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CPA (Alberta) Offices
Edmonton Head Office
Phone: (780) 424-6312
Phone: (403) 228-3001
Phone: (780) 743-0307
Phone: (780) 532-3305
Phone: (403) 327-7577
Phone: (780) 875-1046
Phone: (403) 504-4001
Phone: (403) 341-5060
Phone: (780) 645-5116
Fax: (780) 645-5141
West Central Alberta
Phone: (780) 892-3431
Toll Free Information Line
Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the MAY 2012 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.
To make an online donation, click here
News - Province Wide
Annual General Meeting and Awards Luncheon
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, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Red Deer, Drayton Valley, Jasper and Leduc. This year's Chair-Leaders "Enabling Access" campaign will be raising more awareness and funds as we introduce an all new donation system!! For more information, contact
Zachary Weeks at 780-424-6312, ext. 2250 or donate for your favorite Chair-Leader by clicking the image above!
17th Annual International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society (IFESS) Conference
On September 9-12th, 2012, the premiere international association for functional electrical stimulation (FES) researchers, industry partners, and end-users of FES technology will convene in Banff, Canada for the 17th annual International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society (IFESS) conference.
Expanding Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Exercise into the Community
The Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre Society (SCITCS) Board of Directors approved an additional $50,000 in support of "Expanding FES Exercise into the Community. In addition and as an incentive, SCITCS will cover the assessment costs, including membership in the Saville Sports Centre and the cost of electrodes for the first year for all participants with SCI who transfer to and or commence an FES exercise program at the Saville Sports Centre.
Contact The Steadward Centre at 780 492-3182 to be assessed as to suitability for FES exercise or to participate in an FES exercise program. For more information, please visit http://www.steadwardcentre.ualberta.ca/
Adapted Computer Technology Loan Program
Do you find yourself limited by conventional computer equipment? Are you seeking more independence at home, work, or school? Are you interested in improving your current computer set-up? If so, the CPA (Alberta) is proud to announce its new Adapted Computer Technology Loan Program, free of charge.
Please click here for more information.
Online Resource Guide for People with Physical Disabilities
As an active partner in the Alberta Spinal Cord Injury Initiative, CPA (Alberta) has developed an online resource guide for people with physical disabilities, which is available on our website. 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 also has an interactive component so that you can leave comments and/or rate a product or service that you have tried. If you would like more information, you can contact Zachary Weeks at email@example.com.
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 to us by many individuals. CPA (Alberta) neither endorses nor guarantees that the information is complete or correct.
Events and News in Your Community
Calgary 2012 Peer Events
Peer event information is posted as it becomes available on the CPA (Alberta) website, click here for more information. Peer Event updates can also be found on the CPA (Alberta) Facebook page. For more information, contact Marilyn Erho at 403-228-3001.
AMA Launches Adapted Driver Training Program
Alberta Motor Association is teaming up with the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) to deliver an adapted driver training program in Calgary for drivers with spinal cord injuries.
The three-year pilot program is funded by the Alberta Spinal Cord Injury Initiative implemented in partnership with the CPA (Alberta), and is taught by instructors from AMA Driver Education.
AMA Driver Education will tailor the program to suit the individual's needs, specific to the level of their injury. All participants will undergo a four-to-six hour refresher program which will teach them the basics about operating the adaptive equipment in the vehicle. They can also opt to enrol in the full Learn to Drive program, based on AMA new driver education courses.
For more information, contact:
Sharon Grolmus, Manager, Driver Education
Alberta Motor Association - (403) 240-5478
Don Szarko, Director, Advocacy and Community Services
Alberta Motor Association - (780) 430-5733
Edmonton 2012 Peer Events
Peer event information is posted as it becomes available on the CPA (Alberta) website by clicking here and on the CPA (Alberta) Facebook page.
For more information, contact Brian McPherson at 780-424-6312, ext. 2241.
Outdoor Adventures Program
CPA (Alberta) presents its Spring and Summer 2012 Outdoor Adventures Program taking place in Edmonton throughout this Spring and Summer. Try your hand at rock climbing, hand cycling, paddling, scuba diving, etc. For more information and/or to sign up for any of the activities being offered, contact Amy MacKinnon at 780-424-6312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wicihitowin Community Gathering
Celebration of the Aboriginal First Nation, Metis, and Inuit Community
Where: Giovanni Caboto Park
When: June 16, 2012
Fort more information, please contact Kris Janvier at the CPA (Alberta) Edmonton office at 780-424-6312.
iDance Launches New Set of Dance Classes!
Community Dance Classes
When: Tuesdays, March 6 - July 24,
Where: Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, 10230 111 Avenue
Community classes include instruction in ballet, jazz/hip hop, and modern dance, as well as creative movement. Classes end with an annual performance recital. For more information, or to join us, please contact Lindsay Eales at email@example.com or view the information poster by clicking here
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.
CPA (Alberta) Grande Prairie peer information sessions and other activities.
For more information on peer events please contact Mieke or Winona at
780-532-3305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CPA (Alberta) Grande Prairie Office has Moved!
They will continue to share an office with the Wolverines Wheelchair Sports Association located in the EastLink Centre which is fully accessible and located at 10 Knowledge Way (across from the RCMP and the Fieldhouse Reception). Membership with the Wolverines will provide full access to the EastLink Centre, which is fully accessible, for people with disabilities. To find out more about the EastLink Centre, go to www.themultiplex.ca
For more information, contact CPA (Alberta) Grande Prairie office at 780-532-3305 and talk to Winona or Mieke.
|Premier Alison Redford visits EastLink Centre in Grande Prairie|
Vendor's Trade Show
CPA (Alberta) staff attended a Vendor's Trade Show on April 17, 2012, an event organized by Mobility Plus. The following companies were represented: Eclipse (shoprider scooters), ArjoHunleigh (powered and free standing sling lift track systems, standing transfer equipment), AHC (Roho cushions and specialized mattresses), Invacare (power chairs and commodes) Mobility Plus opened their new line of Colors Wheelchairs. Literature from the vendors is available at the Grande Prairie office.
CPA (Alberta) members attended a city wide event on April 25, 2012 to address accessibility issues.
Chair-Leaders Enabling Access Event
Coming up on May 15, 2012 with a luncheon at the Stanford Inn for all members.
Mayor Bill Given and select community members will spend the day learning about life from a wheelchair.
Traveling with Disabilities
Lorne MacKenzie, WestJet Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs will be speaking with us regarding Traveling with Disabilities. Tentative date is May 15, at Points West Living.
Sailing with Disabilities - June 22 and 23 at Wabamun
Grande Prairie would love to have a van load go to Wabamun again this year! Please phone if you're interested in sailing. Lifts and puff and sip systems will be available.
Kay McVey Charity Supports Tournament
Coming up on July 25, 2012 Keep your eyes peeled for the news!
Adapted Computers Technology Demos Now Available!
CPA (Alberta) Lethbridge has an exciting opportunity for people to demo adapted computer technology. This equipment can increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of people with disabilities. Anyone interested in checking out this opportunity, please contact our Lethbridge office at 403-327-7577 for more information.
CPA (Alberta) Medicine Hat office is looking forward to participating in 16 school presentations in conjunction with Education Week at local elementary schools.
Local Leaders Honoured
Seventeen local "Leaders of Tomorrow" will be honoured at City Council and a Hollywood Extravaganza for outstanding volunteer and leadership in promoting community inclusion.
Community Caregiver Coalition Showcase
The Community Caregiver Coalition is hosting a Showcase on May 9, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Medicine Hat College. This session will focus on home safety. Call Sue at 403-504-4001 for more information.
Central Alberta Chair Leader's Event
Coming up on May 24th at Motion Specialties! Trade your chair for the morning and come down and meet with us in the afternoon at Motion Specialties,
110-5301 43rd Street. Clients, Chair Leaders and those interested in finding out more are all welcome! Come and share your experience, meet all the staff at Motion Specialties and the CPA in Central Alberta! Drinks, food and good people!
Push to Open Society in Central Alberta
This fundraising event was held on April 21st. All proceeds are going towards a Trail Rider for the Central Alberta region. Client Services Coordinators, Wanda Seifried and Jeff Dow were extremely happy to see over 80 people attend. Stay tuned for more upcoming events in Central Alberta with the Push to Open Society.
Wheelchair friendly exercise equipment is at the Red Deer College! The equipment is located in the train station. Please contact the Red Deer College for more details.
West Central Alberta
Sailing with Disabilities
Scheduled for June 23 and 24th, 2012 at the Wabamum Sailing Club, Sailing with Disabilities is an event you won't want to miss. Boats provided by the Disabled Sailing Association of Alberta can be sailed with quad controls or sip and puff tubes. No charge for participants! Lunch is provided! Open to anyone with a physical disability! Participants are responsible for their own transportation and accommodation. Come dressed for the weather and be prepared to have lots of fun at this year's event! For more information, contact Art Ericksonat 780-892-3431.
Creative Solutions & Ideas
Magic is a system that enables full control of the computer through eye gaze and blinking. This solution is aimed to help people with limited mobility, or people who suffer from involuntary head movements (such as Cerebral Palsy) but still have eye gaze direction control. Magic Eye is compatible with any Windows operating system and is powered off a simple USB connection.
For more information, or to trial the Magic Eye, contact: Patrick Milroy at (780) 782-4443.
Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness
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 email@example.com or visit www.sciactioncanada.ca.
Adaptive Rowing Clinic
Coming up on May 5, 2012. RSVP to Nate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for more information.
Optimize your support...
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.
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!
Classifieds / Equipment for Sale
Welcome to the classified section of the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta). Many new ads have been added this month. Click here to see more ads.
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.
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, 2012. Deadline for submissions is on or before May 26th, 2012. Whenever 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.