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Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness
Fund Development
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Emergency Evacuation equipment.  

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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


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Phone: (780) 645-5116

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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the MAY 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 CPAAlbertaNewsletter@cpa-ab.org.

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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. Thank you to Maunders McNeil Foundation Inc. for their sponsorship support of our 50th anniversary. 

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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. The list provided is a compilation of information provided by many individuals. CPA (Alberta) neither endorses nor guarantees that the information is complete or correct. This month, thanks to Mieke, we have added information about several locations in the Grande Prairie area.


Alberta SCI Pressure Relief Fund

Applications are now being accepted for the Alberta SCI Pressure Relief Device Fund.  Albertans with spinal cord injuries can apply for up to $5,000 for pressure relief devices not covered by AADL or NIHB. Application deadline is June 15, 2011.


Emergency Preparedness Week

May 1-7 is Emergency Preparedness Week, and theGovernment of Alberta is encouraging all Albertans to visit the Alberta Emergency Management Agency

website for advice on making their own 72-hour emergency kit and a family emergency plan. All Albertans should have a kit that will keep them and their family safe during the initial stages of a disaster for up to 72-hours. This will allow

emergency responders time to assist the most critically injured or affected people first. Preassembled kits can be purchased, or you can build your own.
Suggested items include:

food and water; bedding and clothing; lights, candles and batteries; and,

toiletries, medication and important documents

A complete list can be found at www.aema.alberta.ca 


Stem Cell Therapy Conferences - Spring 2011

Click here for more information.


Website(s) to check out:

Bathroom independence



A father in Victoria helps his son


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Events and News in Your Community



Calgary 2011 Peer Events

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

For more information, contact Marilyn Erho at 403-228-3001.


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 www.cpa-ab.org and on the CPA (Alberta) Facebook page.

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


Calling all Golfers! EDMONTON Charity Golf Classic

Golf Ball with CPA Logo 

July 28, 2011
Glendale Golf and Country Club
Click here for more information. 



More Than Universal Design -
April 18 - May 18, 2011

Extension Centre Gallery, University of Alberta (Atrium, 1st floor, Enterprise Square, 10230 Jasper Avenue) - Ron Wickman and Rob Lederer, Curators

"More Than Universal Design"


Red Carpet 

THANK YOU - Red Carpet Affair 2011

For all the details of this year's very successful Red Carpet Affair - held on March 18th in Edmonton, stay tuned for the Spring issue of Spinal Columns. In the meantime, THANK YOU to the many supporters who made the Red Carpet campaign and the final gala so successful!  For more information go to http://www.cpa-ab.org/news_events/redcarpet 


First Annual Caregiver Celebration Day - May 10th 

Will be hosted by the Alberta Caregivers Association at Edmonton City Hall on  May 10th.  Your presence sends a strong signal to the media and politicians that caregiving is an important issue that should be recognized. We hope, with your help, to make this Caregiver Celebration Day a huge success! Contact Info:  780-453-5088, evespi@albertacaregivers.org, www.albertacaregivers.org


United Way InKind Centre

Distributes goods and resources to qualified charitable organizations.  The InKind Centre is a community initiative of United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.


Swap Chairs for a Day

Chair-Leaders Image Boardroom

Keep your eyes open as community leaders throughout the Province of Alberta  conduct their day to day business from a wheelchair in support of the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta)'s vision of a barrier free future. You can expect to see Chair-Leaders wheeling throughout their day in Calgary, Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Red Deer and Edmonton. For more information, contact Zachary Weeks at 780-424-6312, ext. 2250 or go to http://www.cpa-ab.org/news_events/chair_leaders  


A message from Calgary's Mayor on YouTube regarding Chair-Leaders.

Grande Prairie
CPA (Alberta) Grande Prairie peer information sessions and other activities - Grande Prairie resident is recognized for outstanding community contribution. Check here for information about peer and other activities in Grande Prairie. 


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


A disability swimming support and floatation aid, designed to facilitate relaxation and movement in water. Has applications for children and adults across the whole spectrum of special needs. Winner of the 1993 Toshiba / CBI Invention of the Year award. Invented by the founder of Rebound Therapy - Eddy Anderson MCSP http://www.reboundtherapy.org/hydrotherapy


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Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness

Wheelchair Tennis Image 

Cerebral Palsy Association:

Art Expressions Program and Summer Camps!

Summer Camps  

Art Expressions Program Poster
Summer Yoga Program


Wheelchair Sports

To find out more about wheelchair sports activities throughout Alberta, go to www.abwheelchairsport.ca

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 motion@mcmaster.ca or visit www.sciactioncanada.ca.

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FES Leg Exercises

Hamzaid and Davis paper on Health and Fitness Benefits of Functional  Electrical Stimulation-Evoked Leg Exercise for Spinal Cord Injured Individuals: A Position Review.

Stem Cells

"Scientists create stable, self-renewing neural stem cells." April 25th, 2011. http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-04-scientists-stable-self-renewing-neural-stem.html

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Living in the North

Learn more about living in the north as well as potential educational financial support to attend trade school/college/university.


If you have any employement/education related questions, feel free to contact Mike Hambly in the CPA Calgary office at 403-228-7433 or mike.hambly@cpa-ab.org

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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 www.shoppersdrugmart.ca/donate 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). Lots of new ads have been added 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


Please let others know about Wheel-E! They can subscribe by emailing or giving us a call.                                                                

(780) 424-6312 or toll-free: 1-888-654-5444


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 June 1, 2011. Deadline for submissions is on or before May 26th, 2011. If possible, please send in your announcements before the deadline!


For more information about CPA (Alberta), visit our website at http://www.cpa-ab.org    

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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