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Strengths, Dreams, and Needs

At Astonished! the strengths, dreams, and needs of the Core Members set the direction for our work and our play. During a six-session Truth and Reconciliation workshop we learned some hard truths and witnessed resilience. In What’s Your Style Dance, A! Core Members led us in creative, fun movements. The A! Accessible Garden raised beds, at a local community garden, yielded fun, a great outdoor space to be together, and delicious produce. The 10 evening A! Summer Adventure series saw Core Members and friends laughing around a campfire, huddled together to stay warm at an outdoor movie night, and spinning with the best of them at the Queen City Exhibition.

Strengths, dreams, and needs come in many different forms. For example, Bar Day at The Owl is a regular highlight for the A! Student Researchers, staff, and friends. It is a time to sit back, catch up, and visit in good company. In this holiday season, making wreaths with Tanisha Beaudry was a way to let our creative juices flow. On Wednesday, December 14th the A! Student Researchers will highlight their work from this semester at their PATH showcase. 
Bar Day
Making Wreaths

Thank You

We are thankful for the City of Regina Community Investments Grant Program – New Initiative Grant “Sport and Recreation Stream” for funding for the Big Sky Summer Adventure program

    We gratefully acknowledge financial support from
City of Regina 2022 Social Development Grant – Annual Activity for the ongoing work of Astonished! Social Club

University of Regina Practicum Students

Each semester we have University of Regina students join our team. It is a mutually beneficial opportunity to learn together. We are happy to introduce you to Nicholas Cuthbert and Althea Euraoba. Thank you, Nick and Althea, for your work with Astonished! We wish you well in your future endeavours.
Nick and his niece

Nicholas Cuthbert

Hello! My name is Nicholas Cuthbert and I am in my last semester at the University of Regina, I am taking Sport and Recreation Management. I have had the wonderful opportunity to do my fieldwork placement with Astonished! this semester. Working with Astonished! had helped me develop my skills in communication, event planning, volunteer management, teamwork, and leadership skills. I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work and become friends with such a great community!

In my spare time I enjoy watching sports, spending time with family and friends, and cooking. I have hopes to be able to travel to many different places around the world in the near future. Working with and helping people has always been something I seen myself doing as a career. Having this opportunity at Astonished! has created a stronger passion for me to create connections with the people I am working with.

Althea Euraoba

My name is Althea Euraoba, I am a senior at the University of Regina majoring in Human Kinetics. I was born in the Philippines and moved here 12-13 years ago. Becoming a physical therapist or physiotherapist has become my plan ever since I was young because I want to help individuals gain back mobility, function, and well-being. I love what I am doing at Astonished! because it gave me another perspective on individuals with a disability. Astonished! has taught me ways in serving the members that I have never done before. Doing activities such as social club events and outdoor activities was a truly amazing experience. I want to use my experience at Astonished! for my future career.

Walk and Roll 2022

On December 3, 2022, in harmony with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities we hosted our 8th Annual Walk and Roll! This family friendly pledge event serves as an avenue to raise awareness of and funds for Astonished! We are thankful for the 21 teams, 88 participants and their supporters! Together, with our sponsors, we were able to exceed our fundraising goal! From the bottom of our hearts, thank-you!

Thank You

We gratefully acknowledge the South Saskatchewan Vital Community Fund at the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation for their support of the Truth and Reeconciliation series.

University of Regina Nursing Students

Thank you to the  Nursing students from the class CNUR 100 who worked with us this semester.

Sam Machnaik

My name is Sam Machnaik and I am a first-year nursing student with the University of Regina and Saskpolytech. I grew up in Balgonie, SK and graduated high school in 2016. From there I went into university right away and completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology. I spent a couple of years working as a disability support worker before deciding I wanted to go back to school to become a nurse. In my spare time I like to watch movies, spend time with friends and family, and go for walks outside.  I have had a great time working with Astonished! as one of the students and am sad to see this semester coming to an end!

Emma Carter

My name is Emma Carter and I am a first-year nursing student at the U of R. This semester worked with Sean for PATH, along with the other student researchers on other days at Astonished! It has been so fun to be able to work with such a fun group of people for the past semester. One of the highlights during my time at Astonished has been sitting at the OWL with all of the student researchers, joking around and getting to know them individually.

Chloe Roberts

Hi, my name is Chloe Roberts, and I am a first-year nursing student. In my free time I like to see my friends, skate and shoot my bow. I am with Astonished this semester to complete my hours for my CNUR 100 class. With Astonished I've helped with the Social Club, Dance Night, PATH days and yoga on Thursdays.


Mafaie Grace Castillo

My name is Mafaie Grace Castillo, and I am a first-year nursing student at the University of Regina. I moved to Regina at the end of August 2022 from a small town called Gravelbourg. Living in the city is a big change, but so far I am enjoying it. I started my community learning service hour in Astonished! at the end of September. On Wednesdays I get to work with Paige on her PATH with a fellow nursing student. We have been working on her Christmas card and have been reading the 7th book of the Harry Potter series. I’ve never read Harry Potter, but Paige greatly recommends it. On Thursdays we get to do Yoga for Every Body, games and sometimes Bar Day. We also do coffee time for an hour on those days, where I get to chat with the Student Researchers about their lives. I was also able to be part of making the Instagram reel with Cassandra. I look forward to going to Astonished! as I’ve been gaining lots of knowledge. Therefore, I chose Astonished! for my agency presentation for my nursing class. Time went by so fast that I am afraid my time in Astonished! will come to an end soon. It has been a pleasure to work in Astonished! and I am grateful I was given the opportunity to be part of Astonished! 

University of Regina Social Work Student

Thank you to Fran Kweens for doing her Social Work placement with us this semester.

Fran Kweens

Fran Kweens is a Bachelor of Social Work student from the University of Regina.  She is remotely partaking in her major practicum with Astonished!

Fran was born and raised in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and studied at Parkland Regional College.  She is a mother of two sons, and her youngest resides with her.  Fran has become disabled in the last few years, as is her residing son, and admires the work Astonished! provides to its Core Members and families. 

Once she completes her Bachelor of Social Work, Fran would like to advocate and pursue the challenges individuals with disabilities face in smaller communities.  She would also love a career where animals are incorporated into their programming, providing comfort and security to those with disabilities, the elderly or the most vulnerable.

Disability Etiquette

As part of the City of Regina's Adapted Recreation Plan, the City committed to annual training for all front-line recreation staff around disability & inclusion. This year, the city aimed to start with training on disability etiquette.  Over the last four months Astonished Student Researchers led nine training sessions that focused on respectful language, communication and tips for interaction and inclusion. 

Thank You

Thank you to Haley McGrath, Elisa Wong, Jordan MacDonald, Priya Verma, and Kamila Sanborn for voluntering with Astonished! this semester. 

Thank You

We gratefully acknowledge the Community Initiatives Fund for support of the Astonished! Truth and Reconciliation series.

A! Social Club

The A! Leadership Team plans and hosts monthly events for the A! Social Club. In November the Social Club took in the Women’s Cougars basketball game at the University of Regna. In addition to cheering on their team, the A! Core Members assisted with the 50/50 fundraiser hosted by Dr. Michael Dubnewick for the Astonished! Walk and Roll. Thanks to everyone for their great participation. 

Grow Gratitude 2022

Grow Gratitude is the Astonished! Inc. annual Fall Fundraising Campaign. Grow Gratitude raises money to fund the innovative and vital work of Astonished! and shares stories of gratitude. Almost 60% of our annual budget comes from generous donors like you.
We invite you to support Astonished! and share your story with us. We are better together!  With your help, we are working together with young adults with complex physical disAbilities to reach their dreams, thus creating an innovative and vital expression of social inclusion. 
All donations of $15 or more receive a charitable tax receipt. The 2022 Grow Gratitude campaign runs from November 1 to December 31. We are now at 54% of our goal. Thank you to everyone who has already donated.
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