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Phone: (403) 228-3001



Fort McMurray

Phone: (780) 743-0307



Grande Prairie

Phone: (780) 532-3305


Phone: (403) 327-7577




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Medicine Hat

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Red Deer

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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the July 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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Our thoughts are with those affected by the severe flooding in Alberta, particularly Albertans with disabilities.


Alberta Health Services Reverses Decision to Cancel Home Care Contracts

with three Edmonton-based supportive living cooperatives 

Read full article. 


University Honours Advocate for People with Disabilities
Louise Miller, University of Alberta alumna worked as a registered nurse for 20 years and taught at the U of A for 32 years. She co-founded the Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre Society in Edmonton and served as a leader for numerous associations and foundations. In 2000, Miller was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada. 
- Edmonton Journal

Louise Miller makes a speech after receiving an honorary doctor of laws from the University of Alberta on Monday. Photograph by : Larry Wong, Edmonton Journal
The Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) would like to extend our sincerest congratulations to Dr. Louise Miller. Click here to read the full article from the Edmonton Journal.

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 cpaalbertanewsletter@cpa-ab.org. 


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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 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 403-228-7434. 


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.



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 each month.

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


Adapted Adventures Program  


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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.  
Adapted Sailing Weekend
July 13 and 14th, 2013, Wabamum Sailing Club.

Click here for event poster or contact outdoor@cpa-ab.org 

Adapted Adventures Program at the Rampart Creek Wilderness Hostel
July 19th to 21st, Rampart Creek Wilderness Hostel, Highway 93, Banff National Park.

Click here for event poster or contact outdoor@cpa-ab.org 


Click here for program brochure. For more information please contact us at outdoor@cpa-ab.org or 780-424-6312. 

Golf Tournament Edmonton Sold Out

The Kwadsquad 
The Kwadsquad  
Click here to find out more.

CPA (Alberta) Reducing Electronic Waste (ERA Reduction)
CPA (Alberta) Reducing Electronic Waste (ERA Reduction)

Red Deer


Golf Tournament Red Deer August 16, 2013

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 grandeprairie@cpa-ab.org.     


4th Annual Golf Tournament in support of CPA (Alberta) office in Grande Prairie 

July 24th, Bear Creek Golf Club.  

Lots of prizes. Includes three lessons with Lisa Longball.

See poster for more details! A portion of the proceeds in support of CPA (Alberta).


Community News:


Hand Cycle Clinic Rolls On

Dale Williams teaches 14-year-old Dylan Lawrance how to maneuver a hand cycle during the volunteer training session at the Centre 2000 parking lot Saturday, June 8, 2013. Lawrance decided to join the training session to learn how to ride handcycle and to teach others during the handcycling clinic taking place at Centre 2000 on Sunday. JOCELYN TURNER/DAILY HERALD-TRIBUNE  

Dale Williams teaches 14-year-old Dylan Lawrance how to maneuver a hand cycle during the volunteer training session at the Centre 2000 parking lot Saturday, June 8, 2013 - Daily Herald Tribune.


Grande Prairie Residential Society (GPRS) AGM
Twenty people attended the June 18 BBQ and meeting where the 2013/14 Board of Directors was elected.  


Community Living Attendant Training Program Launches in Grande Prairie! 

GPRS and CPA (Alberta) Grande Prairie office partner to bring the Community Living Attendant Training to Grande Prairie. Classes from October 15 - December 1, 2013. Location to be announced. Please let us know if you are interested in helping with the following: home hosts, classroom monitoring, program coordination (total 2 months), and instruction.  Recruitment and screening will start soon. If you are interested in being a student, call us!  Space for 15 people.  


Inter-Agency Action Committee
The second meeting of an inter-agency action committee was held on June 12th. This committee hopes to collaborate on events such as International Day for Persons with Disabilities, region wide issues such as advocating for specialists or coordinated medical trips to Edmonton, and workshops such as Discovering the Power in Me.   


ASLS Moves into Town Centre Mall. 
Phone (780) 539-0433 for information regarding programming


Multiple Sclerosis Society Support Group Begins

Please contact Marita Dautel for more information at marita.dautel@mssociety.ca  or  (780) 532-3204. 

Creative Solutions and Ideas

The LEGO Wheelchair
The LEGO Wheelchair


Researchers Restore Bladder Control in Paralyzed RatsStem Cells

Researchers have developed a promising technique that may some day restore bladder function in people with paralysis. They have regenerated nerves involved in bladder control in rats with spinal cord injuries, making it possible for the animals to urinate normally again. Click here to read more.    


Interesting Websites 


World's First Theme Park for Persons with Disabilities   

For Carole and Clay Boatright and their autistic 10-year-old twin daughters, the park, which opened April 10 in San Antonio, rivals Walt Disney World in terms of all-around fun for their family. Read full article

Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness

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Paralympic Sports Association (PSA) All-For-One Camps

PSA's All-For-One summer camps take place between July and August and currently have openings. All camps are open to all abilities. Camps include a variety of different activities, including white water rafting, kayaking, hiking, sledge development, and more! Kieran Block from the National Sledge Hockey team will coach the sledge development workshop. For more information, visit www.parasports.net or email Dani at dani@parasports.net.


Adaptive Parkland Challenge and Parks Day 

Come and explore Eagle Point-Blue Rapids Provincial Park this summer and get active and outdoors during their Parks Day and Adaptive Parkland Challenge! Located minutes from Drayton Valley, the area offers spectacular views of the North Saskatchewan River and an abundance of recreational opportunities. On July 20th and 21st, get outdoors and try a new activity in the Eagle Point-Blue Rapids Parks System. There will be a free BBQ on July 20th at Willey West Campground. More information and registration details are available by contacting JeanAnne Prysliak at 780-898-7275.  

Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta 2013 Summer Schedule 

Click here to review full schedule of events. 

Adaptive Yoga 
Adaptive Yoga for beginners. This gentle yoga class accommodates many different physical limitations through the use of modified poses/structures and yoga equipment. Class is taught by a Yoga Associations of Alberta certified teacher. Offered at the Edmonton Seniors Activity Centre, four weeks long starting July 4 (Thursdays), 1pm - 2:30 pm. For pricing and to register, contact the Edmonton Seniors Activity Centre at 780-342-8625 or visit http://www.edmontonseniorscentre.ca/program-schedule.html.

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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 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!



Sponsor Energy Announces Special Rate for Power 

Sponsor Energy is pleased to announce a special rate on power for seniors. For more details, go to http://www.sponsorenergy.com/special-senior-rate-on-power 


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


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 ones no longer providing 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.


Silver Cross Canada

Find recycled or new health care equipment in your area by contacting Silver Cross Canada. 


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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 August, 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 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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