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Edmonton Head Office

Phone: (780) 424-6312


Phone: (403) 228-3001


Fort McMurray

Phone: (780) 743-0307


Grande Prairie

Phone: (780) 532-3305


Phone: (403) 327-7577



Phone: (780) 875-1046


Medicine Hat

Phone: (403) 504-4001

Red Deer

Phone: (403) 341-5060


St. Paul

Phone: (780) 645-5116

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West Central Alberta 

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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the February 2013 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 that individuals with disabilities face 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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Join us in Celebrating Possibilities at the 2013 Red Carpet Affair!

The Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) will celebrate its 10th annual Red Carpet Affair on March 15th, 2013 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. This event honors special individuals and organizations that make an outstanding contribution in making Alberta a better place for all people with disabilities.

Fundraise Your Way to the Red Carpet Affair 2013
As a new incentive, persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities now have the ability to fundraise their way onto the Red Carpet. By reaching out to your personal and professional network, you can secure your opportunity to share the spotlight on the Red Carpet. To get started, follow the link and click on the START FUNDRAISING tab on the red navigation bar.


Video of the Month
Sid talks about how CPA (Alberta) has helped him since acquiring his spinal cord injury. 
Sid talks about how CPA (Alberta) has helped him since acquiring his spinal cord injury.

Smart Phone

RxmindMe is a prescription reminder that uses multitasking to alert you every time you need to take a prescription. We allow you to enter all your prescriptions, setup reminders, and track when you have taken them.

We can handle the most complicated of reminders, if you are having trouble scheduling a reminder - please email our support.

√ NINE different types of reminders: Every "X" Number of Days, Hourly, Daily, on specific dates, weekly, on a particular day of the month, as needed, on a particular week of a month, or even just recording pills you took out of the blue
√ Prescription Quantities now count down as you mark your reminders as 'Taken' will automatically update the prescription quantity!
√ Export all your prescription data with ease! (Export Data in More menu)
√ Take picture of your prescription (Devices with Cameras Only)
√ Email Prescription History (Both email and Comma Separated Value - Imports into Excel and Numbers)
√ Family Members for Medications
√ The entire FDA Drug Database to search for your medications
√ SECURE - All of your prescriptions are stored on your iPhone, no information pertaining to your prescription is EVER sent to our server
√ All reminders are reoccurring 
√ Easy to use interface to turn reminders on - off - or delete them
√ Historical tracking of your prescriptions and when you took them
√ Now uses Multitasking to give you your notifications, allowing you to be using other applications and receive reminders
√ Input of all your prescription information (But, you don't need to input your prescriptions to setup reminders)
√ Passcode to prevent wondering eyes on your phone to see your prescriptions (Don't you hate it when people ask to borrow your iPhone?)
This online disability resource launches on February 1st. Check it out at

Persons with Disabilities Online
Persons with Disabilities Online provides access to services and information for persons with disabilities, family members and caregivers.

Money Mentors 
Offering education services to companies, community groups and schools. Check it out at

Registered Disability Savings Plan

Are you a person with a disability, a family member or a friend of a person with a disability? If so, it is important that you know about the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

Barrier Free Design in Alberta: Summary of the Issues

The ADF Barrier-Free Design working groups recently completed a position paper titled: Barrier-Free Design in Alberta: Summary of the Issues.   


Supportive Living Models for Young Adults:
A Review and Proposed Best Practice Models

The purpose of the document, Supportive Living Models for Yong Adults, is to identify best practices in current supportive living options for young adults with physical disabilities in Alberta and beyond. A list of desired features were then incorporated into three potential models of supportive living.   


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Events and News in Your Community



Calgary 2013 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.

Check out this months Restaurant Club locations at Toscana Italian Grill and the Olive Garden!


Volunteers Needed: CPA (Alberta) Casino - Calgary 
Volunteer hands up image May 11 and 12, 2013 at Cowboys Casino. Deadline to volunteer is Friday, February 22, 2013. Contact Marilyn Erho for more information.  


Discovering the Power in Me Calgary

At any stage in your journey of recovery, hope, belief in self and resiliency are essential. To know more about this course, check out the video below!

Discovering the Power in Me
Discovering the Power in Me

If you would like to attend this unique event please call Marilyn Erho. The date, time and location will be announced soon.  


Other Events of Interest 

Theatre Calgary - The Kite Runner

Date:  Thursday, February 14

Time:  10:30 am - 1:30pm

Tickets:  $20.00 total - 1 wheelchair and 1 companion

Tickets are based on availability.



Edmonton 2013 Peer Events

Check out some great peer event activities planned for Edmonton in the month of February as well as newly posted yearly calendars of events. Information is also posted on the CPA (Alberta) Facebook page (become a CPA (Alberta) Facebook fan)!    

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

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


Adapted 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. To view the Winter Adapted Adventures newsletter, click here. To find out more about this exciting program, please click here. 
For more information please contact us at or 780-424-6312.  


Advisory Board on Services for Persons with Disabilities/Seeking New Applicants

To find out more, go to


Aboriginal Services 


Aboriginal Cultural Day
Individuals are invited to join the Aboriginal students of Grant MacEwan University to celebrate the diverse culture of the Aboriginal community: March 1, 2013, 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Grant MacEwan University, City Centre Campus, 10700 - 104 Avenue, Edmonton, AB (Main Foyer, 106 Street Building).  Contact Kris Janvier at 780-424-6312 for more information.

Grande Prairie   

CPA (Alberta) Grande Prairie Peer Information Sessions/Other Activities:

For more information on any upcoming peer events please contact Mieke or Winona at 780-532-3305 or     

Discovering the Power in Me

March 7 and 8, 2013, City on 99th Building

If you have not received a phone call and are interested, please contact the Grande Prairie office at 780-532-3305.


Grande Prairie Live Theatre and CPA (Alberta) Movie Screening

Feb 10, 2013 4:00. Location to be announced. $10.00/Ticket.

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet (Lou Gehrig's Disease)

Please confirm with the CPA (Alberta) office in Grande Prairie 780 532 3305.


Wolverines Wheelchair Sports Association to advertise Peer Events on their Facebook 


Adaptive Physical Activity and Sports Symposium: Are We Ready?
March 21-23, 2010. Collaborative planning partnership includes Steadward Centre, GPRC, Wolverines Wheelchair Sports Association, CPA (Alberta), EastLink Centre and more. Demonstrations, Seminars, Classroom and participation with tradeshows, socials and Dinner Theatre.  


Parkinsons Support Group

Meets at 2:00pm every second Tuesday of the Month at Wild Rose Manor. Parkinsons Voice Enhancement Group Weekly 1pm every Tuesday at Wild Rose Manor.

Caregivers Support Group 

Monthly: 1st Mon. at 12:30pm at the PAS office (near KFC on 100 St). Parkinsons Disease Education Day: April 9, 2013. For more information contact Sherry at 


General Information - Grande Prairie 


Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

They are looking for volunteers interested in preparing taxes for low income clients as part of the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. For more information, go to  


Deep Sea Diving 

In a wheelchair? Check it out at


Grande Prairie Center for Newcomers/Community Outreach: Diversity without Borders

Employment, education, accommodations for people with disabilities, English as a second language and Aboriginal backgrounds -  


Homecare Self-Referrals 

If you are not currently receiving homecare services you can self refer by speaking to an intake worker at: 1-855-371-4122 at Alberta Health Services - Coordinated Access to Continuing Care North Zone 


HRSDC Accessibility Resource Centre 


Grande Praire Para-Equestrians Recognized 


Congratulations to Diamond Jubilee Award Winners - Travis McNally, Doug Eddy and Dale Williams 


Red Deer 


Gym Membership

CPA (Alberta) clients are eligible to receive a one year Gym Membership at the Red Deer College Train Station. Please contact the Red Deer Office for more information at 403-341-5060.      

 Creative Solutions and Ideas



eyeCAN EYE Mouse 
Research is continuing into computer use through eye tracking. For more information, go to


eyeCan Test
eyeCan Test

Interesting Websites 


Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation / Accessible Housing
CMHC provides information that you can use to make your housing more accessible. Check out their website at where they have a series of fact sheets regarding appliances, bathrooms, fire safety, home automation, house designs and floor plans, kitchens, etc.

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Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness

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Staying Active 
Chris Stoutenberg from Ontario tells his story of injury and subsequent return to "intensive" physical activity. Check it out at

Are We Ready 2013?! 
Adapted Physical Activity, Fitness and Sport Symposium
March 21 - 23, 2013 (early bird registration ends February 15) at the Grande Prairie Regional College and the Eastlink Centre. To find out more, go to

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, or


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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.




Donate A Car

Donate A Car Canada accepts vehicle donations for the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta). To donate a vehicle to CPA (Alberta), simply fill out the DONATE NOW tab at 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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Ongoing Resources


Cushions Still Available

Thanks to the generosity of MEDIchair (Edmonton location), CPA (Alberta) received a donation of nearly 100 cushions!  Special 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, 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.


Get in Motion

Get in Motion is a nation-wide physical activity counseling service for Canadians with spinal cord injuries. 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 


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 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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 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.                                                         
(780) 424-6312 or toll-free: 1-888-654-5444


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 the first week of February, 2013. 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    

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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