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Fund Development
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CPA (Alberta) Offices  

Edmonton Head Office

Phone: (780) 424-6312


Phone: (403) 228-3001

Fort McMurray

Phone: (780) 743-0307

Grande Prairie

Phone: (780) 532-3305


Phone: (403) 327-7577


Phone: (780) 875-1046

Medicine Hat

Phone: (403) 504-4001

Red Deer

Phone: (403) 341-5060

St. Paul

Phone: (780) 645-5116

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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the APRIL 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

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To make an online donation, click here

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News - Province Wide 


50th Anniversary 

CPA (Alberta) is proud to be celebrating 50 years of service on behalf of individuals with spinal cord injury and other physical disabilities. In celebration of this event, we talked with many of our members and supporters and produced a short 50th Anniversary Video. Click on the image below to view.

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Full Serve Gas Stations
If you know of any full serve gas stations that are not included on our list, or are no longer full service, please let us know so that we can update our information. Thanks to Angela, we have added one more location to our list of full service gas stations this month.


Just Released!
Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with Spinal Cord Injury

Click here for more information. 
Now available for download online at


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Be Counted

Starting in early May, yellow census packages will be delivered to your door. Make sure you complete the Census Information Form as the information gathered is vital for planning services such as schools, daycare, police services and fire protection.   


Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology 

Taking place June 5 - 8, 2011, Toronto.  For more information, click here


Stem Cell Therapy Conferences - Spring 2011

Click here for more information.


Website(s) to check out:

Video on sexuality and disability


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Events and News in Your Community

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

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You and your family are invited to a 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

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 Marilyn Erho at 403-228-3001.


Macleod Trail Icon MEDIchair Calgary moves to better location

After more than a decade on MacLeod Trail, the largest MEDIchair franchise in Canada has moved to a more central location to accommodate growth in a vibrant Calgary economy.

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. For more information Click here or go to


Did You Know?

The United Way InKind Centre distributes goods and resources to qualified charitable organizations.  As an opportunity to help support our community, businesses and individuals are encouraged to donate surplus new and high quality used goods.  Items accepted include computer products, office supplies, equipment, furniture, and children's toys.  The InKind Centre is a community initiative of United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.


Chair-Leaders - Enabling Access

Swap Chairs for a Day

Chair-Leaders are community leaders who volunteer to spend a day using a wheelchair and have committed to supporting the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta); with the goal to assist persons with spinal cord and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation. For more information, contact: Zachary Weeks at 780-424-6312, ext. 2250 or

Grande Prairie
Peer Information Sessions

CPA (Alberta) Grande Prairie peer information sessions continuing.  Next event planned for April 5, 2011. Check here for dates and more information.


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

Assistive Technology

Check out the January 2011 edition of TechTalk, the assistive technology newsletter of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital



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Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness

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PSA Floor Hockey Tournament

April 30th, ACT Centre, 12909 - 113 Avenue

Contact 780-439-8687 or


Cerebral Palsy Association:

Art Expressions Program and Summer Camps!

Summer Camps  

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Wheelchair Sports

To find out more about wheelchair sports activities throughout Alberta, go to


Music Therapy

The Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta, in partnership with the Winnifred Stewart Association, is offering a six week Music Therapy Program for adults starting April 19, 2011 - open to all disabilities.   


You've probably heard of Laser Tag....
but what about Wheelchair Laser Tag

Check out this site.

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


Paralympian in the News

Wheelchair Rugby Highlights on YouTube

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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...including a wheelchair accessible condo in Edmonton with support services available. 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


Please let others know about Wheel-E! They can subscribe by emailing or giving us a call.                                                         
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Please give us your thoughts and feedback on our Newsletter. If you have announcements you would like posted, please submit to:


The next issue of CPA (Alberta) Wheel-E will be published on May 1, 2011. Deadline for submissions is on or before April 26th, 2011. If possible, please send in your announcements before the deadline!


For more information about CPA (Alberta), visit our website at    

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

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