Mel and Nile fishing at Waskesiu

Welcome Back Mel

Melissa Turbuck, the Astonished! Program Coordinator has been on maternity leave since November 2020. The past 12 months have been times of big change in all our lives. For Mel Turbuck and Corné Myburgh, the arrival of baby Nile was a wonder-filled change. We wish them all the best as they each and together adjust to the new balance of family, work, and play. We know there will be bumps along the way, but we see that they already know how to ride the waves. We look forward to getting to know Nile and welcoming her into the Astonished! community.

Thank You Emma

Emma Hancock arrived as a gift to Astonished! in November 2020. Emma has been our Interim Program Coordinator for the past 12 months, covering Mel’s maternity leave. Emma might be compared to a skilled hockey player with amazing stick handling skills and a real team approach. During a pandemic, while doing program delivery on zoom, and then in a mix of Zoom and in-person, Emma displayed her ability to think outside the box, form important relationships, develop, and deliver creative programs, and appear to be relaxed while doing it all. Her work included: Astonished! Hangouts, A! Social Club, A! Teaching and Learning Centre, A! Dance Project, A! Summer Literacy, mentoring practicum students, dropping off snacks and packages for participants, etc. There was no part of the Astonished! programs that did not receive the Emma touch. We will miss her and wish her a well deserved break.
Cassandra Isaac
Paige Racette


In September 2021, Astonished! was delighted to welcome Paige Racette and Cassandra Issac as Student Researchers in the Astonished! Teaching and Learning Centre. 

This community of nine young adults works with the A! Program Coordinator to create lives based on their unique strengths, dreams, and needs. These young adults, with complex physical disAbilities, are the leaders and work with faculty, students, and the wider community in research, learning, and teaching about inclusion.

In early September 2021, we were able to return to the University of Regina for in-person A! Teaching and Learning Centre and Yoga for Every Body. This was made possible because of the COVID-19 protocols of the University. What we do know is that it is important to be together, either virtually or in-person. We are indeed Better Together!

Rebekah , Fatima, Ruth
at Yoga for Every Body

Yoga for Every Body

Greetings Core Members, Family, and Friends!  This can be a season where we experience more stress. Why not treat yourself to an hour of Yoga for Every Body? We are excited to be offering a Yoga for Every Body event on December 3, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:00 (CST) over Zoom.  
Take a break from the stress of the holidays and come do some yoga with us!  If you plan to attend, please bring a small ball or a spoon with you.
Please rsvp to Mel by Tuesday, November 30th. She will send you the Zoom link for the event.

The Social Club program is partially funded through the City of Regina, Social Development Grant.

Better Communities

We are delighted to receive support from Intact Insurance Better Communities Program for our work on Social Inclusion. “One of the core values at Intact Insurance is to be socially responsible and we believe in making the communities where we live and work safer, healthier and happier.” Thank you to Jason Galon of Galon Insurance for recommending Astonished! for this support, and to Joy Lindenbach for working on the application on behalf of Astonished!

Practicum Students

Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.' Eric Parsloe

We think this is good definition of the mentoring that happens for Astonished! and University of Regina practicum students. Everyone benefits from being both teacher and learner. We would like you to meet our fall 2021 practicum students. We are grateful for the combination of skills and perspectives they have each offered to Astonished! and wish Shaylee, Yetty, and Sarah  well in their ongoing education.

Shaylee Rosnes

Hi! My name is Shaylee Rosnes; I’m originally from Moose Jaw, SK. I’m 24 years old and in the process of finishing the final year of my Bachelor of Social Work degree. This semester, I began my mini practicum placement with Astonished! I’ve enjoyed it so far and am looking forward to the rest my placement. In my spare time, I enjoy all things artsy; I especially like to write and sing. I also do a bit of acting with Listen to ‘Dis Voice.

Yetty Micho

My name is Yetty Micho. I am a practicum student from the Social Work program. I like reading, walking, dancing, and cooking. Contributing to the community and humanity is one of my favourite quotes, and I enjoy working with people. I am glad to join Astonished! this year, it is an excellent experience for me. In the future, after my term as a student, I hope to stop by for a visit or hang out. Thank you for having me.

Sarah Black

I am a second-year student at the University of Regina in the faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies. I am in the bachelor of sport and recreation, with a major in Therapeutic recreation. I am currently with Astonished! for my SRS 130, sport and rec management junior practicum. 

In my spare time I love listening to music and being outside. Hiking and camping are activities that I would do everyday if I could. In the summer months I work at a summer camp as a cabin leader, and most recently the aquatics director. I love working with people and helping them achieve their goals. 

I was so excited to be able to complete my junior practicum with Astonished! and it has not disappointed. I have loved working with each of the core members during program days, and Sean during our PATH days. 

A! Hangouts

What are some of the things you are missing during this pandemic? For A! Core Members, hanging out with friends, visiting, sharing food and stories was an important part of their lives. To help fill this void, the A! Program Staff and practicum students came up with Zoom Hangouts. It is not quite the same as being in the room together, but on a Saturday afternoon it is fun to visit with friends in a Zoom room, have no agenda, and stay current with each other. A! Staff even take food and drink orders and deliver them in time for the hangout visits!
Kennen's Team 2019

Walk and Roll

In 2015 we launched our first annual Walk and Roll to celebrate the UN International Day of People with DisAbilities. The Walk and Roll helps us raise awareness and support the work of Astonished! We will be celebrating our 7th annual Walk and Roll with an online event on December 3, 2021.

The 2021 theme is ‘Fighting for rights in the post-COVID era. This year, we are celebrating the challenges, barriers and opportunities for people who live with disabilities, in the context of a global pandemic. Since March 2020, every person on earth has been impacted by drastic political, social and economic change as a result of domestic and international responses to COVID-19. This year, International Day of People with Disabilities should be used to recognise that people who live with disabilities are among the most affected populations amid the COVID pandemic

You can learn more about our 7th Annual Walk and Roll here. We are grateful for the support of all our teams, their supporters, our event sponsors, and prize donors.

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Social Club Bowling Night

A! Social Club

What do these things have in common: Movie Night, Pizza in the Park, Halloween Bowling Night, Cougar’s Women’s Basketball? These are some of the unique events organized by the Astonished! Leadership Team for the Astonished! Core Members. Thanks to Landon Sawden, Amanda Crerar Koshuba, Shaun Silzer, and Emma Hancock for organizing and carrying out the monthly A! Social Club Events. These events are free for all A! Core Members. To learn more about membership click here…. 

Thank you to the City of Regina | Municipal Government which partially funds our social club events through the Social Development Grant.

A! Volunteers

Thank you to our U of R volunteers Victoria Baht, Mia Bell, Kathryn Derenisky, Don Irakoze, Callum Kraft, Emma Kraft, Vidya Persaud, Rachel Syrnyk, and Molly Yungmann. It has been great to have you with us this semester.

Grow Gratitude

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 80% 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 2021 Grow Gratitude campaign runs from November 1 to December 31. Thank you to everyone who has already supported the 2021 Grow Gratitude campaign. To learn more about this campaign…

A! Spring Gala

Mark your calendars, save the date. The Astonished! Spring Gala is booked for the evening of March 26, 2022 at the Atlas Hotel, 4177 Albert Street, Regina
Last year it was great fun to greet friends across the country as we hosted our annual Spring Gala via Zoom. We loved the success of the event, and we missed the experience of being together in-person. We are planning for an in-person gala in 2022, but the final decision regarding in-person or via Zoom will be made in February 2022 and will be determined by the current status of the pandemic. Information about tickets will be available soon.  

Logic Model

Astonished was chosen, as a community-based organization, to participate in a “Program Evaluation in the Non-Profit Sector” course this fall semester.  Participation involves our Executive Director, Bonnie Cummings-Vickaryous attending five, 1 /2 day workshops and working with a University of Regina student to develop evaluation materials specific to Astonished! 

Emily Camposano is the U of R student and she is working with Astonished to develop a Logic Model.  A logic model is a graphic depiction (road map) that presents the shared relationships among the resources, activities, outputs, outcomes, and impact for your program. It depicts the relationship between a program's activities and its intended effects. We are pleased to have been chosen for this opportunity and to have Emily assisting us.

Emily Camposano

Emily Camposano

Emily Katherine Camposano is a 4th year part time undergraduate student with the University of Regina, majoring in Psychology and minoring in English. She is also an Early Childhood Educator with a home childcare business she balances with her studies. Emily enjoys being involved in the University community, with the Psychology Students' Association (PSA) on the Outreach Committee, University of Regina Students' Union (URSU) as Director of Part Time Students, and the Undergraduate Research Journal (URJ) on editorial board as proof reader.

Emily says, "I have always valued inclusion and multiculturalism, and I feel that my experience interacting with the Astonished! community has been very enriching. This semester with you all has done so much for deepening my understanding of nurturing a cohesive community. I look forward to continuing our friendship after our evaluation collaboration."

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