Sport Venture begins new program

Sport Venture begins new program

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Whats-new | 0 comments

Ehrlo Sport Venture has teamed up with The Regina Intersectoral Partnership (TRiP) to help our city’s most vulnerable youth in a new way. TRiP is an initiative designed to improve community safety and well-being in Regina.

“TRiP just released their stats for the year, and it was identified that mentorship is a big area that isn’t being reached,” explained Amanda McConnell, Sport Venture manager. “It’s a big gap in their programming.”

Thus, the multi-sectoral mentorship program was born.

The program will see youth identified by TRiP as most in need of mentoring with caring, interested adults hired by Sport Venture. Each mentor will spend between 12 and 24 hours per month with their mentee doing pro-social activities and simply spending time together.

“Even something as simple as taking these kids to Sport Venture’s free sports leagues – for some kids, just having someone there to watch them or take them for hot chocolate after is important,” Amanda said. “(The mentors will) just be sort of that caring adult that some of these kids may be lacking – it goes a long way even just having someone ask ‘how was your day’?”

Overall, Amanda hopes that the program will provide the youth with opportunities for self-esteem and confidence building, as well as teaching them social skills and ways to connect with the community so that they may continue to experience the program’s benefits even after it has wrapped up.

“We’re hoping to help build some capacity within the youth,” Amanda said. “If a mentor helps to get a youth involved in a community activity the hope is that maybe they would keep on with it because now they’re comfortable and have formed that relationship.”

The program was funded by Amanda’s connection to the Regina Sport District, which dissolved and distributed its funding to various programs throughout the city.

The multi-sectorial mentorship program will run from February to the end of August, encompassing the summer months where many programs that TRiP’s youth participate in take breaks or have reduced hours.


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Donations to Family Treatment Program make spirits bright

Donations to Family Treatment Program make spirits bright

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Whats-new | 0 comments

Christmas was even more magical for some parents and children in the Ranch’s Family Treatment Program (FTP) thanks to two generous donations in December.

Grade 7/8 students in Pilot Butte raised $240 for the FTP.


Photos courtesy of @MrsMievresClass

“This was so terrific – seeing children and youth fundraise to help other children was amazing,” said FTP director Patti Petrucka. Manager Jordan Hubick visited the school to accept the donation on behalf of the Family Treatment Program.

The money raised by the class was used toward purchasing a small gift for each child in the program. They received their gifts at a family Christmas celebration, where Santa himself attended to hand them out!

Bayer Crop Sciences also donated $500 to the FTP.

“The Bayer Crop monies went to children who are reunifying to parental care,” explained Patti. “Many of these families’ experience poverty and have minimal funds for Christmas celebrations – this donation allowed for each child to have a fantastic quality gift.”

“The families indicated that this was the best Christmas they have had – living with their children and being able to have gifts under the tree was amazing.”

We are no less thankful for donations received at any other time of the calendar year! Thank-you to Farm Credit for the $500 earlier in 2017– each donation received goes a long way toward brightening the lives of our clients.

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2017: year in review

2017: year in review

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

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.


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Ranch Ehrlo responds to Child Advocate’s report

Ranch Ehrlo responds to Child Advocate’s report

Posted by on Dec 29, 2017 in Whats-new | 0 comments

In early December, Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth Corey O’Soup released a report in the wake of the mental health crisis experienced by youth in the northern areas of the province. To get to the root of the issue, Corey spoke directly to those who are impacted most, the youth themselves, to find out what they need to build stronger, healthier, and more resilient communities.

Part of the report was several calls to action, and a promise to the youth that they would be acted upon. We at Ranch Ehrlo take these calls to action very seriously, and we have found a variety of ways to respond, from on-the-ground efforts that involve sending our staff to the impacted communities, to what we do here, with the children and youth who utilize our residential services.

Ehrlo Sport Venture has harnessed the power of sport to bring preventative services to the communities of La Loche and La Ronge through HIGH FIVE training for youth and adults. Students use the training as a high school credit; helping those who were having difficulties in traditional classrooms, as well as offering a more hands-on approach to building leaders in the community. The training can kickstart sports or recreational programs for youth in their communities – something that the children and youth who were spoken to for the advocate’s report believe will help build stronger communities.

“One of the calls to action is building stronger communities, having youth experience a sense of belonging – lots of that comes from feeling empowered, which youth get from that training,” explained Sophie Grahame, director of clinical services.
We have also answered the call after crisis has struck.

“The particular issue Corey is writing about was triggered by the death of six young girls by suicide in our Northern communities last year,” said Dr. Bree Fiissel, vice president of clinical services. “And there continues to be high rates of children and adolescents that are experiencing mental health challenges in the north”.

To help combat that, when the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada reached out for immediate assistance for the youth of La Ronge in November 2016, two of Ehrlo Counselling’s own visited the community to support those who were in acute crisis. Since then, ECS has visited La Ronge six more times, and has sent counsellors to Stony Rapids and Fond Du Lac to provide services as well.

“Being able to respond quickly, and being able to respond with really skilled professionals – I think that Ehrlo Counselling was in a special place to do that last year after the crisis,” said Sophie.

For those children and youth who come to Ranch Ehrlo for treatment, we are consistently striving to ensure we are able to both meet their needs while in treatment and provide them with coping skills to take back to their communities.

One way we’ve done this is by implementing an Intensive Team Support project, wherein an integrated approach is taken to working with youth who are in significant distress and self-harming. This sees all members of a care team – residential, clinical, and educational – come together to determine the best way to help each client. Having this approach allows for staff to feel more supported, which in turn leads to better care for our clients.

“I think the agency is really committed to providing training that is helpful for staff and making sure that we do everything that we can do for kids in terms of supervision, safety, and developing coping skills so they know they have other choices than self harm or suicide,” Sophie concluded.

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Treatment Foster Care expansion

Treatment Foster Care expansion

Posted by on Dec 15, 2017 in Whats-new | 0 comments

At Ranch Ehrlo, we are continually looking for ways to improve or start new services to better meet the needs of children, youth, and families in our province.

For this reason, we are very excited to announce the expansion of 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.

“The need for foster care in Saskatchewan is huge. There’s a major need within the ministry right now for services for younger children. They cannot have enough homes,” explained Treatment Foster Care program manager Lisa Neill.

“We think the agency is a great place to star recruiting quality families for these two programs,” she continued.

Emergency Foster Care will provide for children ages 0 – 6 in need of short-term, emergency care. Our specially trained foster parents will welcome children into their homes 24/7, for up to 30 days, while the Ministry develops a longer-term placement plan.

EFC services will provide a safe and nurturing environment designed to reduce the amount of trauma experienced by children after removal from their homes.

“We are looking for three families to start this program, each of whom will be asked to take in a maximum of two children at one time,” explained Lisa. “Staying true to the program model, this is a contracted position which requires one parent to stay home and be the primary care giver.”

The FBTH service will involve foster parents caring for up to four children with the help of child and youth care staff.  This new program will serve children aged 5 to 11 with a variety of presenting problems, including behavioural, emotional, and developmental issues. Children referred to this program will typically require 24-hour supervision and/or support, but will be better served in a staffed family home compared to a group or residential treatment home. Professional foster parents will live in the home, but will be supported by in-home child and youth-care staff.

Ranch Ehrlo plans to provide the home and vehicle for a FBTH program, but is open to other alternatives or ideas from interested foster parent candidates.

“We see this is a very important next step for our program,” she concluded.

Anyone interested in applying to become foster parents should contact Lisa .

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