Rebekah Lindenbach, Melissa Turbuck, Tanya Koropetska , Kennen Dorgan

Welcome Melissa Turbuck

Diving into the deep end of the pool requires confidence, skill, knowledge, and a willingness to learn. Melissa Turbuck has been displaying all of this as she takes on the role of Program Coordinator at Astonished! She says finding a balance between planning and establishing relationships with Core Members, families, volunteers, and others in the A! community is the constant challenge, but she is loving every minute of itTo read more about Melissa
VOICE Lab jam session
L-R: Helen Pridmore, Landon Sawden, Tanya  Koropetska, Kennen Dorgan,
Bonnie Cummings-Vickaryous, Kaitlyn Hoar

VOICE Lab Jam Session

We had fun creating and improvising the beat in a VOICE Lab jamming session in September with Helen Pridmore from MAP: Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance - University of Regina. Click here to learn more about the VOICE Lab.
Jerome and friend, Kaitlyn, Landon,
Molly, Sean, Kathryn
Kaitlyn, Molly, Sean, Kathryn

A! Social Club

The Astonished! Social Club cheered the Roughriders on to victory on Saturday, September 28, 2019. We don’t know if the Saskatchewan Roughriders current winning streak is related to the support from their Astonished! fans, but we do know these fans are faithful through the wins and the losses.  Everyone came dressed in their finest green and white and enjoyed pizza and snacks! Thank-you to the City of Regina for the Social Development Grant, which partially funds our monthly Astonished! Social Club event!
The next Social Club event is A Halloween Poker Night on Friday October 25, 2019. Click here for details. Let us know if you can join us. 
A Halloween Poker Night
Looking for something fun to do Monday, October 21st (in addition to voting of course)? Come on out to this Pizza/Pasta Fundraiser organized by Astonished! Core Member Kaitlyn Hoar! Contact Bonnie or Kaitlyn for tickets! Tickets must be ordered by October 18, 2019.
Jordan Macdonald, Kelsey Culbert, Mel Turbuck

Meet Jordan Macdonald

Jordan Macdonald is a fourth year Social Work student at the University of Regina. Jordan is currently doing his mini practicum with Astonished! The primary focus of Jordan’s mini practicum is supporting Student Researchers in the VOICE LabHe has been teaming with A! Student Researcher Kelsey Culbert to develop some new episodes for her podcast ‘Less Inspiration More Conversation’. For a better understanding of the focus of Kelsey’s podcast, take a listen to the first episode that Kelsey created with Chelsey Temple Jones.
We look forward to hearing the episodes that Kelsey is creating with Jordan. To read more about Jordan…..
Cassandra Isaac
Kristin Wychreschuck
Ashley Lafaver

What’s Your Style? Dance Night

Creativity was flowing in September at What's Your Style Dance Project. Thank you to the City of Regina for partnering in this project.

Everyone should have the opportunity to let loose and dance in whatever way the music moves them, regardless of musical taste, dance style or ability. The City of Regina is pleased to offer this inclusive dance class in partnership with Astonished! It is open to everyone but adapted to meet the needs of individuals experiencing disability. Instruction will be based on a variety of dance culture, which emphasizes enthusiasm, camaraderie and smiles! The next dance event is November 21 from 7:00 –9:00 – click here for details.

Ryan Matheison, Elisa Wong
Courtney Frank and friend
Hallie Burke, Brenden Baldock

Grow Gratitude 2019

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. 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!   All donations of $15 or more receive a charitable tax receipt. The 2019 Grow Gratitude campaign runs from November 1 to December 31. Your Grow Gratitude invitation will be in your mail box or your inbox on November 1st or soon after.

Disability Artivism Across the Flyover Provinces is an opportunity to name prairie-based contributions to the global disability arts movement. From within the walls of institutions to center stage, disabled people have always made art. However, the past 50 years have been a time of growing momentum for disability art and culture in Canada, as demonstrated by the Canada Council’s recent attention to crip aesthetics. This event is taking place November 28, 2019, 9:00-3:15, at the Dr. William Riddell Centre, University of Regina.

To learn more about this event click here. Registration is free and all participants must register.
(Maximum of 75 participants). Please click here to complete registration.

Walk and Roll

Walk and Roll 2019

In harmony with the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities Astonished! is hosting a Walk and Roll, a family-friendly pledge event that aims to raise funds to support the work of Astonished!  We invite you to create a team, or join a team, or donate to a team and come walk and roll with us December 1, 2019 from 1-3 at the Core Ritchie Neighbourhood Centre, 445 14th Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan.
Rebekah Lindenbach, Dr david Gregory
Sean Davis, Professor Rae Staseson, Landon Sawden

Thank You 2019 Gala Sponsors

A few weeks ago we dropped off handcrafted coasters as a small token of appreciation to some of our 2019 Spring Gala Sponsors. Thank-you to: President, Dr. Vianne Timmons; Faculty of Social Work Associate Dean, Dr. Miguel Sanchez; Faculty of Nursing Dean, Dr. david Gregory; Faculty of Education Dean, Dr. James Cranston; Faculty of MAP Dean, Professor Rae Staseson. To see all of our Gala 2019 sponsors click here.
Thank You to each one of you. We couldn’t do what we do without you. We Truly are #BetterTogether! 
Kaitlyn Hoar, Dr. Miguel Sanchez, Avery Ottenbreit
Sean Davis, Dr. Vianne Timmons, Landon Sawden
Kelsey Culbert, Dr. James Cranston, KennenDorgan

Your donations contribute to the vitality of this innovative expression of social inclusion.
Thank You. We are indeed Better Together!
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