a barbeque.

Treatment Foster Care expansion
In December, we announced the expansion of our foster care based services. It has grown from a single program, known as the Treatment Foster Care program, to what it is today – three separate programs with the common theme of professionalizing foster care, falling under the umbrella of Foster Care Services. The expansion will involve two new types of service:  1) Emergency Foster Care (EFC) and, 2) a Family Based Treatment Home (FBTH) service.