Astonished!

5th Annual Astonished! Walk and Roll Presented By Scotiabank

In harmony with the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on December 1, 2019, Astonished! hosted our  5th annual Walk and Roll presented by Scotiabank. It was a family-friendly pledge event that was a tremendous success. Funds raised will be used to support the work of Astonished! Thank you to our amazing sponsors, participants, donors, and organizers. To see sponsors and particpants.....
Kennen's Blister Sisters
Happy Feet
Scotiabank
Mustafa Alabssi of Deaf Crows conducting the symposium participants 

Disability Artivism Across the Flyover Provinces

From the first moment of the opening address, when University of Regina Elder-in-Residence Lorna Standingready named her skin colour as a disability in a province where racism rules, I found myself in a new place of deeper perception and connections. A place where closed captioning, ASL interpretation, and Crip Time were normative. To learn more about this symposium, participants, and the experience that happened on November 28, 2019......
Lorna Standingready
Jordan Macdonald & Kaitlyn Hoar
Kirsty Johnston

A! Volunteers and Practicum Students – I

One of the great joys of Astonished! is the mutual relationships and mutual benefits of having University of Regina students join our team for a semester or sometimes longer.  Jasmine Galey, Hallie Burke, and Kathryn Derenisky are part of the A! team this semester. To read their stories......

A! Volunteers and Practicum Students – II

On Giving Tuesday, we celebrated the mutuality of giving. University of Regina students join our team for a semester or sometimes longer.  Nick Cuthbert, Astrid Liska, and Bushra Burki are part of the A! team this semester. To read their stories......
Dennis, Parker, Kaitlyn, Molly, Sean, Landon

Social Club at Cougar Hockey Games

Astonished! Core Members, friends, Leadership Team, and staff had a great time cheering on the U of R Cougars Men's hockey team at their Shine On game on November 22nd, and at the U of R Cougars Women's hockey game on November 23rd. Smiles all around. Thank-you City of Regina for the Social Development Grant, which partially funds our monthly Astonished! Social Club event!
Crystal & Courtney
Nick, Sean, Landon, Parker
Mel & Cassandra

Royal Road Race

We are excited to announce that we have been chosen to be the charitable recipient of the 10th anniversary Royal Road Race on Saturday, May 9, 2020. We are looking forward to it! There are options to run, walk, wheel. A great incentive to get fit/stay fit in 2020. Registration is open! You can register here.......

Holiday Feast

On December 14th, 2019, Astonished! hosted our annual Holiday Feast. A! Core Members, families, friends, volunteers, and staff all joined in the festivities. With the Core Members, we began the event with a craft activity by decorating ornaments with paint and bling. When that was occurring, staff and volunteers were hard at work preparing the food. There was delicious food, including turkey, mash potatoes, cabbage rolls, meatballs, and to end the night, ice cream for dessert. We had fun coming together and catching up with one another over good food. Thank-you City of Regina for the Social Development Grant, which partially funds our monthly Astonished! Social Club event!
Feast table
Rebekah & Megan
Jordan, Nick
 Elisa, Kathryn, Molly
Lauren, Anna, Oaklynn

Oaklynn Elizabeth Vickaryous

We are delighted to introduce the newest member of the Astonished! family, Oaklynn Elizabeth, daughter of Bonnie Cummings-Vickaryous and James Vickaryous, and sister to Lauren and Anna. Welcome Oaklynn, we look forward to you taking your unique place within your family and your bigger family. Bonnie will be on maternity leave during 2020.


In true Bonnie fashion, just weeks before giving birth to Oaklynn, she successfully defended her master’s thesis, Co-Composing Narratives of Strengths: A Narrative Inquiry into Lived Experiences Authentically Grounded in the Strengths Perspective. Specifically, the goal of this narrative inquiry was to learn from young adults living with complex physical disabilities and their families about initiating and maintaining a strengths-based organization. We will share more about Bonnie’s research in a future newslette; for now, we offer our praise and love

Elisa Wong


Welcome Elisa Wong

We are delighted to have Elisa Wong join us as Interim Manager during Bonnie Cummings-Vickaryous’ maternity leave. Elisa is a graduate of the University of Regina Kinseiology and Health Studies Program. In 2018, Elisa did her Fieldwork Placement (560 hours) with Astonished! She focused on the Astonished! Teaching and Learning Centre and the Astonished! Social Club and developed her skills writing grant proposals and assisting with preparation for the Astonished! Spring Gala.  Elisa brings all of education, experience, and her passion for adventure to her new role as Interim Manager. Welcome to the A! Team Elisa.


Creating Wreaths

On December 10, 2019, Tanisha Beaudry brought her creative magic in Christmas wreath making to the Astonished! Teaching and Learning Centre.  As you can see by the photos, we had plenty of laughs and some exceptional masterpieces were created. Thank you Tanisha. 
Sean & Tanisha
Avery & Serena
Tanya & Kennen
Melissa, Kathryn, Molly
Kaitlyn, Kennen

Grow Gratitude 2019

The Astonished! annual Fall Fundraising Campaign to expresses both gratitude and ommitment is more than halfway to our goal of raising $15,000 to support the work of Astonished! These are some of the expressions of gratitude we have received. 

You can learn more about and support our Grow Gratitude campaign here. 

I am inspired by the vision of Astonished and how it is lived out. My gratitude growsout of how people I love are embraced and upheld by their participation in this life-giving and life-changing community, and how that has changed the world around them. Jan Van Aertselaer

So glad to have this Centre available for these amazing, hard working individuals. Bev Birns

December PATH Showcase

Every life is unique, and every PATH is unique. Each semester the A! Student Researchers determines the specific goals they want to work on. The PATH Showcase highlights this work. For example, Kelsey Culbert has been working on creating episodes for her podcast. You can listen to some of her recent episodes on Sound Cloud.  Rebekah Lindenbach focused on transitions in her life over the past four months, including moving into her new condo in Regina’s first co-housing communityKennen Dorgan shared her two passions; developing the skills she needs to text, and photography. Avery Ottenbreit presented a video that was a collaboration of her music created on Bloom and used in Yoga for Every Body. Kaitlyn Hoar, the quintessential event planner, shared about the success of her end of semester dinner for A!TLC. Sean Davis educated us about the perks and perils of public transport, including how snow in a crosswalk and a power chair are not a great combo. He is grateful for the kindness of the people who helped push.  
Kennen & Kathryn
Kelsey
Rebekah & Brenda

The Perfect Gift

Are you still looking for the perfect gift for someone on your list? Tickets to the 8th Annual Astonished! Spring Gala, March 21st, 2020, 6:30 p.m. at Queensbury Convention Centre, Ballroom B,  let you give three times! You give the gift of attending a fabulous event, you support the work of Astonished! AND you receive a tax receipt for a portion of the ticket cost. Tickets are  1 for $100.00, a table of 8 for $800.00, children aged 6 to 10 - $20, 5 and under – free. For tickets, please contact Elisa Wong  (306) 737-6805
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Thank You. We are indeed Better Together!

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