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Phone: (780) 424-6312


Phone: (403) 228-3001



Fort McMurray

Phone: (780) 743-0307



Grande Prairie

Phone: (780) 532-3305


Phone: (403) 327-7577



Medicine Hat

Phone: (403) 504-4001

Red Deer

Phone: (403) 341-5060



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Phone: (780) 645-5116

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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the JANUARY 2014 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. The Summer and Fall issue has been published and should have landed in your mailbox. 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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Red Carpet Affair March 13, 2014 Save the Date  

For more information about the Red Carpet Affair, contact redcarpetedmonton@cpa-ab.org



International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) 

Congratulations to the many volunteers, sponsors and participants who helped to make this year's International Day of Persons with Disabilities such a success throughout Alberta! CPA (Alberta) was pleased to collaborate once again with numerous other disability organizations throughout the province. 

Enabling Accessibility Fund

The Government of Canada is currently accepting proposals from organizations interested in receiving financial assistance from the Enabling Accessibility Fund. Deadline is January 20, 2014 at 11:59 EST. 

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Events and News in Your Community



Calgary 2014 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. In January, we will be checking out Original Joe's Restaurant and Bar as well as the Starlite Restaurant.This is a great opportunity to socialize, share ideas, and enjoy some great food. For more information please click here.



Edmonton 2014 Peer Events

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

website at www.cpa-ab.org as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

For February's peer event, you'll want to check out our "McLovin" evening. Guest speakers will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about sexual health with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities. You will have an opportunity to ask questions, share your own story. Assistive devices will also be on display. Family and friends are welcome. Click here to find out more. 

For more information, contact peeredm@cpa-ab.org at 780-424-6312, ext. 2241.


Adapted Adventures Program - Winter 2014 
Adapted Adventures LogoMore information about upcoming activities for Winter 2014 will be coming your way soon! 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.  

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for program brochure. For more information please contact us at
outdoor@cpa-ab.org 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 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 Recreation Centre.


Please contact outdoor@cpa-ab.org or 780-424-6312 for more information or to sign up!

DATS January 2014 Newsletter

Click here to read newsletter


Medicine Hat   


Large Turnout for Sledge Hockey Event 


Derek Whitson teaching the rules for sledge hockey at the Family Leisure Centre in Medicine Hat  

Derek Whitson had a big turnout for New Year's Eve's sledge hockey event at the Family Leisure Centre in Medicine Hat!



Grande Prairie   


Volunteer Snow Removal, City of Grande Prairie    

Snow Removal in Grande Prairie 

As of December 20, 2013, there were 1500 truck loads of snow to be removed from residential streets. The CPA office in Grande Prairie has contact information for a volunteer to help clear snow. If you have a serious concern or medical condition however, please contact the City's snow removal hotline, 780-538-0354, extension 3.  
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.     


Grande Prairie Public Library

The Grande Prairie Public Library is exploring services for readers who are unable to easily access the library and users of audio-books.  Contact Mieke at 780-532-3305 or grandeprairie@cpa-ab.org for more information. 


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, 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. Parkinson Holiday Party at Wild Rose Manor on Friday January 10th at 2:00pm. For more information, phone (780) 882-6640.
Multiple Sclerosis Society - Yoga classes, January 9th - January 30th,Thursdays from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Drop In program every Friday from 1-3pm. Automatic door opener soon to be installed! MS information session being held on March 15 at Muskoseepi Park. MS Grande Prairie Facebook page. For more information phone (780) 532-3204


Community Rallies in Act of Kindness
Random Act of Kindness Day reduced barriers for 14 year old girl in Grande Prairie "In just two weeks, over 10 local companies stepped forward and donated staff, time and resources, said Robertson, to build Kylie Borden-Wilkins a ramp to her front door."  Click here for full story. 

Aboriginal News

Walking the Prevention Circle   

Walking the Prevention Poster  

Research and Technology 


A Tetra-built wheelchair guitar-holder helped this teenager learn to play - then he had the chance of a lifetime to record in-studio and to play a live rock concert!


"When we finished I heard the applause - I realized how loud it was, and how many people were there!" says Richard Quan.


Check out Richard's Tetra story, and please show your support by sharing it with others.  

Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness

Team Canada Sledge Hockey  

Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games    

WINNIPEG, December 6, 2013 - It will be a battle-tested team that that has been nominated to play for a third consecutive wheelchair curling gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, March 7 to 16 in Sochi, Russia. Read more... 


Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta

The CPAA is offering several programs in 2014; please refer to the Winter/Spring 2014 Program Schedule for an overview of the programs offered for Children, Youth and Adults. All CPAA programs are open to everyone (all disabilities). 


Introduction to Women's Sledge Hockey


Introduction to Women's Sledge Hockey, Edmonton; Carrie Anton
Introduction to Women's Sledge Hockey, Edmonton; Carrie Anton

Boccia Making a Comeback in Alberta

Team Canada Wheelchair Boccia Player Ready to Play is a program run by Alberta Cerebral Palsy Sports Association that introduces people with cerebral palsy and related disabilities to the sport of boccia in a fun and supportive environment. Please click here  for details. 


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Ways to Give




Sponsor Energy Information    

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 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.


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 February, 2014. 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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