Summer Literacy
Hailey Unrau, Sean Davis, Bushra Burki

A! Summer Students

Welcome Hailey Unrau and Bushra Burki, summer students with the Astonished! Summer Literacy program. Thanks Sean Davis, A! Student Researcher, for helping them feel at home on their first day with Astonished! The A! Summer Literacy program will begin on July 3, 2019.  We look forward to telling you more about Hailey and Bushra in our next newsletter. 
Chrystal McLaughlin
Crystal McLaughlin and Kennen Dorgan

Welcome Crystal McLaughlin

When Harry Potter went to Hogwarts, he got to really know himself and tapped into his inner strength and skills. He knew suffering and loss in his life. With the help of his parents and his friends, he found his way and his power. Perhaps these are some of the reasons Crystal McLaughlin feels such a kinship with Harry. Crystal is in her final semester of a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina (U of R). This month Crystal began her major social work practicum with Astonished! Crystal says that this time with Astonished! is helping her carry on. To read more……
Katherine Taylor and Chelsea Jones

Canadian Disability Studies Conference 2019

Chelsea Jones, MITACS Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Regina, and Katherine Taylor, Program Coordinator at Astonished! presented at the Canadian Disability Studies Association (CDSA) Conference ‘Circles of Conversation’, June 1-3, 2019 in Vancouver. Their presentation Critical Community Reflections on “Giving Voice” in Research focuses on the process to date in the creation and use of the VOICE Lab. To read more......
Brenden Baldock

A! Social Club

The Astonished! Core Members let their inner artists shine at the April Social Club paint night. With instruction from Jill Dempsey, we had a fun evening of creativity and inspiration!
In May we joined the audience at the Archdiocese of Regina Youth Variety Night. Look for us June 15th at the Regina Farmers’ Market.
The Social Club is a great way for A! Core Members and volunteers to get connected with Astonished! Please contact Katherine Taylor if you are interested in joining us on June 15th.

Thank you to the City of Regina for a Social Development Grant - Annual Activity to partially support the work of the Astonished! Social Club.  In the letter accompanying the grant they wrote “Your program provides supportive, meaningful, and accessible social, recreational, and cultural activities to young adults with complex physical disabilities. The committee acknowledged that your program responds to a great need in community and aligns strongly to the City’s social development priorities.”
VOICE Lab Jam Session
Avery Ottenbreit, Serena Thompson, Dr.Kathleen Irwin

VOICE Lab Jam Session

Jamming with Dr. Helen Pridmore is fun.
On May 21st Dr. Pridmore introduced the Astonished! Student Researchers, staff, and volunteers to the Bebot Robot Synth app.
This is part of the creative expression that is arising from the VOICE LabParticipants learned how to make distinctive sounds with the app, then created improvisations in response to suggestions and directions by Dr. Pridmore. We look forward to more jamming.
Creative Options Regina at the Connections Showcase

Connections Showcase - Housing

On Tuesday May 14, 2019, REALM Foundation and Astonished! hosted the second in a series of connection showcases designed to connect individuals and families with services and service providers. This showcase focused on housing. A number of local organizations had displays promoting their housing services. This provided an opportunity for individuals and families to learn more about these services.

Representatives from Community Living Services Division, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Sask Health, Sask Housing, and Inclusion Saskatchewan shared information about their services. For example, who is eligible, what is available, and how to access these services.

Adequate, safe, affordable, accessible, supported housing for young adults with complex physical disabilities continues to be an area where there is a great need.
The final Connections Showcase will take place on September 17, 2019. It will focus on Well Being and Community Engagement. For details click here ....

Astonished! AGM

We hope you will join us for our Annual General Meeting at 177 Sunset Drive, Regina,  June 25, 2019, 6:00-8:00.  Light supper at 6:00 with business starting at 6:30. Please RSVP to Bonnie Cummings-Vickaryous by June 15th.
It is easy to become a new member or renew your membership. Simply click the Become a Member button and complete the membership form. Thanks you. 
The first offering of this workshop in the fall of 2018 was such a great success that Astonished! is currently running a spring session. Special thank you to the University of Regina students from the Faculty of Nursing for facilitating this workshop, and to Harbour Landing Village for hosting the workshop
Thank you to the Ursuline Religious of the Diocese of London in Ontario, through the Taylor Fund, for their generous support of the work of Astonished! In their letter of acknowledgement, they stated “We reviewed and enthusiastically affirmed the heartfelt work of this grassroots ministry in assisting young adults with complex physical disAbilities to engage in collaborative arts-based projects in collaboration with the VOICE Lab at the University of Regina.
Jenna Petrowsky & Kennen Dorgan

Kennen's India Party

Thanks to Kennen Dorgan and her friend Pinki for the fabulous India party. As part of her PATH Kennen chose to share some of the food and culture of India with her friends at the Astonished! Teaching and Learning Centre. They prepared delicious food, had displays, and showed participants how to wear a sari.
From Kelsey Culbert's 2018 PATH Showcase

PATH Showcase

Each semester the Astonished! Student Researchers wrap up their semester with a PATH showcase. It is a way for them to share the work of the semester with each other and the wider community. The PATH showcase will take place on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in the College West building, U of R, from 1-3 pm. Please consider joining us for the showcase. Please rsvp to Katherine Taylor.

To all the amazing supporters of our A! Spring Gala, thank you for making this fabulous evening such a great success. You can see photos from the event and the logos of our sponsors by clicking here.
A table group at Vital Conversations

Vital Conversations

Astonished! was a recipient of a South Saskatchewan Community Foundation (SSCF) grant to host one of 50 Vital Conversations as part of the SSCF 50th Anniversary year! SSCF serves as a bridge between donors and charities in Regina and in southern Saskatchewan. SSCF is a long-term endowment fund for the community that pools together many visionary philanthropists’ funds to invest them together for a higher return and greater, lasting community impact!  The ‘Vital Conversation’ program was launched as part of SSCF’s 50th anniversary year!  It was an opportunity to mark 50 years of SSCF’s focus on building stronger and more inclusive communities while helping to better understand the priorities of the communities they serve
Zirka Petrowsky, Joy Lindenbach, Rebekah Lindenbach

Rebekah's Broyhill Bash

What could be better than bringing together friends, farm, and food on a a beautiful June afternoon? Rebekah Lindenbach, her mom Joy, and Rebekah’s extended family generously host this annual event for the Astonished! Teaching and Learning Center at their farm, Broyhill. Each year we learn something new about their ever-changing dairy and grain farm.To see photos from our day...
Trivia Night
Thank you to Harbour Landing Village for selecting Astonished! as the charity for their August Trivia Night.  To register, go to and click the “Charitable Events Trivia/SINGO” link, then click ‘Book Now’. Cost is $10 and is limited to 40 spaces. If you have any questions regarding registration please contact Harbour Landing Village at or 306-559-5545
Group completing Core Member Questionnaire, April 2019

Core Members Questionnaire

Astonished! strives to provide programs/initiatives/activities that are in direct response to our Core Members strengths, dreams and needs. We have developed a questionnaire to seek  feedback  from Core Members on our current program offerings, and to help us plan for the future.

If you need assistance completing the questionnaire please contact Katherine Taylor

The questionnaire is an online Google doc and can be found here: Core Member Questionnaire
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