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Fort McMurray

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Grande Prairie

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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the June 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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In the News - Province Wide 

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Chair-Leaders - Thank You

CPA (Alberta) hosted their annual Chair-Leaders campaign throughout the month of May in recognition of spinal cord injury awareness month. Influential and credible leaders were seen spending their day in a wheelchair to get a glimpse of accessibility challenges throughout the province. A huge thank you and congratulations to all participants and supporters! Stay tuned for pictures.

CPA (Alberta) Annual General Meeting
Our Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Recognition luncheon is being held on June 15th in Red Deer. For more information, contact Chantelle at 780-424-6312.

Campaign for Barrier-Free Health and Medical Services in Alberta
ACCD's Campaign For Barrier Free Health and Medical Services in Alberta
ACCD's Campaign For Barrier Free Health and Medical Services in Alberta

We need your help to ensure that Albertans with disabilities receive equitable access to medical and diagnostic health services. Go to and show your support!  If you have any questions or comments regarding the ACCD campaign please contact Shafi Shafiuddin at or by phone 780-488-9088.

Healthy Debate 

Healthy Debate is a platform that informs you about your health care system, while providing a place to make your voice heard. Albertans have the opportunity to submit opinion pieces, to provide a Western perspective on health system issues.

Healthy Debate is an independent website. It is funded through grants from the Canadian Institute for Health Research and Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions. To sign up for Healthy Debate's weekly newsletter, click on  


Aaron Fotheringham Workshop 

Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham - Nitro Circus Live
June is Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (SBHANA) month and to celebrate, the SBHANA is running a raffle with some amazing prizes.

    First Prize: WestJet Ticket Vouchers
    Second Prize: iPad mini
    Third Prize: an evening in a Fantasyland Theme room

The winning tickets will be drawn at the Skate for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus event following the competition.

Tickets cost $5.00 or 5 tickets for $20.  If you are interested in purchasing tickets you can contact the office. Tickets will also be sold at various locations around the city:
    Terwillegar Rec Centre (2051 Leger Rd) - June 1
    Capilano WalMart (5004 98 Ave NW) - June 22

More dates will be added in the future, so stay tuned for those!

Smart Phone


Do you have a favorite App?

Wheelmate App of the Month  

CPA (Alberta) wants to hear which app helps you the most throughout the day when it comes to managing your care, scheduling, transportation....whatever. Let us know and we'll get the word out. What works for you might work for others. E-mail us at 


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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. 


Restaurant Critics Needed!

Each month, two restaurants are chosen in order to assess the experience.

This is a great opportunity to socialize, share ideas, and enjoy some great food. for more information please click here.


Family Fun Day June 15, 2013  

June 15, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.,Calgary Rotary Challenger Park (3688 - 48 Avenue NE,(free admission and parking). Lots of events for you and your family to enjoy, including FREE BBQ, face painting, arts and crafts, bouncy tent, wheelchair basketball and tennis, petting zoo....and much more! Everyone is welcome!
For more information contact:Cal Schuler at (403) 228-7419
or, For instructions on how to get there, visit Anar Dharshi (403) 250-2707 or




Edmonton 2013 Peer Events

Check out some great peer event activities planned for Edmonton in the coming months. Information is also regularly 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  

Adapted Adventures Logo Check out the Summer 2013 Adapted Adventures newsletter to find out about upcoming activities this summer. 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. 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. For more information please contact us at
or 780-424-6312. 

The Kwadsquad 
The Kwadsquad  
Click here to find out more.

211, 311 or 911 - June Networker Meeting
211 Edmonton's June Networker Meeting will cover when to call 211, 311 or 911. Often times, clients may be confused or unsure about which phone service can help them with different situations. If  you are a professional or community worker, this Networker on June 19 from 9 am - 11 am at the Heritage Room in City Hall will provide you with tools to pass along to clients.This is a free event but an RSVP is required.There are limited number of parking passes available for the City Hall parkade, please inquire when you RSVP.

Creative Age Festival - June 4 - 9th
Arts for a (healthy) lifetime

Celebrating ACCD's Programs and Services!


Aboriginal Services

National Aboriginal Day Celebration

Friday, June 21, 2013, Canada Place. Opening ceremonies commencing at 12:00 p.m.  For more information, go to 

Contact Kris Janvier at 780-424-6312 for more information about the CPA (Alberta) Aboriginal Services Program in Edmonton. 

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     


Caregivers Support Group 

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

Wolverines Wheelchair Sports Association Facebook Page 


Thank You United Way

On May 16th the United Way campaign, "Grow United" was announced with presentations from Costco, Rainbow International and Turcon Construction Group sharing their success stories with the payroll deduction plan for raising funds for United Way.  CPA (Alberta) Grande Prairie regional office is very appreciative of the support offered through United Way! 

Post-Secondary Bursaries Available

Through Masonic Lodge Alberta 


Beaverlodge Church Gets Funding for Wheelchair Lift   


Medicine Hat

CPA (Alberta) Casino Date Set for the Hat - June 14 and 15th!


Medicine Hat Casino Information
For more information, contact Sue Edwards or Shirley Jago at 403-504-4001.

 Creative Solutions and Ideas

IZ Adaptive Clothing for People with Disabilities
IZ Adaptive Clothing for People with Disabilities


Adaptive Clothing for People with Disabilities

IZ Adaptive is a fashionable clothing line created by Canadian fashion designer Izzy Camilleri, designed for men and women in wheelchairs or with dexterity issues. The collection is adapted to follow the seated body line eliminating excess fabric resulting in a look that is fashionable and seamless.

For More Information Contact:

Lynda Jagros May, Vice President Sales, IZ Adaptive

Tel: 416 860-0783 or 1-866-831-0451, Email: 



Stem Cells "Nanokicked" 

This is a new technique developed by a Scottish research team, a technique which could help patients with spinal injuries grow new bone. Click here to read more.    


Interesting Websites 


Adaptive Tools for Preparing Garden Vegetables

Courtesy of Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation - Robyn Keller, a C6/7 quadriplegic, has come up with some tools and tricks she uses to make her time in the kitchen productive and joyful!  Click here to check them out.  

Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness

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"You Can Ride Two" Launches for Kids with Special Needs 
"You Can Ride Two" is an Edmonton-based partnership between pediatric  
physiotherapists, occupational therapists and the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters' Society (EBC). The program, initially developed to teach children with special needs to ride a two-wheeler, has expanded to all forms of cycling thanks to several bike and monetary donations and partnerships with other community agencies.
Amy Mackinnon talks about the "You Can Ride Two" program, an initiative that provides modified bikes to kids with special needs.

BC Provincial Election - Former paralympian turns politician

Click here to read the article 

Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta 2013 Program Schedule 
Click here to review full schedule of events.


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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.


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.   


Grande Prairie


Disabled Transportation Society      

- Will transport people to and from the Clairmont Ramada. Two days notice required to book.  

- Use DTS between Clairmont Ramada and the Greyhound Bus Terminal by the Prairie Mall.

- $15.00 for non-members per trip.  A small discount is possible for round trips.



1 800 752 4841 (travel assistance)  

- Must be phoned at least 4 days in advance so the bus is in place;   

- Find out if there is a bus available for the date required.    

- Confirm 48 hours before the date to ensure the bus is still available

- Book ticket through Grande Prairie Terminal: (780) 539-1111.


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. 

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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 July, 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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