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.
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 http://bit.ly/9NXllH
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.
Holly Crichton "Cowboy Poet at the Office"
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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.
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.
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.
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.