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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the JUNE 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 publications@cpa-ab.org.

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Hancock Announces Funding and Internships for Albertans with Disabilities

EDMONTON - The Alberta government has created two programs that aim to get persons with disabilities into the workforce. Read more... 


Disabled Albertans see grants boosted to improve homes' accessibility
 Patricia Whaley had a ramp built at her home covered by the province's Residential Access Modification Program.


Albertans with disabilities will be eligible for more funding to improve their homes' accessibility, the province announced Monday.


Grants have been raised to $7,500 annually, up from $5,000, under the Residential Access Modification Program, Naresh Bhardwaj, associate minister of services for persons with disabilities, said Monday. Click here for full story...


Tax Measures for Persons with Disabilities

This video series is intended to help individuals with disabilities, or the people who support them, find answers to some of the key questions related to tax measures that may apply to them. Some of the topics covered are: the disability tax credit and the disability amount; medical expenses; and the Registered Disabilities Savings Plan, to name a few.  

Tax Measures for Persons with Disabilities  


Quanto's Law

Edmonton Police Service Dog Stabbed to Death in October 2013 The proposed amendment is meant to protect all animals - primarily dogs and horses - that help in police and military work and assist people with disabilities as service animals. Read more... 


Making Primary Care More Accessible  
An example of the Learning Collaborative methodology in action was the Canadian Disability Policy Alliance Health services team's initiative to enhance accessibility in Ontario's Family Health Teams. Read more.... 

Meet Edgar - On Work and Life

Edgar Jackson was paralyzed from the neck down 16 years ago. Since then he has started his own safety auditing company and walked his daughter down the aisle.

Meet Edgar 
Meet Edgar
Life After SCI: The Tiffiny Carlson Story  
Tiffiny Carlson gives great tips and insight for newly injured women. Subjects include health tips, gaining confidence, standing after injury, staying active, driving, as well as bowel and bladder care. Tiffiny is a professional blogger and writes a column for New Mobility magazine.
Life After SCI: The Tiffiny Carlson Story 
Life After SCI: The Tiffiny Carlson Story



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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  as well as on Facebook and TwitterFor 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  marilyn.erho@cpa-ab.org or russ.bray@cpa-ab.org, 403-228-3001. Please see the attached poster.

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

CPA (Alberta)'s Marilyn Erho will be riding on her bike in the 5km event and hopes to see you there!


Family Fun Day FREE!

Family Fun Day coming up on June 14th CPA (Alberta), Calgary Rotary Challenger Park and Challenger Little League Baseball invite you to their annual Family Fun Day coming up on Saturday, June 14th at Calgary Rotary Challenger Park. For more information, contact Cal Schuler at 403-228-7419 or for instructions on how to get there, visit www.challengerpark.com or contact Anar Dharshi at 403-250-2707 or info@challengerpark.com 


TrailRider for Rent

TrailRider available for loan from the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre for only $12 per day. The TrailRider belongs to the Push to Open Nature Society, and is housed at the U of C Outdoor Centre so that people in the Calgary area can rent it for a day, weekend, or longer. For more information, contact 403-220-5038.    


Wheelchair Accessible Apartment for Rent - Calgary 

Two bedroom unit available end of July/first of August at West Scenic Acres Housing Co-op, 435 Beaver Dam Road NE. Rent is $1040/month. This is a housing co-operative and requires a one time membership fee of $1500. Process includes an interview as well as a reference and credit check. Contact office Manager, Melanie Laidley for more details at 403-274-7226. For an application, go to  




Edmonton 2014 Peer Events

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

website as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Peer Program Barbecue! Join us on July 17, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Rundle Park, Campsite 1, 2909 - 113 Avenue. Click here for poster.

For more information, contact Guy or Sydney at 780-424-6312 or peeredm@cpa-ab.org
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:
Adapted Sailing Day
- Wabamun Sailing Club: Saturday, June 14th.
Click here for poster.

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 outdoor@cpa-ab.org or 780-424-6312 ext. 2247.  


Ron Hodgson Chevrolet Buick GMC Golf Classic 





Edmonton Mayor's Awards

Presented annually, the Mayor's Awards recognize individuals, organizations or businesses within Edmonton that demonstrate a commitment to persons with disabilities. Four award categories recognize community members who demonstrate sensitive, creative and innovative methods to ensure the dignity and inclusion of persons with disabilities. Photography by Dave Tameling Photography | Edmonton Google Business Photos http://www.davetameling.com/



Medicine Hat   

Wheelchair/Stick Curling

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


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 outdoor@cpa-ab.org 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 grandeprairie@cpa-ab.org.     


Grande Prairie Public Library

Wheelchair accessible programs for all ages.


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

Book club at the public library, third Tuesdays from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. For more information phone (780) 539-4719.

Caregiving Community

Contact info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/723031487761322/ 

Multiple Sclerosis Society  
The Drop In every Friday 1-3pm.   
Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Phone (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) 



Coffee Groups

Coffee Cup re Fort St. John Coffee Group 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 peervolunteerfsj@sci-bc.ca if you'd like more information. We hope to pull something together in Dawson Creek too - keep in touch!

Research and Technology  


What do You Think About Peer Athlete Mentorship?
A team of adapted sport researchers from the School of Kinesiology at Queen's University, UBC and the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University would like to get your impressions on your experiences with sport mentorship in sport participation. Participants will receive a $25 gift certificate for Starbucks or Tim Horton's. Click here for poster. If interested, contact student investigator (Bryce Donald, M.Sc.. Candidate) at 63bd@queensu.caor 613-533-6000 ext. 79283.

What do You Think About Influential Peer Athletes and Sport? 

A team of adapted sport researchers from the School of Kinesiology at Queen's University, UBC and the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University would like to get your impressions on your experiences with sport and an influential peer athlete.

Participants will receive a $25 gift certificate for Starbucks or Tim Horton's. Click here for poster. If interested, contact student investigator (Bryce Donald, M.Sc.. Candidate) at 63bd@queensu.ca or 613-533-6000 ext. 79283.

Shock Absorbing Wheel for Bikes and Wheelchairs 
Softwheel Acrobat Wheel 
Softwheel Acrobat Wheel


Interesting Websites/Videos  


Check out the Cool New Website for SBHANA  
(Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Northern Alberta)
Spina Bifida Association of Northern Alberta Website 


Robotic Body Suit

The first ceremonial kick of the World Cup game (Brazil 2014) may be made by a paralyzed teenager, who, flanked by the two contending soccer teams, will saunter onto the pitch clad in a robotic body suit.



Facing Disability: SCI Website

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Facing Disability.com is based out of Chicago and was created to connect families who have to deal with a spinal cord injury. You can click on "watch videos" and then "videos by topic and questions.


Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness

Team Canada Sledge Hockey  

Camp Freedom   

July 17 - 20, 2014. Hosted by the Spinal Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association, Camp Freedom is a four day overnight camp for teens living with spina bifida, ages 12 to 18 years. 


2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball Championship 
Team Canada roster change announced for 2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball Championship coming up in June.

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Wheelchair Floor Hockey Tournament 
Saturday, June 7th, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., ACT Centre Gym, 2909 - 113th Avenue.  


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 danielle@parasports.net 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 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 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.  


Vertical Platform Lifts 
Available at Silver Cross at


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The next issue of CPA (Alberta) Wheel-E will be published the first week of July 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    

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