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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.  

Click here for videos.


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 FEBRUARY 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 publications@sci-ab.ca.

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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.


You are Invited to the 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 events@sci-ab.ca.

Check out some of Justin's music!
Justin Hines - Tell Me I'm Wrong
Justin Hines - Tell Me I'm Wrong

Live-in Caregiver Program Changes
Guy Coulombe Interview with Primetime Click here to see SCI Alberta's Guy Coulombe as he talks with Alberta Primetime about changes to the Caregiver Program. Click here to see complete requirements regarding the new In-Home Caregiver Program

Employment Opportunity with Spinal Cord Injury Ontario 

SCI Ontario Image SCI Ontario is seeking an inspiring Chief Executive Officer. Please forward a resume and covering letter in confidence to: Robb Callaghan, MBA, Email: rcallaghan@medfall.com Tel: 289-238-9079 Fax: 905-357-2601.


Employment First Webinar Series - FREE
Register now for the February 4, 2015 Employment First Webinar. This interactive session explores self employment for persons with disabilities. Speakers will discuss the opportunities and challenges that exist in sustaining your own business. To register, visit http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/webcast-self-employment-is-it-right-for-you-tickets-15430858112

Provincial Survey Results - Health Quality Council of Alberta   
The Health Quality Council of Alberta has released results of the first provincial survey reports that measure the experience of residents and families with the quality of care and services received at supportive living facilities in Alberta. Click here to find out more.  
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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 guy.coulombe@sci-ab.ca

Edmonton Skyline

Vision for Age-Friendly Edmonton
Edmontonians are being called upon to work together, across organizations and governments, to accomplish the Vision for the Age-Friendly Edmonton Action Plan's 18 goals. The quality of life of Edmonton seniors can be improved by addressing the goals and actions in nine key areas.

Mayor's Awards
Edmonton Mayor's Awards Image Do you know a person or business that goes the extra mile to ensure accessibility for all? Are you inspired by someone who is dedicated to providing dynamic development opportunities to those with disabilities? Love the design of a facility where form and function come together in perfect unison for those with special needs? The Advisory Board on Services for Persons with Disabilities is calling on you to nominate these leaders for a Mayor's Award and recognize Edmontonians' commitment to enhancing the quality of life of persons with disabilities. Click here to find out more.
Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association   
Pizza Social and Annual General Meeting
February 25, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton. Click here for more information.

Parking Enforcement Violation 
Did you know that to report a one time parking enforcement violation, you can call the Edmonton Police 24 hour non-emergency complaint line at 780-423-4567 and ask for the Parking Patrol section.
For ongoing parking violation concerns, call 780-496-5174 to place an Enforcement Request. 

Red Deer    

Red Deer Office Change 

Please note that the SCI 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@sci-ab.ca.


Grande Prairie
Office Closed Temporarily    
SCI Alberta Grande Prairie office has been closed due to flooding that affected their offices. It is our hope that they will be re-opening soon. Keep an out eye for an open house, or stop in to say hello after February 2, 2015.

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 grandeprairie@sci-ab.ca.        


Accessibility Advisory Committee 
The Accessibility Advisory Committee has restructured. We now have a sub-committee for IDPD and one for accessibility.  Please let me know if you'd like to be help! 


Grande Prairie Bowling Group 
Tuesday bowling  - join us to bowl or to cheer us on!  Grande Prairie's Bowling Stones Ten Pin Entertainment Center (close to GPRC and Margaret Edgson Manor) $4.00 per game.


Women's Peer Group
Feb 11, 10:30 - 1:30 (or later) Women's Peer Group at the SCI Alberta Office in the Eastlink Centre. This is the best time for Handivan. Please let Mieke know if this time does not work for you. Handivan has been informed, but you'll need to arrange your own transportation.

Chair-Leaders 2015 

The 2015 Grande Prairie Chair-Leaders Committee will be entering a float in the Canada Day Parade. Let us know your ideas for what should be on it!


Community Events in Grande Prairie 

For information about other community events, click here


Research and Innovation   



Study Exploring Disability and Employment

Do you have a physical disability or chronic illness? Are you currently employed?
Would you like to participate in a study exploring disability and employment? This is an interview study that can be completed at a location of your choice or by telephone. Each participant will receive $25 compensation for participating in the study. For more information, click here. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Dr. Rebecca Purc-Stephenson at the University of Alberta, Augustana Faculty at (780) 679-1100 x1664 or purcstep@ualberta.ca.


Interesting Websites/Videos  


Inflatable Jackets and Vests
If you are sensitive to cold temperatures, take a look at these inflatable jackets and vests - it might be an option for you. For more information, click here.

Active Living and Wellbeing


Canada Winter Games Featuring Wheelchair Basketball and Alpine Skiing 


Canada Winter Games 2015 - Prince George
2015 Canada Winter Games : Journey With Us
2015 Canada Winter Games : Journey With Us
Catch the action of wheelchair basketball, where the competition is stiff and the game is fast. 
The Golden Pursuit 
The Golden Pursuit
The downhill action is amazing at the para-alpine skiing events.
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World Sledge Hockey Challenge - Canada 8, Korea 0
Go Canada Go - World Sledge Hockey Bring on Russia. For more updates check the World Sledge Hockey Challenge Facebook page. Challenge runs from 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 www.hockeycanada.ca/wshc, or follow along via social media at www.facebook.com/worldsledge  and www.twitter.com/hc_wshc.


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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 Spinal Cord Injury 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


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

(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: publications@sci-ab.ca


The next issue of SCI Alberta Wheel-E will be published the first week of March 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 http://www.sci-ab.ca     

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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