What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Our blog | 0 comments

Carole Bryant

Guest blog by Carole Bryant, director of governance and corporate services

Ever wonder where the Hudson Administration Building got its name– why the education program in Regina is referred to as Schaller–or why the Ranch’s group homes have names attached to them like Mitchell, Wilson, Welke, or Alex Guy?  The answer is that these are all the names of former board chairs.

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Family Treatment Program in the news

Family Treatment Program in the news

Posted by on Jun 12, 2018 in Whats-new | 0 comments

Ranch Ehrlo Society’s Family Treatment Program (FTP) has been a staple of our community programming for many years, but recently CBC radio has highlighted the great work done by director Patti Petrucka and her staff of dedicated therapists, social workers, and support staff to help families from across the country.

The article and radio excerpts explained the program from Patti’s point of view – from the number of families served to the unique one-on-one pairing with a dedicated therapist and the staff’s 24-hour-a-day availability, to the group sessions offered to all families – and also allowed former and current families to describe their experiences in the program.

The stories

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CARE at work: leaders in action

CARE at work: leaders in action

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Whats-new | 0 comments

Youth care leaders (YCL) Scott Waters and Kiel Smith have very recently completed CARE training (Children And Residential Experiences: Creating Conditions for Change), but they may have a head start – they’ve already been incorporating the CARE principles in the roles for many years at the agency. Especially when it comes to relationships.

The agency has recently begun implementing the residential program model developed by Cornell University to our existing framework to improves our services for clients.

“I wanted to work at Ranch Ehrlo because I wanted to help kids,” said Kiel simply.

Scott, too, has always wanted a hands-on role with the youth. Scott spent just over a year in the role of unit manager but returned to YCL position due to wanting to work more closely with the kids.

The two of them are of course different but it’s the ways in which they are similar that stand out. The two of them are well-known in in the agency for putting focus on relationship building between themselves and the youth they work with.

“CARE is a bigger picture philosophy that focuses on relationships and building positive attachments with youth. I’ve always believed that’s an important staple when dealing with any children,” Scott said.

Simply put, Scott said, “I just always treat the kids like I would want someone to treat my kids.”

Kiel, too, focuses on letting relationships build naturally by letting the youth in his charge know that he and other staff are safe, and want the best for each youth in their care. Because talking isn’t always the easiest, Kiel and Scott allow the youth to get to know them (and vice versa) by engaging in day-to-day activities, first.

“I don’t push the relationship, obviously I want that to happen naturally. Once I gain some of their trust, they start sharing some of their past with me. I let them know I understand where they come from and what they’ve been through. This way, there’s a trust level built,” Kiel said.

But it doesn’t end there. Once a youth is comfortable with them, Scott and Kiel continue to focus on ensuring the relationship, and a youth’s individual needs, are prioritized in every situation.

“If we flow to them and their needs … then things go a lot smoother on the day-to-day stuff, especially with routines or expectations,” Kiel explained.

Humour, too, is an important tool.

“I subscribe to the idea that I should do anything I possibly can – as long as it’s safe – to make the kids laugh or be happy,” Scott said. “I think that keeping kids happy and content allows them to be more receptive to learning opportunities, which can come up organically if you have a good relationship.”

And while the feedback may not be immediate, a supportive relationship such as the ones Kiel and Scott build with the youth in the programs can have a positive impact far down the line in their lives.

“You may not make a difference in ten years – maybe some of them will be in their 20s and 30s by the time something that you’ve said, or done, or shown, is actually going to make a difference for them,” Kiel said. “But that’s the reward – knowing that at some point in time, something may click. The more we show these positives, the better the chances are that we can change someone’s life.”

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Olympian delivers inspiring message

Olympian delivers inspiring message

Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Whats-new | 0 comments

It was just another Tuesday at Schaller school on Pilot Butte campus until RBC Olympian Halli Krzyzaniak showed up to deliver an inspiring message to Ranch Ehrlo students.

Halli, 23, has an impressive list of accomplishments. Hailing from small-town Neepawa, Manitoba, she began skating at the age of four. It didn’t take her long to realize she wanted to play hockey, but there was no girls’ team. This was Halli’s first challenge – to play, she’d have to join the boys’ team, and it wasn’t easy being accepted.

“I wanted to be a hockey player so badly that I did whatever it would take,” she said. “I didn’t see any reason why I shouldn’t be on that team, so I knew I had to show them that they were wrong – that girls can play with the boys.”

At 13, Halli made the decision to leave Neepawa to pursue her hockey career outside of what the small town could offer – and it paid off in spades. She was offered a spot on the Canadian U18 Women’s National Team. In 2012 and 2013, she and her team brought home gold at the IIHF U18 World Championships. In 2013, she was awarded top defenseman and served as an alternate captain on the team.

Despite this success, Halli’s main goal was to play on Team Canada at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

All seemed to be going well – the top 28 players from the team were chosen to move to Calgary to train for the Winter Olympics.

“I’d been playing really well and I felt confident they were going to tell me I would be going to South Korea to play at the Winter Games,” Halli recalled. “Except – they didn’t.”

Instead of being invited to attend the Games, Halli was released from the roster.

“Through that devastation, I found out how strong I truly am, and I found out what made me, me,” she said.

She made the decision to move to Minot to pursue a career in medicine.  Halli continues to play hockey, and again had the opportunity to play for Canada, this time at the IIHF World Championships, where her team received silver in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Halli’s message to the youth was simple, but powerful.

“Throughout my career, I learned that anything is really possible – all it takes is visualizing your possibilities, leaning on your teammates, friends, and family, and having the courage to carve out your own ice.”

“My advice? Strap on your skates and head in the direction that you want to go.”

The RBC Olympian program is an initiative that offers top athletes the opportunity to focus on training while receiving financial support. The athletes serve as community ambassadors, attending hundreds of community and charitable appearances.

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