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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


St. Paul

Phone: (780) 645-5116

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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the July 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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Post Secondary Scholarships
Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Northern Alberta (SBHANA)
Click here for scholarship applications. Deadline for applications is August 31, 2014.
Easter Seals
Scholarship applications must be received at the Easter Seals office no later than July 31, 2014 for the next academic year. Click here for eligibility and application requirements
or contact Easter Seals at (403) 235-5662.


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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.



Thank You - Scotiabank Marathon

CPA (Alberta) was the recipient of approximately $37,000 raised at the Scotiabank Marathon held on June 1st in Calgary. Thank you to all of our supporters who helped make this event such a success. Special thanks to Shamel Elsayed, long time member and supporter of CPA (Alberta), who raised pledges and participated in the event even when recovering from recent health issues. Thank you as well to CPA (Alberta) staff members, Russ Bray and Marilyn Erho who contributed to the success of the event and also came out to participate!  Check out Facebook for lots of photos. 


Family Fun Day!

Family Fun Day Photo CPA (Alberta) kicked off summer with approximately 1200 other folks at Rotary Challenger Park with various fun activities for all ages and abilities. Thanks to everyone who came out! Check out more photos on Facebook



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


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:

July 14, 2014 - the first Paddling night of the summer. Paddling (canoeing and kayaking) takes place Monday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm at Kirk Lake. *First time free to try it out!

July 21, 2014 - Fishing at Hermitage Park from 1:00-3:00pm. Adapted equipment available, including a Sip n' Puff machine! *First time free to try it out!

July 30-August 3, 2014 - Big Valley Jamboree (BVJ). Adapted Adventures and our fantastic group of volunteers will be attending BVJ to sell programs. Part of the proceeds will go towards supporting the Adapted Adventures programs.

August 15-17, 2014 - Adapted Hiking Weekend at Mosquito Creek Wilderness Hostel. There will be TrailRiders, other new equipment and volunteers to assist adaptive hikers available so everyone can get out and enjoy the trails. Friends and family welcome!

August 25, 2014 - Fishing at Hermitage Park from 1:00-3:00pm.

Contact for questions or to register!


Adapted Adventures Volunteer Opportunities:

Hands in the air We are looking for willing volunteers to assist with our weekly programs:

  • Cycling:
    • Intermediate Group - Tuesday's, 6:30-8:00pm. Locations vary throughout the city
    • Advanced Group - Wednesday's, 6:30-8:00pm. Locations vary throughout the city
    • Beginner Group - Thursday's, 1:00-3:00pm at Hawrelak Park in parking lot at picnic site #2

Volunteers would assist with lifts/transfers as well as cycle during the ride with the group.

  • Paddling: Monday evening's from 6:30-8:00pm at Kirk Lake. Volunteers will assist with transfers, pair up to paddle with participants.
  • Hiking Weekend: Volunteers are needed to act as "sherpas" for the TrailRiders during hikes, assist with meal preparation, and general cleanup. 

Interested volunteers contact


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 




Salute to Excellence Award  

Larry Pempeit Long time CPA (Alberta) staff member, Larry Pempeit was recognized for his outstanding community service on behalf of Albertans with disabilities. The award was presented during the Salute to Excellence Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Francis Winspear Centre on June 16, 2014.

Congratulations Larry!






Measuring Up Edmonton Image
Edmonton is a vibrant city. We celebrate individuality and diversity in our citizens. The City of Edmonton's strategic plan, The Way Ahead, is moving our city towards a bold vision for the future, including:
  • Improving livability for people of all abilities and backgrounds.
  • Developing facilities and infrastructure that are accessible by all.
  • Improving accessibility throughout the city by enforcing municipal bylaws.
Click here to find out more about Measuring Up Edmonton.

Medicine Hat   

Wheelchair/Stick Curling

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


Red Deer   

Marlin Styner Memorial Golf Classic  

A limited number of spots still available. Find out how you can spend a day on the greens!


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      


Six Week Attendant Training Project in Grande Prairie

Tell people about it! Become a volunteer! Share a personal story! CPA (Alberta) is running a pilot project in Grande Prairie called the Community Living Attendant Training Pilot Project. Click here to find out more about this great project or contact Kristopher Hvamb at 780-532-3306.


Meet and Greets 

Keep your eyes peeled for more information to welcome our new staff!

Dawson Creek/Hines Creek - Please contact us by July 5 if you are interested in a meet and greet this summer.

Grande Prairie - tentative July 25

High Level and La Crete - tentative July 15 - 16

Peace River - August 7

Chair-Leaders Events - Thank You! 

Thank you to Grande Cache and Grande Prairie volunteers and communities for your support with our annual Chair-Leaders events.


See Click Fix    

If there are problems with the path you travel in Grande Prairie (pot holes, over hanging branches, lots of garbage or other safety issues), go to Click Fix, or phone 780-538-0300.  


Luxliner Bus Line

Offers kneeling bus service from Peace River to Edmonton  1-855-589-5463.

No service for wheelchairs at this time. Will stop in Valleyview when pre-booked.

Local Support Groups 
ASLS Brain Injury Support Group (780) 539-0433. 

CNIB (780) 539-4719.

Caregiving Community 

Muscular Dystrophy Canada (780) 814-2345
Multiple Sclerosis Society 780-532-3204 

Parkinson's Alberta - Voice Enhancement  (780) 882-6640

PARDS (Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society) 780-538-3211 

Coffee Group: Fort St. John, Lori Slater, SCI-BC Volunteer Peer Coordinator 250-787-1912  

Research and Technology  


Exoskeleton on Loan to University of Alberta
When Louise Miller first saw someone in a wheelchair strand up and walk, she was "absolutely, totally blown away." more.


A device that senses tremors in your hand and responds by steadying what you hold. 


Interesting Websites/Videos  


Automatic Remote Control Openers
Pocket doors and patio doors can open automatically with a sensor or wireless wall button. Visit for more information or call Randy (780) 217-7425.

Custom Spokeguards

Click here to find out more.  


Online Magazine for Women in Wheelchairs 

Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness

Team Canada Sledge Hockey  

Wheelchair Tennis Lessons    

Wheelchair Sports Alberta is pleased to announce that the Alberta - Bridging
The Gap Program will be offering weekly Wheelchair Tennis Lessons throughout
the summer. The lessons will take place at the Saville Community Sports
Centre in Edmonton and will be coached by NCCP Certified Tennis Instructor,
David Rossolatos. If you have any questions or concerns, contact BJ Engerdahl at 780-918-1046, or
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PSA One for All Summer Day Camps  
Check out the various camps taking place place throughout the summer. Click here for more information or contact or call 780-439-8687.  


Rocky Mountain Adaptive Sports Centre 
All programs open to any child or teenager with a physical, intellectual or development disability who is interested in participating, learning, socializing and having fun this summer! Click here to find out more.  



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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.  


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 August 2014. 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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