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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the Agusut 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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International Day of Persons with Disabilities - Funding Availability 

The United Nations recognizes International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) each year on December 3rd. The intent of this day is to increase awareness and understanding of persons with disabilities and to celebrate their contributions.

Council seeks opportunities to promote IDPD in Alberta. Support and some funding is available to help organizing committees hold IDPD events in their communities. Learn more about IDPD and apply for funding by August 27, 2014.

If you require the IDPD funding application in alternate format, contact the Premier's Council office.


Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Awards are often presented at these events.

More information about IDPD is available on the United Nations' website.


Albertans Appointed to Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities 
The Government of Alberta announces the names of newly appointed and reappointed members of the Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities.  

Communicating the Health Risks of Extreme Heat Events 

A Toolkit  for Public Health and Emergency Management Officials. Click here.

Communicating the Health Risks of Extreme Heat Events  

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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.


Living Well with a Spinal Cord Injury Peer Conference 

September 19, 2014, 1:00 - 7:30 p.m., Carriage House Inn, 9030 Macleod Trail South, Calgary
$20/person. RSVP by September 9, 2014.
Find out more about nutritional health, fashion, traveling, parenting and much more...the day also includes a vendor trade show! Click here for poster. For more information, contact Marilyn Erho at 403-228-7434.



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.

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:


August 15-17, 2014 

Adapted Hiking Weekend  at HI Mosquito Creek Wilderness Hostel

There will be TrailRiders, other new adapted equipment and volunteers to assist adaptive hikers so everyone can get out and enjoy the trails. Friends and family are welcome to join! Space is limited, so secure your spot with a $50 deposit by July 30.


August 25, 2014

Fishing at Hermitage Park from 1:00 - 3:00pm.

There will adapted equipment available, including a Sip n' Puff machine! *First time free to try it out!


Regular Programs:

*First time free to try it out!



o   Intermediate Group Tuesday's 6:30-8:00 pm. Locations vary throughout the city

o   Advanced Group Wednesday's 6:30-8:00 pm. Locations vary throughout the city

o   Beginner Group Thursday's 1:00-3:00 pm at Hawrelak Park in parking lot at picnic site #2


Paddling: Monday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Kirk Lake. Adapted equipment available to make this accessible for all! 


Contact for questions or to register for any of these programs!


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, 6:30-8:00 pm. Locations vary throughout the city
    • Advanced Group - Wednesday's, 6:30-8:00 pm. Locations vary throughout the city
    • Beginner Group - Thursday's, 1:00-3:00 pm 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 6:30-8:00 pm 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.  


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DATS Open House

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 

DATS Open House Invitation

Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta Upcoming Programs

The CPAA is offering several fantastic programs this fall and would like to share some exciting news! Click here to check out an overview of all 2014 Fall Programs. For more information, (780) 733-0245 or or


New Coordinator for Tetra Society, Edmonton Chapter

To find out more, go to 

or contact Brittney Neunzig at 780-619-2261 or

Community Impact Volunteer Speakers Needed

Drawing on personal experience, Community Impact Speakers inspire social change by sharing stories about the positive impact United Way and its funded partners have had on their lives and/or the community. To find out more, click here

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 Program - Grande Prairie

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


Meet and Greet  

August 7, 2014 at the Sawridge Inn, Peace River. Join us and learn more about the Community Living Attendant Training Program Let us know how we can help you in the Peace Country!


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.
Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games  
February 20, 21 & 22, 2015. Contact the Volunteer Services Bureau for information

High Quality Firewood 
United Commercial Travelers
, a registered non-profit society in Grande Prairie, raises funds through the sale of high quality firewood. Will stack for free for seniors and people with disabilities. For more information, contact Roger at 780-512-3407 


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  


Pressure Ulcers - What can we do about it?

This is a serious health issue costing our health care system billions of dollars.

It affects you personally. Why? Because there is a finite number of health dollars and if we have to use them to treat a life threatening pressure ulcer there is less for MRI's, hip surgeries, etc. Let's talk about it on August 13, 2014, Upper Crust Café, 10909 - 86 Avenue, Edmonton, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Snacks and refreshments provided. RSVP by August 11 to Seoyoung Kim at 


Interesting Websites/Videos  



Airshells® - The Original Approved Transportcase  
Airshells protective safety bags for wheelchairs(foldable and rigid) and walkers are the only Airline-approved safety protection product on the market. Some airlines and travel agencies do not cover damage unless you have used an Airshells safety protection product. For more information click here



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.  


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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.


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 September 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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