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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the September 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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Don't Miss Out on our "Living Well with a Spinal Cord Injury Conference" 

Calgary - 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 or

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

CPA (Alberta) Executive Director, Teren Clarke Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge 
CPA (Alberta) Executive Director, Teren Clarke Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Provincial Conservative Leadership
Update from The Alberta Disabilities Forum


In the next few weeks Alberta will have a new Premier. Over the last 5 months, the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta has been holding a leadership race to choose the head of the party and the next Premier of Alberta. As an organization that promotes full participation in society for people with disabilities, ADF takes every opportunity to ensure that disability issues are heard and political leadership races are no exception. As part of the leadership campaign, members of the ADF Steering Committee invited all of the Progressive Conservative leadership candidates to an interview; however, we were only able to meet with Thomas Lukaszuk. The other candidates, Jim Prentice and Ric McIver, were not able to make themselves available to meet with us.


The purpose of these meetings was to provide the candidates with information about ADF's work, learn about the candidates' experiences and perspectives on disability issues, present recommendations on how to move forward on disability issues and to get a commitment from the candidates to take greater steps in making Alberta a more inclusive province.


Click here to read a summary of the interview with Thomas Lukaszuk.

The first round of voting takes place on September 6, 2014. To learn more about the upcoming Progressive Conservative leadership election, visit


Farewell to Drew Hutton 
MLA for Edmonton/Glenora and past Executive Director of the Glenrose Foundation, Drew Hutton had a special connection with people with disabilities.

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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. More information about upcoming restaurant dates as well as other events will be posted as it becomes available on all of our social media platforms. 


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 Coulombe at 780-424-6312 or Upcoming events include: Poker Night Peer Event on September 13 and Kitchen Gadgets Peer Event on September 18, 2014.  


Adapted Adventures Program  

Adapted Adventures LogoThe 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. 

Integrated Spin Classes starting September 17th, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., University of Alberta, Van Vliet Centre.

For more information, contact Sydney at or 780-424-6312 ext. 2247.  

Thank You! Ron Hodgson Chevrolet Buick GMC Golf Classic

We had a tremendous day for golf this past August 14, 2014 for our annual Ron Hodgson Chevrolet Buick GMC Golf Classic in support of CPA (Alberta). The day was full of laughs, great prizes and auction items and a beautiful steak dinner! We would like to thank everyone who helped to this year's tournament so successful as a fundraising and awareness event to assist persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities. We simply could not make this happen without you!  Check out the photos on Facebook.  


DATS Open House - September 10th 

DATS Open House Invitation

DATS September Newsletter

Hot off the press - check out the September issue of the DATS newsletter. 

Medicine Hat   

Wheelchair/Stick Curling

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


Red Deer   

Thank You! Marlin Styner Memorial Golf Classic  

Thank you to everyone who came out on August 15, 2014 in support of CPA (Alberta). It was a beautiful day on the greens with both revenue and awareness raised in support of individuals with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities. 


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  

Meet and Greet the CPA staff opportunities took place in Grande Prairie, Peace River, La Crete, High Level and Manning. Though numbers were low, each gathering raised more awareness of services available in each community. If you are interested in helping the CPA host a meet and greet, peer event or information session in your community please contact the GP office at 780-532-3305.

Accessibility Advisory Committee of Grande Prairie 

Members met with Michelle Gairdner, Manager of Environmental Stewardship for the City of Grande Prairie. We talked about Community Mobility and the challenges of navigating sidewalks safely. Please note, the "community garden" is in raised flower beds, accessible from wheelchairs.
A link to information about "Community Gardens" is on the right menu bar.



The Art of Friendship Workshop 
September 19 (1:00 pm) and September 22 (5:30 pm). Free workshop, 9 weeks long, one hour a week, and supports mental health. Both venues are wheelchair accessible. Click here for brochure.     







Three Cheers for the City of Grande Prairie!   
An asphalt path has been completed that connects 68 Avenue to 84 Avenue, and an agreement has been reached with the railroad to pave the path across the tracks. The final hurdle is crossing the Canfor driveways and a clear path will be available along Highway 40 between the CPA office and 100 Street at the Gateway Power Centre and the Grande Prairie Regional College. 


Grande Prairie Snow Removal: 

People who require temporary, or on-going, assistance with snow removal can go to or contact the city at 780-538-0300 for trouble-shooting.  The Snow Angels program, started 3  years ago by the city, saw more than 90 people acknowledged for their goodwill and help in the 2013-14 winter (compared to 90 in total during the previous 3 years).  If your neighbor is helping you out, consider signing them up to receive recognition

Trouble with Handling Curbside Bins for Garbage Collection? 
Contact Aquatera in Grande Prairie. For more information, go to or complete this form at .

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.

Share Your Story  
Local Filmmakers are looking for personal stories about watershed moments:
Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games  
February 20, 21 & 22, 2015. Contact the Volunteer Services Bureau for information

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 

Golden Age Recreation Centre 
Wheelchair accessible activities are open to all Golden Age Members,regardless of age - 

Research and Technology  


Check out this bad boy. Introducing the Hexhog All-Terrain Wheelchair!
Check out this bad boy. Introducing the Hexhog All-Terrain Wheelchair!
ReWalk Goes Public
The Times of Israel

Ekso Bionics (TM) to Demonstrate Robotic Exoskeleton Technology at Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals 2014


Interesting Websites/Videos  


No Hands Ken  
An Inspiring Quadriplegic Gamer Taking the Internet by Storm


Facing Disability: Spinal Cord Injury Resources   
You can now share your story with this new App   


How We Choose to See People

Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness

Team Canada Sledge Hockey  


Paratriathlon is one of the newest and most exciting Paralympic sports.  It consists of swimming, biking (handbike/tandem) and running (racing wheelchair).  It's fun and challenging, and a great way to stay fit! Click here for poster. For more information, go to or contact (Calgary) or (Edmonton). 


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PSA Partnering with Stormbringer Air-Gun Range   

Adapted Air-Gun Try-it Evening on Thursday, September 4 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm! For $15 you will have the chance to try shooting an air-rifle at targets.This package is usually $30 so this is an excellent way to try a new sport for the first time.The range is completely safe. Everyone who attends must go through a safety orientation before they are allowed on the range. Anyone 8 years old and up may attend. Click here for online poster with more information or

contact or call 780-439-8687. 

The Steadward Bears Para-Swim Team
The Steadward Bears Para-Swim Team is now accepting registrations for their fall programs. Whether you see yourself swimming in a recreational setting or in a competitive program the Bears Para-Swim Team could be a great fit for you.
Program Dates are: Monday September 15 - Thursday December 4, 2014. Click here for more information

Canadian Women's Sledge Hockey 
Congratulations to Eri MacDonald, Geneva Coulter and Alanna Mah for making Canadian Women's Sledge Hockey Team. Click here for Roster Announcement.


2019 Canada Games Bid Announcement 
Tune in to live webcast on Thursday, September 4, 11 a.m. as Canada Games Council announces decision between Lethbridge and Red Deer. Find out more at 


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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 October 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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