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Joy Guru wants to help Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter by Dancing for Dorie; fundraiser Feb. 11

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The goal of Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter organization’s facility, Dorie’s House, is to provide relieve for those youths and teenagers struggling finding shelter.

Swift Current and area residents have been behind the Dorie’s House project with financial, labour and material contributions.
There have been some fundraisers done for the project. Christine Ciona who is the CEO of The KIVA Studio and well known for her Joy Guru moniker and approach to life in general, also wants to contribute.
Financial contributions are always necessary, but Ciona wanted to add another level — the emotional well being for residents and Dorie clients alike.
Because of the generosity of Living Sky Casino, Ciona and the KIVA Studio instructors will host a two-hour Dance for Dorie Zumbathon Saturday, Feb. 11.
All proceeds will go to the southwest shelter.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the Zumbathon from 7-9 p.m. All are welcome. Tickets are available at Pharmasave, The KIVA Studio and online at
They cost $30 each or 10 tickets for $200.
“The energy is in the now. We need joy in our lives,” explains Ciona about selecting Zumba for the all-ages and skill-level event. “You do not have to worry about how good you are it or what shape you’re in, just have fun.”
Dorie’s House will be providing safe shelter, accommodation and more to youth at risk, according to a news release. These youth perhaps struggle with finding their daily joy and are overloaded with worry, stress, overwhelm to the point where they need support in finding a safe place to live.
“I'm about joy every time; I’m fascinated and drawn to the creative process,” explains Ciona. “First there was the idea and then the planning and then the digging. You’d drive by and there’d be walls and then you’d drive by again and there is a building. The community was behind Dorie’s right from the start. And you know me, I’m drawn to the energy created by the community. Plus, I’m a counsellor so I know what’s going on.”
Ciona wanted to do something that inspired people, could generate some funds but more importantly get a lot of people involved, bring them together and create some commonality as well as create an event which would generate some fun for everybody.
“How could an event create joy and with the kids Dorie’s House serves, there’s not a lot of joy in their lives,” says Ciona who points out Zumba and dancing in general gets people excited. “So I offered to bring joy through this. I called Betty (McDougall, executive director of the Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter) and she was all for it.
“I want to make them feel a part of something and have them choose to find joy while giving the emergency shelter a chance to thrive.
“I’m really excited about it, but I’m looking for volunteers,” says Ciona who adds no level of expertise is necessary. She just wants people who are enthusiastic about the project and Zumba.
Dance for Dorie is sponsored by Living Sky Casino and Copies Express.

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