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Phone: (780) 424-6312


Phone: (403) 228-3001



Fort McMurray

Phone: (780) 743-0307



Grande Prairie

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Red Deer

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West Central Alberta 

Phone: (780) 892-3431

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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the JULY 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.

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Community Living Attendant Training Pilot Project

CPA (Alberta) is testing a Community Living Attendant Training Pilot Project that will train students to provide assistance to persons with physical disabilities with their activities of daily living. There are a number of ways that you can help us to make this pilot project a success!



Opportunity to Enhance Next Set of Building Code Requirements

Alberta Municipal Affairs and the Safety Codes Council (SCC) are developing the next edition of the Alberta Building Code (ABC). As part of the code development process, Municipal Affairs and the Council are consulting on proposed changes to Alberta-specific code requirements in the next editions of the ABC. So, we have a good opportunity to share our ideas about the development of barrier-free design in the province. In order to participate in the above mentioned consultation process, go to  http://municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/building_fire_consultation.cfm - and at the bottom of the page click Division B - Part 3 (Alberta Building Code) and then go to question #12.

The consultation will be open until August 31, 2012.


If you have any questions related to this consultation, please do not hesitate to contact Linnie Tse, Barrier Free Administrator, Alberta Municipal Affairs by phone 1-866-421-6962 or by email linnie.tse@gov.ab.ca. Thank you for taking the time to give input into changes that make our built environment accessible for all!   


Cushions Donated

Thanks to the generosity of MEDIchair (Edmonton location) CPA (Alberta) has received a donation of nearly 100 cushions! Thanks as well to FI Canada for their assistance with storage of these cushions.


All cushions are new or previously trialed and there are a variety of brands and sizes available; would make a great second cushion. CPA (Alberta) neither endorses nor guarantees any of these products and recommends that, in order to prevent any complications that may result from the use of any of these cushions, that you contact your medial service provider or seating specialist. Steve Saoberg from MEDIchair, Edmonton location (780-437-3300) may be able to provide assistance with any technical questions.


CPA (Alberta) members can 'purchase' one cushion at a cost of $75/cushion to cover shipping and handling. Brand-new, these cushions range in price from $250-$600.


For more information on how to obtain a cushion, contact your local CPA (Alberta) Client Services Coordinator.


Scholarships for Graduate Studies

The Canadian Disability Policy Alliance is a national collaboration of disability researchers, community organizations, and federal and provincial policy-makers. (For more information, see the attached pamphlet  or visit www.disabilitypolicyalliance.ca ) . Our aim is to create and mobilize knowledge to enhance disability policy in Canada, and to promote equity and opportunity for disabled Canadians. The Alliance is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council. The Alliance will award 25 scholarships over five years. There is an opportunity in 2012-2013 for six scholarships for graduate studies (three MSc and three PhD).


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 www.planat.com for your chance to win a Vancouver and Whistler getaway!


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 zachary.weeks@cpa-ab.org.   


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.    


Interesting Websites

Innovative home of Terry Tenove who had his condo modified to make it totally accessible. Video by Larry Wong, Edmonton Journal.  



Age Friendly Rural and Remote Communities - a Guide



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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 www.cpa-ab.org 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.   


Volunteers for Fitness

The Spinal Cord Injury Fitness and Wellness Centre is a new initiative of the CPA (Alberta) based out of the Calgary office. We are now seeking ambitious and active volunteers willing to spend time and provide assistance to program participants. This is an opportunity to help others, learn more about disability issues and gain worthwhile experience that could be of benefit to you, both on a personal and professional level. If you would like more information, contact Lorelei at 403-228-7433 or lorelei.maher@cpa-ab.org.




Edmonton 2012 Peer Events

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

Meet and Greets take place on the first Wednesday of every month.

Barbecue / Show and Shine taking place on July 26, 2012.


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


Adapted Adventures Program (formerly Outdoor Adventures Program) 

Check out CPA (Alberta)'s Adapted Adventures program. Upcoming events include:

Para-Cycling Clinic
July 7th - Edmonton. Any ability. No experience necessary - tandem bikes, hand cycles, adapted 2 wheeled bikes, tricycles and youth bikes will all be available. For more information, click here or go to http://www.cpa-ab.org/programs_services/adapted_adventures. Contact outdoor@cpa-ab.org
  or 780-424-6312 ext. 2231.


Adapted Adventures Outdoor Experience  

Nordegg, Alberta - July 17th, 18th, 19th.  
Trip will include:


Meals (Dinner on the 17th, breakfast, lunch, dinner on the 18th, breakfast and lunch on the 19th); Accommodations (indoor dorm style, camping is also available); Activities - paddling, adapted fishing, trailrider excursions, hand cycling, a star party, camp fires, hot tubbing, and adapted yoga.

All participants will have the option to participate in the activities of their choice. No experience necessary, equipment provided.

Costs are individual depending on arrival and departure date, and activities. Please call for exact pricing. Subsidy is available.

For more information or to register, contact outdoor @cpa-ab.org or call 780-424-6312 ext. 2231.


Golf Tournament - August 16, 2012
Join us on the greens as we swing off in support of persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities.


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 Salehi at 780-424-6312, ext. 2249 . Help wipe out graffiti AND help CPA (Alberta).


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 grandeprairie@cpa-ab.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.


Accessibility Bylaw 

The City of Grande Prairie amended its accessibility Bylaw C-1237B, which amends the barrier-free access section in the Municipal Development Plan. It proposes that Council establish a process to identify barriers to equal access and continually improve the accessibility of City services and facilities.


Farewell to Sheila Fincaryk

With sadness, we said farewell to Sheila Fincaryk with the Wolverines Wheelchair Sports Association who has moved to Calgary. The Wolverines will continue their excellent programming of increasing awareness In local schools, and organizing wheelchair sports such as rugby, soccer, sledge hockey and basket ball. Applications for the Wolverines are available at the Grande Prairie CPA office. Please contact the Wolverines directly if you are interested in more information. http://www.gpwolverines.com/ 


Grande Prairie Residential Society (GPRS) AGM:

Welcome to new members of the board of the GPRS! Working closely with the Grande Spirit Foundation, the GPRS provides accessible and affordable housing in the City of Grande Prairie. Please phone Dale Williams with any questions. Please call 780-832-5555 or visit http://gpresidentialsociety.com/ 


Power Wheelchairs Take to the Road

Thank you to Maureen Kennedy for taking the initiative and asking members of city staff to accompany her with power wheelchairs on the road between our accessible housing and city hall. Our city manager of planner writes "We really appreciated the opportunity to learn first-hand how urban design and engineering standards respond to or impede those members of our community who rely on their wheelchairs for mobility through the city."    


UFA Hometown Hero Nominee  

Doug Eddy has a developmental disability that has - to our knowledge - never slowed him down. People throughout Grande Prairie and District are well acquainted with this gentle soul who once went right up to the provincial government as an advocate for people with disabilities. He has been nominated for the hometown hero award through the UFA for his positive attitude and willingness to help others. Winner announcement on July 22nd. Submit your vote here: http://bit.ly/Nu7KAp


The City of Grande Prairie has a cool online tool that allows immediate report of problems with our streets - go to http://www.cityofgp.com/index.aspx?page=315  The city is looking at adapting this tool so people can effectively report accessibility issues in the future.

Upcoming Events in Grande Prairie 
July 3, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
, Golden Age Centre

This group is interested in developing supports for

Alberta to consider the procedure for our province. Please see background information from the states http://bit.ly/NiDWIV  

http://www.nationalmssociety.org/research/intriguing-leads-on-the-horizon/ccsvi/index.aspx and Canada http://ccsvi.ca/ 


Brain Injury Caregiver Support Group
July 17, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

Contact ASLS for information at 780-539-0433 ext. 107

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

The Third Annual Kay McVey Charity Supports Golf Tournament - July 25th
Taking place at Bear Creek Golf Course, the of this tournament is to raise awareness of the 18 non-governmental agencies providing information displays and 9-hole round of fun golf. Free steak dinner and live auction round off the night. Thank you to Holly Crichton, Don Whiteford and Glenn Bitterman for their generous support. Online auction available through Campus Auction Market and runs June 1st - August 2, 2012. The online auction will be promoted at local restaurants and western venues in the Grande Prairie district. Please stop by the Grande Prairie CPA office to pick up promotional material if you would like to help.
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Holly Crichton "Cowboy Poet at the Office" Ltd. Ed. Print #28/99
Holly Crichton Cowboy Print
Fort McMurray


Family Safety Day  Participated in this interactive community event that focuses on health, safety and wellness.


Bylaw Awareness
Working with Bylaw to increase awareness during the winter months and an event to showcase the difficulties encountered by those residing in the community.



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.

Red Deer 


14th Annual CPA (Alberta) Red Deer Golf Classic

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


City of Leduc Accessibility Audit

CPA (Alberta) staff members, Art Erickson of West Central and Jeffery Dow and Wanda Seifried of Red Deer performed an accessibility audit on behalf of the City of Leduc. The audit included a review of all city facilities as well as the parks and walkways around the city. Thank you to the City of Leduc for allowing us to tour your beautiful and accessible city!


Push to Open Society: Crimson Lake Outdoor Adventure Day

The Central Alberta chapter of the "Push to Open Society" will be hosting a fun filled outdoor adventure day at Crimson Lake on July 7th - canoeing, fly fishing, BBQ and lots of great people in attendance. Clients are encouraged to come out and join us! We will be in the Day Use area - just follow the scent of hamburgers and you will find us. July 7th, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Crimson Lake. Contact Jeff or Wanda at 403-341-5060 for additional details.


West Central Alberta

Sailing with Disabilities

SailingSincere thanks to everyone who helped with this year's Sailing with Disabilities event at Lake Wabamun on June 23rd and 24th, 2012. Under sunny skies, sixteen participants joined us on Saturday with each having at least one try at sailing their own boat.

On Sunday, six participants attended, and most had a chance to sail in spite of windy and cloudy conditions. Even if some attendees didn't want to sail or weren't able, it was still a great day on the lake with a fantastic lunch.


Both the Wabamun Sailing Club and the Disabled Sailing Association of Alberta expressed an interest in arranging to have boats available for a large portion of the season that would allow participants to book a boat and instructor at a time and day convenient to them. This would also allow them several opportunities to sail over the season in spite of the vagaries of the weather.

Special thanks to the Wabamun Sailing Club, the Disabled Sailing Association of Alberta and to all who contributed to the success of this event. 


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 Creative Solutions & Ideas


Self-Cath Extension Tubes

If you need that extra length for catheterizing, self-cath extension tubes are available in various lengths. The extension tubing attaches securely to the end of the catheter and provides the extra length you may need to drain the catheter into a cath tray or the toilet. Self-cath tubes can be purchased from various health care suppliers.

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


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Day Camps

Check out some wicked, awesome day camps happening this summer!  



Cerebral Palsy Fall Program Schedules

Children and Youth and Adult Program Schedule - September-December 2012. Programs fill up quickly so Fall programs are being advertised early to accommodate individuals and families who require more time to plan activities.

For more information, contact Kim Henye, Program Coordinator

Direct Phone: 780-477-8030 Fax: 780-471-0855.


Push to Open

Adaptive outdoor activities being offered this summer through "Push to Open".

Wheelchair Tennis Have-A-Go Day 

Saturday, June 30th from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Calgary Tennis Club, Calgary through Wheelchair Sport Alberta www.abwheelchairsport.ca


Recreation Discovery 

Contact Recreation Discovery to connect with agencies offering recreation for people with disabilities in Calgary. Go to



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User Feedback Needed
User feedback needed on a system to restore standing and walking and follow up on Smart-e-Pants System to prevent pressure ulcers. For more information

Study Announcement: Spinal Cord Injury, Stem Cells and Risk   

Researchers at the University of British Columbia are interested in your views about the potential risks of participating in stem cell research for spinal cord injury.

Interdependence 2012: The Global SCI Conference Deemed a Success

Bill Barrable, CEO of the Rick Hansen Institute provided an update on the Global SCI Conference in his June 2012 Update. To find out more about the conference and to view the view the findings of a select number of RHI

Smart-e-Pants Clinical Trial 

Alberta Primetime video

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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.

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 August 1,  2012. Deadline for submissions is on or before July 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.     

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