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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the October 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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In the News - Province Wide 

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Retirement of Long Time CPA (Alberta) Staff Member

After 30+ years of committed service, Larry Pempeit is retiring.

A drop-in farewell get together is planned for:

October 8th, 1:00 - 4:00, 305 Hys Centre, 11010 - 101 Street, Edmonton. Please join us as we bid a fond farewell to our friend and colleague.

RSVP to angie.barron@cpa-ab.org.  




Thank You Electronic Recycling Association

Thank you Electronic Recycling Association


An Understanding of Neurological Conditions

The Public Health Agency of Canada, in partnership with Health Canada, Neurological Health Charities Canada and the Canadian Institute of Health Research, have released a report titled, Mapping Connections: An understanding of neurological conditions in Canada. This report provides an overview of the impacts, services available, risk factors and barriers for people who have neurological conditions, including spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy, among many more. Click here to read full report.


Education Opportunity

Starting Wednesday, October 1, the Alberta Caregiver Association is  offering Caregiver Information Sessions for all family caregivers and their supporters. The information sessions provide an opportunity to:

  •          Connect with other caregivers,
  •          Gain knowledge & practical tools
  •          Receive support & wisdom.

It will not matter if your journey as a Caregiver has just started or whether you have been caregiving for a long time. You may attend the series or pick and choose the topics that interest you.  Click here for poster. All sessions are free. Refreshments will be served. To register, contact cassy@albertacaregivers.org or 780-453-5088 (Toll-Free 1-877-453-5088). If leaving a message to register, please provide your full name, and contact information (phone # and/or e-mail address).  

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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. Click here to find out more about upcoming activities and events in Calgary.  


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. The Restaurant Review for October is just on hold until November. More good food to follow so keep checking back! 


Lunch and Bowl
Join us on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 for a "Lunch and Bowl" from noon til about 4:00 p.m. where we combine good food and socializing with a fun activity!    



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 guy.coulombe@cpa-ab.org

Poker Night 
Join us on October 18, 2014 for a great evening of fun poker, socializing, food and refreshments. RSVP by October 10th, 2014 to Kiley Geddie at 780-257-0107 or Guy Coulombe at 780-424-6312 or peeredm@cpa-ab.org. Click here for poster
Engaged Community Members Needed!
Are you engaged in your community and want to make a difference for persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities? CPA (Alberta) is looking for fundraising committee members who are interested in making a difference and would be able to commit to approximately for 4 to 5 hours a month! For more information, contact angie.barron@cpa-ab.org.  

Exploring Career and College Options Conference 
Exploring Career and College Options Conference BannerOctober 18, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For more information contact Metis Training to Employment Services, 780-423-2237, www.metisemployment.ca. To download event poster, click here.

MEDIchair Education Day - You're Invited 

October 30, 2014, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Delta Hotel South (Grand Ballroom), 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB. For more information or to register online go to www.edmonton.medichair.com or phone 780-437-3300.  


Disability Pride Rally - October 3, 2014

The Self Advocacy Federation is hosting their annual disability pride rally on October 3, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton. There will be musicians and a performance from Cripsies, with guest speakers from the City of Edmonton and self-advocates. The Self Advocacy Federation invites you to come out and celebrate the advancement that people with disabilities have made in this world regarding human rights, education, employment and citizenship. For more information, call 780-454-0701 ext. 108 for more information.   


Para Camp

October 31, 2014 to November 2, 2014 at the University of Alberta, Edmonton 

Deadline to register has been extended to Sunday, October 5th.

Swimmers who have attended International events are encouraged to attend. 

All personal coaches are invited, register online.

Camp Criteria - http://www.swimalberta.ca/swimmers/tour-teams-camps 

Registration for Camp http://www.tfaforms.com/294138.


Medicine Hat   

Wheelchair/Stick Curling

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


Red Deer    

Red Deer Office Change 

Please note that the CPA (Alberta) Red Deer Regional office has transitioned to a home based operation. We will continue working towards providing quality service to persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities in Red Deer and area. Contact information will remain the same at 403-341-5060 or reddeer@cpa-ab.org.


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.      


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.


Would You Like to be a Home Host? 
Home Hosts invite CLAT students into their home to observe their regular caregiver conduct their normal care routine for day one. This allows students to provide care with the on-call employed caregiver present for a typical work week. Click here for more information


Adapted I Can Swim Program for Adults 
Contact Mieke if you would like to learn more. 


Sisters in Spirit  
Sisters in Spirit Image October 4, 2014, 2:00 p.m.  Sisters in Spirit memorial walk from bear sculpture and flags at Grande Prairie Regional College  to the Community Centre of  Grande Prairie Friendship Centre. Click here for poster.


2014 Film and Story Tea "The Other Side of Politics and Government Services"
October 5, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Golden Age Centre. Free. Join South Peace Regional Archives for an afternoon of memories about politics and government services in the South Peace, featuring a variety of speakers, historical photographs, and "Grande Prairie, A Way of Life" on 16mm film. Popcorn and refreshments provided. Phone Mieke if you would like company!


Grande Prairie Primary Care Network's 4th Annual Health Trade Show

October 6, 2014, 4 p.m.- 8 p.m., Holiday Inn & Suites Grande Prairie (Staple's Corner), CPA (Alberta) will be hosting a table.


CPA (Alberta)/Cerebral Palsy Association Collaborate to Form Cross-Disabilities Support Group

October 16, 2014. For confirmation of time and place, contact grandeprairie@cpa-ab.org or phone Kimberly Mayer, 1-888-477-8030 or kimberly@cpalberta.com;


Accessibility Advisory Committee of Grande Prairie

On October 17, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., the Accessibility Advisory Committee of Grande Prairie will meet with various departments of the City of Grande Prairie regarding winter mobility. Contact Mieke at 780-532-3305 or grandeprairie@cpa-ab.org or any of the support groups listed below with any concerns you would like to bring forward.   


High Quality Firewood  
United Commercial Travelers, a registered non-profit society, raises funds to reduce the cost share portion to people receiving AADL equipment through the sale of high quality firewood and bottle donations. They will stack wood free for seniors and people with disabilities. For more information, contact Roger at 780-512-3407.  

Operation Traffic Watch

If there are problems with accessible parking, take a photo and send it to:  http://www.cityofgp.com/index.aspx?page=1074.    


See Click Fix 
If there are problems with the path you travel in Grande Prairie, contact the city at 

Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games Grande Prairie 2015 
February 20, 21 & 22, 2015  Contact the Volunteer Services Bureau for information
at 780-538-2727. Check out link to see photos and article about the Special Olympics truck convoy in support of the Special Olympics http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/2014/09/21/truck-convoy-breaks-world-record 


Local Support Groups (Volunteers needed!)
ASLS Brain Injury Support - (780) 539-0433

Cerebral Palsy Association - 1-888-477-8030
CNIB - (780) 539-4719
Caregiving Community Grande Prairie -

Multiple Sclerosis Society - (780) 532-3204
Muscular Dystrophy Canada - (780) 814-2345
Parkinson's Alberta - (780) 882-6640
PARDS (Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society)

Research and Technology  


UofL Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury Research Program Garners Significant Support 

At three months of age, Emmalie Smith suffered a spinal cord injury leaving her paralyzed. Her parents, Amy and Bryce, took her to traditional physical and occupational therapy three times a week with the hope that their little girl would regain her ability to move. Click here to read full article.

Interesting Websites/Videos  


CarePartners Mobile App 
 It's a free app that you can use to create a shared "to-do" list for a private network of people you invite. You can see at a glance who is doing what, and what tasks still need volunteers. And you can take the tasks for which you are responsible, put them in your smartphone's calendar, and receive reminders.
  • Coordinate your caregiving.
  • Create a private, secure online community.
  • Create, manage and view upcoming caregiving tasks. Assign tasks to individuals or ask for volunteers.
  • Put tasks for which you are responsible directly into your smartphone's calendar. Receive reminders.

CarePartners Mobile is free and is available for both iPhone and Android smartphones.

Download from iTunes (for iOS) 


The Greatness of Pedways - Edmonton Commerce News 

Great for those who use mobility aids Click here to read more.  

Sports / Physical Activity / Wellness

Team Canada Sledge Hockey  


CPA (Alberta)'s Ross Norton Named Head Coach

CPA (Alberta) staff member and two time Paralympic gold medallist, Ross Norton, named head coach of U25 Women's National Wheelchair Basketball team Click here to read the full media release.


Farewell to Executive Director Kim McDonald, Paralympic Sports Association

CPA (Alberta) wishes a fond farewell to Kim McDonald and her family on her recent retirement. 
Farewell party for Kim McDonald    

Paralympic Sports Association - Wheelchair Accessible Oilers Tickets!


Oiler Season is just around the corner so If you are interested in wheelchair accessible Oilers tickets for the 2014 - 2015 Season let the PSA office know by calling 780-439-8687 or email ED@parasports.netTickets are $120/two accessible tickets. Tickets will be based on availability and when you get your request in. Here is a link to the games for the season. 


The Last Life of Michael Johnson, Paralyzed Race Car Driver

Click here to read full article 


The Calgary Wheelchair Curling Association Kicking Off 2014-2015 Season   
The Calgary Wheelchair Curling Association kicks off the 2014-2015 season on October 18, 2014, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the Calgary Curling Club, 720 - 3 Street NW. If you are interested in trying wheelchair curling, come on out, all are welcome. The group meets weekly each Saturday from October 18 - March 21 (some dates subject to change). For more information contact calgarywheelchaircurling@gmail.com
The Steadward Bears Para-Swim Team
The Steadward Bears Para-Swim Team 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: 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 the Canadian Women's Sledge Hockey Team. Click here for Roster Announcement.


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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.


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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Submissions/Subscribers/Contact Us


Please let others know about Wheel-E! They can subscribe by emailing or giving us a call.                                                                

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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 November 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    

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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