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SCI Alberta has over 100 videos on our website, covering a wide variety of topics including housing, parenting, research, wheelchair transfers....and much more.  

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SCI Alberta Offices  

Edmonton Head Office

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

Fax: (780) 645-5141



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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the December 2014 issue of Wheel-E, the monthly newsletter of Spinal Cord Injury Alberta. Wheel-E includes information about news and events related to spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities.

SCI 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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Provincial News  

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Spinal Cord Injury Alberta [formerly Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta)] will continue to provide information and services on behalf of people with spinal cord injuries and their families throughout Alberta. We have been doing so for over 50 years and we will continue to do so but with a new name that reflects the work we do.


Check Out Our Latest Issue of Spinal Columns 

Cover for Fall 2014 issue of Spinal Columns
The Fall 2014 issue of Spinal Columns looks at whether or not marijuana will be the new super-drug for those with chronic pain. We then take a look at the topic of hospitalization and some things to keep in mind when facing a long hospital stay.

Call for Nominations - Recognition Awards  

Spinal Cord Injury Alberta will be presenting a number of recognition awards at our 12th annual Red Carpet Affair, Friday, March 20, 2015. The awards include The Gary McPherson Lifetime Achievement Award and The Percy Wickman Accessibility AwardThese awards aim to acknowledge the dedication, passion and vision of individuals who are helping to create a truly inclusive community for all. Click here for criteria and nomination form. Deadline for nominations is December 15, 2014.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 
This event takes place throughout the province at various locations, dates and times, but is typically held on December 3rd.
Be sure to check out events happening in your local community.

Broadcasting Accessibility Fund 

A new Broadcasting Accessibility Fund website,, will be launched on December 3, 2014 - International Day for Persons with Disabilities. Shortly after the launch of our new website, the Fund will announce its first Call for Letters of Intent - BAF Grant Applications. This is the first step in the process of applying for a grant from the Fund: to tell us about your ideas for initiatives that will result in greater accessibility to broadcasting content for Canadians with disabilities. You'll be able to find out more about the Broadcasting Accessibility Fund, including the kinds of initiatives we're looking for, by visiting The first of its kind in the world, the Fund is an independent and impartial funding body that was created as part of the tangible benefits package associated with BCE's acquisition of CTVglobemedia.  The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved its creation together with initial funding of $5.7M. Should you have any questions about the Broadcasting Accessibility Fund, contact me directly at (613) 729-1891 or


Disability Tax Credit - How to Simplify the Process?   

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is seeking your feedback. The consultation website is


What's Local in Your Community



Calgary 2014 Peer Events

Peer event information is posted as it becomes available on the SCI 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!

Typically, two restaurants are chosen each month 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. Stay tuned for information about upcoming Restaurant Reviews. More good food to follow so keep checking back! 


A Time to Give - Our First Giving Tree
This holiday season SCI Alberta is partnering with Co-op home health care to do our first annual holiday giving tree fundraiser. Christmas ornaments which to be placed on a giving tree, will be sold at the Co-op home health care McLeod Trail store location for a minimum donation of $2.00. You can also donate online for a $5.00 minimum donation!


Calgary HandiBus to Cease Bus Operations in 2015 

Calgary HandiBus to cease bus operations in 2015  

Calgary HandiBus says it will have to stop operating its bus fleet. The company sent out a letter to employees on Thursday, informing them that an indepedant study recently found their funding model is no longer sustainable. Click here for full article

Annual Peer Christmas Event A Jolly Time 

Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Peer Christmas Event at Carriage House Inn! Was tons of fun!




Edmonton 2014 Peer Events

Peer event information is posted as it becomes available on the
Spinal Cord Injury website as well as on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, contact Guy Coulombe at 780-424-6312 or

Peer Christmas Social 
Spinal Cord Injury Alberta's Peer Christmas Social is right around the corner! All are welcome to join us on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Glenrose Hospital (Unit 3B, Quiet Atrium). Click here for more information.

SCI Alberta Board Member Paul Nemetchek Recognized
Congratulations to SCI Alberta Board Member Paul Nemetchek on being recognized for his tireless dedication to us at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Edmonton luncheon!

City of Edmonton kicks off Accessible Parking Awareness Week at City Hall
2014 Accessible Parking Awareness Week Media Kickoff with SCI Alberta staff member and Advisory Board on Services for Persons with Disabilities Board Member Zachary Weeks. Zachary received the official proclamation from Deputy Mayor Bev Esslinger and City Councillors Amarjeet Sohi and Ben Henderson.

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


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      


Regional Volunteers Needed:

  • to bring Wheel-E up to date with community events.
  • Chair-Leaders Enabling Access Event 2015.  Committee and event volunteers are welcome.
  • Fundraising and public awareness events.
  • Peer Activity Coordinator.
Congratulations - CLAT Graduates

CLAT Graduates Congratulations to our twelve graduates of a six week Community Living Attendant Training Program managed by SCI Alberta in Grande Prairie.  


More Community Events in Grande Prairie
Click here to find out more.

Research and Innovation   


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  


Gotta see it: Paraplegic Groom Sweeps His Bride Off Her Feet to Give Her the First Dance She's Been Dreaming Of!



Active Living and Wellbeing


Back to Work After SCI
Back to Work After SCI

Check out Our New Video!  
After spending 6 months of rehabilitation in the hospital, Neil, a machinist by trade, had his mind set on returning to the workforce. With the support, guidance and information provided by Spinal Cord Injury Alberta and Alberta Human Services Disability Related Employment Supports, Neil was able to return to the job he knows and loves! 




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Ways to Give


Click here to find out more about how you can support us.

 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 - Make Your Voice Count 

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. 

Call 780-424-6312 Ext 2241 or toll free 1-888-654-5444 to renew your CPA membership.

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Ongoing Resources


Click here to find out more about our ongoing resources.   

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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.                                                         
(780) 424-6312 or toll-free: 1-888-654-5444


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 January 2015. 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 Spinal Cord Injury Alberta, visit our website at     

Spinal Cord Injury Alberta neither endorses nor guarantees any of the products or services advertised in Wheel-E or on our website.     

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