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Phone: (780) 424-6312


Phone: (403) 228-3001

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Phone: (780) 743-0307

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Phone: (780) 532-3305


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Phone: (780) 875-1046

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Phone: (403) 341-5060

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Spinal Columns Winter 2011 CoverDear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the March 2011 issue of Wheel-E, the monthly newsletter of the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta). Wheel-E includes information about news and events related to spinal cord injury and other physical disabilities.

CPA (Alberta) also publishes a quarterly magazine, Spinal Columns, which includes features and regular columns about important issues facing individuals with disabilities today. If you would like to receive Spinal Columns please get in touch with us at 780-424-6312 or

Coming to your mailbox soon!

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To make an online donation, click here

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News - Province Wide


Full Serve Gas Stations
If you know of any full serve gas stations that are not included on our list, please let us know and we will be sure to add the information to our growing list. Thanks to another member, information about two additional locations have been added this month.


Alberta SCI Solutions Fund

Applications are now being accepted for the Alberta SCISolutions Fund.  Application deadline is Thursday, March 31st, 2011at 4:00 pm.  Eligible applicants include Albertans with spinal cord injuries and registered charities/societies that provide services for individuals with spinal cord injuries within the Province of Alberta.  Additional information as well as guidelines and application forms can be found on The Alberta Paraplegic Foundation website at   If you experience  

trouble downloading the application forms, please contact Ross Norton at 780-424-6312 or  


Hats off to Home Depot

The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to supporting Canadian charitable organizations and other tax exempt entities dedicated to developing environmentally sustainable homes and communities through two grants - Community Grants and Affordable Housing Grants.


Volunteer Canada Launches National Volunteer Week Website

To access a variety of free downloadable resources and information to help celebrate and recognize volunteers across the country, go to;    

Limelight Film Festival Poster 2011Limelight Film Festival

Coming in March and October 2011, Limelight Film Showcase will illuminate disability in films from around the world. Most of the films are written, directed and/or performed by people with disabilities - from documentaries to dramas. They are intended to entertain, provoke thought, spark discussion and inspire! The showcase teaser will take place on Friday, March 11th at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in the Bill Black Auditorium from 12:00 - 4:00 P.M. 

Don't be left in the dark...


Would You Like to Network with Great People, Attend Great Events, Support a  

Great Cause, Make a Positive Impact in  

Your Community?
The Canadian Paraplegic Association (
Alberta) is currently recruiting volunteers to help sell raffle tickets at various events throughout Alberta. For more information please call Angie Barron or Zachary Weeks at 780-424-6312..  Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and provide their own transportation to and from events.  

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Events and News in Your Community

Aboriginal Wellness Retreat - May 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2011

You and your family are invited to a wonderful retreat to be held at Camp Health, Hope and Happiness. Take some well deserved time out; enjoy the great outdoors; have fun, challenge yourself and learn new tools and skills through Wellness workshops. Only $20.00 and includes meals, accommodations and activities. Space is limited. Send your registration early.

For more information contact: Bobby Engerdahl at 780-424-6312, ext. 2234 or Winona Lafreniere at 780-532-3305.



Calgary 2011 Peer Events

Coming up this month....Fun Money Casino and Games Night on March 5.

Click here to find out more.

Calling all Golfers! Calgary Charity Golf Classic

Golf Ball with CPA Logo 

July 13, 2011
Country Hills Golf Club

Click here for more information.  




Edmonton 2011 Peer Events

Peer event information is posted as it becomes available on the CPA (Alberta) website and on the CPA (Alberta) Facebook page.

For more information, contact Brian McPherson at 780-424-6312, ext. 2241.  

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Presentation

Mark your calendars. April 6th, 2011, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Centre in the auditorium. Presented by Andrew Barriskill. More information to follow. Go to


RED CARPET AFFAIR 2011 - Check it out and get your tickets now!!

Award Winners Announced for 50th Anniversary Year

 Poster for Red Carpet Affair to be held on March 18, 2011 


Likely one of the most successful professional actors with a disability in Canada, James Sanders, is the guest speaker and winner of the 2011 Christopher Reeve Award. Click here to find out more.


Grande Prairie
Peer Information Sessions

CPA (Alberta) Grande Prairie peer information sessions continuing.  Check here for dates and more information.


Skydiving in the North

Skydivebc North will be operating at Spirit River Airport from June 10 - 12, 2011. You too can skydive using their specialized Tandem Parachute Harness.  For more information, call Barry at 1-888-JUMP-001.


Red Deer


Golf Ball with CPA Logo

Calling all Golfers - Red Deer Golf Classic

August 12, 2011
Riverbend Golf Course
For more information.   

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 Creative Solutions & Ideas

Tetra Announces Website Database of Assistive Devices

Tetra announced the expansion of their Website Database of Tetra built assistive devices - now expanded to over 750 Devices. Information about more devices will be added as projects are completed by their talented and dedicated "army" of volunteers working across Canada and the United States to help children and adults with disabilities.


The database has been designed for ease of use by everyone including prior Tetra clients, potential new Tetra clients, healthcare professionals, service providers, volunteers and the general public. Find a device by either using the "Quick Search" feature (e.g.wheelchair footrest) or by browsing through the "Category and Sub Category" feature (more detailed instructions are found under "Find a Device" tab at the website)


Fastest way to get to the database? Go to click on "Search Our Database", copy the link below and paste into your browser. 

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Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness


Express Yourself

The Art Expressions Program offered through the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta offers participants the opportunity to learn and explore a variety of mediums; from working with clay, paintworks, drawing and sculpturing and much more!  They currently have room for registrations in the upcoming session; click here for poster. Contact Kim Henye at (780) 477-8030 for more information.


Sail Your Own Ship

Sail Your Own Ship is a wellness program offered by the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) that focuses on teaching skills to individuals with chronic health issues. Workshops have been held in Calgary and Red Deer and more are being planned. Read more...

Get in Motion

Get in Motion is a nation-wide physical activity counseling service for Canadians with spinal cord injury. This FREE service is designed to provide participants with the information and support they may need to meet personal physical activity goals, or just a little motivation to get started with a physically active lifestyle. To participate or receive more information from a physical activity counselor, please call the voicemail line at 1-866-678-1966, or email or visit

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4th Annual 2011 Disability Employment Symposium

Being held by Community Future Treaty Seven on May 11 - 12, 2011.  For more information, go to

If you have any employement/education related questions, feel free to contact Mike Hambly in the CPA Calgary office at 403-228-7433 or

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 Fund Development


Optimize your support...

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Use your Shoppers Optimum Points to support CPA (Alberta)

By donating some (or all) of your Shoppers Points to CPA (Alberta), you are enabling us to use your points toward the purchase of products and supplies we need for our ongoing fundraising activities.


To donate your points, just go online to and browse the Shoppers Optimum section. Then click on "donate your points".  What if you're not a Shoppers Optimum Member?  No problem!  All of the necessary forms can be found online as well as in any Shoppers Drug Mart store across Canada


With your continued support, this initiative has the potential for us to greatly "optimize" our fundraising dollars.


Become a CPA (Alberta) Member

The Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) has been providing services and support to Albertans who have experienced a spinal cord injury or physical disability since 1961. Our 50th anniversary is right around the corner, and your membership continues to be of great importance.

For a list of the many benefits available through your $20 membership, click here


Please note that your membership will not be denied due to financial hardship or lack of funds (so let us know on the membership enrollment form if this might be the case). 


Make your voice count... stay informed and connected!

To renew your membership:

CPA (Alberta) Membership Form


Call 780-424-6312 Ext 2241 or toll free 1-888-654-5444 to renew your CPA membership.


Thank you for your support!

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 Classifieds / Equipment for Sale 



Welcome to the classified section of the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta). Check out the new ads this month. Click here.


If you have anything you would like to buy or sell, please click here to e-mail a description of the item, your asking price and your contact information and we willl post your item as quickly as possible.     

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Submissions/Subscribers/Contact Us


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The next issue of CPA (Alberta) Wheel-E will be published on April 1, 2011. Deadline for submissions is on or before March 28th, 2011. If possible, please send in your announcements before the deadline!


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The Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) neither endorses nor guarantees any of the products or services advertised on our website or in Wheel-E.     

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