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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 JANUARY 2015 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. Click here to read our most recent issue. 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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New Name. Same Service!

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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.


Mark Your Calendars - 2015 Red Carpet Affair  

Red Carpet Affair 2015 Save the Date - March 20, 2015 Join us for a spectacular night at the Red Carpet Affair on March 20th, 2015 at Edmonton's prestigious Shaw Conference Centre. Guest speaker and entertainer, Justin Hines will enchant you with his music and the story of his journey to success. Find out more about this year's evening of celebration, entertainment and community recognition, which includes a wonderful dinner, awards, as well as live and silent auctions. Tickets are selling quickly so be sure to get yours soon! Click here for more information or contact Angie at 780-424-6312 or

Call for Participation  
The Alberta Council of Disability Services Conference Planning Committee is inviting you to submit a proposal to be a presenter at their 29th Annual Spring Conference to be held in Calgary from April 29 - May 1, 2015. Click here to find out more.
Alberta Seniors' Week
Alberta Seniors' Week is accepting proposals from seniors organizations and communities interested in co-hosting the Seniors' Week Provincial Launch on June 1, 2015. Click here for more information and refer to page 4 of the posted Co-Host Request for Proposals for details on how to apply. The deadline is January 30, 2015.
Results from Survey

The Health Quality Council of Alberta has released a Satisfaction and Experience with Healthcare Services Survey 2014. Click here to review report. 

Canada Post Update 

Canada Post UpdateClick here for an update on plans regarding mail delivery via Canada Post.   

Advisory Board on Services for Persons with Disabilities 

Now recruiting - up to five vacancies for the 2015/16 term.Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Recruitment Profiles, Application Forms and Board Information are available at or from the Civic Agencies Coordinator at 780-442-4395. The application deadline is Friday, February 6, 2015. Media contact: Mavis Nathoo, Director of Governance and Legislative Services,Office of the City Clerk, 780-496-8185


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! 




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
Guide to ETS - Accessible Public Transit  
ETS offers a range of accessible public transit options including buses, Light Rail Transit (LRT)/trains and Disabled Adult Transit Service (DATS) - all of which are accessible. This 34 page Guide to ETS - Accessible Public Transit handbook will help you understand what services are available and how to use them.


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   

SCI Alberta Grande Prairie Peer Information Sessions/Other Activities:

For more information on any upcoming peer events please contact Mieke at 780-532-3305 or        


Accessibility Advisory Committee 
Will meet quarterly in 2015 with a sub-committee for International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), that will begin meeting in June for the December 2015 event. The City of Grande Prairie Environmental Stewardship Committee has requested semi-annual meetings in the Spring and Autumn to discuss concerns around the Community Mobility Plan and accessibility to Grande Prairie public property and services.  


Grande Prairie Bowling Group 
A going concern!  Join us Tuesdays, 2:00 pm at the Bowling Stones Ten Pin Entertainment Center, west of GPRC. Non-profit fees apply ($4.00 per game, and $1.00 for shoes if needed). Someone will be there to help lift the balls onto the bowling frame. The Handi-van can't get you from the bowling alley until 5:00 at this time. Cribbage boards are welcome if we don't play long enough!


United Way Northwest Alberta
Is looking for people interested in providing a video-taped testimonial about the support you've received from SCI Alberta [formerly CPA (Alberta)]. Contact Mieke at or call 780-532-3305 if you'd like to help!

Grande Prairie - Downtown Revitalization Survey

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

Research and Innovation   



Survey About Pain After Spinal Cord Injury

Researchers at the Miami Project are conducting a web-based survey regarding day-to-day experiences of people living with spinal cord injury (SCI) and chronic pain. In most cases pain remains a major problem, despite our best treatments. The purpose of the study is to learn from the perspectives of people who are living with this pain. The information regarding the personal experiences of living with SCI and chronic pain is needed to improve the understanding and management of this difficult condition, and will benefit the general SCI community including Veterans, their families, and caregivers. Everyone with persistent pain after a spinal cord injury

has a unique experience. They would like to hear about yours! Access the survey here:


Survey About Independence in Daily Living and Quality of Life After Spinal Cord Injury
The research link below is part of a PhD study in which they hope to be able to compare views of people with SCI in the United States with Australia, extending previous work done in US. Access the survey here: The survey seeks your opinion/perspectives on which functions you (would) value most highly to improve your own independence in daily living and quality of life. It does so by asking you to complete a series of scenarios and questionnaires, ranking the relative importance in restoring different sorts of function (arm movement/hand grasping, walking, bladder and bowel control, sexual function) and/or treating the very common problem of neuropathic (nerve-related) pain against each other.

Interesting Websites/Videos  


Ten Things You May Not Know About Stephen Hawking
10 Things You May Not Know About Stephen Hawking

C9000 Assistive Device Self Managed Suctioning Device

The C9000 Assistive Device has a multitude of applications but features a retractable straw used to suction extra saliva from one's mouth. Click here to learn more. 


Active Living and Wellbeing


Check Out Our Newest Video    

Wheelchair Curling started over 10 years ago in Alberta and continues to prosper, ranging from local teams just having a fun time to more competitive provincial teams.
Wheelchair Curling started over 10 years ago in Alberta and continues to prosper, ranging from local teams just having a fun time to more competitive provincial teams.

Leduc to Host World Sledge Hockey Challenge
World Sledge Hockey Ticket Purchase Image Hockey Canada announced on December 8, 2014 that Leduc, Alberta will host the 2015 World Sledge Hockey Challenge, February 1-7 at the Leduc Recreation Centre. Canada's National Sledge Team will be joined by Russia, South Korea and the United States at the tournament. Click here for press release, purchase tickets, check out schedule!

For more information on the 2015 World Sledge Hockey Challenge, please visit, or follow along via social media at  and  















Cerebral Palsy Association 2015 Program Schedule

Click here to find out more.  

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Ways to Give


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


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 SCI Alberta Member - Make Your Voice Count 

Spinal Cord Injury Alberta (formerly 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 SCI Alberta 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 Spinal Cord Injury 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


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The next issue of SCI Alberta Wheel-E will be published the first week of February 2015. 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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