Board of Directors
We are people coming together for a common purpose.
We are people coming together for a common purpose.
Brenda Rossow-Kimball is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies (KHS) at the University of Regina. Her area of teaching and research is in adapted physical activity, specifically exploring aspects of leisure & recreation, health promotion, aging and retirement, and community involvement as they are experienced by persons labelled with intellectual and/or developmental disability. In addition to her involvement with Astonished! Brenda is also a member of the advisory committee for the Supporting Retirement Program (for Older Adults with ID/DD) and a member of the board of directors for Creative Options Regina, a non-profit organization rooted in the philosophy of Gentle Teaching that develops personalized support services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In her spare time, Brenda plays tenor drum with the Regina Police Services Pipes & Drums. At heart, Brenda is a prairie girl, and lives in White City with her husband Ian, and their daughter Wilder.
Randy lives in Moose Jaw with her husband, Dave,
3 cats (Mabel-anne, Neappers, and Benjamin) an Arabian horse, Whinney and a Welsh/Shetland cross pony, Cricket. She has three adult children who live independent lives. She is an assistant professor at the University of Regina in the Faculty of Social Work. Her teaching and research passions include disAbility, inclusion, and methodologies in discovering truth.
Karen is an acquisitions editor at University of Regina Press. She completed her undergraduate degree in English at the University of Regina, receiving honours and the President’s Medal. She pursued her graduate work at the University of Alberta, then taught in the English Department at Texas Tech University for nine years. Her areas of teaching and research were primarily in Aboriginal literatures, autobiography studies, and environmental literature. Karen is not only thrilled to be back in Saskatchewan and at the U of R again, but to be involved with Astonished!—a program in which her nephew, Duncan Rice, participated. In serving as the new Secretary for Astonished!, Karen hopes to honour Duncan and his family by helping others, and to give back in some small way to all those who cared for and loved Duncan. Karen also enjoys cooking, gardening, knitting, hiking, running and travelling, and is a certified yoga teacher and a student of ashtanga.
Mitchell is a Business student with strong interests in finance and accounting. He has experience in project management and planning. With these skills and all that he has learned from spending almost 22 years with his amazing brother Duncan Rice; one of the Astonished! programs initial participants. Mitchell hopes to strengthen Astonished! and help to move the program forward meaningfully, while continuing the great work already done by Astonished!. In his spare time, Mitchell enjoys: playing the guitar, reading anything about economics, and playing various sports. He lives in Regina with his significant other Valerie.
Joy Lindenbach lives northeast of Balgonie, SK on the family farm, Broyhill Holsteins, with her husband Brian, and daughter Rebekah Hope. Joy is the Treasurer of Astonished! Inc. Joy’s extended family (Rebekah’s older brothers) of 3 grown sons, 3 delightful daughters-in-law, and 7 grand children (ages 1 - 9 years) keep the daily schedule fun, active and fulfilling. Joy is an active partner, and secretary-treasurer of Broyhill Holsteins Inc., with farming and the land close to her heart.
Al Bhanji is a Bachelor of Economics student at the University of Regina and hopes to pursue his Masters in the same field in the same institution after he graduates next year. He has been volunteering consistently with Astonished! and hopes to continue to do so for many more years to come. He is also an executive member (budget & planning) of the Best Buddies University of Regina Chapter (2016-2017). Al also volunteers as a facilitator with the Next Chapter Book Club (Inclusion Regina). His passion and inspiration for volunteering in inclusive programs can be accredited and attributed to his father, Karim who encouraged Al from a very young age to engage and volunteer in programs that promote inclusion and foster care for all individuals from all walks of life. Ever since learning about his grandfather’s partial paralysis which led to his untimely departure, Al has always had an endearing attitude and progressive mindset towards individuals and programs that comprise of an inclusive environment. When not volunteering or at school, Al enjoys watching and playing tennis. His favorite player on tour being Stan "The Man" Wawrinka. Al is also a proud business owner. His company, West Star Agricultural Ltd owns farmland all across Saskatchewan that has been leased to local farmers. He purchased his first quarter section of land when he was 19 years old. Al hopes to one day apply his experiences and teachings from Astonished! to enhance the spirit of inclusion in Kenya, where he was born.
I was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan and attended Luther College High School graduating in 2009. After attending three years of undergrad at the University of Regina, Paul J. Hill School of Business, I was accepted into the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. In 2015, I received my Bachelors of Administration (graduating with distinction) majoring in Human Resource Management from the University of Regina and my Juris Doctrate from the University of Saskatchewan.
Currently, I live in Regina and work as a second year associate at the law firm Kanuka Thuringer LLP. I carry a solicitor focused practice with experience in small business management and start up, corporate governance, corporate financing, commercial and residential real estate, general business law, and Wills and Estates. I have also had the pleasure of providing advice and governance instructions to not for profit business in Regina.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time at the cabin, boxing at New Line Boxing Academy, and being a participating member on my condo board. While I was in law school, I volunteered at CLASSIC, a pro bono legal service that serves individuals in inner city Saskatoon. I also currently volunteer at Pro Bono Saskatchewan, being a member of their corporate solicitor program.
I am very excited to be a Director for Astonished! and to serve all members of Astonished! Thanks to the Board and all of the members for providing me with this wonderful opportunity.
May Desnomie was born and raised on Wapaskokimaw in northern Saskatchewan. Also known as Sandy Bay First Nation.
May has worked as an educator and in social work all her life. She taught at Red Earth First Nation in Saskatchewan, Grassy Narrows First Nation in northern Ontario. Now May is an Elder in the Regina Catholic School Board and works as substitute teacher with the Regina Public School Board. May also worked for ten years in a Women‘s Shelter as a Children’s Counselor.
May is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.