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Fort McMurray

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Grande Prairie

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Red Deer

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West Central Alberta 

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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the November 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 injuries 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

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News - Province Wide 

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New Name / New Address

Spinal Cord Injury Canada, formerly known as the Canadian Paraplegic Association (National) has moved! Their new address is: Spinal Cord Injury Canada, 512-130 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5G4. Formerly located at 230-1101 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa ON K2C 3W7.   

Join us in Celebrating Possibilities at the 2013 Red Carpet Affair!

Various celebrations of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities are being held throughout the province. Information about individual events can be found below.

Community Living Attendant Training Pilot Project

CPA (Alberta) is testing a Community Living Attendant Training Pilot Project (CLAT) 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 to make this pilot project a success! For more information about CLAT, contact Kristie Coulombe, Program Coordinator at 780-424-6312 or kristie.coulombe@cpa-ab.org.


Cushions Still Available

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.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.


Video of the Month
Zachary Weeks' Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award
Zachary Weeks' Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award
CPA (Alberta) staff member Zachary Weeks receives the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award in Edmonton on September 7, 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 zachary.weeks@cpa-ab.org .   


Full Serve Gas Stations

If you know of any full serve gas stations not included on our list, or 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 www.cpa-ab.org or click here for more information. Peer Event updates can also be found on the CPA (Alberta) Facebook page. Lots of exciting events coming up...Peer Christmas Party, Restaurant Club, Information Session and Peer Conference! For more information, contact Marilyn Erho at 403-228-7434.   



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.

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


2012 International Day of Persons with Disabilities - Edmonton 
Monday, December 3rd, 2012, 7515 - 118 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta. This year's theme is Arts and Theatre.Click here for poster. 


2012 Accessible Parking Awareness Week Kick-Off

When:Monday, November 26, 2012 

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (GMT-07:00)

Where: Heritage Room, City Hall, Sir Winston Churchill Square

Disability Employer Connections (DEC) Presents:

World Café Event!

When: Thursday November 15, 2012

Where: City Hall, #1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Time: Registration at 8:30 AM

For more information click here to see event poster!


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


Adapted Adventures Program (formerly Outdoor Adventures Program) 

The CPA (Alberta) Adapted Adventures program offers opportunities to participate in recreational activities, such as rock climbing, paddling, hand cycling, scuba diving, trail running with the TrailRider, fishing and cross country skiing. Also look for yoga coming in early 2013!  Adapted Adventures also has weekend trips featuring a variety of activities.We provide quality instruction, adapted equipment and affordable programs to minimize barriers of participation. Subsidies available if necessary. All abilities welcome, as well as family and friends!

Click here for program brochure. Click here for the October 2012 Adapted Adventures newsletter. To find out more about this exciting program, please click here! For more information please contact us at outdoor@cpa-ab.org or 780-424-6312. 


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 Services 

Workshop on Housing and Homelessness in Aboriginal Communities

The Trudeau Foundation is hosting a free two-day workshop exploring the issue of housing and homelessness in Aboriginal communities on November 21 and 22 at the University of Alberta. This is a free event but prior registration is required. To register email zoe.todd@trudeaufoundation.net. You can view the full program at

Treaty Six A.S.E.T.s. and Partners 2012 Trade Show and Job Fair
November 20 and 21, 2012 at the Mayfield Centre, Edmonton. Click here for poster. 

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


Disabled Transportation Society: Now Accessible Service to and from the Airport in Grande Prairie!
Accessible Taxi and membership information http://gpdts.ca/pages/news/


International Day of Persons with Disabilities - Grande Prairie
CPA (Alberta) in Grande Prairie will host an open house and accessible activities at the EastLink Centre from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Mayor Bill Given will read the proclamation at 11:00 a.m. at the Field House. 


International Volunteer Day and Pancake Breakfast 
December 5, 2012 at the Golden Age Centre, 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

What Do You Need to be More Involved in Grande Prairie Events?  
Transportation? Escorts? Clear sidewalks? Accessible recreation?  "The City of Grande Prairie has launched a survey to gain an understanding of the participation interests of our residents. Please take a minute to fill out the short survey at http://bit.ly/OAddIr and help us understand your interests " (cityofgp.com October Newsletter). Several city committees are looking for members:

Trouble with Accessible Parking Being Used by People Who Do Not Need It?  
Contact Operation Traffic Watch

Alberta Wheelchair Basketball League Tournament 
November 17 and 18, 2012. Come out and watch any time on Saturday from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm or Sunday from  8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Peace Health Advisory Council Public Meetings 
Nov.  22, 2012, Fairview - Location TBD, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Wolverines Wheelchair Sports Association
October 14th, 2012 to March 24th, 2013. Sundays: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Coca-Cola Centre.  


Red Deer 


The CPA (Alberta) Red Deer offfice and the Red Deer College Train Station are providing FREE ONE YEAR GYM MEMBERSHIPS to 10 lucky clients! Contact Wanda at the Red Deer Office to enter to win and for more details! 403-341-5060 or wanda.seifried@cpa-ab.org.


International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) - Red Deer 

IDPD will be held on December 3rd at a local high school with a light luncheon to follow at the HUB on Ross. This year's event will also include an awards ceremony honoring local businesses and individuals who make a difference in the community. Local heroes come in all forms. If you have a candidate in mind, contact Wanda at wanda.seifried@cpa-ab.org 


West Central 

Discovering the Power in Me

With assistance from CPA (Alberta) and with funding from a FCSS grant, the Drayton Valley Learning Council organized a Discovering the Power in Me workshop at the Community College in Drayton Valley on October 25 and 26, 2012. Ten people attended the course which provides knowledge and skills that enable them to achieve a greater potential in their lives. Participants are taught techniques of utilizing their thought processes in a positive manner to achieve positive results in their lives, careers and relationships.  

 Creative Solutions & Ideas

Accessible Transport Seat for Airplanes

With Paralympic athletes competing in London recently, the designers at Priestmangoode took the opportunity to rethink air travel for passengers with reduced mobility (PRM). The Air Access concept contains two elements: a wheelchair that can transport passengers onto and off the plane, and a fixed-frame aisle seat on the aircraft which can be mated to the wheelchair to create a regular airline seat. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/QO2MzZ

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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.


Recreation Discovery 

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

Click here for more information 


Wheelchair Tennis 
Developmental Lessons at Court 1, Saville Community Sports Centre, 11610 - 65 Avenue, U of A., Edmonton. October 20th - December 15th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, $50.00 for 9 lessons. Manual and power wheelchairs welcome. Contact BJ Engerdahl, 780-427-8721 or wsa2@telus.net.

Rocky Mountain Adaptive Sports Centre 
Adaptive Sports Centre (RMASC) 10 Week Alpine Ski Program and 8 week Nordic Ski Program for the 2012/2013 Winter Season. Click here for more information about the Adaptive Nordic Ski Program. Click here for ten week information sheet.
For more information, contact Jamie McCulloch, General Manager, Rocky Mountain Adaptive Sports Centre,Tel: 403 431 1154, jamie@rmasc.ca , www.rmasc.ca

Paralympic Sports Association Floor Hockey Tournaments 
Register by November 2nd for the first of two PSA Floor Hockey Tournaments. Put in a team of at least 6 players, no matter your ability, and if you need to borrow a sports wheelchair, no problem! Volunteer opportunities as well! For more information, contact Suzanne Harrison at 780-439-8687 or suzanne@parasports.net.

The Alberta Soccer Association (ASA), in partnership with the Paralympic Sports Association and other disability organizations, is running the Soccability program (an adapted soccer program for people of all abilities). This program will be held every 2 weeks, beginning November 5, on Mondays from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at St. Joseph's Catholic High School (10830 109 Street). Email or phone John at the ASA for more information: 780-474-2200 ext. 250 (W), 587-435-5611 (D), www.albertasoccer.com

CADS Edmonton Registration and Information Evening 
Reminder - one week to CADS Registration/Information evening (see below). Reminder to bring two pieces of government issued ID.

Skiing and Snowboarding Volunteers Needed 
Planning is underway for the 2012/2013 Ski/Snowboard Season and CADS Edmonton is seeking volunteers. Registration/Information Evening: Wednesday November 7th 2012, Snow Valley from 7:00-9:00 PM.
Contact Sharon at coordinator@cadsedmonton.ca  or call 780-669-3856 for more information.

The Alberta Sports and Recreation Association for the Blind will be hosting co-ed recreational Goalball on Wednesday nights. For more information call (780) 437 - 8159 or email evelyn@asrab.ab.ca

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Corbett Hall Student Physical Therapy Clinic   
Students in the MScPT program provide treatment and home exercise programs under the supervision of licensed physical therapists. Click here for poster with more information. Contact 780-248-2070 or ptscadmin@rehabmed.ualberta.ca.

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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.




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 www.donatecar.ca. Donate A Car Canada will look after everything to make your donation easy. CPA (Alberta) will send you a tax receipt after your car donation is complete!


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Use Your Power for Good

50% of profits on your electricity usage each month can help individuals with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities!
Click here to find out more! 


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


Please let others know about Wheel-E! They can subscribe by emailing or giving us a call.                                                                

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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 December 1, 2012. Deadline for submissions is on or before the 26th of each month. 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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