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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 JUNE 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 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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Regional Recognition Awards Luncheon and Annual General Meeting  

You are cordially invited to attend our annual Regional Recognition Awards Luncheon taking place on June 13th at 11:45 a.m., followed by our Annual General Meeting at 1:00 p.m. All taking place at the Double Tree Hilton West Edmonton, Silver Birch Conference Room, 16615 - 109 Avenue SW, Edmonton. RSVP by June 4th to rejina.nagaraj@sci-ab.ca or 780-424-6312, ext. 2223.
Employment Supports Policy Scan
The Canadian Disability Policy Alliance, in collaboration with the Canadian Disability Participation Project Employment Team, has conducted a scan of policy governing employment supports for people with disabilities in 14 jurisdictions in Canada - federal, provincial and territorial. The Policy Governing Employment Supports for People with Disabilities in Canada  is the first of three reports supporting the work of each research team. Similar reports will be forthcoming in summer and fall for the Mobility Team and the Sport & Leisure Team.

Young Caregivers in Canada

The study, "Is there a Care Gap for Yong Carers in Canada?", presents the findings of a study exploring the perspectives of community agencies in Edmonton, Alberta on issues related to young carers (young people who are primary caregivers to a family member or friend who is ill, disabled, or has other conditions needing care or support). The study draws attention to a group of young people who remain hidden and unrecognized in Canadian society.   


Pregnancy and Spinal Cord Injury - SCI BC Launches SCI Pregnancy Guide 

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Karen Meadows talks about her her life as  
a mother of two with a spinal cord injury.
A brochure and information booklet for women with SCI who are considering pregnancy outlining key things to consider prior, during and after pregnancy and where to go to get additional information, help and services.   

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.  


Calgary Marathon

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Calgary Marathon on May 31, 2015 in support of SCI Alberta. We would also like to thank all of our volunteers and our good friends, Cenovus Energy for their continued support in helping us raise much needed funds for those with spinal cord injury and other physical disabilities!  


Restaurant Critics Needed!

Typically, two restaurants are chosen each month in order to assess the experience.  Two great restaurant events are planned for Calgary in June: 

June 11 - Dinner at Tony Roma's, 6712 MacLeod Trail.

June 23 - Lunch at the Olive Garden, 333 - 36 Street NE


We hope you can join us for these great opportunities to socialize, share ideas, and enjoy some great food.  


  Wheelchair Square Dancing Anyone - Give it a Twirl! 

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Twirling Spokes Square Dancing every Tuesday, May 12 - June 30th, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. $5/person or $30/full 8 sessions. Partners provided through a square dance club. RSVP by Thursday, May 7, 2015 to 403-228-7434 or marilyn.erho@sci-ab.ca.       


Family Fun Day  

Family Fun Day Image Hosted by SCI Alberta and Calgary Rotary Challenger Park, you will not want to miss our Family Fun Day coming up on June 20th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 pm! There will be so much to see and do with tons of free and exciting activities wherever you turn. We're sure this will be a day to remember. For more information, contact cal.schuler@sci-ab.ca or 403-228-3001. Get in on the fun! 


Chair-Leaders 2015
(L-R) David Docherty and Kent Hehr - Calgary Chair-Leaders 2015

Spinal Cord Injury Alberta, in partnership with Calgary Health Trust, held a very successful Chair-Leaders event on May 25th. Our congratulations and thanks go to everyone who supported and participated in this important awareness raising event!



Edmonton 2015 Peer Events

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

Peer Program Bowling Wheelchair Bowling Event on June 6 2015

Coming up on Saturday, June 6th, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Ed's Rec Room, West Edmonton Mall. RSVP to Kiley Geddie, 780-257-0107 or guy.coulombe@sci-ab.ca. $10 per person. 


Join us on the Greens!

Ron Hodgson Chevrolet Buick GMC Golf Classic - August 27, 2015The annual Ron Hodgson Chevrolet Buick GMC Golf Classic is coming up on August 27. 2015 at the Glendale Golf and Country Club in Edmonton. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.sci-ab.ca or contact Angie Barron at 780-424-6312 or events@sci-ab.ca.


SCI Alberta on Display 

Check out our new media display that is ready to welcome you in the lobby area of our Edmonton office. Thank you to Double Diamond Electronics for making this happen. 


New Edmonton Display  

City of Edmonton Mayor's Awards  
Held on May 20, 2015, the City of Edmonton Mayor's Awards recognized five outstanding nominees, including good friend, Louise Miller as recipient of the Ewen Nelson Award for Self Advocacy.
Mayor's Awards 2015

River Access Strategy Online Survey  
The River Access Strategy is a 10-year plan being developed to inform future programming, operations and infrastructure improvements that support access to the river and activities associated with the river. Complete the
River Access Strategy Online Survey and let the City of Edmonton know what is important to YOU!  

Red Deer    

Red Deer Office - New Location    

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


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 - September 4, 2015 

The SCI Alberta Red Deer office is looking forward to hosting a Health and Wellness Peer Conference at the Red Deer Sheraton Hotel.  Free for SCI Alberta members and $25 for all others.  


Medicine Hat 


New Location for Medicine Hat Office 
The Medicine Hat office of SCI Alberta is now located at 101 - 1201 Kingsway Avenue SE (shared space with Multiple Sclerosis Society), Medicine Hat, AB T1A 2Y2. Phone number, fax and email all remain the same: 403-504-4001 (phone), 403-504-5172 (fax), medicinehat@sci-ab.ca.

Open House
Join us on June 11th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm to check out our new space, share some refreshments and have a chat with other members as well as our new Regional Program Coordinator, Andrea Schulz. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements at that time! Hope to see you there.

Stretching in the Sun - June 10th, 2015!
Stretching in the Sunshine Poster re June 10th Medicine Hat event Let's do some more Stretching in the Sunshine on June 10th, starting at 1:00 pm at Kin Coulee Park.  As well as enjoying sunshine and lemonade, the stretching portion of the afternoon will be led by Krista Olsson-Campbell and assisted by Maria Undseth of the Family YMCA of Medicine Hat Living Fit Program. We will meet at the band shelter and find a sunny spot close by. Family, friends and kids are welcome...the more the merrier! RSVP by June 8th to 403-504-4001 or andrea.schulz@sci-ab.ca.


Congratulations to SCI Alberta in Medicine Hat who hosted a week long Chair-Leaders event from May 25-29th, 2015. Thank you to everyone who participated for their time and pledges/donations, including the the Public Library, the Mayor's Office, the Medicine Hat Catholic School Board and the MS Society. New Regional Coordinator, Andrea Schulz also spent the day in a wheelchair and says she gained a much broader understanding of some of the obstacles faced by individuals with disabilities.
Medicine Hat Mayor Ted Clugston
Medicine Hat Mayor Ted Clugston


Rob Parsons - Chairslayer!

Our good friend Rob Parsons tells his story and profiles the race car he built from the ground up.  

Rob Parsons - Drifting
Rob Parsons - Drifting



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.      


Summer Student

A warm welcome to summer student, Sydney Dunn! Sydney will help with various activities/programs and will help to make drop-ins more possible over the summer. 


Grande Prairie Bowling Group - Summer Hours!
Wheelchair Bowling Image Join us each Tuesday for Wheelchair Bowling 5:30 to 7:30  p.m. to bowl or to cheer us on! Taking place at Grande Prairie's Bowling Stones Ten Pin Entertainment Center, 11005 - 106 Avenue. $4.00 per game. Cribbage, pool and other games are often available as well. Volunteers welcome.

Stompede Showdown Parade - Chair-Leaders 2015 

On May 26, 2015 our Grande Prairie office had the pleasure of having a float in the Stompede Showdown Parade. Thank you to all of our great organizers who helped us to showcase Spinal Cord Injury Alberta and our Chair-Leaders awareness event that allows us to promote accessibility awareness in our communities.

 Grande Prairie Stompede Parade - Float to promote SCI Alberta and Chair-Leaders  
Cash and Camping
Stop by the Cash and Camping tent at the Northern Casino Parking lot in Grande Prairie after 11:00am daily! Proceeds will be used by SCI Alberta Grande Prairie to help long-term clients with medical trips and equipment costs, and to develop peer programs in Grande Prairie and Peace River. Thank you to our volunteers who helped with selling tickets from April 30 - May 8. Final Draw taking place at the Prize Building on July 3, 2015. 

For More News and Community Events in Grande Prairie 

For information about other community news and events, click here.   

Accessibility Awareness Month  

July 2015 has been proclaimed Accessibility Awareness Month in the City of Grande Prairie and the County of Grande Prairie #1. Activities include:

- Eastlink Try-It Day and SCI Alberta Open House

- Bowling Social - includes an open invitation for all to join in for adapted bowling.  Equipment provided includes four bowling ramps and one guide rail.

- Meeting with the Community Living Committee to review Mobility Report Card



Aboriginal News  



Aboriginal Headdress
20th Annual Aboriginal Gathering and 12th Annual Pow Wow 
June 13 & 14 2015 - Peace River, Alberta
To find out more about Peace Country Aboriginal Interagency Committee events go to







Research and Innovation   


Spinal Cord Injured Patient Able to Breathe Again
An article about surgical treatment that appears to be helpful to those with diaphragm paralysis and ventilator dependency. Click here to find out more.  
Spinal Cord Research, U of A Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine  
Find out more about research being conducted at the University of Alberta, Bennett Lab in the Centre for Neuroscience http://www.rehabresearch.ualberta.ca/spinalcordresearch/research   

Interesting Websites/Videos  



Texas Engineers Introduce Advanced Rehabilitation Robot HARMONY 
Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas in Austin have developed a first-of-its kind, two-armed, robotic rehabilitation exoskeleton. Read more...




Better Wheelchair Accessibility for St. John's, NF 

Wheelchair accessible Metrobus routes to begin in June in St. John's, NF. Way to go NF!


Active Living and Wellbeing


Paralympic Sports Association       

To find out more about upcoming events/activities,click here.

The Steadward Centre  

A video that highlights the work of the centre with emphasis on the Community Exercise Transition Model.

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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!

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 $25 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 July 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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