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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the September 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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Alberta Health Services Recruiting Members for Health Advisory Councils

Alberta Health Services is committed to ensuring that Albertans have a voice in health care planning and advancing local health service delivery. Health Advisory Councils throughout Alberta provide input to the Alberta Health Services Board and leadership on health service delivery. They bring forward feedback from the public to support the strategic direction of Alberta Health Services.


Alberta Health Services is recruiting Albertans to become members of the 12 Health Advisory Councils. Council members represent their diverse communities and speak to the varied range of health services in the province.


Submission deadline for Expression of Interest form is 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 5, 2012.


For further information on the Health Advisory Councils, please visit their website at 



ACCD: Campaign for Barrier-Free Health and Medical Services in Alberta

ACCD needs your help to ensure that Albertans with disabilities are able to have equal access to health services, such as doctor's offices and medical exams. Click here to see further information! 


Donate A Car

Donate A Car Canada accepts vehicle donations for the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta). To donate a car, truck, RV, boat, motorcycle or other vehicle to CPA (Alberta) simply fill out the DONATE NOW tab at Donate A Car Canada can provide you with free towing in many areas across Canada. Donate a Car Canada can pick up your car or truck, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. When you donate your car it will either be recycled or sold at auction depending on its condition, age and location. A confirmation email will advise of the appropriate processing method. Donate A Car Canada will look after everything to make your donation easy for you to support the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta). DONATE NOW at and CPA (Alberta) will send you a tax receipt after your car donation is complete!


Don't Miss Out On The Paralympics Action!

For those interested in watching the Paralympics on TV, here is a link to the Canadian broadcast schedule: 



Access2Entertainment Card

If you love checking out the latest and greatest movies at a theater near you check out the Access2Entertainment Card! Led by the Easter Seal Ability Council, the Canadian Paraplegic Association is one of several partners in this initiative which allows consumers with disabilities to go to the movies without having to pay the additional cost of an attendant/support person. For more information on how to get your card, please visit 


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! For more information on the Community Living Attendant Training program, please contact Kristie Coulombe, Program Coordinator at 780-424-6312 or


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.


Free Wheelchairs Thanks to Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona

The Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona is planning to sponsor wheelchairs to give away free to individuals who qualify. The wheelchair would belong to the members/clients and maintenance would be their responsibility.

Applications will be accepted until September 28, 2012 


For more information please click here. To apply for the program, complete the application form found here and return to:

Canadian Wheelchair Foundation

PO Box 75038, White Rock, BC V4B 5L3 

Toll Free: 866.666.2411


For more information on the wheelchair specifics, please visit:

Video of the Month

Check out Terry's techno-savvy fully accessible condo in Edmonton!

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!


Do you know local heroes who are making a difference in your community? 

The search is on for Alberta's outstanding volunteers as nominations for the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards are now open.  From students to seniors, volunteers are the backbone of our communities and you can help to recognize their selfless generosity.


Do you know local heroes who are making a difference in your community? Consider putting their names forward for the 2012 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards!


For more information, go to 

Please find the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards promotional poster by clicking here.


The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 25, 2012

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, please inquire about our Adapted Computer Technology Loan Program, which is free of charge.

Please click here for more information. 


Online Resource Guide for People with Physical Disabilities

Check out CPA (Alberta)'s 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. If you would like more information, contact Zachary Weeks at   


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.    


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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 403-228-7434.   


Be sure to check out the following Peer Events 

Become A Restaurant Critic At An Affordable Price (click for poster)

Any dietary requests, please advise Marilyn before September 17th.

RSVP to:    Marilyn Erho 403-228-7434  


Rick Hansen Foundation Offers Grants

We are pleased to advise that as a result of generous donations  during the 25th Anniversary of Rick's Man In Motion World Tour, the Rick Hansen Foundation will be granting a limited number of Invacare Mobility Scooters for persons in need. 


They also have a grant that provides direct funding to individuals with disabilities including SCI who have specific needs that cannot be met by existing programs, services or funding sources.


To learn more about eligibility requirements and application process for this unique opportunity, click here


The Rick Hansen Foundation is committed to addressing vital needs within the spinal cord injury (SCI) and disability communities by funding research that has provided better care and outcomes for those with an injury, and contributing to accessibility initiatives that foster inclusivity for people with disabilities.


If you would like to apply for the scooter grant or the grant that will cover other needs, please submit the application by September 28, 2012.


For those who applied the last round, we have been told you will be notified in September if you qualify for the grant.  If you do not receive the grant money, your application will be submitted into the next go around.




2012 Edmonton Golf Tournament A Hole-In-One

The Ron Hodgson Chevrolet Buick GMC and Southgate Buick GMC Golf Classic in support of the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) has come to an end and thanks to your generosity and support, we are pleased to announce that we raised over $45,000 at this year's tournament!  This means that over the last 14 years, the CPA (Alberta) Charity Golf Tournament has raised over $400,000 to further CPA (Alberta)'s mission to assist persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self-reliance, and full community participation.

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.

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


Battle Of The Badges Hockey Game

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Clare Drake Arena, U of A at 2:00 PM


Alberta Law Enforcement Hockey Team Vs. Edmonton Emergency Services Hockey Team


This event featuring the Hansen Brothers from comedy "Slap Shot" is in aid of Special Olympics Alberta Association.


CPA (Alberta has been fortunate enough to be supplied 50 tickets!

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


Internet Voting Testing

The City of Edmonton's next General Election will take place on October 21, 2013, and the City is currently involved in an exciting project - testing an internet voting option for potential use in future general elections.  


Offering Edmonton electors an internet voting option will depend on the results of a Proof of Concept being conducted by the City this fall.  Its purpose is twofold: 1) To gauge the readiness of Edmontonians to use internet voting as a valid alternative in the 2013 General Election and 2) to test the technological readiness. To continue reading, click here


Free RDSP Session 

PLAN Edmonton is sponsoring a free RDSP session of interest to parents and other family members who are, or may be, involved in planning for the future security of a relative with a disability. The workshop covers in-depth information about the RDSP. Click here for more event information..


DATS Hosts Open House

Meet the staff, take a tour, learn more about the functions and features that DATS has to offer. To see event poster click here!


Adapted Adventures Program (formerly Outdoor Adventures Program) 

New CPA Adapted Adventure Program
New CPA Adapted Adventure Program


Check out CPA (Alberta)'s Adapted Adventures program. To check out their brand-new newsletter and further information please click here!


Four Brand New Wheelchair Accessible Condo Units Available

Click here for more information about these units located at Windsor Park in Sherwood Park, Alberta.


Aboriginal Affairs

Walking The Prevention Circle Workshop

Talk about the history, the challenges and the potential of Aboriginal individuals and communities. Explore issues relating to abuse, neglect and violence. Learn how to shift from the cycle of violence to the circle of healing.  if you are interested in attending this workshop please click here for further information.


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


Crankcycle Clinics to be Offered by EastLink Centre

Crankcycle Clinics will be offered by certified fitness trainers during the Autumn at the EastLink Centre. Please contact the CPA office for more information.



Northern Wheels in Action Wheel-a-thon A Success

The Northern Wheels in Action Wheel-a-thon was held in La Crete on August 25, 2012.  Congratulations to all participants, committee members and supporters for a successful event! 


South Peace Multiple Sclerosis Society Opening New Office 

The South Peace Multiple Sclerosis Society will be opening their new office in September.  For more information, please contact Jackie Coupland Olson, Client Services and Development Coordinator,  Phone: 780-532-3204  Fax: 780-532-1035   Cell: 780-832-5225   Toll Free- 1-800-268-7582 


Lots To Do and See in Grande Prairie!

To keep up to date with the various events going on in the community please click here for further information.  


Operation Traffic Watch

Operation Traffic Watch allows people who witness traffic violations an easy way to report them. The person can simply complete an Operation Traffic Watch form and submit it to the front counter of the RCMP Detachment. The information will then be reviewed and followed up as deemed appropriate by an officer.  For more information click here.


Red Deer 

Golf Tourney a Great Success! 

Fun times had by all and guaranteed registration for next year. All Golfers thanked Red Deer staff member Tina Croswell for an excellent tourney and another successful event put on by CPA (Alberta)!


New Space Needed for Adaptive Workout Equipment

CPA (Alberta) Red Deer Office is looking for a new home for its adaptive workout equipment. If you know of a gym that would be a good fit, please call Wanda at 403-341-5060.


Regular Events

Third Mondays - 11:30 - 1:30pm Grande Prairie Residential Society meetings.


First Tuesdays  7pm - 9pm   CCSVI Group.  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  and Canada

 Creative Solutions & Ideas

RAM Wheelchair Mounts for the iPad & iPhone

RAM is known worldwide for mobile mounting systems. Normally this brings to mind vehicles such as automobiles. However, RAM is also a world leader in mounts for wheelchairs; another vehicle used by many. For those who use this mode of transportation as part of their daily lives, RAM offers mounts that will insure your iPad or iPhone is safe, secure and always within easy reach. Simple to install, while allowing for convenient removal of your Apple product, the mounting possibilities become endless for your iPad or iPhone.  Check them out at

The SmartWheel: Setting the Standard

The SmartWheel sets the standard in the field of wheelchair use analysis. SmartWheel use is supported by evidence-based research, an active SmartWheel Users Group and Database, and a strong presence in leading clinics nationwide.  to learn more visit 

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Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness

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 Edmonton Oilers Tickets For Sale!










Thursday, September 27, 2012

NY Islanders

7:30 PM

Saturday, September 29, 2012


7:00 PM

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


9:00 PM

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Los Angeles

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012


9:30 PM

Tuesday. December 4, 2012


7:30 PM

Monday, January 14, 2013

San Jose

7:30 PM

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


7:30 PM

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


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Thursday, February 14, 2013


7:30 PM

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


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Tuesday, March 26, 2013


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Thursday, March 28, 2013


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LIVE - 2012 London Paralympic Games 

To Keep up to date on what's going on with the 2012 Paralympic Games visit:



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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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.


Recreation Discovery 

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


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Inaugural RHI SCI Global Investment Forum to launch at Biotech Showcase(TM) 2013

In an effort to facilitate greater investment in SCI-related technologies and therapies, RHI has announced it will be be partnering with the EBD Group and Demy Colton Life Sciences Advisors in order to host its first RHI SCI Global Investment Forum at the Biotech Showcase™ in San Francisco, January 7-9, 2013.


Applications will close on October 5, 2012. Download the guidelines and application form here and for additional information, please contact John Barclay, Manager, Commercialization and Industry Relations, at 604-707-2106 or 

ReWalk Featured in Edmonton!
You are invited to a demonstration of ReWalk in Edmonton 
October 2nd, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue to be decided
To attend / more information, contact Louise 780-436-5606

To learn more about the ReWalk check out the following video

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.

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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 will post your item as quickly as possible.

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.

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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 October 1, 2012. Deadline for submissions is on or before September 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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