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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the NOVEMBER 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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CPA (Alberta) Opening Doors with Planat
Access Matters Planat Ad CPA (Alberta) is now an authorized re-seller of planat. An easy to use, interactive and innovative online tool that allows you to showcase your venue accessibility features; help customers make informed decisions; and grow your business. CPA (Alberta) can provide a detailed site assessment and offer practical accessibility solutions. Click here to find out more, go to or e-mail us at

Mount Royal University is pleased to offer the first national Canadian

Specialist in Accessible Housing Design program!

This online program addresses important housing issues such as accessible design and aging-in-place. Click here to find out more. 

For more information, please contact Marianne Rogerson at or call 403-440-6882.

To register for the course, click here!



Accessible Biz Connections

Accessible Biz Connections is a wage subsidy program designed to link employers with individuals with a disability who are searching for work. Where beneficial, Accessible Biz Connections will also work in partnership with employment

service providers seeking placements for their clients. Click here for program brochure.


Trans Canada Trail

The Trans Canada Trail will eventually span all of Canada but also encompasses many multi-use trails in Canada and Alberta - many of them are wheelchair accessible. Go to to find out more. 

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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.


Some great November restaurant locations have been chosen....find out more.


Calgary Annual Peer Christmas Event Right Around the Corner!   

December 1st, Carriage House Inn, Calgary.  Click here for more information.   


Para-Rowing: Rowing with a Disability


Para Rowing: Rowing with a Disability
Para-Rowing: Rowing with a Disability



Edmonton 2013 Peer Events

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

website at as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Edmonton Peer Program Christmas Social 

Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Please join us as we celebrate the holidays, share experiences, spend time with old friends and meet new people. Find out more. 

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


Young Guns Bowling and Comedy Factory 
Friday, November 1st, 2013, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Click here to find out more. 


Adapted Adventures Program  


Adapted Adventures Logo Check out the
 Fall 2013 Adapted Adventures newsletter to find out about upcoming activities this Fall. The CPA (Alberta) Adapted Adventures Program offers opportunities to participate in various recreational activities, such as
spin classes, rock climbing, cross country skiing, scuba diving, etc. CPA (Alberta) provides 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 ask for Amy or Sidney at 780-424-6312. 
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)
Events are being planned throughout Alberta, primarily taking place on December 3rd. Details for the Edmonton event include:

December 3rd, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (lunch included)
Ramada Inn, 11834 Kingsway Avenue (free admission and parking)
This year's Edmonton event will focus on the arts and entertainment. Click here to find out more.    

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     


Wheelchair Accessible Craft Programs at the Eastlink Centre
Christmas Creations - Thursdays 6:30 - 8:00 pm
From November 7 - December 12

For more information, please call the registration desk at (780) 830- 5000 or register online at  


Community Group To Build Ramps/Clear Sidewalks

The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau has a community group on board to help with building ramps and clearing sidewalks. Please contact Sharon, Fringina or Carole-Anne if you would like to be matched up with this group of volunteers.  (780) 538-2727


Chamber of Commerce Offers Discount
CPA (Alberta) members are entitled to a 20% discount for any annual pre-paid membership. Proof of CPA (Alberta) membership required.


Peace River Council Meeting

November 12, 2013,

5:30 p.m.
CPA (Alberta) staff are looking forward to an opportunity to raise awareness about mobility issues within our communities. Please get in touch with the Grande Prairie office if you would like to join us.  


CPA (Alberta) Membership Discount
CPA (Alberta) members qualify as a group for membership discounts to the EastLink Centre 


Members Needed for the Following 2014 Committees: 
Please let the Grande Prairie office know if you are interested in helping as a committee member or as an event volunteer:


- 2014 Chair-Leaders (Grande Prairie, Grande Cache, and possibly Peace River) -  Fundraising (Cash for Camping or Cars for Christmas)  

- Accessibility Advisory Committees (assessing need and laying the ground work in Peace River and Grande Cache for September 2014, possibly in Valleyview) 

- Community Living Attendant Training (home hosts, trainers and room monitors for class session in Spring, 2014)

- Restaurant Groups (maybe) 

- International Day of Persons with Disabilities (contact Winona directly).

In Memoriam:

Robin Sutherland who passed away October 10, 2013.   


City News   

MS Society of Canada Community Support Groups

Community Support Groups are available in Grande Prairie for persons living with MS, newly diagnosed individuals, partners of persons with MS and family and friends of persons with MS. The purpose of the support groups takes many forms including social networking, providing practical help, information and feedback, guest speakers on a variety of topics, active listening, and emotional support. Each group is led by a skilled facilitator and group sizes range from 5-25 people per group.


Meeting Schedule:

November 20, 2013, January 22, 2014, and February 19, 2014 (6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)



Muskoseepi Park Meeting Room

10330 103 Avenue


For more information, contact: Tanja Rakic - (780) 532-3204

Address: #103, 10901 - 100 St. (Genland Building), Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2M9


MS Society of Canada Community Support Group Meeting: Learn about Taoist Tai Chi

Deepen your understanding about the health benefits of Taoist Tai Chi, and have an opportunity to try out some of the exercises and moves to see how it feels for you.


Meeting Schedule:

November 20, 2013, January 22, 2014, February 19, 2014 (6:30 pm-8:30 pm)


For those of you who are not interested in being a part of Community Support Group, but would still like to come and learn about Taoist Tai Chi please join us at 7:30pm.


Guest Speaker: Mary Robertson 

Admission: Free

Location: Muskoseepi Park Meeting Room, 10330 103 Avenue


For More Information, Contact: Tanja Rakic, (780) 532-3204

Address:#103, 10901 - 100 St. (Genland Building)
Grande Prairie, AB 
T8V 2M9


Community Round Dance - November 16, 2013

Hosted by The Grande Prairie Aboriginal Circle of Services in the spirit of gratitude and strengthening relationships. For more information, click here.


Community Group Ramps Up 
The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau has a community group on board to help with building ramps and clearing sidewalks. Please contact Sharon, Fringina or Carole-Anne at (780) 538-2727 if you would like to be matched up with this group of volunteers.   


Medicine Hat and Area


Stick/Wheelchair Curling League

Hosted by the Medicine Hat Curling Club on Friday afternoons at 1:00 pm. For more information call Shirley at 403-866-8528.    


International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)
Planning has started and we have hopes to expand beyond our School Program and share information with more community members.  


5th Annual Caregiver Workshop titled "Relax to your own Drum" 
November 6, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Chinook Village. $20.00. Caregivers can register by calling 406-529-6797.


Aboriginal News


Spirit of the Land Conference 

Nov 1-2, 2013, $30 for non-students of U of A

Camrose, AB
Click here for event poster.    

Research and Technology 

Grandmother Overcomes Serious Back Injury To Walk Again

A Yellowknife grandmother who overcame a serious back injury 20 years ago is now walking without pain, and urging politicians and local residents to join her in being active. Click here for full story

Tetra's "Gizmo" Newsletter Now Online
The latest newsletter from the Tetra Society illustrates the innovative ways that engineers give their time to barrier-breaking inventions for people with disabilities.

Interesting Websites 


Study Finds Caregivers Live Longer


Spinal Cord Injury Association Webinar Series 

The National Spinal Cord Injury Association website offers is a variety of informative archived webinars. These webinars may be useful for persons with a spinal cord injury, staff education and possible peer education sessions. This archival material can be accessed at

Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness

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Volunteer Ski and Snowboard Instructors Needed   

CADS Edmonton is excited to be planning the 2013/2014 season! We need to recruit many volunteer ski and snowboard instructors.  If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering with CADS Edmonton, kindly contact Sharon Veeneman, Program Coordinator at 780-669-3856 or more information check out


Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Extended

Wheelchair Sports Alberta/Bridging The Gap has extended its Edmonton indoor Wheelchair Tennis program throughout the fall and into December.  Sessions will take place at the Saville Community Sports Centre on Sundays from 6-8 PM.  Click here to see program poster.


PSA To Host Upcoming Floor Hockey Tournament

Click here for event poster.


The Steadward Centre's Community Transition Program 

Sign up for the upcoming Community Development Classes! 

Click here for more information.


Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability 

The Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability is undergoing a comprehensive strategic planning process with the assistance of Dina Bell-Laroche.

In celebration of their 25th anniversary, they are looking to shape their future.


Please take 15 minutes to complete the survey linked below. You can choose which survey is most appropriate for you.


Active Living/Community Organizations English

Active Living/Community Organizations French

Sport Organizations English

Sport Organizations French


Education Sector English

Education Sector French


Persons with Disabilities English

Persons with Disabilities French

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 Fund Development






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


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 them 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.


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


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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 the first week of December, 2013. Deadline for submissions is on or before the 26th of each month. Whenever possible, please send in your announcements before the deadline!


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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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