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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.  
SCI Alberta Offices  
Edmonton Head Office
Phone: (780) 424-6312
Phone: (403) 228-3001

Fort McMurray
Phone: (587) 410-2603

Grande Prairie
Phone: (780) 532-3305
Phone: (587) 410-2594

Phone: (403) 327-7577

Medicine Hat
Phone: (403) 504-4001
Red Deer
Phone: (403) 341-5060

St. Paul
Phone: (587) 410-2516

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Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the NOVEMBER 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 Spinal Columns, a magazine that 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 or click here to sign up to receive your issue of Spinal Columns by email.

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Provincial News  
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New Federal Government
Congratulations to our newly elected members during the recent Federal Election. We look forward to working with members of all parties as we address the important issues ahead of us, such as affordable and accessible housing, improved accessibility within our communities, equitable transportation and barrier free access to medical services.

Recognizing our Great Volunteers   
Nomination forms and criteria for SCI Alberta's Volunteer Awards ceremony to be held during the Red Carpet Affair on March 18, 2016 at the Shaw Conference Centre are attached. Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2015.

Staff Development 
SCI Alberta came together for a one day provincial retreat in Red Deer to review and discuss plans for future development. Way to go team!
SCI Alberta Staff Retreat in Red Deer

Spinal Cord/Nerve Injury and Pain Neuro Team Community Research Day 
Spinal Cord/Nerve Injury and Pain Community Research Retreat coming up on November 4th, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm,
Cochrane Ranche House,101 Ranchehouse Rd, Cochrane AB. Contact Lisa Marie Langevin 
lmlangev@ucalgary.ca for more information. 

Caregiver Stress 
Edmonton Journal: October 21, 2015 - Aging population set to bring big changes to the lives of Albertans, many of whom are destined to become unpaid caregivers to their loved ones, newly published survey results show.
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. 

Save the Date - Peer Christmas Event
Join us on Dec
Christmas decorations ember 6, 2015 for an afternoon of fun and entertainment at the MacEwan Conference Centre, University of Calgary, 402 Collegiate Blvd. NW. Includes a 3 course Turkey Christmas Lunch, motivational speakers, great silent auction items, door prizes, 50/50 draw and much more!! Invite your family, friends, caregivers; everyone is welcome to attend. We have increased our space. Pre-sale tickets (before November 16): $15.00/person. November 17 - 31: $20.00/person. Kids 5 and under free. RSVP to marilyn.erho@sci-ab.ca  or 403-228-7434. Proudly sponsored by Coloplast and Scotiabank. 

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.  

Fitness and Nutrition Open House  
Join us in Calgary for a Fitness and Nutrition Open House on November 19, 2015, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Calgary SCI Alberta offices, 5211 4 Street NE. Learn about the importance of nutrition and fitness, active living research from leaders in the field at McMaster University. Enter to win a FREE fitness assessment. RSVP by November 13 to calgary@sci-ab.ca or call 403-228-3001. Fitness and Nutrition Open House on November 19 in Calgary   
Vulnerable Persons Self-Registry    
In the event of an emergency the registry provides important information to first responders when special attention may be required. For more information or to register, visit www.calgarypolice.ca (keyword: Self-Registry)
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.

Jingle Jingle, Come and Mingle - December 2, 2015 
Join us for our Edmonton Peer Christmas Party coming up on December 2, 2015 at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Unit 3B Atrium. RSVP by November 25 to
guy.coulombe@sci-ab.ca or 780-424-6312.
Invitation to Edmonton Peer Christmas event on December 2_ 2015
Fitness Open House - Save the Date 
Join us in Edmonton for a Fitness Open House on November 18, 2015, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Additional details and location to be confirmed. Learn about the importance of nutrition and fitness, active living research from leaders in the field at McMaster University. Enter to win a free fitness assessment. RSVP by November 13 to edmonton@sci-ab.ca or call 780-424-6312. 
Thank You - Edmonton North Primary Care Network  
Edmonton Primary Care Network Cleaning up Storage in basement of SCI Alberta Edmonton A huge thank you to our friends at the Edmonton North Primary Care Network for giving their time to help clean up the storage area in our Edmonton office. Amazing what they accomplished in just over an hour.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 
IDPD Edmonton Update - December 3rd_ 2015 The City of Edmonton and its community partners are committed to creating an inclusive community that honors the contributions of all its citizens. Since December 3rd, 2003 the City of Edmonton has actively been celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). This event celebrates the abilities of persons with disabilities and the importance of inclusion for all citizens. Click here to find out more. 

YMCA Recipient of FES Bike
Generously donated by the Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre Society, the Don Wheaton Family YMCA of Northern Alberta is the proud recipient of a new RT 300 FES Exercise Bike. Trained staff are available to support users once assessed and provided with a FES program. Contact the workout centre staff directly at Don Wheaton Family YMCA or call 780-969-8940 if you have questions about this equipment or assessments. 

Medicine Hat 
The Wheel Deal on Nutrition 
November 17, 2015, 1:30 p.m., join us for The Wheel Deal on Nutrition at the SCI Alberta Medicine Hat office, 101 1201 Kingsway Avenue SE. For more information, contact andrea.schulz@sci-ab.ca or 403-504-4001.
Wheel Deal on Nutrition Poster  
Adaptive Curling! 
Adaptive Curling has started partnering with Medicine Hat Adaptive Sport and Recreation. Takes place Friday afternoons from 1:30 - 2:30 pm, Medicine Hat Curling Club. Upcoming curling dates: November 6, 13, 20, 27.
December 4, 11, 18.  January 8, 15, 29. February 5, 12, 19, 26. 

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.    

SCI Grande Prairie Bowling Group - FALL/WINTER Hours!
Bowling Image Join us each Tuesday for Social Bowling  from 2:30 to 5:30  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.

Volunteers Needed - Remembrance Day
  • Volunteers needed to lay the wreath at the indoor ceremony at Revolution Place. 
  • Volunteers needed to lay the wreath at the Cenataph in Jubilee Park (across from downtown Tim Hortons).  Pick up the wreath from the Lutheran Church across from the swan at 10:30.  Please give the name of Spinal Cord Injury Alberta (formerly Canadian Paraplegic Association) for the presentation. Call Mieke if you are interested at 780-532-3305..  
SCI Alberta Recognized    
Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce recognizes SCI Alberta for five years as chamber members.
Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce recognizes SCI Alberta for five years as chamber members.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Grande Prairie - Save the Date 
December 3rd - short video and panel discussions open to the public. Plan on bringing friends and family!  Location and times to be announced.  
For More News and Community Events in Grande Prairie 
For information about other community news and events, click here.     
Aboriginal News
Honoring our Sisters
Third Annual Round Dance Honoring Our Sisters coming up on November 13, 2015, Grande Prairie Regional College Gym, 5:00 pm. Contact Walter White, 780-897-9255.

Community Conversation - Aboriginal Fathers Love Their Children Too 
Coming up on Friday, November 6, 2015 at the High Level Native Friendship Centre, 11000 - 95 Street. Click here for more information.
Research and Innovation   

Scientists Discover Way To Bypass Nervous System And Stimulate Muscles
Plenty of exciting neuroscience research happens at Halifax's Brain Repair Centre. One of the latest studies puts the focus on muscles. Read more 

Interesting Websites/Videos  

Produced in Edmonton, this short, hilarious video spoofs several well know horror personalities but with a twist. It showcases how homes continue to be built with barriers despite the fast-growing mobility challenged population.
A spoof on Visitability 
A spoof on Visitability
Disabled Parking in Russia
Dislife, a Russian non-profit organization, came up with a powerful campaign to try and reduce the number of drivers from parking in disabled parking spaces. They installed projections of a real disabled person that popped up every time a non-disabled driver tried to park in their space.
Active Living and Wellbeing

Travel Blog 
A friend of SCI Alberta recently forwarded a link to a travel blog that they have been maintaining for the past few years. The blog can be found at http://papawheelieblog.com. They have tried to include pictures of the things that are often most important to travellers with mobility issues (toilets, sinks, bathtubs/showers, etc.). They have completed several posts already and have many more to come! This is a great resource.

Kayaking for Quadriplegics 
Kyle Morgan discovers the Bellyak, a kayak for quads and others, and regained his love of the water and ability to go kayaking.
Kyle Morgan using the Bellyak  

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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. New ads are added regularly. 


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 at 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 December 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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