My Battle With COVID
My Battle With COVID by Paige Racette

Digital Storytelling

In March of 2022, students from the University of Calgary Youth Digital Storytelling Project partnered with six Astonished! Student Researchers to create short videos about their current lives and what they are facing. March 2022 was the beginning of the third year of the COVID 19 pandemic. The Digital Storytelling Project was a great opportunity for the A! Student Researchers to reflect on their lives and express how it was for each of them. They learned story telling approaches, video production and editing skills, and had a wonderful time getting to know the team from the U of C. Thank you to the U of C Youth Digital Storytelling Project. Thank you to A! Student Researchers Paige Racette, Rebekah Lindenbach, Kennen Dorgan, Kelsey Culbert, Cassandra Isaac, and Landon Sawden for sharing their digital stories with us. Click here for all the digital stories.........
Avery, Nutmeg, Serena

Bunny Therapy

Human beings depend critically on what scientists refer to as “social” or “affective” touch. If we can’t interact by touching, we are missing out on something essential for humans. Touch facilitates social connections in part by tapping into the brain’s emotional pathways. The skin has been described as a “social organ,” and has receptor cells that tell the brain about pleasurable social touch.’ John Hopkins Medicine 

The A! Student Researchers had a unique touch experience this month when Tania Wolk visited the Astonished! Teaching and Learning Centre with baby bunnies; Salt, Pepper, and Nutmeg.  Just imagine the softness of the touch of baby bunnies, and they seemed pretty good at bunny kisses too. Thank you to Tania Wolk, and Salt, Pepper, and Nutmeg for helping elevate our endorphins

A! Student Researchers, Core Members, Practicum Students, Staff 
at First Nations University of Canada
Ruth Blaser
and Elder Kokum,
Brenda Dubois

Truth and Reconciliation

On April 7, 2022 Astonished! hosted the first session of a six-part Truth and Reconciliation Workshop Series. Special thanks to Elder Kokum, Brenda Dubois, for sharing her wisdom, teachings, and kindness with Astonished! We are looking forward to learning more at the next workshops that will take place over the next few months and into September. Click here for event dates....

The purpose of this series is to provide a learning opportunity to better understand the history of colonialism in Canada, the impact and harm it brought to Indigenous Peoples of this land which is now Canada, also known as Turtle Island, and to the Treaty Relationship between settlers and First People. These workshops will also delve into the current need to participate in the work of truth and reconciliation and to bring healing.

Thank you to the Community Initiative Fund for support for this series

What a Night

Thank you to Jeffery Straker and his musical guests, Jill Straker and Bryn Besse, for a fabulous online concert. Thank you to all our friends and supporters who joined us from across the country, and thank you to all our sponsors for helping to make this evening of music, friendship, and fun, a great fundraising success. We couldn’t do it without each one of you. We are indeed Better Together.
Duraline RBC
TD Warman Vet Services
2020 Geomatics CI Assante Faculty of Education
Clare Parker Homes Creative Options Regina Faculty of Social Work
Prairie Heart Mobility Faculty of Nursing SaskTel
U of R Office of the President Chip and Dale Homes Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Kelsey, Crystal, and Kaitlyn at Summer Literacy 2019

Astonished! Summer Literacy

Astonished! Summer Literacy 10 begins on July 6, 2022 and runs from 1:00 – 4:00 on consecutive Wednesday’s and Thursday’s until August 18, 2022. The program will take place on the University of Regina campus. The program is based on the strengths, dreams, and needs of participants. It includes expanding reading and comprehension skills, new technology and social media, financial and health literacy, and numeracy.

We are currently accepting applications for Astonished! Summer Literacy 10. Applications must be submitted by April 29, 2022. Please click here for application details......

A! Core Members, Practicum Students, and Staff at Nutrition Workshop

Nutrition Workshop Series

Astonished! provided a three-part, bi-weekly, Nutrition Series Workshop during the months of March and April. Core Members learned about nutrients our bodies need, daily caloric intake, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Core Member, Rebekah Lindenbach created a video of 'How I Eat' and Core Members were able to learn about using a G-tube for eating. Supper was provided for every workshop and Core Members were able to see the nutrient values of each meal they ate. This included subs, pizza, and pitas.
Kamila and Landon
A! Staff, Core Members, Practicum Students
& Volunteers

A! Social Club

The Astonished! April Social Club event, the A! Olympics was an opportunity to compete in an obstacle course and be crowned A! Olympic Champion. We had the whole gymnasium to ourselves, and although we were small in size, we had a chilled and great evening.

Thank-you to the City of Regina | Municipal Government which partially funds our Social Club events through the Social Development Grant! Check out our Events page for upcoming Social Club plans.

Kamilla, Kimberley, Amanda, Yetty, Landon

What's Your Style Dance

Come get your groove on and let loose to the music at this upcoming ‘What’s Your Style!? dance night!! Thursday, April 28, 2022, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Mâmawêyatitân Centre,3355-6th Avenue, Regina. Please RSVP to Melissa as soon as you can if you plan on attending!

Co-hosted with the City of Regina.

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