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There are a multitude of reasons I want to donate to Astonished!
Here are the first two that came to mind:
I worked at a school for a number of years with a diversity of children. I noticed how our culture excludes many groups of people for a variety of reasons – they are inconvenient, they don’t fit the mold, we haven’t taken the time to get to know them.
It occurred to me that many of those we marginalize have many rich gifts to offer us- in many cases getting to know these individuals better might just the medicine our culture needs. This is true of young adults with complex physical disAabilities and with many other groups as well. Inclusion enriches us all with wisdom and light we might not otherwise have.
One of my daughters has always hummed loudly when happy with the world and what she is up to. I know that she is humming because all is right with her world at that moment. Something like a cat purring. Astonished! gives many young adults opportunities to “hum” – to experience a sense of well-being, belonging and joy. I am inspired by the many people who work to make the Astonished dream a reality. Here’s to Astonished!
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We at Astonished are busy getting ready for our 3rd Annual Fundraiser Wings on our Wheels ~ Astonished in Flight. We hope you will join us in the fun! Funds raised at this event will help Astonished! continue to offer innovative services and programs.
Saturday March 7th 2015, St. Martin’s Parish Hall
4720 Castle Road, Regina SK
Cocktails, Fundraising, Entertainment 6:30p.m.
Appetizer service7:30 p.m.
You are invited to join the Core Members for a dance 9:30 p.m.
Per table of 6 $450
Individual ticket $75 (Children aged 11 and under free.)
For Tickets please phone (306-737-9560)
or e-mail Bonnie Cummings-Vickaryous
December 3rd is the United Nations International Day of Persons with DisAbilities. This year the theme is Workplace Accommodation, Assistive Technology, and Accessible Transport.
A! Student Researcher Kelsey Culbert and University of Regina Kinesiology students; Alicia Gurr, Andi Taylor, and Katherine Michaluk have been teaming together to educate themselves and others about assistive technology and accessible transport.
In November they presented their information to students at Riffel High School and Campbell Collegiate. Kelsey shared her stories about how she uses technology. For example she uses Dragon Dictate to compose messages and presentations, and has adapted her cell phone to function as a remote control for her television. It was a great way to inspire others about creative uses of assistive technology, to learn how students are currently using technology, and to identify technology they would like to see developed.
Kelsey wants to develop a phone app for Paratransit users:
I would make a Paratransit App to make it more convenient for someone to book a bus, to be able to find out where their bus is, and to add information and comments to their own client files.
Thanks Kelsey, Alicia, Andi, and Katherine for your great work!
Fifty pounds of potatoes, perogies, cabbage rolls, turkey, ham, salads, carrots, peas, punch, hot chocloate, and beautiful short bread cookies. Yumm! We had such a wonderful time at the Astonished! Holiday Feast. Core Members, volunteers, family, friends, and staff had a great start to the holiday season. Thank you to the Board of Connectors and the Astonished! Leadership Team for preparing the food for this great party. We send our holiday greetings to everyone.
We love going to the mail box (both our postal box at the University of Regina and our inbox on the computer). We are receiving Grow Gratitude messages and donations from our wonderful community. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
We want to brighten your day by sharing some of these gratitude messages with you.
” The people who come into my life every day. I am learning a new way of being and living.“
– Liz Miller
“My health and the bright sun on a cold but windlessday like today.”
– James McNinch
“Friends, I appreciate their help.”
– Irene Jones
“This opportunity to contribute to the ongoing excitement and success of all that is Astonishing!”
– Barbara Mader
“This chance to work and play with good people.”
– Ruth Blaser
“Everyone who supports Astonished!, I love making my contribution. I am happy to be an Astonished! founder.” – Rebekah Lindenbach
“Having Rebekah Lindenbach in my circle of friends. I am grateful for what she teaches me.”
– Katharine Anderson
Mark Leier of the J. B. L Foundation has this to say about the contribution of the J.B. L. Foundation to The Big Sky Centre for Learning and Being Astonished Inc.:
As our motto is in honour of St. Jude, we felt Being Astonished is exactly what my father Joseph wanted when he established the J.B.L. Foundation Inc. in 1991.
It is clear this is a very important cause, touching the lives of many young adults that have the desire to be included in every day communities and live fulfilling lives. We wish you the best of luck.
We work in inclusive community to address barriers facing young adults with complex physical disAbilities (core members) by creating opportunities for teaching and learning, social, recreational and cultural engagement, and for employment and housing.
The Big Sky Centre for Learning and Being Astonished Inc.
University of Regina
3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina, SK S4S 0A2
Bonnie Cummings-Vickaryous, Executive Director, 306-737-9560