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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the SEPTEMBER 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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On a Roll and on the Right Track - The Alberta Spinal Cord Injury Initiative Action Strategy

As an active partner in the Alberta Spinal Cord Injury Initiative, the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) to make available copies of On a Roll and on the Right Track - the Alberta Spinal Cord Injury Initiative Action Strategy. This document is the culmination of many months of consultation and planning involving nearly 150 individuals, including consumers with SCI, and other community stakeholders. The strategy outlines a broad vision for improvements to the quality of life of Albertans with SCI, as well eight tangible action plans that directly address problems in housing, home care/attendant care, and adaptive equipment/devices. The action plans are being implemented now, with some reaching completion. They are described in more detail in On a Roll.

You can access an electronic copy of the report here or contact CPA (Alberta) for a hard copy to be sent by mail.


On a Roll is a project of the Alberta Spinal Cord Injury Initiative, a collaborative effort by Albertans with SCI, service providers, researchers and decision-makers committed to improving the lives of people affected by SCI and similar physical disabilities. We gratefully acknowledge the Government of Alberta and the departments of Health and Wellness, Seniors and Community Supports, and Culture and Community Spirit, who recognize the value of the vision for the Alberta SCI community, and provided financial support to make this vision a reality.   


Enabling Accessibility Fund - Call For Proposals 


Should you have any questions about the Small Projects enabling accessibility please contact us by e-mail at: or through our toll free number at: 1-866-268-2502 or TTY: 1-800-926-9105


Be a part of the celebration and relive the memories!  

We are asking for CPA (Alberta) Members to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary by providing us with any of your old polaroids, negatives, digital photos or slides of the "Good ol' Days"! These golden memories will be used in our celebratory and communications materials such as Spinal Columns magazine, photo displays, websites as well as a commemorative book! Kindly provide any photos to Larry Pempeit by email at or by postage mail. All photographs will be returned to the owners within two weeks!


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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NEW!  Rick Hansen Community Living Attendant Training Pilot Project 

CPA (Alberta), in partnership with several other Alberta organizations, is leading the development of a new program called the Rick Hansen Community Living Attendant Training Pilot Project.  This program is community-driven and instructed by people with disabilities and community partners, based on the philosophy of consumer/employer-directed care.  This training program is six weeks in duration and incorporates theory and practical skills into the training to prepare students to provide a flexible array of supports specific to each consumer/employer's unique independent living needs.  

Click here to see our RHCLAT information poster for students 

Click here to see our RHCLAT information poster for volunteers  


We will be implementing a pilot demonstration in November 2011.  If you would like more information on this program click here or to volunteer as a classroom instructor, classroom observer, or home host trainer, please contact Kuen Tang at (780) 424-6312 or or Kristie Coulombe at (780) 419-3530 or  




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Thoughout the month of May, a number of community leaders throughout the Province of Alberta which included government officials, high level executives and local celebrities conducted their day to day business from a wheelchair in support of the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta)'s vision of a barrier free future. Chair-Leaders wheeling throughout their day in Calgary, Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Red Deer and Edmonton all garnered a new awareness and first hand knowledge of the challenges people with disabilities face on a daily basis when it comes to accessibility in our communities.  


Check out MLA Doug Elniski's newsletter on more coverage from the event by clicking here 


For more information, contact Zachary Weeks at 780-424-6312, ext. 2250 or go to 


New Online Resource Guide for People with Physical Disabilities

The Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) is currently developing a new online resource guide for people with physical disabilities, which will be launched early September, 2011. The purpose of this guide is to provide information and resources on housing, attendant care/homecare, and adaptive equipment and devices all in one central location. The website will also have an interactive component where you can leave comments and/or rate a product or service that you have tried. If you would like more information, you can contact Kristie Coulombe at


Nominations now being accepted - 2011 Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Awards 

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Awards. These awards are presented annually to recognize people who have helped further the inclusion of people with disabilities in the community. There are two types of awards: the Gary McPherson Leadership Award and the Awards of Excellence. The Gary McPherson Leadership Award is presented to an exceptional individual who has helped enrich the lives of people with disabilities. The Awards of Excellence recognize individuals and organizations that have shown leadership in the areas of employment, education or community, or in improving the public's awareness of barrier-free and inclusive environments. Since 2003, when the awards began, there have been 35 award recipients.


Nominations for all awards are open until September 30. Award recipients will be formally recognized in their communities, often at events coinciding with International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on December 3. 


Nominaton packages are available on the Alberta Seniors and Community Supports website at or by calling



PLAN's Three Year Review Survey

The federal government is conducting a review of the RDSP later this year. PLAN, the organization which lobbied for the RDSP, wants to gather feedback from as many people as they can so they can present the feedback to the federal government.


To do this, they are conducting a survey. If you would like to participate and complete their survey, please click here. 


Newly Designed Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Brochure

The Canada Disability Savings Program (CDSP) would like to announce the availability of a newly designed Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) brochure - Helping People with disabilities save for the future.



This bilingual publication will give your clients an opportunity to learn more about the RDSP, the Canada Disability Savings Grant (grant) and the Canada Disability Savings Bond (bond), in a plain language format.


The updated publication replaces the current RDSP brochure. It provides important information about the two new improvements made to the RDSP, by the Government of Canada, to provide people with disabilities with more flexibility when saving for the future. As of January 2011, clients are allowed to claim unused grant and bond entitlements from the past 10 years (starting from 2008, the year RDSP became available). Also, beginning in July 2011, a portion or all of the retirement savings from a deceased individual can be rolled over into the RDSP of a financially dependent child or grandchild with a disability.


This updated publication also includes current income thresholds for 2011.

For more information click here  



2011 National Household Survey Statistics Canada has announced the new National Household Survey (NHS) will take place in June 2011.


On behalf of Statistics Canada, CPA Alberta encourages our readers to ensure they complete this important survey as NHS data are vital to helping foster a healthy community, as they are used to support government planning and program delivery, including family services, housing, roads, public transportation, and skills training for employment. The data are also used to help support government programs directed at target populations, such as visible minorities, lone-parent families and seniors.


For more information on the National Household Survey, please click here  


The Alberta Disabilities Forum is looking for Working Group members to participate in the new ADF PDD Working Group!!

The intent of the Alberta Disabilities Forum is to ensure that the voices of Albertans with disabilities are heard when government proposes and implements changes to public policy. For over a decade, the ADF has connected disability organizations by building on systemic issues shared by all. The outputs from these efforts largely take the form of ADF Position Papers, meetings with senior public servants, or presentations to government committees.


The ADF Working Groups actively work to improve conditions for people with disabilities in the province of Alberta. We are currently looking for members to join the PDD Working Group and provide input in the development of an ADF position paper in response to the current changes within the PDD Program.

If you are interested in joining the ADF PDD Working Group or would like more information, please contact Melita Avdagovska at (780) 488-9088 or by email at



"First Mobility Vehicle", MV-1 available in September!

The Vehicle Production Group LLC (VPG) announced the start of production for the "First Mobility Vehicle", MV-1, the first and only factory-built and assembled vehicle which meets or exceeds the vehicle guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The MV-1 will be available in either gasoline or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powertrains. Production of its fully certified vehicle has officially begun and deliveries to customers will begin by the end of September 2011.



The MV-1 features a 56-inch high by 36-inch wide side door opening for easy wheelchair or motorized scooter entry and exit via a wide deployable ramp with a 1200 pound capacity that quickly and easily stores beneath the floor inside the vehicle. The vehicle's ramp is available in either a manual or powered version. The MV-1 can accommodate a passenger in a wheelchair and another five occupants, when equipped with an optional rear facing jump seat.


Check out for more information on the MV-1!


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.


Manual Wheelchair Survey being conducted by New Mobility 


Please take a few minutes to complete the survey at 


The 2011 survey focuses on preferences and opinions of major manual wheelchair brands. By completing the survey you will be entered in a drawing for the chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. Only one entry per subscriber will be valid for the drawing.


Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Update

Keep up with what is new at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital by taking a peek at their Report to GRH Foundation and Friends 


Wound Care Best Practices

Canadian Association of Wound Care (CAWC) has published articles highlighting the best evidence for effective practice in diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, venous leg ulcers, preparing the wound bed and the principles of wound healing. Click here for more information 


SCI Alberta has a new website!

You can find them at  


Website(s) to check out:

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Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators  


Izzy Camilleri Adaptive Clothing 

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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 and on the CPA (Alberta) Facebook page.

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


CPA Member Sam Halabi featured on The Accessible Channel!

Check out our good friend Sam Halabi on The Accessible Channel speaking on how assistive/service dogs help persons with disabilities and the work of the fine folks at Dogs With Wings!  


Are you unable to visit the Calgary Public Library due to

health or mobility concerns?

We can bring the library to you!


The Homebound Readers' Program provides library service to customers who are unable to visit the Library due to health or mobility issues. 

Volunteers will be carefully matched one-on-one with a customer to ensure their choice of material is delivered to their home.    


If you know of someone who is in need of this program, please contact Denise Justino at 403-260-2700 or email 



Handi Enterprises Inc., Your Dragon NaturallySpeaking Experts

Proud to be serving Calgary and Alberta's Legal, Business, Back to work and disability communities with professional level speech recognition, and technology services. Handi Enterprises Inc. is committed to.


  • Enhancing your productivity
  • Helping you create more billable hours
  • Opening whole new worlds of computing for you


With over 16 years of experience behind it Handi Enterprises Inc. was created to bring you the very best in speech recognition and productivity enhancement technology that will meet your needs. Visit their website for more details:


Low Income Transit Pass Survey - Your Opinion Matters

The group Fair Fares has been asked to give council some ideas for a sliding fee schedule for the low income transit pass. This is an incredible opportunity for people who use the pass but still find it too expensive to give some ideas to City Council on how it could be better priced. Please participate in this survey by clicking here.


CASHRA 2011 Presentations Now Available Online

You can now access most of the presentations delivered at the2011 annual conference of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA) held in Calgary, Alberta from June 13 to June 15, 2011 on the conference website. 


Read more in the July 19, 2011 special issue of Alberta Human Rights Information Service at: 


You can find back issues of the newsletter at:



Living on Active Wheels - Peer Conference 2011

All CPA (Alberta) members are invited to attend our annual peer conference! Please see the Living on Active Wheels - Peer Conference 2011 Poster 


When: September 30 - October 1, 2011

Where: Four Points Sheraton Hotel (7230 Argyll Road)

Cost: $20.00/Person

Includes: 1.5 day conference, dinner, continental breakfast, snacks and much more!


For more information or to register, please contact Brian McPherson at (780) 424-6312 ext 2241 or by email at


Edmonton Peer Event soars to whole new heights!

On June 10th, 2011, emotions flew high as four CPA Alberta members took a leap of faith, skydiving from an airplane 10 000 feet above the ground. Congratulations to our Peer Program Coordinator, Brian McPherson, on a phenominal event which captured memories that will last a lifetime!

Click here for the full story! 


Edmonton 2011 Peer Events

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

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


You are Invited! ADF Workshop - Legal Aid Alberta - SEPTEMBER 29, 2011

This workshop will benefit individuals and organizations that assist clients that have or might have legal issues and are not able to afford to pay for legal costs.


Attendance is $10.00, and space is limited.


To register, please contact Melita Avdagovska at or 780-488-9088 or 1-800-387-2514


Barrier Free Press June eNewsletter 


Click here to view the Barrier Free Press June eNewsletter  





Limelight: Illuminating Disability in Film

The City of Edmonton presents the second annual Limelight Film Showcase on October 15th and 18th 2011. Limelight is an initiative of the City of Edmonton in collaboration with external organizations. The event is free for everyone to attend.


This two day event will illuminate the concept of disability in films from around the world. The majority of the films are written, directed and/or performed by people with various abilities. The films encompass various topics and genres including documentaries, dramas and musicals. These films will entertain, inspire and provoke thought and discussion. Films range from 2 minutes to 2 hours in length.


The event will take place on Saturday, October 15th at the Whitemud Crossing Public Library from 12:00 - 5:00 pm and on Tuesday, October 18th at the Meyer Horowitz Theatre in the University of Alberta from 12:00 - 10:00 pm.


For more information on the film schedule, sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, please call 780-496-4917 or visit the showcase's website at


Don't be left in the dark.....



The Mobility Choices Training Program - Edmonton Transit System

At ETS, we recognize the importance of maintaining a public transit system

that is fully accessible for all Edmontonians. Our fleet of vehicles has low floors with ramps, and all LRT stations have elevators or ramps to enable access to the platform. The Mobility Choices Training Program was designed to tell Edmontonians about our range of accessibility options, and to teach people how to use them. The program will give you a general or detailed and specific overview of ETS accessible services and features, and is accompanied by route and service brochures, and vehicle demonstrations, or customized one-on-one training with ETS travel trainers. Edmonton Transit offers Mobility Choices on an individual and group basis. For individuals who wish to learn about using ETS, one-on-one training is available. For organizations and groups that need on-going training, ETS can also train agency representatives so that they can provide the information to their own clients.

For more information on the Mobility Choices Training Program, go to:


For information on the DATS program, go to:


Family Nexus - New Drive Agency Available

Family Nexus is a new drive agency in Edmonton, fully licensed and insured.  It was designed with the purpose of providing transportation and assistance to those residents who cannot travel by themselves.  Drivers will assist clients as needed with things such as grocery shopping, medical appointments, recreational outings, etc.  For more information, contact Family Nexus by phone at: 780-710-7209 or 780-757-7209 Or email  


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. 


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. 


Fort McMurray

Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth

The Fort McMurray Office of the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) has been involved in an event called the P.A.R.T.Y program. The name is an acronym for Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth.

To most people, this may not seem like the definition of a party, but the goal is to educate youth on making good times last by showing them how to make smart and informed choices in life. Another goal is to show the potential outcomes of poor choices that other people have made and the consequences that you may have to live with.

It is a great opportunity for CPA to be involved with this program. We share the everyday struggles associated with living with SCI. We hope to continue to educate, prevent, and promote the 2011 P.A.R.T.Y. program in Fort McMurray.


Medicine Hat

This past February, Medicine Hat's Advisory Committee on Disability Issues involving our own Shirley Jago created a snow removal video.  The purpose of the video was to educate and inform the public on why it is important to shovel snow from sidewalks.  Please check out the following link!

Excellent work Shirley!!


On Wednesday, May 4 the Medicine Hat office assisted the City with an in-service for employees.  Purpose of the session was to educate and inform City staff of the everyday obstacles individuals with disabilities incur.  Hearing, visual and physical impairments were the concentration of the day.  About 30 individuals participated in the interactive and insightful event.  The City informs us that more of these events will be held in the future. 


Our office is one of the lucky organizations to be chosen by the REDI Bottle Depot for their "What Are You Waiting For" campaign.  For the month of August 2011 drop your bottles off in the donation bin inside the REDI Bottle Depot.  The CPA will be getting a cheque at the end of the month.  Money raised will go towards our Peer Program.  Thank you REDI Enterprises for choosing CPA.


All caregivers mark your calendars for Nov 2, 2011 for our next interagency conference.  "Colors and Communication in Caregiving" will be held at the Chinook Village from 8:30 - 4:00 pm.  Call the office 403-504-4001 for more details.


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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


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Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness

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CPA (Alberta)'s Outdoor Adventures Program Climbs To New Heights!

Take a moment to check out this cool video of the most recent excursion of rock climbing from our friends at Accessible Media Inc.!

Outdoor Adventures Program - Rock Climbing

Outdoor Adventures Program - Rock Climbing


Paralympic Sports Association:

They have some great sporting opportunities starting in September. The Tae Kwon Do program has a new added Saturday class, to assist with the high demand of this program. We will also be starting a new Women's sledge Hockey night on Thursday that is open to all abilities. Bring out your friends to try this great sport! Click here for more information. 


Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta:

Children's Fall Art Program 

Fall/Winter Program Schedule  


Wheelchair Sports

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

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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Spinal Cord Injury Community Surve
y -  Your Participation Is Needed!

If you have an SCI, you, more than anyone, understand your needs and can provide valuable insight into how well the Canadian health care and social services system are meeting them.


Your participation will make a difference! The survey results have the potential to provide SCI advocates, as well as service providers and government, with the evidence they need to address the most pressing issues for people with SCI.


We hope that you will choose to voice your opinion and participate.


To learn more about the SCI Community Survey or to take the Survey, visit: participation in the survey will be confidential and anonymous, and you will be compensated with a $25 gift card for your time.


If you have already completed or plan on participating in the survey, on behalf of the SCI Community Survey team, a big THANK YOU!


Available Now: Open Access to August 2011 issue of Journal of Neurotrauma on Acute Spinal Cord Injury: State-of-the-Art Reviews

The Rick Hansen Institute is pleased to announce the publication of a special August 2011 issue of the Journal of Neurotrauma on Acute Spinal Cord Injury: State-of-the-Art ReviewsClick here for further information!


Paraplegic Man Stands, Steps with Assistance and Moves His Legs Voluntarily

Click here for further article. 


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


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Diversity Champion Mentorship Initiative Launch

Champions Career Centre is thrilled to announce their new project - the Diversity Champion Mentorship Initiative. This initiative will help increase the number of employers who are trained in diversity best practices - ultimately raising the profile and labour market participation of people with disabilities. Working directly with employers, we will assist them to better tap this under-utilized workforce. We will help employers and their employees understand that individuals with disabilities are Canada's largest minority group - a group anyone can become a member of at any time!


The Diversity Champion Mentorship Initiative will include:


Developing relationships with employers, including assessment of current diversity programs, and creating an individualized plan that will assist employers with inclusion of persons with disabilities within their organization


Participating in an employer mentor process (including workshop learning modules) to assist employers and organizations to expand their workplace practices to include persons with disabilities


 Effective employer mentor coaching to ensure they become leaders within their organization as they promote inclusion of persons with disabilities in their workplaces, as well as their industry sectors


Their goals are to:

1. Educate employers about the opportunities and benefits that exist in hiring individuals with disabilities

2. Empower employer mentors to become leaders in their organization

3. Enhance the profile and acceptance of all types of disabilities in the workplace


This timely and exciting new initiative will begin accepting employer applications on June 15, 2011 - AND there are no costs to participate! Contact Our Diversity Coordinator TODAY To Ensure Your Organization Is A Diversity Champion!


For further information please contact:

Phone (403) 232-0754 ● TTY (403) 265-5309 or


EmployAbilities Career and Employment Centre in Edmonton is now open for business!

EmployAbilities offers services to people with disabilities, who may have a medical, sensory, mental, developmental or physical disabilities who are looking for a job.


EmployAbilities Career and Employment Centre commitment is to assist people with disabilities, particularly those facing barriers to employment to get the skills and information they need to become successful in the workplace.


They help by:


Providing help with job interview techniques

Access to job postings

Assistance with resumes and cover letters

Creative job search skills

Information on employment standards, labour laws, health and safety in the workplace, government programs and services and much more.

For more information please call (780) 423-4106


Assessing Employment Supports and Services

The Employment Working Group members completed a position paper on Accessing Employment Supports and Services. The members met with Minister Thomas Lukaszuk on March 30th, 2011. During this meeting, the Minister asked for the membership to develop strategies that will increase the number of people with disabilities being employed. The next step is to develop recommendations regarding hiring of people with disabilities and present them to the Minister.

We hope you will join us in moving toward improvements for Albertans with disabilities in employment-related areas.  The Employment Working Group members' voices and participation are critical to the success of our group. As a EWG member, you will learn a great deal and have a positive impact on this important work.


If you are interested in joining the Employment Working Group, please contact Melita at


Small Business Internship Program

Sympathetic to people with mobility issues, Renee Charboneau has been approved to host a 14-week internship position for a self-motivated person with reasonable computer skills.  She will come to your home to introduce and train you in the data entry system she will be using.  Renee hopes to provide employment to people who are "severely underemployed" or who have recently graduated from college, trade school or university. While education in E-Commerce is an asset, Renee would like to speak with anyone who is interested in helping forward this venture. 


Until the business has grown large enough to require an accessible building, people will work from home.  Renee's vision includes fairly rapid expansion with a target date of Autumn 2011 to have her business housed in a fully accessible building large enough to accommodate several work stations, an exercise space, and lounge chairs for pressure relief.


The following website includes further information regarding the Small Business Internship Program.


Feel free to contact Renee via email at or phone her in Grande Prairie at (780) 933-0182.


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

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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). 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.    



For Sale: Accessible Home (NE Calgary)


This well maintained 4 bedroom bungalow features a sunken living room with beautiful brick faced fireplace, formal dining area overlooking living room, kitchen with eating nook, stainless steel appliances, sliding patio doors that open onto a huge deck. Spacious master with 3 piece ensuite and main 4 piece bath. 4th bedroom down, spacious rec room, workshop/hobby room, area for your home office, and 3 piece bathroom. Lovely yard with mature trees for privacy. Front paved driveway can easily host 2 vehicles. Located on a non-thru road, close to schools, excellent access to LRT, Peter Lougheed, Safeway and so much more. This home is wheelchair accessible. For more details click here!


For Sale: AquaTec Fortuna Bathlift


Fully functioning bath lift that is pretty much new, it has only been used a couple of times. It retails for around $2500, asking $1200 for it. Also available is a shower chair which is also barely used & in excellent condition. Asking price of $100. For more information and photos, please contact Bryce by email at or by phone at 780-922-3062 or 780-405-3374.



For Sale: 2000 Chevrolet Montana Van


Equipped with multi-Lift installed for front passenger seat. With the Multi-Lift system you can transfer from your wheelchair and sit comfortably in the front seat. Multi-Lift comes with new sling. 7 passengers, power front seats, command start, cruise, tilt, rear heat. Asking $3,900.00. For more information or pictures email or call Norman 1-780-875-8470.


For Sale: 2005 Grand Caravan Wheelchair Van


2005 Grand Caravan Wheelchair Van

72,000 km, 3.8L V6, 4-speed auto transmission, Dual front air bags, Front and rear heat and A/C, Power steering, Tilt steering wheel, cruise control, power windows and mirrors, power locks, 3-passenger folding bench seat, AM/FM/CD, Digital clock, variable speed wipers with intermittent rear wiper, rear defogger, rear privacy glass, power sliding door. Excellent condition.


VMI Conversion:

11-inch lowered floor frame and rear sliding door sills, Powered wheelchair/scooter ramp, Powered sliding passenger-side rear door with power door lockout system, one-touch remote entry system, automatic ramp safety sensor and delay function. Magnetic exterior door and ramp entry system, driver and passenger-side removable, transferable seat bases. Multiple mounting plates and retractable tie downs, can install electronic tie-down on either side.

Asking $27,900 OBO. Buy private and pay no GST.

Contact: Alf at  780-431-1899 or cell: 780-720-7262



For Sale: 2002 Ford Econoline E-250 Accessible Van


21,000 km - Immaculate condition, always garage stored, Tritan V-8 Engine, Fully customized, lowered floor, Braun fold-away wheelchair lift, Electric Rear Bench and fold down bed, Rear Air and Heat, Electric Wheelchair Lock,Tinted Picture Windows with louvered Blinds, Fender Flares, Custom Wheels, Pinstriping, Spare Tire on rear door mount, PW, PB, Air, Cruise, Tilt, CD Player.

Asking $29, 900 please contact Bert at 780-914-0525 or by email


For Sale: 2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette Braun Entervan


2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette Braun Entervan 111,000 km, six cylinder, all options, 6 CD stereo, Park assist, leather, power seats, both front removable, EZ lock system on passenger side, using a manual ramp. Asking $17,500 please contact Bill at 403-286-9350 or by email at for more info. Pictures available by e-mail!


For Sale: 2008 Honda Odyssey

2008 Honda Odyssey EX-L Wheelchair Van ( Silver ) ( 29,500 Kms. ) c/w Grey Leather, Sun Roof, Am/Fm/Satellite/CD, Power Seat, Loaded, 3Yr./36,000 Kms. warranty, Purchased new Sept, 2008 ~ Both in-vehicle and remote control for opening/closing of sliding doors and slide out wheel chair ramp ~ Replacement cost is now over $70,000.00 Asking: $52,000.00 or best offer!


Please contact Brian at (403) 347-6372 or email him at if you have any interest or any questions. Location: Red Deer


For Sale: 2005 KIA Sedona Minivan


19,000 kms,  complete with 3.5 v6 engine, 5 speed automatic transmission, 4 wheel abs brakes, back up sensor, air conditioning, keyless entry, am/fm/cd stereo sound system, north star vehicle conversion, 10 inch lowered floor for 58 inches of headroom, manual folding rear mounted ramp (20 inches wide) wheelchair tie-downs, rear bumper swings open for access to vehicle.  Has 3rd row jump seat. Asking $21,000. Please call 780-431-9712.


For Sale: Invacare Pronto M51 Sure Step Motorized Wheelchair


Comes with rehab options including: extra width, right-hand swing-away, foot platform, Quatro-Quads, J3-backpad and seat. Will accomodate person up to 300 lbs. This chair was never used. Has full documentation, purchased in October 2010. Asking price $3500.


For Sale: Hand Pedal Adult Tricycle


Comes with backup battery-powered motor. In excellent condition. Asking $800,

Phone Louie at 780-474-7208, mornings or evening are best to phone.


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