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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

Calgary

Phone: (403) 228-3001

calgary@sci-ab.ca

 

Fort McMurray

Phone: (780) 743-0307

fortmcmurray@sci-ab.ca

 

Grande Prairie

Phone: (780) 532-3305

Lethbridge

Phone: (403) 327-7577

lethbridge@sci-ab.ca

 

Medicine Hat

Phone: (403) 504-4001

Red Deer

Phone: (403) 341-5060

reddeer@sci-ab.ca

 

St. Paul

Phone: (780) 645-5116

Fax: (780) 645-5141

 

 

Toll Free Information Line
1-888-654-5444

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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
 
Welcome to the MARCH 2015 issue of Wheel-E, the monthly newsletter of Spinal Cord Injury Alberta,  formerly Canadian Paraplegic Association (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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Less Than Three Weeks Left! Get Your Tickets to this Exciting Evening that Includes Entertainment by Canadian Singer/Songwriter, Justin Hines!    

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, great 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

SCI Alberta Board Member Paul Nemetchek and Zachary Weeks chatted on CTV Edmonton about our upcoming Red Carpet Affair featuring Justin Hines!
Image of Paul Nemetchek and Zachary Weeks - Interview at CTV

An Innovative New Way to Support Individuals with Physical Disabilities
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Our partnership with Agents of Change empowers you to support us in a substantial way if you are considering buying or selling a home.


Agents of Change allows caring people like you to ensure that when you buy or sell real estate anywhere in the world, you work with a talented agent from a leading local real estate company who has been hand-selected for your individual requirements - and direct 20% of the commission back to Spinal Cord Injury Alberta.

 
ACCD Survey - Accessible Dental, EyeCare and Pharmacy Services
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The Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities has initiated a research study on Accessible Dental, Eye Care and Pharmacy Services in Alberta. They are collecting data using focus groups, accessibility surveys and questionnaires. Questionnaire Surveys are now up and ready to be filled out online. There are two separate questionnaires - one for people with disabilities/their caregivers/guardians and one for professionals/practitioners/employees from dental, eye care and pharmacy services. Below are the links for both questionnaires. Please fill out the questionnaire most relevant to you.

People with disabilities/caregivers/guardians, click here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/for_people_with_disabilities

Dental, eye care and pharmacy professionals/practitioners/employees, click here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/for_dental_eyecare_or_pharmacy_professionals

 

 

Shaw Media Internships for Students with Disabilities    
Shaw Logo The Shaw Media Internships for Students with Disabilities are a series of internships designed to encourage and aid Canadian talent in establishing or furthering a career in the Canadian broadcast industry. These annual internships, valued at approximately $10,000 each, are offered to Canadian students with disabilities. The recipients will receive a challenging opportunity to work in private television in pursuit of a career in broadcasting. The students will be placed in three to four month paid internships at one of our Global television stations, or our Specialty television facility. Applications for Summer 2015 internships will be due by March 13th, 2015.

What's Local in Your Community

 

Calgary 

Calgary 2015 Peer Events

Peer event information is posted as it becomes available on the SCI Alberta website  as well as on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, contact Marilyn Erho at 403-228-7434. 

 

Travel Bugs Peer Event 

On March 26th, get ready to take off with us at our Travel Bugs Peer Event! Click here for more information. 

  

 

  

 Calgary Travel Bugs Peer Event-March 24, 2015.  

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 news and good food to follow so keep checking back!  

 

 
SCI Alberta Fitness Centre Ad  

 

The 16th Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference 
This Jump On The Bandwagon Mental Health Conference will be held at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel in Calgary, Alberta on June 18 - June 20, 2015. Click here for more information.    

       

Edmonton    

Edmonton 2015 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.

Tax Time Peer Event
Group of those who attended our tax time event on February 26, 2015.
Listening to guest speaker Michelle Bissell at our Tax Time event on February 26, 2015.
On February 26, 2015 guests at SCI Alberta's Tax Time Peer Event learned about all things related to taxes, including Disability Tax Credit, RDSP and much more, courtesy of World Financial Group's Michelle Bissell. Thank you to everyone who came out.

Edmonton Insight Community

This is a safe, online space for you to share your insights with the City of Edmonton, along with other people in our community. Aiming to recruit more than 2,000 Edmonton residents to participate in this multi-year panel, anyone 15 years of age and older who lives in the city or owns property in Edmonton is welcome to become a member of the Edmonton Insight Community.  

 

Open House - Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 11th Floor, HSBC Building, Suite 1110, 10055 - 106 Street. Reply to hs.pcspd@gov.ab.ca if you will be attending or sending a representative. Click here for poster. 

      
Camp Freedom - Open for Registrations Now!   
The Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association is a planning a great time for you at Camp Freedom this summer. A unique summer camp designed especially for teens (12-18) living with spina bifida in Western Canada. For more info,call 780-451-6921 or info@sbhana.org or go to http://www.sbhana.org/programs/camp-freedom/.

Red Deer    

Red Deer Office Will Be On The Move Soon  

Please note that the SCI Alberta Red Deer Regional office will be moving to a new location - stay tuned for more information. Contact information remains the same at 403-341-5060 or reddeer@sci-ab.ca.

 

2015 Adapted Physical Activity Symposium  

Red Deer College and The Steadward Centre for Personal and Physical Achievement, University of Alberta invite you to participate in the 2015 Adapted Physical Activity Symposium - March 19 - 21, 2015, Red Deer College. Click here for more information.   

  

Medicine Hat

 

Welcome and Upcoming Activities 

A warm welcome to Andrea Schulz, new Regional Program Coordinator for Medicine Hat. As well as finding a new home for the Medicine Hat office, she has plans underway for a Chair-Leaders event during the last week of May as well as various peer events and much more. We are looking forward to hearing more from "the Hat" and will keep you up to date as plans become reality! For more information, go to medicinehat@sci-ab.ca

       

Grande Prairie
Grande Prairie Office Re-Opens     
The SCI Alberta Grande Prairie office has now re-opened after having been flooded out for some weeks. Thank you to our volunteers who have been helping with getting the office set up again!

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.        

 

Grande Prairie Bowling Group 
 Grande Prairie Peer Program members share a laugh while bowling.
Grande Prairie Peer Program members
share a laugh while bowling.
Join us each Tuesday, 2:00 to 5:00  p.m. to bowl or to cheer us on! Taking place at Grande Prairie's Bowling Stones Ten Pin Entertainment Center (close to GPRC and Margaret Edgson Manor), $4.00 per game.

  

Women's Peer Group
Wednesdays 10:30 - 1:30 Women's Group / Drop In at the SCI Alberta Office in the Eastlink Centre.  Bring a bag lunch if you'd like, and feel free to choose flex times!  If enough of us want to swim, we can do that too.

For More News and Community Events in Grande Prairie 

For information about other community news and events, click here

 

Research and Innovation   

  

 

ReWalk Exoskeleton Study

The University of Alberta, Department of Physical Therapy is looking for participants in a research study to determine how useful exoskeletons are and what benefits they might provide. They are looking for the following type of participant:

  •   Complete (T4 or below) or incomplete SCI (C6 or below)
  •   Sufficient arm and hand strength to use crutches
  •   Currently using a manual wheelchair as the main mode of mobility
  •   Height between 5'2" to 6'4" tall, weight <220 lbs
  •   No fractures within the last 2 years
  •   Can participate in training 1.5 hr/day, 5 days/wk, for 12 weeks + a number of days of testing before and after the 12 week period

Detailed screening will be done at the University.  For more information, contact Donna Livingstone at 780-492-2258 or donna3@ualberta.ca. Click here to check out their website. Click here for poster.

  

Prevention of Pressure Ulcers Study

The University of Aberta, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is looking for volunteers with a spinal cord injury for a study that explores the use of a novel device for the prevention of pressure ulcers. Participants must be 18 or older and currently have no open wounds around the sacrum or ischial tuberosities. Contact Su Ling Chong, 780-492-3796 or slchong@ualberta.ca. Click here for poster.

  

A young lady is pictured receiving FES therapy

Volunteers Needed for Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Study

Do you have an incomplete spinal cord injury from C3 to T10? Can you stand or walk a few steps with an assistive device? Can you spare one hour per day to work out? the University of Alberta is looking for eligible volunteers to participate in a Functional Electrical Stimulation study for 12 weeks. For more details on this opportunity click here.

  

 

 

Interesting Websites/Videos  

  

Quadruple Amputee Invincible in New TV Series
Invincible TV Series Image with Daniel Ennett After losing his legs and arms to meningitis, Daniel Ennett hopes to inspire others to break out of their comfort zones and try new things, everything from skiing to scuba diving, in a new TV series called Invincible.

Just a Straw? 

A retractable straw design allows greater independence for Ean Price, inventor with a rare form of muscular dystrophy. Click here to find out more!

 

Active Living and Wellbeing

  

Wheelchair Tennis - Wheelchair Sports Alberta  

 

Continuing throughout 2015, Click here for scheduled dates and times.   

Western Canada Sledge Hockey Tournament
 Western Sledge Hockey Tournament, March 27 - 29, 2015
The Edmonton Paralympic Sports Association would like to invite you to participate in the 11th Annual Western Canada Sledge Hockey Tournament: Matt Cook Memorial Cup on March 27th - 29th, 2015 at the Leduc Recreation Centre, Leduc, Alberta.

For more information and individual or player registration, contact Bonnie Kovacevich at bcfkovac@shaw.ca or 780-641-2343. 

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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 

 

Classifieds

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 April 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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