Giving back to the community at the heart of India Night

News Release Release Date: November 6, 2019 10:00 a.m.

On November 6, 2019, Dr. Renu Kapoor, Chair of Cultural Connections Regina, presented a cheque for $120,000 to support Campus For All’s 4to40 initiative which connects people experiencing disability with inclusive employers.

“Our annual fundraiser, India Night is a celebration of culture, food and community and each year the proceeds raised are donated to a worthy organization making a difference in people’s lives,” said Kapoor. “This year we are very pleased to be able to provide $120,000 in support of Campus For All’s 4to40 project that promotes the use of a flexible 4 to 40 hour work week to facilitate the employment of people with disabilities.”

4to40 was created as a partnership between Campus For All, an inclusive post-secondary educational initiative for people with intellectual disabilities at the University of Regina, and Creative Options Regina, a non-profit organization that develops personalized support services for people experiencing disability.

“I am very thankful to Dr. Kapoor and Cultural Connections Regina for their support of 4to40,” University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons said. “Campus For All is a tremendously important program on our campus to provide students with an inclusive post-secondary educational experience together with all of the attendant academic and social benefits. Equally important, however, is the opportunity for these students to experience the fulfilling things that go along with employment through 4to40: pride in accomplishment, a sense of purpose and belonging, and independence.”

“Creative Options Regina recognizes the intrinsic value of each person and is committed to supporting individuals experiencing disability as they discover their own talents and interests, and reach their personal goals,” said Michael Lavis, Executive Director, Creative Options Regina. “Thanks to this generous donation from Cultural Connections Regina we will be able to continue our efforts to engage with forward thinking employers in finding meaningful employment that recognizes these individual’s value to our community.”

Cultural Connections, Regina Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cross-cultural awareness. Each year a different organization is selected to receive the proceeds from their annual fundraiser India Night, a celebration of Indian cuisine, entertainment and community. The 2019 India Night held on September 14, 2019, was a sold-out success and raised $120,000 for this year’s designated charity 4to40.


About Cultural Connections, Regina Inc.

Cultural Connections, Regina Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cross-cultural awareness through a variety of cultural events. Cultural Connections Regina has been established by a culturally diverse group of dedicated volunteers, several of whom have been involved in the cultural scene of Regina for many years. The organization establishes and strengthens inter and intra-cultural connections in Regina and Saskatchewan, promotes the arts, music and foods of different cultures, and supports various registered charitable organizations in Regina.

About Campus For All

As its foundational mandate, the University of Regina's Campus For All: Inclusive Post-Secondary Education encompasses three pillars: academics, social networking and employment. Students supported by Campus For All are fully engaged in class learning experiences, belong to their classes, pursue a coherent course of study, benefit from and contribute to campus life. This four-year initiative is meant to support an authentic student experience and the positive possibilities of life-long inclusion.

About Creative Options Regina (COR)

Creative Options Regina (COR) is a non-profit, charitable organization that develops personalized support services for people experiencing disability.  Rooted in the philosophy of Gentle Teaching, COR strives to strengthen the fabric of companionship and community for all those we serve. Our innovative approach to caregiving recognizes and celebrates the intrinsic value of each person.

About the University of Regina

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,500 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.


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