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Medicine Hat

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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the MAY 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. If your contact information has changed or if you would like to receive Spinal Columns, please contact us at 780-424-6312, 1-888-654-5444 or

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In the News - Province Wide 

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Chair-Leaders Image and Dates
Chair-Leaders is an event that focuses primarily on the issues surrounding accessibility and mobility for persons with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities.  This special event has involved community leaders wheeling through their workdays, allowing them to gain firsthand insight into some of the accessibility issues faced by individuals with disabilities, our aging population, or even parents navigating with strollers.    


For further information regarding our 5th Annual Chair-Leaders "Enabling Access" Event, contact Ross Norton at 780-424-6312 or  



In recognition of their outstanding contributions and achievements to the City of Edmonton, nine individuals will be inducted into Edmonton's Salute to Excellence Hall of Fame, including long time CPA (Alberta) staff member, Larry Pempeit. 

Read more...  

Canada Releases First Report 
On Tuesday, February 17, 2014 Canada released its first report on how Canadians with disabilities are faring under the ratified United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The 61-page Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - First Report of Canada, prepared by the federal, provincial and territorial governments is the first and only report to occur. 

Ron Wickman talks about visitability Edmonton architect, Ron Wickman talks about the benefits of incorporating "visitability" into the design of your home.

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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 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.  We hope you can join us for this great opportunity to socialize, share ideas, and enjoy some great food. For more information about upcoming restaurant dates as well as upcoming peer events, click here.



Scotiabank Marathon - June 1

On June 1, 2014, Scotiabank will be holding their annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon. This year, CPA (Alberta) will be entering teams to help raise money for our programs and services. We are looking for people to run, walk, wheel (power or manual chair), or bike in this year's 5K event. You can register as an individual, a team or donate to someone else who is participating. For more information, contact or, 403-228-3001. Please see the attached poster.

A limited number of FREE registrations are available for those who qualify.

Marilyn will be riding on her bike in the 5km event and hopes to see you there!


Alberta Soccability Powerchair Soccer

The Alberta Soccer Association is pleased to announce that the Calgary Soccability Powerchair Program is now based in North-East Calgary and seeks new players to join and have fun in this fast paced, sporting activity for youth and adult players. Coached sessions take place at the Genesis Centre with full accessibility for powerchairs. They are looking for adventurous players seeking a fun and competitive environment to develop soccer skills, play and compete. Sessions take place on May 12, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Attendance for all sessions require pre-registration as there is limited availabilty for support equipment. For the full 7 week program, please e-mail Single session rates also available for new players looking to try out the sport. E-mail for player registration, waiver form and further information. 



Shaw TV is currently looking for an individual who uses a wheelchair who would like to participate in a show about belly dancing. Participant needs no prior knowledge about belly dancing (they would be taught) and would be required to commit to two Saturdays (May 17 and 31st). If interested, contact Emily at


Dayle Sheehan Interior Design

Dale Sheehan Interior Design Picture Do you struggle with mobility issues? My expertise includes personal experience creating barrier free spaces. My new program allows you to benefit from this expertise without cost to you. I will consult on ways to fine tune or fully renovate your home to make it better for your life.   


For more information, go to  







Edmonton 2014 Peer Events

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

website at as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
This month, check out the Edmonton peer event:
Quiet Atrium (Unit 3B), Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, contact Guy or Sydney at 780-424-6312 or Click here for poster.

Adapted Adventures Program  
Adapted Adventures LogoThe latest Adapted Adventures newsletter has been sent out. Missed it? Click here. 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. 
Upcoming events Include:

Edmonton Cycling Clinic - Thursday, May 15th, 6-9 pm

Adapted Sailing Day - Wabamun Sailing Club: Saturday, June 14th

Medicine Hat Cycling Clinic: Saturday, June 21st

Intermediate/Advanced Cycling Clinic - Jasper: July 11th, 12th, 13th

Big Valley Jamboree, Camrose - Volunteers Needed!:  July 30, 31, August 1, 2, 3

Hiking/TrailRider Weekend in the Mountains (Mosquito Creek Wilderness Hostel on the Jasper Icefields Parkway): August 15, 16, 17

Cycling Program - starts 1st week of June - Edmonton

Canoeing/Kayaking - starts 1st week of July - Edmonton

Medicine Hat Cycling Program - start TBD

For more information check out the Spring 2014 brochure, the latest newsletter or contact or 780-424-6312 ext. 2247.  


Ron Hodgson Chevrolet Buick GMC Golf Classic 


Ron Hodgson Chevrolet Buick GMC Golf Classic Invitation



Innovations at Work: A Learning Symposium on Employment and Persons with Disabilities

This is a free event taking place on May 22 - 23, 2014

For more information, click here


Medicine Hat   

Wheelchair/Stick Curling

Friday's at 1:00 PM at the Medicine Hat Curling Club.


Medicine Hat Adaptive Sport and Recreation

Welcome to Medicine Hat Adaptive Sport and Recreation who recently joined Facebook at


Boccia - Medicine Hat Sport and Recreation

Click here for information about Boccia for adults.

Click here for information about Boccia for kids.

Contact Tara at 587-253-5300 or for more information and/or to register!

Cycling / Handcycling 

Interested in cycling / handcycling? Join us on June 21, 2014. Location to be decided. Everyone welcome, regardless of ability. For more information, contact or Amy or Sydney at 780-424-6312, ext. 2247.


Red Deer   

Marlin Styner Memorial Golf Classic 

Marlin Styner Memorial Golf Classic Invitation  


Grande Prairie   

CPA (Alberta) Grande Prairie Peer Information Sessions/Other Activities:

For more information on any upcoming peer events please contact Mieke at 780-532-3305 or     


Grande Prairie Office Hours
The office will be closed May 12 - 25 inclusive as Mieke will be away with limited access to email. Regular office hours will resume May 26, 2014.    

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May 2 - Join us as ambassadors at the Chair-Leaders Enabling Access Event taking place in downtown Grande Prairie. For more information, contact call 780-532-3305.  


Grande Prairie Regional Events  
May 7- Family Financial Planning Surrounding Disabilities workshop, 7pm to 9pm, Lions Learning Centre. For more information, call 780-539-6077

May 10 - "MS is" Webinar  Also a Presentation on employment with disabilities with Emily Cooper
May 13 -  "Sighted Guide Training" for family and Friends of People with Vision Loss - facilitated by CNIB, orientation and mobility specialist
May 24 - "Youth Transitions, One Stop Shop" workshop with the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta 

May 25 - MS Walk
June 17 - Grande Prairie Residential Society Annual Supper and General Meeting, 5:00 p.m. at the Six-Plex on 123 Avenue

Local Support Groups 
ASLS Brain Injury Support Group
Every Friday 1-3 at Town Centre Mall. For information phone (780) 539-0433.

New address: #229-9804-100 Avenue, T8V 0T8. Bookclub at the Public Library, third Tuesdays from 2-3pm. For more information phone (780) 539-4719.

Caregiving Community

"A place to share the journey of caring for family or friends who are aging or with challenging medical needs or mental health needs." Meetings facilitated by Christine Ayling and Florence Vanstone, 7:00pm first Mondays of every month, Lion's Learning Centre. Contact info:, 780-830- 7742 (Eunice) .  

Multiple Sclerosis Society  
Friday Coffee Talks from 1-3pm.   
Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Local contact Larry Gibson (780) 814-2345 or visit their website

Parkinson's Alberta - Voice Enhancement

Tuesdays at Wildrose Manor. Support groups for people with Parkinson's Disease and for caregivers are ongoing. For more information phone (780) 882-6640

PARDS (Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society)

Grande Prairie Public Library

Barrier-free programs for all ages 


Coffee Groups

Fort St. John, SCI-BC Volunteer Peer Coordinator, Lori Slater, hosts coffee groups on Tuesdays from 2 - 4. Contact her at (250) 787-1912 or if you'd like more information. We hope to pull something together in Dawson Creek, too - keep in touch!

Research and Technology  


Opportunity to Provide Your Opinion on What Would Encourage or
Discourage You From Participating in SCI Clinical Trials
Researchers at the University of Miami are conducting a new survey that anyone over the age of 18 who is living with a spinal cord injury can participate in. Very rarely are people with SCI asked for their input on factors involved in the design of clinical trials.  As a result, many people may end up qualifying for trials, but decide not to participate because they are overly complicated or very burdensome. Here is your opportunity to provide direct input on what factors about clinical trials encourage or discourage you from participating.  The survey only takes about 10 minutes to complete and can be found here 

We need input from many people. so please feel free to share this information with your SCI friends and organizations. Contact Dr. Kim Anderson with any questions 

Participants Needed for a Doctoral Study on Disability and Mobile Technology

A PhD student in the Sociology Department at Queen's University is looking for individuals to participate in a study on disability and mobile technology. The study examines how people with disabilities use mobile computing devices (such as smartphone and tablets) and the benefits and barriers that they may encounter using the device. The study aims to shed light on how mobile technology can be used to facilitate access, inclusion and equality. Click here for more information.


Electronic Implant Helping Some with Spinal Cord Injuries

Global TV Ontario on the new electrical stimulation research findings, providing a balanced perspective. 


Interesting Websites/Videos  


Afghanistan Wheelchair Basketball

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Picture of Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team in Afghanistan  

An inspirational blog about a relatively new sport in Afghanistan, Women's Wheelchair Basketball.    

The Vacuum Elevator 
Picture of Wheelchair accessible vacuum elevator
Vacuum elevator comes in three sizes, ranging from single to a three passenger, wheelchair accessible home unit. 

Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness

Team Canada Sledge Hockey  

PSA "One for All" Summer Day Camps  

The Paralympic Sports Association (PSA) has a number of exciting programs starting up soon! Sign up now! No experience necessary and open to all ABILITIES. Call 780-439-8687 or email to register.


Springing into Spring!

Check out the Paralympic Sports Association's spring programs, including adapted golf, swimming and newly added lacrosse. Call 780-439-8687 or email to register.



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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, just complete the Membership Form and forward to our office. Membership payment can be made by credit card or cheque, payable to CPA (Alberta) or over the phone by credit card (VISA or MasterCard).  

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 and to and from the Grande Prairie Airport. 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.  



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 June 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    

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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