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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the August 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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Alberta Health Services Continues to Review Home Care Decisions


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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.


Fitness Centre on YouTube
The CPA (Alberta) SCI Fitness & Wellness Center Calgary offers a remarkable combination of certified, knowledgeable health professionals and state of the art equipment. Check out this video


Spinal Cord Injury Fitness and Wellness Centre Calgary
Spinal Cord Injury Fitness and Wellness Centre Calgary


Edmonton 2013 Peer Events

Peer event information is posted as it becomes available on the CPA (Alberta)

website at or click here for more information

The Edmonton Peer Program held its first Family Support Picnic on July 21st. Thank you to everyone who attended. The afternoon included great conversation and ideas about how to be more involved and supportive of each other. Stay tuned for more information about the next gathering of the Family Support Group. Please feel free to participate, host an event or volunteer.


Join us at the Annual Peer Barbecue on Saturday, August 23rd!  

Peer Event updates can also be found 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.

DATS Announces Increase in Cancellation Time

DATS has announced it will be changing the amount of notice required to cancel a trip from 30 minutes to two hours or more (effective September 1, 2013) - read DATS information mailout. Cam Tait, veteran reporter with the Edmonton Journal , an individual with a disability and a DATS user provides his views regarding this change on his blog at If you have any comments or concerns regarding this change, they can be forwarded to CPA (Alberta) at or you can contact DATS directly at 780-496-4567 or


Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Northern Alberta

Hope Classic and Summer Barbecue - Saturday, August 10th. Contact Darlene Cathcart at 780-451-6921, or visit  


Adapted Adventures Program  


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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.  
Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. during the month of August. Anyone can come out and try.
Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. during the month of August. Anyone can come out and give it a try.

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for program brochure. For more information please contact us at or ask for Amy or Sidney at 780-424-6312. 

Golf Tournament Edmonton Sold Out  

Red Deer


Golf Tournament Red Deer August 16, 2013

Fort McMurray

Thank you to Canwest Propane in Fort MacMurray who recently held a Customer Appreciation BBQ and raised $1088 in support of CPA (Alberta). Special thanks to Brad, Rick and the rest of the crew for an amazing day.  

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     


Thank You - Kay McVey Charity Golf Tournament  

Thank you to golfers, volunteers and supporters who took part in the Kay McVey Charity Golf Tournament. A special thank you to Cate Gunson and Sheila Wendt whose support made the day a wonderful success.  


Thank You - Medical Appointment Drivers

Special thanks to our silent partners who made a total of four road trips to help individuals attend medical appointments during the months of January to July 2013. 


Community News:


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 (CLAT) Program in Grande Prairie! 

The Grande Prairie Residential Society and CPA (Alberta) Grande Prairie office are partnering to bring the Community Living Attendant Training to Grande Prairie. If you are interested in the position of Program Coordinator for the CLAT Program (temporary three month commitment), please contact the CPA (Alberta) Grande Prairie office at 780-532-3305.

Classes are scheduled to be held from 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, and instruction.  Recruitment and screening will start soon. If you are interested in being a student, call us!  Space for 15 people.  


Chamber of Commerce Morning Mixer
August 8, 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. The Wolverines Wheelchair Sports Association and the CPA (Alberta) in Grande Prairie will be hosting the GP and District Chamber of Commerce Morning Mixer, with support from Mazen Asaf and his restaurant, Titos. 


Annual Walk for Parkinsons 
Muskoseepi park. Walk, run or bike for 1, 3, 5 km. Contact Donna Radbourne for more information at 780-933-2926 (cell) or 780-532-5030 (home).


Brain Injury Support Group

Every Friday with ASLS, in their new location at Town Centre Mall.    


Medicine Hat and Area


New Beach Chair at Echo Dale Regional Park  

City of Medicine Hat now has a beach chair for use at Echo Dale Regional Park.  Anyone wishing to access the beach and not able to due to accessibility can ask for information at the life guard stand.  You must be able to self transfer or supply your own help as staff are not trained in this area.  For more information contact the Medicine Hat CPA office at 403-504-4001.


What are you Waiting For? 

"What Are You Waiting For?" charity donation program bottle drive campaign with REDI Bottle Depot will take place during August 2013 in Medicine Hat. Thank you to REDI Enterprises tor selecting CPA (Alberta) as the recipient for this campaign. All monies raised stay in Medicine Hat.



ReWalk Power Legs

Dr. Jaynie Yang is planning to study the effectiveness of the ReWalk compared to treadmill training for rehabilitation. Candidates should have good arm strength and hand grip, be between 5 feet 2 inches and 6 feet 4 inches tall, and weigh less than 220 pounds. Training will be one hour per day for 3 to 5 days per week, with 3 months on the ReWalk and 3 months on the body-weight-supported treadmill. The study will start in late 2013 or early 2014. Contact Frank at 780-492-2952 or for details.  

ReWalk @ Battery Park.wmv
ReWalk Demonstration 


Interesting Websites 


Interesting/Interactive website that allows you to explore the human anatomy  


Paraplegic Air Balloon Pilot 


Jessica Kruger, Quadriplegic Model Wins Lise Watier 'Something Sweet' Campaign 


Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness

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Gliding with Kary Wright

Quadriplegic Lifestyle: Gliding
Quadriplegic Lifestyle: Gliding



Wheelchair Skills Presentation  

Monday, September 30, 2013 at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. Click here to find out more.


Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta
2013 Program Schedule (open to all members within specified age categories, regardless of ability).

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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!



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 


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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 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 September, 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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