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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the DECEMBER 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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Save the Date for Red Carpet Affair: March 13, 2014 

For more information about the Red Carpet Affair, contact

CPA (Alberta) Recognition Awards

The Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) will be presenting a number of recognition awards at our 11th annual Red Carpet Affair coming up on Thursday, March 13, 2014. The awards being presented at the Red Carpet Affair include the Gary McPherson Lifetime Achievement Award, the Honourable Lois Hole Community Development Award and, last but not least, the Percy Wickman Accessibility Award. These awards aim to acknowledge the dedication, passion and vision of individuals who are helping to create a truly inclusive community for all. Your input matters. We invite you to consider who best meets the criteria by completing the attached 2014 Recognition Awards Nomination Form. The deadline for submitting nominations is December 15, 2013. For more information, click here.


Public Review on Proposed Changes to the National  Model Construction Codes - Ends on December 23, 2013

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) would like to remind your organization and its members-as important stakeholders in the development of the National Model Construction Codes-to take part in the fall 2013 public review of proposed changes to the 2010 National Model Construction Codes and the 2011 National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings. Read more....


Province to Improve Multiple Sclerosis, Promote Research

The Alberta government has released a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) plan that will help improve care and support innovative research for the almost 14,000 Albertans with the disease. Read full press release.         

Employment First  

Alberta is adopting an Employment First approach to help more Albertans with disabilities enter the workforce and realize their full potential. Employment provides opportunities to increase income, learn new skills, demonstrate abilities, build new relationships, and have a rewarding career. Read more... 


Alberta Disabilities Forum on Mental Health and Cross Disability - Survey

The Alberta Disabilities Forum (ADF) Mental Health Working Group is researching mental health issues from a cross-disability perspective. A survey has been developed to gather information on the experiences and concerns of people with disabilities regarding barriers to mental health services and treatments in the province. The results of the survey will be used in the ADF vision paper, which will address the challenges of attaining mental health well-being for Albertans with various disabilities, and what they face through different stages of their lifespans.


The link to the survey is the following: 


Your response is very important to the ADF. The information gathered is confidential and will not be shared with any other organization or regulatory body. There are no costs or risks to you for filling out the questionnaire. If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact the ADF Provincial Coordinator, Alex Kuznetsov at


Vancouver Bans Door Knobs

The city of Vancouver has amended its building code to outlaw the use of those wrist-twisting devices in all new construction, including private homes. Door knobs had already been opener non grata in large buildings. The new ruling, effective in March, will not affect existing homes. Read more...   


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Accessible Parking Awareness Week
During -42 windchill, Zachary Weeks speaks to the challenges of finding accessible parking in the winter.


International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)

IDPD events, typically held on December 3rd of each year, are being held throughout the province. Click here for calendar of events.  



Accessible Biz Connections (ABC)

Connecting business to workers with disabilities.

Click here for more information!



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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.



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.


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. 

Adapted Adventures Update!

Cross country Skiing is due to start the week of January 20th from 6:30-8pm at Gold Bar Park.

Integrated Spin Class is starting up January 15

th from 6:30-8pm at the University of Alberta and will go until April 2nd.


Scuba Diving is starting up January 13th from 6:45-9:45pm at Terwillegar Rec Centre.


Please contact or 780-424-6312 for more information or to sign up!

Reminder - 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 or visit

DATS November 2013 Newsletter

Click here to read newsletter

Red Deer

RT300 FES Bike to be delivered to the Red Deer General Hospital

Funding has been provided courtesy of the Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre Society (SCITCS) with installation and training provided by Su Ling Chong.


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     


International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 3rd, 2013, 10:30 a.m., Eastlink Centre, #10 Knowledge Way, Grande Prairie. For more information, contact or 780-228-1642.

Chair-Leaders - May 2, 2014
Grande Prairie is moving full steam ahead. Contact us if you would like to be involved as a participant or event volunteer.

Peace River Peers
Delegation to Peace River Town Council postponed until spring.

Eastlink Centre Memberships
CPA (Alberta) members qualify for discounts of 20%. You can reduce your fees by $20 for each person who purchases a membership through your referral.

Grande Prairie Aquatera Assisted Curbside Collection
Available if you have trouble with huge garbage bins. Click here for application form.

New Clinics in Grande Prairie
Located at 201-10104 97 Avenue in Grande Prairie.
The Grande Prairie Primary Care Network After-Hours (walk-in) Clinic  open 7 days a week, 5 pm - 10 pm, Monday to Friday, and 10 am - 10 pm Saturdays and Sundays starting January 2, 2014.
The Grande Prairie PCN Chronic Pain Management Clinic will open with a soft launch on February 1, 2014, and will be available 8:30 am - 4 pm Monday to Friday on a physician referral basis. Contact: , Executive Director  780-539-9204.

Local Support Groups
ASLS - Brain Injury support group every Friday 1-3 at Town Centre Mall. For information phone (780) 539-0433
CNIB - Bookclub at the Public Library, moved for Christmas to December 10, 2013 otherwise third Tuesdays from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, For more information phone  (780) 539-4719.
Parkinson's Alberta -  Voice enhancement, Tuesdays at Wildrose Manor.  Support groups for people with Parkinson's Disease, and caregivers. For more information, phone (780) 882-6640.
Multiple Sclerosis Society - Yoga classes, January 9th - January 30th on Thursdays from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Drop-In program at MS Society on Friday, November 29, 2013. The Drop In program is going to be offered every Friday from 1-3pm.
MS Grande Prairie Facebook page. For more information phone (780) 532-3204


Aboriginal News

Cree Language Lessons  

Great learning opportunity for any adult interested in learning Nehiyaw (Cree). Click here for more information.  

Research and Technology 

Argon 2 - The fully adjustable rigid wheelchair.
 Click here to learn more about the new addition to the Quickie family!
Spinergy ZX-1 Power Add-On for Manual Wheelchairs
Read more... 

Spinal Stimulation Gets Paralyzed Patients Moving 
Implanted electrodes can reach where the brain cannot. Click here to read more. 

The World's First "Woof to Wash" Washing Machine  

The world's first 'Woof to Wash' washing machine
The world's first 'Woof to Wash' washing machine

Interesting Websites 



Rehabilitation Centers Adopt Motion Based Treatments for Spinal Cord Patients 



US Airways Fined $1.2M over Wheelchair Assistance 

Read full article here

Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness

Team Canada Sledge Hockey  

Canada to Broadcast Over 65 Hours from Sochi    

With 100 days to go to the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) on Wednesday (27 November) unveiled an unprecedented, fully accessible broadcast and electronic media plans for the most comprehensive coverage ever offered in Canada for a Paralympic Games. Read more... 


Canadian Inventor of Wheelchair Rugby to Receive International Paralympic Order  

Duncan Campbell and friends
(CNW Group.Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC))

OTTAWA, Nov. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Duncan Campbell (Vancouver, B.C.), the Canadian "Quadfather" acknowledged as the inventor of the sport of wheelchair rugby, will receive the prestigious Paralympic Order for lifetime contributions to the Paralympic movement, the International Paralympic Committee announced today. Read more...  


Four Teams Set for World Sledge Hockey Challenge 

Canada, USA, Russia, and South Korea - all of whom have qualified for Sochi 2014 - will play a week-long tournament in Toronto. Read more... 


Canadian Association for Disabled Skiers (CADS Alberta)

Big Mountain Camps 2013/2014

For more information or to register for the camps, contact CADS-Alberta (780) 427-8104 or here for poster. 



Ready to Play Boccia Sessions

Boccia is making a comeback in Alberta, starting in Edmonton! Please click here for details.



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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


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 January, 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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