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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


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 JULY 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  

L-R Jamie Graham, Ned Shillington and Teren Clarke

Congratulations and thank you to some of our outstanding volunteers as well as Corporate Supporter, Priority Printing, who we had the pleasure of recognizing at our AGM on June 13, 2015. Anna Despins, Jamie Graham and Cecil Pizzey were presented with the 2015 Regional Volunteer Awards and Priority Printing Ltd. was presented with the Corporate Supporter Award.


Many thanks to our retiring board members who have given generously of their time and talents during their tenure with SCI Alberta - Harvey DeCock, Timothy Hill and Mark Wilson. Congratulations to Harvey DeCock who, after more than 20 years of service, was recognized as the first Honourary Board Member. Welcome to four new additions to the Board of Directors, Bryce Clarke (Edmonton), Steven Jeffrey (Fort McMurray), Cecil Pizzey (Grande Prairie) and Linda Seitz (Medicine Hat).


A warm welcome to Kirk Reynolds, Calgary Manager of Client Services. With over 20 years of leadership experience in various capacities, as well as a former Olympian, we are very excited to have Kirk join our team!

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.  


Restaurant Critics Needed!

Typically, two restaurants are chosen each month in order to assess the experience.  Keep checking back as we plan for more summer restaurant events.


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



Family Fun Day  

On June 20, we were pleased to host our annual Family Fun Day which had over 1500 people take part in the various festivities that were hosted by SCI Alberta and Calgary Rotary Challenger Park. 



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 BBQ Edmonton Peer BBQ - August 6, 2015

Join us for our Edmonton Peer BBQ coming up on Thursday, August 6th, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., Borden Park (112 Street and 79 Avenue - Site #6). Free for members and one guest. Children under 12 free. Additional guests - $10/person (pay at the site). Friends and family welcome. RSVP by July 31 to guy.coulombe@sci-ab.ca or 780-424-6312.    


Slide the City Adds One More Day to Dash and Splash - July 17th and 19th  

Slide the City - July 18 and 19th  

Spinal Cord Injury Alberta is the charity of choice and Saturday, July 18th "Slide the City" is SOLD OUT!  With so many still wanting to join the party...Slide the City is opening a SATURDAY EVENING LIMITED VIP Super Slider wave - 8pm to 11pm for $60! AND a second day of sliding fun on Sunday, July 19th - 10am - 7pm! Secure your tube for the Sunday slide. To volunteer and catch some rays while helping out Spinal Cord Injury Alberta, please sign up below!  Don't forget to share this with your friends and family!  For more information, contact events@sci-ab.ca or 780-424-6312. Get in on the fun!
Volunteer Sign Up
Purchase Tickets

Cummings Andrews Mackay Golf Tournament
Angie Barron and Jacki Jewitt have fun helping out at the Cummings Andrews Mackay Charity Golf Tournament on June 22, 2015.

Cummings Andrews Mackay are long time supporters of SCI Alberta.

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.


Blatchford Project

Architect rendering of future Blatchford project in Edmonton  

SCI Alberta, in collaboration with the VisitAbility Task Force recently presented recommendations to the City of Edmonton regarding visitability options for the Blatchford Project, one of the largest sustainable development projects being planned in the world. It is hoped that "Accessibility" and VisitAbility will be incorporated into this community - one that is described as vibrant, livable and healthy. 


ETS Service Changes
Starting Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Edmonton Transit System is making permanent service changes to 29 routes that travel into the downtown, with adjustments to schedules and bus stop locations.   


Employment Opportunity 
EmployAbilities is currently filling the position of Employment Facilitator for their Edmonton office.

The Employment Facilitator provides individual and group facilitation in employment skills training, job placement, limited transitional job coaching and employment retention supports. Send resume and cover letter to Faye Elliott, Program Director faye@employabilities.ab.ca. Posting will close when suitable candidate is found.

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.    


Show'n Shine - July 11, 2015 

Invitation to Red Deer Show'n Shine on July 11, 2015  

Join us on July 11, 2015 from 12 PM to 4 PM for Show'n Shine at our Red Deer office (105, 4807 - 50 Avenue)! Bring your modified vehicle and vehicle equipment to display and share information with others. RSVP by July 5th to reddeer@sci-ab.ca or 403-341-5060.  


Medicine Hat 


New Location for Medicine Hat Office 

Official signage has arrived for our shared office space (101 - 1201 Kingsway Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 2Y2) with the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Medicine Hat. Check it out!



BBQ Meet and Greet

Join us for our Lethbridge BBQ and Meet and Greet coming up on July 11th, 2015, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Henderson Lake (at the Kiwanis Picnic Shelter - north side of the lake and near middle of the parking lot). For more information, contact dylan.adkins@sci-ab.ca or 403-327-7577. See you there!  


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 Open House

Our Grande Prairie Open House is coming up on July 10th, 2015, 12:00 - 4:00 pm, 10 Knowledge Way, Grande Prairie, AB. For more information, contact grandeprairie@sci-ab.ca or 780-532-3305. Get in on the fun and join us for some refreshments, a chance to win some great door prizes as well as learn about our impact in the community!  


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.

Cash and Camping - Final Draw on July 3, 2015
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.

Accessibility Awareness Month 
July 2015 proclaimed Accessibility Awareness Month in the City of Grande Prairie and the County of Grande Prairie #1!

Barrier Free Access 
Minhas and Jeremy, representatives of the Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities recently visited the Grande Prairie region to encourage barrier free access to providers of vision and dental care, and pharmacies.  They spoke to three providers in Slave Lake and two in Grande Prairie.  Contact Minhas Ali [programmgr@accd.net  or 780-488-9088] or the Grande Prairie office directly with any suggestions or concerns. 

Wheels in Motion for an Accessible Taxi in Grande Prairie
Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune - article re accessible taxi service in Grande Prairie 
Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
The need for a wheelchair accessible taxi service in the Grande Prairie area.

For More News and Community Events in Grande Prairie 

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


Aboriginal News  


National Aboriginal Day Celebrations  
Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune - National Aboriginal Day Celebrations acknowledge two people with disabilities for the work they do in their communities. 
Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
National Aboriginal Day Celebrations held on June 21, 2015 acknowledged
two people with disabilities for the work they do in their communities.

Research and Innovation   


Research Focus Group - University of Alberta
Persons with spinal cord injury and their caregivers are invited to participate in a research project focus group. The topic for the research project is: How to support SCI patients in transition. To participate, contact Pamela.Bentley@ualberta.ca or 780-965-2291.

Spinal Cord Injury Drug 
An interesting article published by the Spinal Cord Injury Zone talks about a spinal cord injury drug that could be administered by paramedics on the scene to help reduce spinal cord damage.  

Interesting Websites/Videos  



What it's Like to be a Woman in a Wheelchair 
An actress, writer and improviser residing in Los Angeles, Santina gives some funny (but true) insights into what it's like to be a woman in a wheelchair. Language may be offensive to some.

Active Living and Wellbeing


U25 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball Championships       

SCI Alberta's very own Ross Norton travelled to Beijing as coach of the Women's Junior Basketball team. Click here to follow game schedules and to track their progress.

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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 August 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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