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Check out SCI Alberta Videos

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 APRIL 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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To make an online donation, click here

Provincial News  

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Job Opportunity with SCI Alberta - Manager to Lead Calgary Office
Click here for job description. Closing date is April 10, 2015. Contact rejina.nagaraj@sci-ab.ca or call 780-424-6312.

Thank You - Red Carpet Affair

Justin Hines takes the stage and Red Carpet Affair 2015

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the Red Carpet Affair 2015 on March 20th featuring Justin Hines. Check out some of our great pictures on our Facebook page and feel free to tag yourself in the photos.

Online Auction - Lots of Great Items to Check Out!!
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Missed out on our Red Carpet Affair but still want to support SCI Alberta? Check out our online auction featuring over 50 different items!


People who Pretend their Pet is a Service Dog
EDMONTON - People using their pets to pose as service dogs is becoming more of a problem in Edmonton, according to a couple of local organizations that work closely with people who rely on em for daily activities. Read more...

What's Local in Your Community



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 

WestJet Peer Event on March 26th in Calgary

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to our Travel Bugs Peer Event on March 26th. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! A special thank you to WestJet, MEDIchair Calgary, Scotiabank and Pipella Law for their unwavering support in making these events happen!  Check out more photos on our Facebook page.


Calgary Marathon

We are proud to announce that we will be taking part in this year's Calgary Marathon once again so put on your running or wheeling gear and join our team at the finish line! Sign up you and your friends at http://ow.ly/KNMYb 

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Official Promo Video 2015
Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Official Promo Video 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!    


Wheelchair Square Dancing Anyone?
Would you be interested in attending Wheelchair Square Dancing classes?  

Spinal Cord Injury Fitness and Wellness Centre    

If you haven't checked out our SCI Fitness and Wellness Centre in Calgary, we welcome you to stop in and meet our Certified Exercise Physiologists and Athletic Therapists and check out our state of the art equipment! Click here to find out more.  

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Spinal Cord Injury Alberta, in partnership with Calgary Health Trust, is pleased to present the fifth annual Chair-Leaders Enabling Access event in Calgary. Visit  http://www.calgaryhealthtrust.ca/chairleaders to sign up and Swap Chairs For a Day!
Chair-Leaders 2015 Calgary - Join us on May 25th 
Lack of Accessible Housing
A Calgary man has been living in hospital for months because he is unable to find wheelchair accessible housing. Read more...    



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.

Advisory Board on Services for Persons with Disabilities (ABSPD) Changes Name!

Accessibility Advisory Committee - New Name

As of February 10, 2015, Edmonton City Council approved new bylaws for the Advisory Board on Services for Persons with Disabilities (ABSPD) which included a name change and introduction of a new dynamic logo. The ABSPD is now called the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC).
Click here for more information. Congratulations AAC!







Using Walkers on Edmonton Transit

Walkers are a popular mobility aid for many transit customers, and they can make longer outings possible, safer, and more stable for those travelling to appointments and for recreational, social and other trips using public transit. Click here for a few tips to remember when using walkers on Edmonton Transit. 

Red Deer    

Red Deer Office Re-Opens   

The Red Deer office of SCI Alberta has reopened and is now sharing space with the Multiple Sclerosis Society. We are now located at 105, 4807 - 50 Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4N 4A5. Contact information remains the same at 403-341-5060 or reddeer@sci-ab.ca.


Open House 
Drop by to visit, enjoy some snacks and check out our new offices on April 29 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  


Accessible Exercise Stations
Will be available for use after May 15th in our new offices. 


Marlin Styner Memorial Golf tournament

This exciting, annual event is coming up on August 14th at the River Bend Golf and Recreation area  (featuring our million dollar hole in one prize). For great sponsorship opportunities, call 403-341-5060 or contact doug.manderville@sci-ab.ca.


Health and Wellness Peer Conference 

The SCI Alberta Red Deer office is looking forward to hosting a Health and Wellness Peer Conference on September 18, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel. Free for SCI Alberta members and $25 for all others.  


Discovering the Power in Me 
Discovering the Power in Me Image Join us for this two day workshop coming up on April 27th and 28th at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer! "Discovering the Power in Me" is a powerful program that provides the tools to manage change, set and achieve goals, be more effective and think in ways to encourage success. Hosted by Rotary Club Red Deer Centennial and sponsored by SCI Alberta. For more information about this opportunity, contact doug.manderville@sci-ab.ca or 403-341-5060. To register, contact
rejina.nagaraj@sci-ab.ca or call 780-424-6312.

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.   


Fort McMurray

Casino Nights Coming Up

Looking for volunteers for our Fort McMurray Casino coming up on April 29 and 30th. Sign up for a good cause and complimentary food!! 


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 grandeprairie@sci-ab.ca.        


Grande Prairie Bowling Group 
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. Volunteers welcome. Bowling summer hours starting May 15th will be 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Summer Mobility - The Accessibility Advisory Committee of Grande Prairie

The Accessibility Advisory Committee of Grande Prairie will meet with Michelle Gairdner, Manager of the Environmental Stewardship Committee of the City of Grande Prairie on April 17, 2015 to discuss needed changes for summer mobility.  We are looking at creating a check list of accessibility issues in Grande Prairie to use as a reporting system.  Please send in your ideas ahead of time so we can include them on the list, and contact Mieke for the location if you would like to join.


Cash and Camping
A small group of volunteers has come forward to sell tickets at the Swan City Rotary Club Cash and Camping Lottery Tent for SCI Alberta. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the office.  "This year's lottery will be launching April 10th in the Prize Building in the parking lot of the Great Northern Casino.  There will be an Early Bird Draw on May 15th for 6 prizes totalling $15,000 in Cash and our final draw will take place on July 3rd at the Prize Building.  This year we have 511 prizes in total and have partnered with 11 partner groups." (Jessie Urness) 

For More News and Community Events in Grande Prairie 

For information about other community news and events, click here


Research and Innovation   



Patient Immersion Experience - Making U of A Med Students Better Doctors

Medical students benefit from innovative program helping them to gain greater understanding of what it's like to live with chronic illness. Read more... For more information, contact Phone: 780-248-1311, Fax: 780-492-9531  Email: melissa.coumont@ualberta.ca


Interesting Websites/Videos  


An Implant Could One Day Fix Spinal Cords And Let People Walk Again
An article that talks about implants that may potentially help those with spinal cord injuries to walk once again. Read full article.  

Active Living and Wellbeing


Adapted Fitness for Adults Program - The Steadward Centre   

Click here to find out more about the 2015 Adapted Fitness for Adults Program at The Steadward Centre. Contact scott.durocher@ualberta.ca or 780-492-8339. 

Western Canada Sledge Hockey Tournament
Gold and silver medalists at the Matt Cook Memorial Sledge Hockey Tournament   
Congratulations to our friends at Paralympic Sports Association for hosting a very successful Matt Cook Memorial Cup Sledge Hockey Tournament this past weekend (formerly Western Canada Sledge Hockey Tournament). We would also like to congratulate all of the teams who participated in this exciting event!

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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.   


Agents of Change - An Innovative New Way to Support Us!

Agents of Image - An Innovative New Way to Support SCI Alberta Our partnership with Agents of Change empowers you to support us in a substantial way if you are considering buying or selling a home.  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 May 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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