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Astonished! renews agreement with U of R

By Natalie Tomczak Posted: June 2, 2015 4:00 p.m.

(Left to Right) Astonished! core members Kelsey Culbert, Rebekah Lindenbach, Kennen Dorgan, Pascal Erickson and Kaitlyn Hoar. (Back L - R) Ruth Blaser, Board Chair of Astonished! and Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina.
(Left to Right) Astonished! core members Kelsey Culbert, Rebekah Lindenbach, Kennen Dorgan, Pascal Erickson and Kaitlyn Hoar. (Back L - R) Ruth Blaser, Board Chair of Astonished! and Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina. (Photo courtesy of Trevor Hopkin - U of R Photography)

Astonished! is staying on campus.

The University of Regina has renewed its Memorandum of Understanding with The Big Sky Centre for Learning and Being Astonished! Inc. A signing ceremony was held June 2 on campus.

Astonished! is a Saskatchewan not-for-profit organization committed to working in an inclusive community to address barriers facing young adults with complex physical disabilities by creating opportunities for social, recreational and cultural engagement, employment and housing.

“I’ve always wanted to make our campus inclusive,” says University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Vianne Timmons. “When Astonished! reached out to me in 2008 and we signed our first MOU, I knew that it would provide meaningful, social, educational and research-based opportunities. Astonished! not only helps realize a vision for young people with disabilities in our community, but also unleashes the potential for those in Astonished! for several years to come.”

This renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding is for five years.

“Renewing the MOU between Astonished! and the U of R is reason to celebrate,” says Bonnie Cummings-Vicaryous, Executive Director of Astonished! “This reciprocal partnership provides great opportunities for young adults with complex physical disAbilities and the U of R student body, faculty and staff to learn from each other.”

Kelsey Culbert is a core member of Astonished! She attended the signing ceremony.

“For me it means opportunity, inclusion, diversity. Being with people our own age, our own ability. It’s a great opportunity. Once we get through high school there really isn’t a lot for us to do between the ages of 18 and 21 so this really helps to fill that age gap,” says Culbert who is also a student researcher with the Teaching and Learning Centre at Astonished!
 
In the 2015-2020 strategic plan entitled, peyak aski kikawinaw: Together We Are Stronger is committed to building an intellectually active and innovative research community, as well as serving and engaging diverse peoples and communities in the pursuit of well-being and pride of place.

Please visit here to learn more about Astonished! and the programs it offers.