Bring back the bees

Bring back the bees

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in Our blog | 0 comments

brooke CostleySubmitted by Brooke Costley, supervisor at Wilfrid Walker EELC

This year, Ehrlo Early Learning Centre (EELC) staff and students beautified their space while helping out the environment at the same time.

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Family programs striving to be inclusive

Family programs striving to be inclusive

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Whats-new | 0 comments

If you visit Ranch Ehrlo Society’s family programs office, you’ll probably feel very welcomed.

There are a few reasons for that – the first is that the front desk has a friendly receptionist ready to direct you to wherever you need to go. The second is that she sits in front of a unique feature.

The “welcome wall” displays the word “welcome” in 30 languages, ranging from Cree to German and nearly everything in between.

The idea for the wall came after family programs director Patti Petrucka attended a conference on building family support in Washington, D.C.

“One of the questions asked at the conference was, ‘how can you be sure that you’re being fully inclusive?’ They talked about your literature being in different languages to make sure you’re representative of who you serve,” Patti explained.

“So it was from that concept where I thought, ‘we need a wall that says welcome in different languages, because in my programs I also work with newcomers to Canada. And what a wonderful thing, to come into a space and see in your own language, ‘welcome’.”

The response to the wall has been overwhelmingly positive, Patti said.

“People love it. It’s been a hit with our referring workers, with our families, and with our staff.”

The Family Treatment Program and Intensive Family Preservation Service, which make up the family programs, strive to include their families in other ways as well – they even had a hand in the design of the new office space.

“Before we signed the lease for this office space, we brought families here and we asked their opinion on how we could make it family friendly,” Patti explained.  “We wanted to minimize the space feeling like an office.”

“We’re trying so hard to be more and more family inclusive, and to get families involved in all aspects of the program, because that’s who we serve. They know what they need or what they want,” Patti concluded.

 

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Corman Park celebrates a milestone

Corman Park celebrates a milestone

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Whats-new | 0 comments

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.

“The celebration was small but joyful,” said Dionne Baergen, director of residential services.

speech at Corman Park campus

Speech during the event

“To commemorate the special occasion, the young people worked along side Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming to create a Corman Park flag – we are really proud of the effort and insight shown by our youth,” she continued. “But none of this would be possible without the dedication and hard work of our staff – we have a really special group of people working at Corman Park who consistently demonstrate their passion and commitment to helping create positive changes in the lives of young people.”

Like our Buckland campus, Corman Park was created to have a treatment centre closer to home for our northern clients. May House, for example, is primarily an intake unit, but long-term residents are often transferred from our southern campus to be closer to their family living in the north.

The Corman Park campus covers 70 acres and features two residential units (May House and Welke House); the Ellen Gunn Education Centre; the Tim Young Administration Building; an outdoor hockey rink, and a basketball court. It is located approximately 10 kilometres north of Saskatoon, and one kilometre east of Martensville.

 

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Being a youth care leader at the Ranch

Being a youth care leader at the Ranch

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Our blog | 3 comments

Guest blog by Jae Koo Kwak, youth care leader

There are many jobs available at Ranch Ehrlo, a good majority of them fall in the residential treatment area. One such job is that of a Youth Care Leader (YCL) – a position that falls between Youth Care Worker (YCW) and a Unit Manager.

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