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Fort McMurray

Phone: (780) 743-0307


Grande Prairie

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Red Deer

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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the JUNE 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

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News - Province Wide 

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Annual General Meeting and Awards Luncheon 

 Chair-Leaders Image Boardroom

During the month of May, Community leaders throughout the Province of Alberta  conducted their day to day business from a wheelchair in support of the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta)'s vision of a barrier free future. Thank you to our sponsors, participants and volunteers with whom this event would not have been possible.    


2012 Chair-Leaders
2012 Chair-Leaders "Enabling Access" Thank You

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

Planat (formerly the Rick Hansen Global Accessibility Map)
Planat is an easy to use online ratings tool that allows users to post and search reviews from a mobility, sight or hearing perspective on the accessibility of buildings and public spaces in communities around the world. Submit accessibility reviews to for your chance to win a Vancouver and Whistler getaway!


Planat - accessibility at your fingertips
Planat - accessibility at your fingertips


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.

View the full IFESS 2012 website and program at:

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, contact Zachary Weeks at


CPA (Alberta) Represented at 2012 Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference
Zachary Weeks will be attending this three week conference that was created to broaden the perspectives of future leaders throughout Canada. Zachary will be providing regular vlogging and tweeting throughout the conference.  For more information on the conference, go to 

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. 


Celebrate the Gift of Age Fair 
Edmonton Ramp Franchise Gains Traction 
Lorne Wensel began looking for a wheelchair ramp for his daughter when she was planning to move into her own home. They liked the one he found so much that he became the first Canadian franchise owner of Amramp. Check out the Edmonton Journal  video. 


A New Freedom!
Getting behind the wheel for the first time. 
Check out the Calgary Herald  video.  


Abuse of Accessible Parking Stalls

Global Edmonton - Number of people abusing right to park in accessible parking stalls is on the rise. Check out the Global Edmonton video.   

Job Opportunity

SMARTRISK No Regrets Live is a high energy, high impact presentation for secondary school students across Canada. SMARTRISK is currently recruiting energetic, positive presenters who are interested in touring with the No Regrets Live Show and speaking to groups of young people on a casual, part time basis. This is a paid position. Click here for more information. 


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Events and News in Your Community



Calgary 2012 Peer Events

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


Chair-Leaders in Calgary - May 4, 2012

Calgary office held a very successful Chair-Leaders "Enabling Access" event on Friday, May 4, 2012. In partnering up with Calgary Health Trust, the Chair-Leaders event garnered plenty of awareness as well as funds, raising over $10,000! Media coverage was quite extensive with all participants having a great time. Congratulations to all staff and participants!




Edmonton 2012 Peer Events

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

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


Wise Wheelers

Congratulations to the "Wise Wheelers" Peer Group who sold hundreds of hotdogs and cold beverages on May 12th at Lessard Sobeys in West Edmonton. Read more...


Adapted Adventures Program (formerly Outdoor Adventures Program) 

CPA (Alberta) presents its Spring and Summer 2012 Adapted Adventures Program  taking place in Edmonton. 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   

The Adventures Program would like to hold a hand cycle clinic in two more communities across Alberta this summer. Let us know if this something you may be interested in for your community. Contact us at      


PLAN (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network) Edmonton Orientation

June 12th, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - #103, 18304 - 105th Avenue, Edmonton, T5S 0C6.  


2012 Mayor's Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the City of Edmonton 2012 Mayor's Awards. Go to to view the inspiring videos of nominees and award recipients

Raising Funds by Wiping out Graffiti

Non-profit groups can receive $1.00/square foot to a maximum of $1500 for helping to wipe out graffiti. When travelling around the City of Edmonton, keep an eye out for any graffiti to a max of 1500 sq. ft. Let us know the building name and address and contact Icey at 780-424-6312, ext. 2249 or Help wipe out graffiti AND help CPA (Alberta).


FES at the Saville Centre

Thanks to the Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre Society (SCITCS), new FES exercise equipment is available for use at the Saville Centre. Check out the video at


Wicihitowin Community Gathering

Celebration of the Aboriginal First Nation, Metis, and Inuit Community

Where: Giovanni Caboto Park

When: June 16, 2012

For more information, please contact Kris Janvier at the CPA (Alberta) Edmonton office at 780-424-6312.


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.

For more information on peer events please contact Mieke or Winona at

780-532-3305 or


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


For more information, contact CPA (Alberta) Grande Prairie office at 780-532-3305 and talk to Winona or Mieke. 

Chair-Leaders - May 15, 2012 

This event was a fantastic success! 8 Chair-Leaders participated, 4 of whom took on the challenge of navigating downtown Grande Prairie to run errands or go to work. Comments included, "It took an hour to get the 4 blocks to my office because I had to cross the road at the light!" "The brick sidewalks are murder! They are uneven and my wheels got stuck". "It was scary in the parking lot and the big truck backing up couldn't see me." Also, "Thank you for organizing this day - it sure gives me lots to think about." and "Next year we want to get even more city employees out, and maybe a representative from the Down Town Business Association." Our committee would like to extend an extra big thanks to our sponsors, and to the people at Points West Living who held a bakesale on behalf of the Chair-Leaders Enabling Access event.     


Operation Traffic Watch - June 1 - 30, 2012

Volunteers are invited to join a promotion campaign to encourage parking by-law enforcement. Please contact the Grande Prairie office at 780-532-3305 if you would like to help. Find out more   


Multiple Sclerosis CCSVI Group - June 5, 2012  

A meeting of the CCSVI (Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency) group is being held at the Northern Casino, Golden Room, 6:00 - 8:30 pm. This group is interested in developing supports for Alberta to consider the procedure for our province. Please see background information from the states at 

Grande Prairie Residential Society AGM and BBQ - June 19, 2012

Being held at 123 Avenue Six-plex, 5:30 pm. Salads and deserts welcome! Contact Travis McNally with any questions at (780) 539-4098 


Sailing with Disabilities, Wabamun - June 23 - 24, 2012  

Accessible lodging available in nearby Spruce Grove. If you are interested in car-pooling, give us a call. Last year 6 of us car-pooled and came back in one 19 hour day. This year we have the option of two days. Call 780-532-3305 to find out more.


Third Annual Kay McVey Charity Supports Golf Tournament - July 25, 2012   

Bear Creek Golf Course. Nine-hole four-ball (fun) tournament, with 144 golfers accepted. Thank you to Holly Crichton, Don Whiteford and Glenn Bitterman for their generous support. On-line auction available through Campus Auction Market and runs June 1st - August 2, 2012.
Now on-line
Holly Crichton "Cowboy Poet at the Office" Ltd. Ed. Print #28/99
Holly Crichton Cowboy Print 
Fort McMurray

PARTY Program

In our second year of involvement, this program is very effective and has many positive impacts. We have provided a choices station where students can try different scenarios to help them relate and learn what it may be like to sustain an injury or live with a life changing, risk-related injury. The P.A.R.T.Y program provides young people with information about trauma (injury) that will enable them to recognize potential injury - related situations, make prevention-orientated choices, and adopt behaviours that minimize unnecessary risk.


Days of Caring Project

United Way of Fort McMurray is matching host agencies to community volunteers to provide a day of caring in our community. CPA in Fort McMurray has chosen to re-paint accessible parking spaces in need of a touch-up. We have scoped out the community and chosen spaces in need. Many will benefit from this project and we look forward to being involved.


Welcome New Staff

Former resident of Fort McMurray, Meagan MacKenzie has been hired as a Community Development Coordinator for the Fort McMurray office.



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. To find out more about this opportunity, contact our Lethbridge office at 403-327-7577.

Medicine Hat 

Caregiver Workshop 

November 7, 2012, Chinook village, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.. Lunch included. Registration $15.00.  Call Sue at 403-504-4001 for more information.   


Red Deer 

Central Alberta Chair Leader's Event 

The event was a great success with over 12 participants! Feedback will be taken by Jeff and Wanda to the City Advisory Committee. Great media participation, including local Radio stations (The River, Craze and Sunny 94) and a write up will follow in the Red Deer Advocate and the Superintendent News (monthly write up for Catholic School Board). Thank you to all of our participants and a special thank you to Motion Specialties and their wonderful staff, our 2012 sponsor and host!


14th Annual CPA (Alberta) Red Deer Golf Classic

August 10, 2012, 9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start, Alberta Springs Golf Resort. For more information, contact Tina Croswell at 403-341-5060. 

Exercise Equipment

Wheelchair friendly exercise equipment is available at the Red Deer College! The equipment is located in the train station. Please contact the Red Deer College for more details.    


Successful Sledge Hockey Event 

A very successful sledge hockey event was held in Lloydminster on April 28, 2012. Media were very supportive of the event. Check out news coverage by Newcap News - starts at approximately the 6:49 mark. Congratulations to all staff, volunteers and participants, including Vahen King, Amy MacKinnon and Brian McPherson who showcased their skills. 


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 Erickson at 780-892-3431.

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 Creative Solutions & Ideas


Volunteer Opportunity with the Tetra Society of North America

The Tetra Society of North America recruits technical volunteers to design and build customized assistive devices for children and adults with disabilities and is looking for a Chapter Coordinator.  

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Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness

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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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Wheelchair Floor Hockey Tournament

The Paralympic Sports Association will be holding their12th Annual Wheelchair Floor Hockey Tournament on June 9th, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - ACT Centre, 12909 - 113th Avenue.


Canadian Paralympic Committee


Canadian Paralympic Committee: Running (Unstoppable)
Canadian Paralympic Committee: Running (Unstoppable)

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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.

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). 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.    



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Submissions/Subscribers/Contact Us


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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 July 1,  2012. Deadline for submissions is on or before June 26th,  2012. Whenever 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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